Politics, history and the teaching World War One

Last week Education Secretary, Michael Gove ignited a new row claiming that the television comedy Blackadder fed ‘left-wing’ myths about World War One.  In the Daily Mail Gove argued that ‘The First World War may have been a uniquely horrific war, but it was also plainly a just war’ further adding that ‘the conflict has,… Continue reading Politics, history and the teaching World War One

Big Data in the Humanities: The need for Big Questions

What is Big Data and what is the usefulness of Big Data in the Humanities? These are some of the questions asked by Professor Barry Smith in a blog post on ‘Big Data in the Humanities’ written following his attendance at the IEEE Big Data Conference in Silicon Valley which took place in October 2013.… Continue reading Big Data in the Humanities: The need for Big Questions

The SAS Annual Review – Heston Blumenthal explores our senses

Next month the School of Advanced Study will award Heston Blumenthal the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa, in recognition of his pioneering research and achievements.  For this year’s Annual Review (published next week) we talked to the innovative chef about his multi-sensory approach to cooking. Heston Blumenthal is well known for his television appearances, cookbooks, and… Continue reading The SAS Annual Review – Heston Blumenthal explores our senses

Refugee Week Series: Are Regional Protection Mechanisms an improved way of safeguarding the rights of refugees?

Post by Nicholas Maple, as part of our Refugee Week series. The first post, about the Austrian-Jewish Exile Theatre in London, can be found here. The second post, about exile libraries, can be found here. Nick is an MA student on the Understanding and Securing Human Rights Masters Course. Nicholas currently assists with the work of the Refugee Law Initiative.… Continue reading Refugee Week Series: Are Regional Protection Mechanisms an improved way of safeguarding the rights of refugees?

Refugee Week Series: Writing that kills

Post by Ms Andrea Meyer Ludowisy, as part of our Refugee Week series. The first post, about the Austrian-Jewish Exile Theatre in London, can be found here. The third post, about refugee protection mechanisms, can be found here. Andrea is the Research Librarian at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies. Her post gives an insight into the… Continue reading Refugee Week Series: Writing that kills