Preparing to weather the Storm: The Study of Human Rights to work for Human Rights

We recently joined Dr Damien Short, Director of the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) and a Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at the School of Advanced Study, to discuss the renowned MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. In a world facing the potential ‘perfect storm’ of climate change, resource depletion and financial insecurity the struggle… Continue reading Preparing to weather the Storm: The Study of Human Rights to work for Human Rights

Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data

The Institute of Historical Research is part of an international consortium which has won funding to analyse parliamentary material in a new way – using the techniques of ‘big data’. ‘Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data’ is a two-year project funded in the UK by the AHRC. The records of three legislatures – the UK’s Hansard,… Continue reading Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data

‘I want to make the argument for poetry in our lives, whatever our discipline, whoever we are’; Reflecting on the Launch of Prospering Wisely

On Wednesday 12th of February I went had breakfast at the House of Lords. Unfortunately, I can’t pretend that this is how I generally start my Wednesdays. I was invited to these grand surroundings on business, specifically to attend the launch of a new website and publication from the British Academy: Prospering Wisely: How the… Continue reading ‘I want to make the argument for poetry in our lives, whatever our discipline, whoever we are’; Reflecting on the Launch of Prospering Wisely

‘Tim Jenison is like Miss Marples or Hercule Poirot’: SAS interviews Colin Blakemore

Back in January it was announced that a film to which Colin Blakemore, Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy in the School of Advanced Study, had contributed was nominated for a BAFTA as well as being shortlisted for an Oscar nomination. We caught up with him earlier this week to chat about, science, art and how… Continue reading ‘Tim Jenison is like Miss Marples or Hercule Poirot’: SAS interviews Colin Blakemore

Colin Samson on ‘The Maple Leaf and Aboriginal Land Claims’

Canada’s National Flag Day (15th February) is a good time to consider what this nation itself might mean to the men and women whose ancestors knew no flags. The maple leaf is of course an emblem that identifies something called ‘Canada,’ a state, society, landscape, ethos and multiple institutions with which millions of Canadians proudly… Continue reading Colin Samson on ‘The Maple Leaf and Aboriginal Land Claims’