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July 8th 2020 0

Voices from South Vietnam

When I lived in Vietnam as a Fulbright scholar a few years ago, I met a restaurant owner named Nickie Tran. The food she served was some of the best I’d had in Ho Chi Minh City, so I kept going back, and we struck up a friendship over hot pot, tea, …

July 6th 2020

Strangling the Axis – Author Q and A

We asked author Richard Hammond the questions you wanted to know about his new book Strangling the Axis! Here are his answers: Was the @RoyalAirForce level of effort in the Mediterranean appropriate or should it have done more? Good question! As the book …

July 6th 2020

Interactional Rituals: Rites of aggression

Before venturing into a fully-fledged linguistic analysis of ritual behaviour during this time of social distancing, one issue worth discussing is the typological concept of ‘rites of aggression’. The previous ‘Interactional Rituals&rsqu…

July 3rd 2020

In the Footsteps of Thoreau

Many people I know have been out walking more, since COVID-19 upended our routines and transformed our daily lives. For a while, during the first shutdown, the activity of walking was the only way in which people could meet up. Restrictions in Melbourne, …

July 3rd 2020

Opera in the time of cholera: Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and a pandemic

Image Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) As we all too readily know, a pandemic affects everything, be it social, economic or cultural. Between 1816 and 1923 six global outbreaks of cholera took place. Scientists e…

June 29th 2020

COVID-19 and the Vulnerability of Migrants

One of the many―arguably lesser attended―effects of the COVID-19 crisis has been the continued exacerbation of the vulnerability of migrants. With borders closed and the threat of the “end of asylum” looming large, people on the mo…

June 29th 2020

Vision, Gaze, and Islamic Objects

Imagine it’s the middle of the fourteenth century, and you fall from the sky, landing in the heart of medieval Cairo. I’m assuming we’re all historians of religion, so upon arrival you immediately set out to explore the Islamic landscape…

June 29th 2020

Managing memory

The rewriting of history to suit a current political agenda is not new. Nor is the creative representation of particular individuals or institutions only a modern phenomenon. The extraordinary serial biography of the ancient and early medieval popes known…

June 26th 2020

The East India Company and Britain’s Pursuit of a Global Role

As the United Kingdom scrambles to find a new place for itself in the world following its withdrawal from the European Union in January 2020, there is much talk in political circles of building a ‘Global Britain’. The promise of the country&rs…

June 25th 2020

Interactional Rituals: Civil inattention

One reason why Covidiotism attracts so much attention and strong feeling is that social distancing and its violations are strongly related to what the renowned sociologist Erving Goffman has described as the phenomenon of ‘civil inattention’. …

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July 8th 2020 0

Policy and the Dimensionality of Congressional Roll Call Voting

In a recent opinion piece on, Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management and Budget during the Obama Administration, suggested that the Covid-19 pandemic would be an unprecedented Political Science experiment that would test w…

July 7th 2020 0

Race before Darwin: Variation, adaptation and the natural history of man in post-Enlightenment Edinburgh, 1790–1835

The late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries provide a particularly enlightening example of the ways that the meaning of race can shift and change in surprising ways over time.

July 6th 2020 0

The Meaning of ‘Slavery’ and its Consequences

The 1926 Slavery Convention fixed the definition of the term ‘slavery’ in international law. Article 1 (1) of the Convention states that ‘slavery is the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the …

July 3rd 2020 0

Suspension of Labour Rights during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Possible Implications under the Revised Draft

Introduction Many state governments of India have amended their labour laws in the wake of the economic crisis posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.…

July 2nd 2020 0

The Türkmen-Karahöyük Intensive Survey Project (TISP): documenting the discovery of a lost kingdom in Anatolia from the Late Bronze and Iron Ages

“The Türkmen-Karahöyük Intensive Survey Project (TISP), led by James Osborne (University of Chicago), was begun in 2019 and determined that the site might not just be big, but among the very largest sites in Anatolia during the Late B…

July 2nd 2020 0

What are the avenues for corporate liability for COVID-19-related human rights abuses?

This post was originally published on the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s website and can be accessed here.  The devastating human rights implications of the global COVID-19 pandemic have been thoroughly documented: Civi…

July 2nd 2020 0

Growing numbers of alcohol related hospital admissions linked to local spending cuts

A new study by King’s College London, published in The British Journal of Psychiatry has shown an association between increases in alcohol related hospital admissions and decreases in spending on alcohol services since they came under the responsibi…

July 1st 2020 0

How to refine immunological memory to tackle the malaria parasite

The latest Paper of the Month for Parasitology is “IgM+ memory B cells induced in response to Plasmodium berghei adopt a germinal centre B cell phenotype during secondary infection“ Malaria remains one the most serious infectiou…

July 1st 2020 0

Study Shows Few Control Options Remain for Annual Bluegrass in Turf

Greenskeepers and landscape managers may be losing their battle with annual bluegrass – an unsightly weed that competes with desirable turf and produces an uneven surface for golf and other sports.…

June 30th 2020 0

2019: an impactful year for MRS journals

2019 was a bumper year for the publications of the Materials Research Society, and we are delighted to announce that all three journals included in the Journal Citation Reports significantly increased their Impact Factors, usage and website visits.&hellip…

June 30th 2020 0

Experimental Results: the challenge of implementing our first open peer review process

Experimental Results is a truly innovative project for Cambridge University Press – it is the first of our journals to have an open peer review process, as well as being designed to address the positive bias and replication issues often seen with tr…

June 30th 2020 0

Reparations as Reconstruction, Not as Alibi

In this post Lawrie Balfour expands on her 2003 American Political Science Review article ‘Unreconstructed Democracy: W.E.B. DuBois and the Case for Reparations‘.…

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