SAS in the media

Sunday 23 October 2016

  • Lenin on the train

    Institute of Historical Research

    Professor Catherine Merridale, senior research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), recreates Lenin’s journey across Europe in the midst of the Great War on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week programme (at 32.01). Her book, Lenin on the train, has garnered reviews in The Guardian and the Literary Review.

Thursday 13 October 2016

  • Dr Damien Short comments on GM seed firm Monsanto’s ‘moral trial’

    Human Rights Consortium

    Dr Damien Short, director of the Human Rights Consortium (HRC), discusses GM seed firm Monsanto’s ‘moral trial’ at The Hague in The Guardian and on Positive-News. Dr Short says as is a test of international law. ‘Other similar tribunals have found both for and against corporations,’ he explains. ‘It has moral force and the tribunal’s decision will be evidence-based. Peoples’ tribunals are testing the law.’

Wednesday 12 October 2016

  • UK migrants will remain in legal limbo for years

    Institute of Commonwealth Studies

    Undesirable and Unreturnable? Policy challenges around excluded asylum-seekers and migrants suspected of serious criminality but who cannot be removed’, a report from the Refugee Law Initiative’s (RLI),is highlighted on the PublicNow website. The report, which was launched earlier this month, results from a two-year international project led in the UK by Dr David James Cantor, and funded by a research network grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It contains a set of proposals that represent a radical shake-up of policy responses in order to limit the number of (allegedly) criminal migrants ending up in legal limbo

Tuesday 11 October 2016

  • Professor Sarah Churchwell answers sample interview question and comments on the Elena Ferrante ‘unmasking’

    School of Advanced Study

    Professor Sarah Churchwell, chair in public engagement and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies (IES), answers the Oxford University sample student interview question, ‘What makes a novel or play “political”?’ in The Guardian, and comments on the ‘unmasking’ of Elena Ferrante in the New York Times article ‘Revelation surrounding novelist Elena Ferrante exposes cultural differences’

Monday 10 October 2016

  • ‘Dumbing down’ fears over legal super-exam

    Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

    Avrom Sherr, emeritus professor at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
    (IALS), tells The Law Society’s Gazette that proposals for a super-exam are ‘useless’ and that ‘there has not been a clear enough reason given as to why this is being done.’

Sunday 09 October 2016

  • Professor Philip Murphy features in the international media

    Professor Philip Murphy, director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies
    (ICWS), comments in The Conversation on a new study of British official secrecy that includes references to the way historians have approached Britain’s response to the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya in the 1950s, and the process of decolonisation more generally. He cautions in The Guardian against excluding UK-based academics who are not British citizens from consultations with government on particular issues, and discusses the Queen’s secret lobbying for Prince Charles to succeed her as head of the Commonwealth in The Times. The latter was picked up by a range of international media outlets including the BBC website, BBC Radio 4’s six o’clock news, France24, Asian Voice (print edition), Royal Central, The Australian, Digital Journal, ChannelNews Asia and Free Malaysia Today.

Saturday 08 October 2016

Friday 07 October 2016

  • The real Marquis de Sade and Marie Antoinette’s watch

    School of Advanced Study

    Professor Andrew Hussey, director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, discusses the writing of the Marquis de Sade in The Economist and helps Nicholas Parsons unravel the mystery behind the creation of Marie Antoinette’s watch – the most valuable and famous watch in the world – on BBC 4.

  • Being Human 2016 highlighted in local media

    School of Advanced Study

    The School’s Being Human festival of the humanities (17–25 November) features in the Swansea Evening Post (print edition) and the Yorkshire Evening Post. The former focuses on Swansea University’s evening with children’s author Michael Morpurgo, one of its ‘Dreams, demons and discovery’ hub events, while the latter highlights Leeds Beckett University’s interactive event that will explore what cities mean to people.

Tuesday 04 October 2016

  • Rights at risk

    Institute of Commonwealth Studies

    A paper written by Nicholas Maple, a PhD student at the Refugee Law Initiative
    (RLI), has been published by UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. Entitled ‘Rights at risk: a thematic investigation into how states restrict the freedom of movement of refugees on the African continent’, it is divided into six chapters and includes a look at the literature in this area of refugee and international law as well as an examination of the roles host states and the UNHCR play in the development of encampment policies


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