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Profile: Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the far-left candidate shaking up the French election

Dr Paul Smith, Associate Professor in French and Francophone Studies writes for The Conversation about the far-left candidate shaking up the French election. The French call it Mélenchonite, a feverish excitement brought on by over-exposure to left-wing populism. There was an outbreak of it during the country’s 2012 presidential campaign, when, just a fortnight before the …

APRIL 4: THE REAL KING DAY

Peter Ling, Professor of American Studies at The University of Nottingham, and author of the 2015 Martin Luther King biography, looks at the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Riverside Address 50 years ago. April 4 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Riverside address, his outspoken denunciation of US policy in Vietnam. A …

Tackling modern slavery together

The University of Nottingham and the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s office will be working together to tackle slavery across the UK as part of a new collaborative project. Abolishing modern slavery is at the centre of the Prime Minister Teresa May’s personal policy agenda. Government policy to date has mainly focused on the implications for foreign …

Marking International Women’s Day with music

Dr Xenia Pestova, Director of Performance in the University’s School of Music, helped to mark International Women’s Day with a performance in London for BBC Radio 3. The ‘Open Ear’ concert highlighted music by female composers to mark international Women’s Day. Pestova’s performance featured pieces written especially for her to play on piano and toy …

Applications for our 2017 BSA Media Fellowships are now open

Experience life as a science journalist Do you want to find out, first hand, how academic research is reported by the media and play an active part in the process? For the third year running the University of Nottingham is offering funded places on the British Science Association’s  2017 Media Fellowships Scheme. The BSA Media Fellowships …

Journalists and academics have the same goals – they just talk in different dialects

This year the British Science Association (BSA) celebrates the 30th anniversary of their Media Fellowship Scheme. Since 1987 the BSA has been putting academics to work in the newsrooms of some of the country’s most prestigious media organisations. The aim – to help academics gain confidence and increase their willingness to engage with the media …

The Human Cost of War

The human cost of civil wars is to be investigated in a new study from the universities of Leicester, Nottingham, Southampton and Cardiff. ‘Welfare, Conflict and Memory during and after the English Civil Wars, 1642-1700’ is a four-year project funded by a major grant of over £800,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The …

A hologram, a family scandal and a man on the march: the French election just got really exciting

Paul Smith, Associate Professor in French and Francophone studies, writes for The Conversation Embattled presidential candidate François Fillon probably looked at the political calendar in the first week of February and thanked his lucky stars that the spotlight shifted, for a weekend at least, to other candidates in the French election race. Lyon became the …

University celebrated in New Year Honours

Two members of The University of Nottingham have been recognised by The Queen in the New Year Honours. Shona Powell, Director of Nottingham Lakeside Arts, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her work in the arts- most notably transforming the University of Nottingham’s arts centre and museum …

An early Christmas, the #tenleonardos way :-)

Dr Gaby Neher from the Department of History of Art talks about her experience of working on the Nottingham stint of the ‘Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci exhibition’…. “Earlier this year, between 31 July and 9 October, Nottingham Castle played host to the ‘Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, a travelling exhibition drawn from the …