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From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

As Scotland heads to the polls, this piece discusses the extent to which emotions have arrived at the heart of contemporary politics – yet we still hesitate to admit it. Emotions can neither be banished nor ignored when we discuss what constitutes political communities, how political decisions should be made and political action springs into being. Yet to embrace the rise of emotional politics without acknowledging how intimately it is and should be entangled with reason equally risks undermining just political action.
Dr Uta Staiger
18 September 2014
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Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014
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Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The truth is, Scandinavia is neither heaven nor hell

The Nordic countries have received exceptionally good press in the UK - at least until earlier this year, when British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, claimed to dispel the of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk serial killers either.
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
19 August 2014 More...

Starts: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Sherlock Holmes - Past and Present

Publication date: Jan 29, 2013 12:00:00 AM

Start: Jun 21, 2013 12:00:00 AM
End: Jun 22, 2013 9:00:00 PM

 21-22 June 2013

When
21-22 June 2013

Where
Senate  House
Institute of English Studies

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Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present

This conference brings together academics, enthusiasts, creative practitioners, and popular writers in a shared discussion about the cultural legacy of Sherlock Holmes. The Strand Magazine and the Sherlock Holmes stories contribute one of the most enduring paradigms for the production and consumption of popular culture in the twentieth- and the twenty-first centuries. The stories precipitated a burgeoning fan culture including various kinds of participation, wiki and crowd-sourcing, fan-fiction, virtual realities and role-play gaming. All of these had existed before but they were solidified, magnified and united by Sherlockians and Holmesians in entirely new ways and on scales never seen before. All popular culture phenomena that followed shared Holmes’ viral pattern.

This project examines the historical intricacies of Holmesian fandom as well as offering a wide variety of perspectives upon its newest manifestations. The national and international relations that Holmes, his creator, and their contemporary readers witness and the permutations of these concepts in adaptations make Holmes as a case study particularly important and timely for our understanding of the historical and contemporary issues relating to Europe and the European Union. This forum encourages the participation of UCL students and scholars, and readers in London and abroad, with interests in late-Victorian and Edwardian writing, European history, comparative literature, and/or cultural studies. Our goals are to celebrate Conan Doyle’s achievement, to explore some of the reasons behind Holmes’ enduring popularity across different cultures, media, and geographical spaces, and to investigate new directions in Holmes’ afterlife.

The principal organisers are Dr Jonathan Cranfield (Liverpool John Moores), Tom Ue (PhD Candidate, Department of English Language and Literature; Administrative Assistant, The Bentham Project, Faculty of Laws; Editor, Opticon1826), and Marlies Gabriele Prinzl (PhD Candidate, Centre for Intercultural Studies; Editor-in-Chief, Opticon1826), and the keynote speakers, Dr David Grylls (Oxford) and Professor Douglas Kerr (Hong Kong).

This conference precedes Holmes’ 160th birthday in 2014, and it will launch a new volume of essays on Holmes co-edited by Dr Cranfield and Ue.

This project is supported by UCL European Institute's call for proposals 2012-13