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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

Herodotus

6 February 2013

The Reception of Herodotus in Antiquity & Beyond

This project will provide the first extended and detailed account of the reception of Herodotus, the first European historian, with a particular emphasis on the geographical space of Europe (Greece, Byzantium, Rome, Italy, France, Germany, Poland and Great Britain). The ancient Greek historian Herodotus has been both controversial and influential through time, called, for instance, 'Father of History' (Cicero, 1st century BC), 'Father of Lies' (Juan Luis Vives, 16th century), and author of ‘world literature’s first great work of reportage’ (Kapuściński, 21st century).

Professor Chris Carey, Department of Greek & Latin; UCL
Dr. Vasiliki Zali, Department of Greek & Latin; UCL
Dr. Jessica Priestley, Institute of Greece, Rome & the Classical Tradition, Uni of Bristol

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