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    In the era of Brexit and fake news, scientists need to embrace social media

In the era of Brexit and fake news, scientists need to embrace social media

Despite the near-constant clamour to do so, many academics remain understandably reluctant to use social media to communicate their research. But as well as increasing the diversity of the audiences academics reach with their work, Andy Tattersall (ScHARR) suggests social media can also serve an important purpose in the present era of Brexit and “fake news”. Social media can promote openness […]

August 31st, 2018|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|

Sovereignty: a false friend in the defence of national identity

Sovereignty is often invoked by Brexiters – yet it is an increasingly slippery concept in a globalised world, where the demands of trade and diplomacy force states to compromise their independence. Philip Allott (University of Cambridge) discusses why the EU’s lack of a common identity has enabled sovereignty to be deployed as a patriotic concept.

The debate on UK withdrawal […]

August 27th, 2018|Culture, Featured|3 Comments|

Orchestral manoeuvres, in the dark: what Brexit means for touring musicians

British orchestras tour widely in the EU – and when we leave, they will probably need work permits and special social security and health insurance arrangements, as well as facing delays at the border. Mark Pemberton (Association of British Orchestras) urges the government to ensure bilateral deals are in place to minimise the extra costs involved.

Heard every day in our concert halls, […]

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    Sport and the push for ‘Empire 2.0’: the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the media

Sport and the push for ‘Empire 2.0’: the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the media

In recent years, the Commonwealth has gained renewed political and diplomatic importance. Stuart Whigham and Jack Black examine how this development has affected the portrayal of sporting events in the British media, using the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games as a case study.

The ties between sport and politics are often evidenced in the ways in which sporting mega-events, such as […]

August 1st, 2018|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|
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    “May, Juncker and Farage walk into a bar…”: Comedy is playing a vital role in enabling people to come to terms with Brexit

“May, Juncker and Farage walk into a bar…”: Comedy is playing a vital role in enabling people to come to terms with Brexit

Comedy is inherently linked to identity. Joking enables us to present ourselves and our view of the world to others while simultaneously inviting them to form connections with us through laughter. If you are ‘in’ on the joke, you form a connection with the joke-teller; you are (however briefly) a community united by humour. So what does this have […]

July 30th, 2018|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|

Gender equality: Adrift in the Brexit backwash

What is at stake for gender equality as we approach Brexit?  Over the years, European legislation has provided a number of important standards based on the principle of gender equality. In this blog, Julie MacLeavy (University of Bristol) writes that leaving the EU constitutes a risk to gender equality as the UK has no comparable influential institutions to those […]

July 27th, 2018|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|

British, European or an Anglophone citizen of the world? How Britons identify themselves

What makes a Briton more likely to feel European? Laurie Hanquinet (University of York) analyses a survey carried out in 2012 and finds cultural tastes, social networks and travel in Europe predispose people to identify more closely with Europe. However, Britons who travel widely outside the EU tend to identify strongly with the wider Anglophone world – something that may have […]

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    Defining British identity: is it about “values” or “proper behaviour”?

Defining British identity: is it about “values” or “proper behaviour”?

What constitutes British identity? In this blog, Ulrike G. Theuerkauf (UEA) explains the relevance of “British values” in discussions about the further political, economic and social development of the UK after Brexit, and the manner in which “Britishness” is invoked as a concept of inclusion or exclusion in society.

Brexit is something of a boom industry. Even before it has officially happened, […]

July 20th, 2018|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Integrity instead of deceit: how to improve the delivery and content of political campaigns

Integrity instead of deceit: how to improve the delivery and content of political campaigns

We do not know how the electorate has been influenced by new political campaigning techniques. However, the central issue is not how we are influenced but that political campaigns are characterised by attempts to manipulate the electorate to increase votes and profits. Bethany Shiner (Middlesex University) argues that focusing on whether, how or why the electorate is influenced distracts from […]

July 18th, 2018|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|

English football in a post-Brexit world: Kane we do it?

As English football fans took to the streets to celebrate the national team’s victories in the World Cup and then mourned losing to Croatia, it’s worth reflecting on the state of English football in a post-Brexit world. For some, the prospects are good if the flood of foreign-born players dries up and local teams are again made up of […]

July 13th, 2018|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|