Tag: Briefing Notes
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Briefing Notes: The Mr. Hyde of European politics: The state of affairs in Hungary
Szilárd István Pap, an anthropologist and political analyst, explores the current social and political climate in Hungary, arguing that the challenges it faces are not simply unique to Hungary but instead point to a European-wide crisis.
Briefing Notes: Free Speech at Universities
Free speech at universities has been widely debated in recent months. Robert Sharp from English PEN explores the concept of No Platform and what it means for freedom of expression.
Briefing Notes: Prevent Strategy
'Prevent' is an initiative under the government’s counter-terrorism strategy that aims to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism. Raheel Mohammed, Director of Maslaha – an organisation that aims to change and challenge the conditions t…
Briefing Notes: Art, Culture and the Sacred Space for Resistance: Enchanting the Climate Movement
Pete the Temp, a loop artist and spoken word poet, offers a spellbinding, creative call to arms on how the arts and culture might just hold the key to taking on climate change.
Briefing Notes: Books For Prisoners
Restrictions on families and friends sending books to prisoners were introduced by the Ministry of Justice in November 2013 as part of a crackdown on what ministers described as prisoners’ ‘perks and privileges’. In recognition of Banned Books …
Briefing Notes: Young Adult Literature
Following the huge success of the 2015 Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) in London, Sarah Odedina explores the importance of Young Adult (YA) fiction in young people's lives and considers why YA books aren't afraid to tackle heavy subjects.
Briefing Notes: Magna Carta
It’s 800 years since Magna Carta was sealed. For this month's Briefing Notes, Padraig Reidy unpicks the myth and legacy of the charter and asks: what would happen if we were to write a new Magna Carta?
Briefing Notes: Art and the ‘Dementia Epidemic’
For this month's Briefing Notes, David Clegg explores the representation of dementia in the media and in art, challenging the idea of "art as therapy" within dementia care settings.
Briefing Notes: Manifestos on Climate Change
Ahead of the General Election next week, Matthew Sellar looks at how climate change is addressed in the Labour and the Conservative Party manifestos.
Briefing Notes: Oil exploitation in the Niger Delta and the legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa
In this month's Briefing Notes, Selina Nwulu explores the history of oil exploitation in the Niger Delta and the legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa. This is part of Living Dangerously: Stories of Climate Change, in which we ask how writers can help us imagine a…
Decoding Daesh: Why is the new name for ISIS so hard to understand?
Arabic translator Alice Guthrie investigates 'Daesh', the name for ISIS adopted by several world leaders. But how can a name undermine a terrorist organisation? And why do the English-speaking media find the name so difficult to understand?
Briefing Notes: Asylum and Refuge in Britain
For this month's Briefing Notes, Bidisha explores how the usual portrayal of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK belies the complex truth of their personal stories.