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In the last thirty years, the field of disability studies has fully emerged, bringing a new vocabulary for understanding disability, that grew out of, and continues to grow with, the disability rights...

Emili is an amateur chess player. Occasionally, he plays chess in international opens, which for diverse reasons are enticing for both local non-professional club players and professional players from...

As an undergraduate in 1964 I took a seminar in the English Romantics (the six male poets then considered canonical) and was imprinted like a chick by the first poet we read, William Blake. ...

The year 2020 will long be remembered as a year in which global energy markets witnessed significant upheavals due to the effects of the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Oil prices fell...

The importance of competent government is perhaps the most important of the many painful lessons that are being learned during the pandemic. The significant variation in death rates across the globe illustrates...

It’s a robust finding that people react differently to meat depending on how it is labeled. In well-known experiments subjects rated ground beef that was 25% lean as both higher quality and significantly...

Since the first English settlements in North America, Christianity and its sacred text have had a significant influence on American jurisprudence. This reflects Christianity’s imprint on Western legal...

“to study the phenomena of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all” Sir William Osler, 1849-1919 It...

Think of the lies. Climate change is a hoax. Colonization benefits the colonized. Rape is your fault. Grief is your fault. Mortality is your fault. Tragedy exposes these lies. I argue in my book...

The last decade has witnessed an unprecedented battle between values and pragmatism, and between humanitarianism and immigration control in large parts of the world. Asylum as an institution has always...

You can read Part I here. Equal treatment of state and private interests in contract law The equal protection of private and state interests is not an empty statement. It can be shown in the streamlining...

Travelling between the cities of the former British empire can produce an uncanny sense of déjà vu: despite vast social, cultural and environmental differences, you’ll see familiar street names and...

2020 has been an exceptionally challenging year. The widespread of Covid-19 affects everyone’s life across the globe. As we manage to live through the endless lockdowns and reopens and learn to live...

What inspired Bioinspired Structures and Design? This book was inspired by a course entitled “Bioinspired Structures” (16,982) that was taught by Prof. Leo Daniel at MIT. This highly successful...

The afterlife as envisioned by medieval Europeans was both a strange and familiar place. For us, hell conjures images of fiery rivers and demons, while heaven calls to mind shining white figures in repose....

The New Irish Studies powerfully demonstrates how thoughtful close readings and diverse critical approaches enhance our understanding of twenty-first-century Irish writing. Across recent decades, the...

This is why all legal practitioners should start learning about it For those that still do not know (yes, these people exist), ‘Third Party Funding’ (‘TPF’), stricto sensu, is the professional...

The response to the COVID-19 crisis puts the spotlight on public spending and the role of the state in advanced countries: How much should governments spend – is there an “optimal” level of...

When I started to dream up my book Paper in Medieval England: from Pulp to Fictions, I wanted to find out why medieval people were interested in paper and how paper became a success story in pre-modern...

The emergence of a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court just a few weeks before the general election, and the hasty efforts to fill that seat with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, has made constitutional interpretation...

Ask yourself, do you believe persons with a disability have a right to work? If yes, what kind of work? At this point a lot of people will say it depends upon their abilities. If only that was true. 37.9%...

As we enter the final weeks before the U.S. elections, the stakes could not be higher. Against the backdrop of a surging pandemic, the country continues to experience record unemployment, small-business...

As we head into a new academic year with many institutions relying on online course delivery, instructors are confronted with the need to find new ways to engage their students. We’ve rounded up the...

What inspired Rigid Body Kinematics? This book is the result of a professional life devoted to Newtonian Mechanics, both from an educational and a research point of view.  Early on, our lectures...

Just a few years ago, who would have thought that algorithms would be regularly making important decisions once made by humans, and they would be so complex that we would not be able to fully understand...

The Republicans’ rush to appoint Judge Amy Coney Barrett before the presidential election is yet another example of polarized politicians and citizens fighting over an increasingly polarized Supreme...

It’s been hard to make sense of COVID-19. At least, I have found it hard. So many deaths. So many changes to everyday life. So much political strangeness. So much uncertainty about the future. This...

Criminal law has long served as a powerful symbol of the state’s monopoly over the use of violence. However, as the world becomes more economically, technologically, and socially interconnected,...

The first thing to say for any reader who is not familiar with scholarly editions like this of Hardy’s fiction, is that it is different from all others and really significant. It gives, if you combine...

My love affair with The Woodlanders began many years ago when I covered much of the groundwork for a scholarly edition while doing my MA —entitled “Materials for an edition of Thomas Hardy’s The...

My daughter is taking an undergraduate course in Shakespearean theatre this semester, and one of her foundation readings is Elinor Fuchs’s influential short essay, ‘E.F.’s Visit to a Small...

In some ways producing a scholarly edition of Desperate Remedies is easier than editing other Hardy novels, first of all because there is no extant manuscript. The story is that after he completed...

When COVID19 hit Norway people were given strict cabin lockout. The government-imposed quarantine meant not only enforcing staying home orders, closing schools, and promoting social distancing in other...

The Dark Side of Human Rights! The End/The Endtimes of Human Rights! Not Enough! These are the alarming titles of some recent books on human rights. And indeed, for those who believe in human rights,...

With the Covid-19 pandemic unfolding across the world, schools, universities, daycare centers and other places of learning went into lockdown. As a response, in many countries education went digital,...

International organizations are becoming increasingly powerful. In recent decades states have steadily been conferring powers upon international organizations in order to solve transnational problems...

AI-based applications raise new, so far unresolved legal questions, and consumer law is no exception. The use of self-learning algorithms in Big Data analysis gives companies the opportunity to gain a...

Some of the permanent members of the UN Security Council periodically use their veto (i.e., negative vote)—or threat of veto—to stop resolutions aimed at preventing or stopping the commission of core...

“To steal a Hint was never known, But what he writ was all his own.” – Verses on the Death of Dr Swift, D.S.P.D. Part way through his most famous self-elegy,...

Countries around the world are struggling with the economic repercussions of the pandemic, and the United States in particular has recorded levels of unemployment not seen since the Great Depression. While...

Since mid-2017, reports of massive “re-education camps” in Xinjiang province have set off global outcries over the mistreatment of Muslim Uighurs in western China. Promoted as schools for deradicalization...

Wallace Arthur, author of The Biological Universe, sheds some light on one of humanity's most enduring questions.

COVID-19 has confirmed some long-understood yet long-ignored truths about the economics of information, and has also highlighted deeply disturbing fractures in today’s information ecology COVID-19...

This is the question that we get asked most often following the recent publication of our book Boom and Bust: A Global History of Financial Bubbles. With the U.S. stock market booming in the middle of...

Everyone has a personality. This term describes individual differences in behavior, emotion, and thought that make each person unique. Yet however different they are, most people find a niche in the world...

“To steal a Hint was never known,But what he writ was all his own.” Verses on the Death of Dr Swift, D.S.P.D. Part way through his most famous self-elegy, Jonathan Swift delivers...

California Senator Kamala Harris’s selection for the vice-presidential spot is an historic moment. Selecting Harris as a running mate appears to be a pretty reasonable choice for Joe Biden. She’s...

It is exciting and troubling to ponder the profound changes wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. For example: what will remain of offices when all is said and done? Will there be any? Why make the commute—why...

The Euphemism Treadmill is common in the areas of language related to race and ethnicity, disease, and disability. What is this phenomenon? A euphemism is a word substituted for one that is considered...

As part of our ongoing goal to help the academic community in these difficult times, we have asked the authors of some of our most popular textbooks to take part in Lockdown Lectures, a series of Facebook...

The media is currently replete with American corporations signalling that they are going to pursue diversity on their corporate boards, in the C-suite, and among their employees. Some have made statements...

As Black Lives Matter brings millions together in the mission to end state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism, we want to highlight some of the work we’ve published – or will publish – that...

Until December 2019, I was in Nanjing, some five hundred kilometres from Wuhan where the first cases of the new lung disease were then discovered. When things unfolded in January, I initially felt a sense...

What is the nature of human religiosity? For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, psychologists treated this area of human life as a disposition – something Gordon Allport termed a ‘sentiment’.[1]...

The Corona pandemic and the ensuing recovery packages seem poised to bring about disruptions that will define world politics over the coming decades. Ultimately, the disruptions may trigger transformations...

In late 2019 an outbreak of COVID-19 was detected in the city of Wuhan, China. Within weeks, the virus had spread across the country, becoming an epidemic. The disease spread rapidly across the globe...

Author of The Biological Universe, Wallace Arthur, discusses what we can expect from the NASA Mars 2020 mission. The launch date is correct at time of publication.

The legal system is the bloodline for investigative journalism, yet proposed legal reforms may jeopardize it When Spotlight won the 2015 Oscar for Best Picture, it was billed as a movie about investigative...

In common with many other people, the months of near-lockdown find us reflecting on our previous experiences and work. As scholars working on literatures of mobility, this means thinking in particular...

Before venturing into a fully-fledged linguistic analysis of ritual behaviour during this time of social distancing, one issue worth discussing is the typological concept of ‘rites of aggression’....

Many people I know have been out walking more, since COVID-19 upended our routines and transformed our daily lives. For a while, during the first shutdown, the activity of walking was the only way in...

One of the many―arguably lesser attended―effects of the COVID-19 crisis has been the continued exacerbation of the vulnerability of migrants. With borders closed and the threat of the “end of asylum”...

One reason why Covidiotism attracts so much attention and strong feeling is that social distancing and its violations are strongly related to what the renowned sociologist Erving Goffman has described...

A crucial topic in moral philosophy involves the aggregation and comparison of harms and benefits.  How many, for instance, minor headaches relieved is worth a single human life?  How many people...

“Climate extremes cost human lives. They do harm to the economy. Examples are the Elbe flood in 2002, the European heatwave in 2003 or hurricane Katrina in 2005. The big question is how global climate...

Some reasons for writing a book are obvious from the start, but others emerge more slowly. With Swift in Print: Published Texts in Dublin and London, 1691-1765, I knew from the outset that I wanted to...

There are currently 77 clinical trials evaluating medications aimed at slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease. On the surface that sounds like good reason to be optimistic that one of those...

Refugees in lower- and middle-income countries are facing some of the most serious consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. In refugee camps, which have high population densities and thus present a particular...

Before we venture into a detailed analysis of interactional rituals and distance keeping, an interesting phenomenon worth considering is ‘covidiotism’ and its relationship with interactional rituals....

The coronavirus pandemic, even as it induces great anxiety and fear over people’s health, is at the same time causing disruption to our societies’ economies on a scale that is perhaps unprecedented....

The fifth volume of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway spans January 1932 through May 1934. With the critical and commercial success of his 1929 novel A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway had achieved international...

The world economy is experiencing, because of the Covid-crisis and the associated lockdowns, its worst slump in peacetime since the great depression of the 1930s. A look at the main economic dislocations...

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