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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...

When we examine the relationship between interactional rituals and social distancing, we need to ask ourselves what type of ritual we are dealing with. Dániel Kádár (2013) distinguished 4 types of...

Why are interactional rituals such an integral part of our daily lives? This is a particularly interesting question and one which is worth investigating. Rituals have existed since the dawn of humanity...

Within all fields of surgery, ethical issues are encountered on a daily basis however within the field of neurosurgery there are certain considerations that require specific consideration. In the first instance...

Historians have long argued that the value of their field lay in its applicability to the present day. It serves society best, according to a recent formulation, as a guide that encourages broad perspective...

Honolulu’s Honuakaha smallpox cemetery, photographed in 2013. The first outbreak of smallpox in 1853 took as many as 6,000 lives, eight percent of the Islands’ roughly 75,000 people. Hundreds are believed to be buried under the Kaka‘ako Fire Station parking lot, at the rear of photograph.

The hard-won institution of asylum is under threat. States around the world have shut their borders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s now near impossible for most asylum seekers to travel in...

As cities, counties and states begin to relax social distancing guidelines, it is important for local and state public health organizations to conduct rigorous disease surveillance looking for indications...

Before turning to the pandemic, allow me to tell a story. One of my cousins—let’s call him “Walt”—grew up loving cars. As a 12-year-old, Walt could name the make and model of every car we passed...

The dramatic slowdown of the world economy in the first months of 2020 following the development of the COVID-19 epidemic has led to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions,...

The goal of the book is to “equip researchers with the knowledge and methods needed to understand climate extremes data.” One of the key properties of the book is the accessibility to students. This...

On the afternoon of 23 May, the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, tweeted that ‘Dom Cummings followed the guidelines and looked after his family. End of story.’ Despite Dowden’s emphatic assertion,...

Writers, cinematographers, and philosophers have often wondered what love could look like in a virtual age. Could we fall in love with a sophisticated AI? Will there be a time in which people think that...

So much about COVID-19 seems uncertain. When will a vaccine be widely available and how many will refuse it? What’s the infection fatality rate? To what extent are we undercounting, or over-counting,...

Why do societies and groups of people develop rituals? The answer is to ‘encode’ rights and obligations in particular social relationships, and also to acquire interactional patterns through which...

“In YOU the Virus of TIME began!” So declares the Angel to Prior Walter in Tony Kushner’s 1992 play Perestroika (part two of Angels in America). When Prior receives this message, he finds himself,...

The invitation that we received to conceptualise and edit the multi-volume The Cambridge History of the Gothic in 2015 was both exciting and daunting: exciting insofar as it provided a unique and privileged...

How can we study written signs that we can’t read? This is the central question of my forthcoming book, The Undeciphered Signs of Linear B: Interpretation and Scribal Practices. The Linear B writing...

Even in this strangest of summers, when social distancing leaves us feeling we’re living in suspended animation, the art of the dive can teach us about poise and exploration—the walk to the edge,...

Travel has been deeply ingrained in human history. In this time of COVID-19 lockdowns, international travel has become especially limited, even banned. To be sure, the internet offers a virtual landscape...

Reports of the first marsquakes – seismic events caused by crustal movement – aroused my interest. Recordings of earthquakes here on our own planet have taught us everything from the number...

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