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    • Society & Culture

The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes.

    The 1951 UN Refugee Convention: its origins and significance

    The 1951 UN Refugee Convention: its origins and significance

    Peter Gatrell discusses the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, signed in Geneva on 28 July 1951. He explains the circumstances leading up to the Refugee Convention and considers what it was designed to achieve.

    • 11 min
    Syntax: where the magic happens

    Syntax: where the magic happens

    In this talk, David Adger explains what syntax as an area of study is, why he finds it important and fascinating, and why it is central to what it means to be human.

    • 15 min
    Looking at sign languages

    Looking at sign languages

    This talk introduces research on the sign languages of deaf communities: natural, complex human languages, both similar to and different from spoken languages.

    • 18 min
    The Shogun’s Silver Telescope: The East India Company and the English quest for Japan

    The Shogun’s Silver Telescope: The East India Company and the English quest for Japan

    Professor Timon Screech FBA explores the relationship between the East India Company and the Shogun of Japan.

    • 9 min
    Crèvecœur: What is an American?

    Crèvecœur: What is an American?

    Crèvecœur reveals in his French work the original sins of British colonization and of the new United States, sins which still haunt us today: genocide of indigenous peoples, enslavement of Africans and environmental devastation.

    • 11 min
    Goods and possessions in late medieval England

    Goods and possessions in late medieval England

    In this talk, Christopher Woolgar discusses objects of daily life, their significance and the meaning of material culture (what we might understand as ‘people’s stuff') in late medieval England

    • 10 min

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