The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes.
Disastrous: thoughts on a pandemic inspired by ancient astrology
Jane Lightfoot considers what a particular corner of the classical world, astrology, thought about disease – how it classified it, what mental models it built around it, and how it might have coped, or failed to cope, with the situation that is facing us today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.