A short reflection on Disney/Pixar’s 2020 film Onward, and its treatment of masculinity and the expression of grief.
My response to a recent article on Classic FM’s web site about a Twitter discussion on the possibility of Ludwig van Beethoven being Black, and the epistemic injustices that this discussion exposes.
Some reflections on Comrades, a table-top role-playing game about revolutions by W.M. Akers, and why I want to play the game in today’s political climate.
Some reflections on a recent BBC Radio 4 interview about the need to ‘have conversations about empire’, and what the terms of such ‘conversations’ mean.
A brief look at the Stop the Coup protests in Edinburgh and the lack of representation of migrant and other precarious voices
Recent visa refusals for visiting artists and writers at festivals in the UK have prompted discussions about the ‘Hostile Environment’. This is an intervention that argues that characterising the problems faced by these artists as aspects of the Hostile Environment is misleading, and the conversation around immigration needs greater nuance.
On 26 October, the journal Nature published the results of its 2017 biennial graduate student survey, which found that over a quarter of PhD students report mental health as a significant concern during their PhD. However, as much as these results shed light on the problem of mental health in academia, there is a sense that the survey not only vastly underestimates the prevalence of mental health issues, but it also fails to represent some of the specific concerns and challenges faced in the Humanities.
An essay on the forms of structural violence in the Home Office’s immigration policy to create a ‘hostile environment’ towards migrants through the co-opting of private actors into the repressive state apparatus and the overlap of consent and coercion through which the state diminishes their life chances.
My comments on the 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, 2017, which I stayed up to stream live last night. These are a few short notes on the Ig Nobel Prizes, the winners from last night, and my take on why they are an annual highlight of my academic calendar.
Google, in partnership with the US National Alliance on Mental Illness, has recently announced a feature to help diagnose people with depression by presenting them with the PHQ-9 questionnaire if they search for depression. In what is roughly a follow-up to a previous piece about Instagram and diagnosing mental illness, I consider whether or not tech giants like Google should be dealing with this kind of sensitive data, or whether or not they are in some ways part of the problem.