Humanities

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Staff covering for academics on leave are often given no time to conduct research themselves

Robot waiter

Digital humanities pioneer Gregory Crane argues academics are failing to fully utilise the new tools of scholarship

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Major evaluation of country’s research landscape also found that internationalisation was a key area for improvement

Singing mice

From the Victorian slum-dwellers whose lives were transformed after they found a warbling rodent, to the jazz-like sound of mouse music, Richard Sugg says that if you take strange stories seriously, you may find something beautiful

Boat on a lake in Norway

Stephen Mumford tells Matthew Reisz about his desire to bring his discipline to a wider audience, why Norway was the perfect place to write his Cartesian debut novel and why insights into causation have more practical relevance than might first appear

Abandoned classroom

Number of bachelor's degrees awarded in field down 5 per cent year-on-year

Soldier with head in hands

Witnessing the work of military surgical teams in Afghanistan caused conflicting emotions in an academic author and a sense of the futility of war and of his own profession

A woman in a yoga pose

John Shand appreciates a study of how humans cope when life throws them a curve ball

General John Pershing inspects female telephone operators serving in Europe

June Purvis on the female pioneers on the frontline in the war to end all wars

A woman wearing a kimono

East Asia’s most iconic garment is as dynamic as any Western mode of dress, finds Joy Hendry

Stuart Hall

Book of the week: Fred Inglis yearns for post-1964 insights from the life of an icon of the intellectual Left

Sir Christopher Ricks
Critic discusses Trump, Bob Dylan and what university teaching can learn from Quentin Tarantino
An image from an electrocardiogram

Politics takes centre stage in a study of research on the edge of the paranormal, says Yvonne Howell

A painting showing Cosmas and Damian, the patron saints of medicine, replacing a patient’s infected leg with the healthy leg of a person who had died

An entertaining study covers everything from doctors to patients, diagnosis to treatment and sex to death, says Jane Draycott

Svalbard, Norway

An academic conference in the world’s northern-most human settlement was a profoundly unsettling – and enlightening – experience for Randy Malamud

James Fryer illustration (30 March 2017)

The suicide of a student on campus made Steven A. Miller realise that his students didn’t need a philosophy class to remind them of their impending deaths 

Cannons on a ship

Setting pre-seen exams can bring out previously unsuspected abilities among students, say Nicholas Morton and Natasha Hodgson

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Health and environmental agencies face savage reductions as defence spending soars

Onora O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve

Cambridge professor has helped policymakers wrestle with complex ethical challenges

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Discriminating in hiring practice against particular intellectual perspectives is no less sinister than discriminating against particular political persuasions, says Glenn Geher