Dr Andrew Dix is a lecturer in American Studies, whose areas of interest include African American culture, twentieth and twenty-first century US fiction, the literature and cinema of US sport, film adaptation, Hollywood stardom, and cinema and globalisation. Here he examines the powerful episode of Doctor Who that centered on Rosa Parks, an activist in […]
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Dr Catherine Armstrong is a historian of colonial North America and the United States in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Here she describes abolition’s early accomplishments at a time when it was more prosperous to turn a blind eye…
Professor Caroline Kennedy-Pipe is a leading expert on International Security at Loughborough University and has contributed to the House of Commons report, On Thin Ice: UK Defence in the Arctic – published this week. Here she gives her analysis of the report and discusses the current state of security in the Arctic and the UK’s ambition to […]
Beyond nasty nationalists and good patriots: What the World Cup can tell us about the continuing significance of nationalism
Dr Michael Skey, Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, explains how the 2018 World Cup separated genuine patriots from far-right thugs and why nationalism continues to thrive
By Dr Jon Seaton, Reader in Business Economics, explains why we should be a bit nicer to the most powerful man on the planet…
A competition among political parties to promise a more attractive minimum or “living” wage is new to British elections. The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is now nearly 20 years old, but Labour in power was always cautious about its level. The Conservatives, meanwhile, initially opposed it. But a burgeoning living wage movement and a perceived […]
Helen Drake, Professor of French and European Studies, discusses what impact Emmanuel Macron, the newly elected president of France, may have on the future direction of the European Union.
Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison discusses the future of international student recruitment for UK universities and why Loughborough is proud to be a multi-national, multi-cultural and outward-looking community.
A huge throng of female protesters rallied wearing symbols of unity, challenging the decisions of those in power. News reports demonised them and branded them whores, bawds, and even ‘scum of the suburbs’, but they defiantly lined the streets of Westminster, coming together outside the Houses of Parliament, and demanding an end to the English […]
Sport and the Troubles in Northern Ireland: A unique view of the Maze Prison’s sectarian sporting culture
Professor Alan Bairner was given access to Maze Prison’s paramilitary prisoners in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. After a scores of discussions with both republican (IRA) and loyalist (UDA, UVF and LVF) inmates, Professor Bairner hoped to learn about the role sport had taken in shaping their beliefs and everyday lives.