The past few weeks I’ve been following the many journalists and bloggers who’ve had a sudden affinity for debating the scarcity and shortcomings of academics in the public sphere. From the spark of a single tweet or article, ideas often spread like wildfire in digital media.
How Academia and Publishing are Destroying Scientific Innovation: A Conversation with Sydney Brenner
Nobel Prize winner Professor Sydney Brenner tells us that the key to encouraging innovation in research is to foster “deviant studies,” where researchers work in areas in which they are ignorant, allowing for fresh perspectives and new ideas. Unfortunately, academia today discourages this sort of creativity.
Despite the popular quip that, when it comes to geopolitical grand strategy, Russians play chess not checkers, the reality has not always reflected this ideal. Recent geopolitical interventions by Russia, particularly in the Middle East and Asia, have shown signs of a more nuanced and complex set of policy tools.
The ‘Gurlitt case’, as Anna Blair traces in her article in this magazine, is a prism for a nexus of hitherto not unrelated but rarely ever so intertwined (art) historical, moral, political, and economic conundrums.
The recent discovery of 1,406 artworks confiscated in Nazi Germany, thought lost forever, is the beginning of both an art historical fantasy and a legal quagmire. The facts are astonishing in themselves: border police stopped Cornelius Gurlitt on a train …
Though seemingly a frivolous activity, play is essential for our intellectual development. King’s Review sat down with Professor Sir Patrick Bateson to discuss the benefits of play, creativity, and what happens when children aren’t allowed this opportunity.
The recent proposal to institute a Universal Basic Income (UBI) in Switzerland may turn out to be a short-lived experiment, but it raises important questions about human needs, social justice and how to attend to them.
An interview with Michael Herzfeld: Cryptocolonialism, the responsibility of the social sciences and Europe
Last week Raffaella Taylor-Seymour and KR editor Johannes Lenhard had the chance to interview Professor Michael Herzfeld, Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University. The three talked about what Herzfeld describes as ‘cryptocolonialism’, the public responsibility of the social sciences, economists as the Azande diviners of our times, and neoliberalism in Europe.
Fifty-eight years ago this month, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama for ‘civil disobedience’. She sat where she wanted on a bus. On 1st December, the day of the anniversary, Barack Obama sent out a tweet with a picture …
Boris Johnson’s recent remarks about inequality at the Centre for Policy Studies are more than just another provocation. In fact, the idea that inequality was part and parcel of economically advanced societies harks back to Mandeville, Kant and Smith. Johnson shows that the controversial theoretical postulates of the eighteenth century have become the political commonsense of the twenty-first.
A series of previously unpublished intelligence reports casts a new light on the role of the Frankfurt School and its involvement in global power politics during World War II. What role did the critical theorists and political thinkers Herbert Marcuse, Franz Neumann and Otto Kirchheimer play in the birth of the American national security state?
The master of spin gives a PR lesson from the back of his limo
Was Margaret Thatcher a visionary leader who fundamentally changed the landscape of British politics? Or was that landscape already changing, with Thatcher merely overseeing developments that were more or less inevitable? Despite the mythos of contemporary British politics, and of the Conservative Party in particular, there are strong reasons to be doubtful of Thatcher’s status as an economic and political visionary. Examining the development of offshore finance – and of Whitehall’s inability to keep pace with this – indicates that Thatcher’s role has been grossly overstated in the popular imagination. Realising this, however, must lead us to question the future prospects for societies like ours.
Baroness Onora O’Neill speaks to the Review about the Leveson Inquiry, the GCHQ/NSA scandal, the ethics of extra-territorial publication, and the Internet as an arena of power.
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The BlogFeb 10
The composer Thomas Adès discusses his conception of beauty in relation to a photograph of his niece.Feb 3
How could a version of the Universal Basic Income as debated in Switzerland potentially fuel a debate about the problems in the British benefits system? Commenting on Tobias Haeusermann’s recent article in the KR, Johannes Lenhard illustrates the case with his own research among homeless people in London and the current controversies about Channel4′s program Benefits Street.Dec 19
As part of a series of reproductions from the Gilded Birds website, King’s Review presents an interview with King’s College fellow Christopher Prendergast.Dec 5
King’s Review is pleased to present material from Gilded Birds (www.gildedbirds.net), a series of online interviews which each offer ‘a snapshot of contemporary ideals of beauty’. Jane Haynes, psychotherapist and author, discusses her husband’s photograph, ‘Dog and Grass’.Dec 3
There are things happening in Tehran that even by Western standards are almost too creatively subversive to be true. And they are happening in the vehicles that Tehranis covet. During ’rounding’ – a form of car-speed dating – the intimacy that is typically banned from anything but the most private nocturnal spaces is partly able to return during sneaked daytime moments.Nov 4
It may surprise readers to learn that the government has spent the last three years persistently undermining and obstructing Britain’s seventh largest export industry.May 6
Guns, like country music, cowboy boots, and bourbon, have for the past forty years enjoyed a cultural cachet in America that is removed from any practical uses to which they might be put. They have become symbols of Southern and Western self-sufficiency and toughness, an easy way for consumers from particular regions in a market economy to flaunt a middle finger to authority.Mar 23
Two weeks ago, we celebrated International Women’s Day. While there should be no time-stamp on such celebrations, a specific day does provide an opportunity for focus, for female issues to be raised and discussed by experts and non-experts alike. At …Mar 22
Nicholas Mulder’s piece ‘Closed Trials and Open Wounds’ unknowingly served to bring back to mind the part played by Ken and Rosemary Polack and King’s in the cause celebre of the Rudi Dutschke affair of 1970 and the seminal part …Mar 12
The political repercussions of the proposed Justice and Security Bill rocked the Liberal Democrats’ spring conference in Brighton this weekend. Civil rights campaigner Jo Shaw resigned after renouncing her support for Nick Clegg.