Prof Seán McConville on his new book Irish Political Prisoners: 1920 to 1962
Seán McConville, a Professor in Law and Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London has a long established academic career in criminology. He has just published the second volume of his trilogy on Irish Political Prisoners: 1920 to 1962. In this podcast he talks about the themes, people and research in his book which covers gripping accounts from hunger strikes to the tales of a 103-year-old activist who fought against the British in WW1.
Is Gravity the best space movie? Hear what QM film experts think…
The new film Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney has been hailed by some as the best space movie ever made, but is it? Sam Philpott talks to Dr Lucy Bolton and Dr Nick Jones from QM's department of Film Studies to find out what they think....
Exploring British Film and Television Stardom
British stardom is on the ascendency with many actors gaining critical acclaim starring in hit US television series and Hollywood blockbusters. Sam Philpott talks to Dr Lucy Bolton, Adrian Garvey, and Dr Julie Lobalzo Wright talk about a groundbreaking conference 'Exploring British Film and Television Stardom’ hosted by Queen Mary which is bringing together scholars to reflect on the long history of British stardom from the silent era to WWII, the 1960s and up to the present day.
Could inflation bite back?
Today's global economy, with most developed nations experiencing very low inflation, seems a world apart from the 'Great Inflation' which spanned the 1960s through to the early 1980s. But Professor Granville warns politicians and governments not to think of inflation as yesterday's problem. Professor Granville talks to Sam Philpott about her new book Remembering Inflation which is published by Princeton University Press.
The Great Organ of the People's Palace
Professor Donald Preece and Queen Mary’s recently-retired Director of Music, Alan Wilson, discuss the Great Organ of the People’s Palace in Mile End, following the re-opening of the Great Hall in February 2013. For more information about this splendid Grade II organ by Robert Spurden-Rutt, “The Pipe-Organs of London’s East End and its People’s Palaces” by Donald Preece is available to purchase from the Queen Mary eshop.
Prof Alan Dignam talks about his play Human Rights, Bloody Human Rights
The human rights abuses committed by global businesses when investing in developing states often goes un-reported. Now Alan Dignam, a professor in corporate law at Queen Mary with over 20 years experience of working with NGOs like Amnesty International UK, has turned to theatre to highlight the issues in a play called Human Rights, Bloody Human Rights. Here he talks to Sam Philpott about the inspiration behind the play, its innovative format, the mistakes many companies make when working overseas and ways of finding solutions to the problems.
Costa Concordia Trial - Legal Implications - Shipping Law expert Dr Tina Loverdou
The MS Costa Concordia was wrecked off the coast of Isola del Giglio in Italy on 13 January 2012 and in September 2013 it was successfully wrenched upright. In this podcast Queen Mary shipping and marine insurance law researcher Dr Tina Loverdou from the Centre for Commercial Law Studies talks about the legal implications faced by the captain, crew and owners of the ship.
The enduring influence of the book of psalms
From monks to prisoners, exiles to slaves, medieval chants and gangster rap - the Old Testament Book of Psalms has inspired people around the world, throughout the centuries and across religious divides. Scholars from around the world, recently come together to evaluate their importance at the Psalms Culture and the Politics of Translation at Queen Mary on 15-17 July 2013. The event was organised by our English lecturers Dr Ruth Ahnert, Dr Tamara Atkin. Listen to Dr Atkin and Dr Ahnert discuss the conference and the enduring appeal and influence of the psalms...
Dr Tamara Atkin and Dr Ruth Ahnert talk about the Psalms Culture and the Politics of Translation conference
Peoples Palace Projects 2013
Following the recent riots in Rio, Sam Philpott talks to Professor Paul Heritage, Director of the People’s Palace Projects – based at Queen Mary – which is an indepdendent arts charity with close links to Brazil.
Should Britain remain in the EU? By Dr Sarah Wolff
The debate about whether Britain should stay in or out of the EU is rarely out of the news. Dr Sarah Wolff, from the QM School of Politics and International Relations tells us what she thinks.
Professor Jane Wills' Podcast -The Living Wage Campaign
You have probably heard of the minimum wage but did you know there is a living wage as well? Professor Jane Wills, from the School of Geography has been actively involved in the development of London Living Wage Research. Sam Philpott talks to Professor Wills to find out more.
The term 'Cockney' is now irrelevant to many people who live in the innermost surburbs of the east end of London. Sam Philpott talks to Dr Sue Fox, a socio linguistic expert from Queen Mary, University of London about the development of Cockney speech and a new form of multicultural London English.
The Great Gatsby
To coincide with the release of Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, Lucy Bolton discusses the lasting legacy of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. A Lecturer In Film Studies, Lucy outlines the success of the novel and the potential of Luhrmann's latest opulent adaptation in this interview with Samantha Philpott.
The Great Gatsby podcast with Lucy Bolton [MP3 8.13 MB]
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Concepts of Injustice
Justice is not always the cure for injustice, but is often the cause, argues Professor of Law, Eric Heinze in his new book, Concepts of Injustice. In discussion with Emma Lowry, Professor Heinze challenges traditional Western theories of justice developed by thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle.
Eric Heinze Concepts of Injustice [MP3 1.62 MB]
150th anniversary of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln in September 1862, paved the way for the release of more than 3 million black slaves in the US. Dr Tom Sebrell, an expert on the American Civil War and its British connections at Queen Mary, talks to Emma Lowry about this milestone in American history, and the document's impact on both sides of the pond.
Tom Sebrell Emancipation Proclamation [MP3 2.31 MB]
Dr Martin Knight on primary cilia
Dr Martin Knight, a reader in mechanobiology at Queen Mary's School of Engineering and Materials Science talks to Bridget Dempsey about primary cilia, tiny organelles found in most human cells. His research discovered primary cilia are an important therapeutic target to combat inflammation.
Dr Martin Knight, a reader in mechanobiology at Queen Mary's School of Engineering and Materials Science [MP3 4.4 MB]
French Presidential Elections 2012
France goes to the ballots on 22 April for the first round of voting in the French Presidential Elections. Emma Lowry talks to Dr Rainbow Murray, from the School of Politics and International Relations, about the likely outcomes and the stance of political parties' on issues such as gender equality. The School is hosting a conference on the French Presidential and Parliamentary Elections on 24 May 2012. Book here for places. For more insights on French politics from Dr Murray, visit her blog, Colourful Politics.
French Presidential Election 2012 with Rainbow Murray [MP3 1.88 MB]
Future of UK Extradition Law
Emma Lowry talks to Valsamis Mitsilegas, Professor of European Criminal Law at Queen Mary, about a recent Home Office-commissioned review into UK Extradition Law and a forthcoming conference on the UK Extradition Act 2003, co-hosted by Queen Mary's Criminal Justice Centre.
Extradition Law [MP3 1.58 MB]
History of the medical school
The London Medical College, now part of Queen Mary, was opened in 1785 and is the oldest medical school in England. Archivist and curator, Jonathan Evans tells the history of the school via a tour of the Royal London Hospital Museum in Whitechapel. You can also hear about the hospital’s most famous patient, Joseph Merrick aka the Elephant Man, and how surgeon Thomas Horrocks Openshaw helped police working on the Jack the Ripper murders.
History of the medical school [MP3 2.71 MB]
American Civil War in London (April 1861 - April 2011)
April 2011 marks the 150th anniversary (sesquicentennial) of the outbreak of the American Civil War. Here Dr Tom Sebrell, of the School of History, discusses surprising British connections to the conflict, his unique London walking tours that reveal this previously untold side of the Civil War story, and his role as historical advisor on the new British Library American Civil War sesquicentennial exhibition. See www.acwlondon.org for walking tour details.
Dr Tom Sebrell discusses the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War in April 2011 [MP3 3.13 MB]
International Women's Day 1911 - 2011
As it is International Women's Day on 8 March, three Queen Mary academics - Professor Kate Malleson, of the Department of Law; Dr Rainbow Murray, from the School of Politics and International Relations; and Dr Hazel Conley, from the School of Business and Management - talk about the triumphs and struggles of British women, economically, politically and in the legal sphere in the last 100 years, and the ongoing fight for gender equality.
Professor Kate Malleson - International Women's Day [MP3 4.08 MB]
The future of Iraq
With US troops scheduled to pull out of Iraq by the end of 2011, Dr Toby Dodge of the School of Politics and International Relations gives his perspective on the future of Iraq post-US withdrawal; the rise to power of Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki; and the wider issue of civil unrest in Egypt and the Middle East.
Dr Toby Dodge discusses the rise of President al Maliki in Iraq and civil unrest in Egypt and Middle East [MP3 4.01 MB]
Earliest films of the Holocaust found in Russia
To coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, Dr Jeremy Hicks discusses his discovery of a collection of WWII films, documenting Nazi atrocities towards Soviet Jews, hidden for more than 60 years in Russia's State Archives. These news clips and out takes, he says, represent the first cinematic representation of the mass extermination of the Jews.
The podcast runs for just over six minutes.