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Blog: ‘Machine folk’ music shows the creative side of AI
31 March 2017

Dr Bob Sturm, from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, and Kingston University's Dr Oded Ben-Tal explain their research creating artificial intelligence that can write folk music and whether this can open new areas of creativity. 

A photo by Albert Londe of a ‘hysterical’ woman taken around 1890. Wellcome Library Blog: The Victorians are to blame for assumptions that self-harm is just attention-seeking
6 March 2017

Dr Sarah Chaney, researcher at QMUL's School of History, writes for The Conversation about our attitudes to self-harm and where they come from. 

Blog: Viceroy’s House is very watchable – but its account of Indian independence is limited
3 March 2017

Dr Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram, Lecturer in World Cinema, Queen Mary University of London, reviews Gurinder Chadha’s latest film: Viceroy’s House.

Blog: Awesome, erotic, everyday: the literary story of electricity
2 March 2017

Sam Halliday, Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century American Literature at QMUL's School of English and Drama writes about a new exhibition at the Wellcome Library: Electricity, The spark of life.

Blog: Searching for Corbynism: why no one’s quite sure what Labour stands for
24 February 2017

Karl Pike, PhD candidate and Teaching Associate at QMUL's School of Politics and International Relations writes for The Conversation about what Corbyn's Labour stands for. 

Thomas Browne Blog: The man who invented popular science used a 17th-century version of clickbait
31 January 2017

Harriet Phillips, Research Associate at QMUL's School of English and Drama, writes for The Conversation about the fascinating legacy of 17th century polymath Thomas Browne. 

Blog: Hacksaw Ridge promised to champion pacifism – but the film is sadly just jingoistic
30 January 2017

Dr Guy Westwell, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at QMUL reviews Hacksaw Ridge for The Conversation

Blog: UK Supreme Court’s Brexit Ruling: Parliamentarisation or business as usual?
25 January 2017

Davor Jancic, Lecturer at QMUL's School of Law writes about yesterday's Supreme Court judgement on Article 50.

School students at a Research in Schools project launch. Credit: Honor-Clare Elliot Blog: So you’re looking to run a Research in Schools project?
19 January 2017

Dr Martin Archer from the School of Physics and Astronomy writes about his work taking the latest research into schools and how his findings can help science researchers and teachers interested in doing something similar.

Blog: Teaching the importance of communication between doctor and patient
9 January 2017

In this blog post, Jo Brown, Head of Quality in Teaching and Learning at QMUL’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, talks about her recent experience of teaching Romanian oncologists about successful communication between doctor and patient.

Blog: Joseph Kabila will cling to power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, says expert in African history
22 December 2016

Dr Reuben Loffman from QMUL's School of History considers the future of Congolese politics and the country's President Joseph Kabila. 

Blog: Brexit and the future of UK trade
25 November 2016

In this article Professor Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas considers what Brexit means for UK trade policy. Professor Leal-Arcas is Jean Monnet Professor in EU International Economic Law at QMUL's Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Blog: Energy secruity for Europe
3 November 2016

Energy security is a burning issue in a world where 1.4 billion people still have no access to electricity. A new book from QMUL's Professor Rafael Leal-Arcas focuses on finding solutions for energy security through the international trading system. Focusing mainly on the European Union as a case study, this holistic and comprehensive analysis of the existing legal and geopolitical instruments strives to identify the shortcomings of the international and EU energy trade governance systems, concluding with the notion of a European Energy Union and what the EU is politically prepared to accept as part of its unified energy security.

Blog: Thailand mourns its king and heads into the unknown
17 October 2016

Dr Lee Jones from QMUL's School of Politics and International Relations writes about the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Dr Jones says that the King was a much more complex figure than is suggested by recent obituaries.

© PA Archive Blog: The Conservative party and business have fallen in and out of love for decades
11 October 2016

Professor Tim Bale from QMUL's School of Politics and Public Relations writes that its not the first time the Tories and big business have been on less than friendly terms. 

Blog: Why Labour Party members still back Jeremy Corbyn as their leader
27 September 2016

Dr Monica Poletti from QMUL's School of Politics and International Relations explores how different views among older and newer Labour party members shaped the outcome of the leadership contest, using survey data from the Party Members Project.

Blog: Free State of Jones: Review of Matthew McConaughey’s castaway army in the US civil war
27 September 2016

Dr Erik Mathisen from QMUL's School of History reviews Matthew McConaughey’s new movie Free State of Jones.

© From John Tenniel’s Alice in Wonderland Blog: Many parents won’t read their children scary stories – but perhaps we shouldn’t blame them
1 September 2016

Professor Kiera Vaclavik, from QMUL's School of Languages, Literature and Film, writes about children, stories, and a scare at bedtime.

Blog: Donald Trump’s chaotic use of metaphor is a crucial part of his appeal
3 August 2016

Andrew Hines, a PhD candidate at QMUL's School of Languages, Linguistics, and Film, write about Republican nominee Donald Trump's unorthodox and rule-breaking rhetorical style. 

Blog: PILI: HIV from the female perspective
29 July 2016

Dr Sophie Harman from QMUL's School of Politics and International Relations writes about her forthcoming film about HIV, which based on the testimony of 85 local women from the Pwani region of Tanzania.

Dr Jess Potter examines a patient's record on an MDR-TB ward in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Credit: Tom Maguire/RESULTS UK Blog: "With such a small piece of cloth, how do you choose what to cover?"
26 July 2016

In her second blog post from Cambodia with RESULTS UK, QMUL's Dr Jess Potter reports from a multidrug-resistant tuberculosis ward in Phnom Penh and highlights the impossible choices that have to be made with limited funding.

Jess and Dr Chhim examine a TB patient's X-ray at Kampong Cham hospital, Cambodia. Credit: Tom Maguire/RESULTS UK Blog: Behind the beauty a TB epidemic is raging
21 July 2016

In this blog post, QMUL's Dr Jess Potter reflects on the scale of Cambodia's hidden TB epidemic and what she is experiencing on her trip through rural communities with RESULTS UK.

Blog: Here’s what we know about Labour’s £3 supporters – and whether they’ll pay £25 to help Corbyn again
20 July 2016

In this post Professor Tim Bale takes a closer look at Labour's "£3 supporters". The article is based on his research with colleagues in the Party Members Project and is co-authored by Professor Paul Webb, University of Sussex, and Dr Monica Poletti, QMUL.

Blog: What does the Tory grassroots want from Prime Minister Theresa May?
13 July 2016

In this post Professor Tim Bale examines what Tory party members want and expect from Prime Minister Theresa May. The article is based on his research with colleagues in the Party Members Project and is co-authored by Professor Paul Webb, University of Sussex, and Dr Monica Poletti, QMUL.

Blog: War guilt, Blair and the Chilcot Inquiry
12 July 2016

While the Chilcot Report does not accuse Tony Blair of war guilt for Iraq, his responsibility for the war and its consequences is in question. In this blog post, Dr James Ellison, of QMUL's School of History and the Mile End Institute, reflects on the historical significance of the Iraq Inquiry and whether Blair should be blamed.

Blog: Return of the town hall: will Brexit bring British democracy closer to the people?
8 July 2016

Brexit may reshape the UK's political geography - locally as well as internationally, according to Professor Jane Wills. "When people are encouraged to take back control, they need access to the political institutions that might allow this to happen."

 Professor Tim Bale Blog: Corbyn's Labour: Survey of post-2015 Labour members and supporters
28 June 2016

Professor Tim Bale examines the results of a YouGov survey of 2026 members and supporters who joined the Labour Party after May 2015.  

Blog: Profile: The Cameron Illusion
27 June 2016

As David Cameron's period at the summit of UK politics draws to a dramatic close, historian Dr Robert Saunders profiles the elusive prime minister. 

Blog: Brexit: Where now for Britain?
24 June 2016

Dr Paul Copeland, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at QMUL's School of Politics and International Relations, considers the next steps for post-Brexit Britain.