Exploring Human Identity and Inter-cultural Interactions

The legacy of DNA profiling

2014 sees the thirtieth anniversary of the invention of DNA profiling by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys at the University of Leicester.  As a prelude to the celebrations of this achievement, Sir Alec, Dr Turi King (Department of Genetics) and Dr John Bond OBE (Department of Chemistry) met to discuss the legacy for the world of […]

I have a dream

Given the context in which it was delivered, the surprise is not that Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech remains so well known, but that it continues to be remembered at all. It was delivered at the March on Washington on 28 August 1963, as one man’s contribution to a day-long protest that […]

After 300 years, more monkey business on Rock of Gibraltar

By Dr Chris Grocott, University of Leicester. Once again Britain and Spain have been at loggerheads this week over a 2.6 square mile rock which the former has occupied and the other complained about for 300 years. It would be over-egging things to say the two countries are at daggers drawn over Gibraltar, but diplomatic […]

The Social Science of the World in 100 objects – The Muslim Veil

The Muslim Veil: A symbol of terror? The Social Science of the World in 100 Objects is an innovative project that provides a social science perspective to everyday objects. It is inspired by the popular BBC Radio 4 series ‘The History of the World in 100 Objects’, a 2010 partnership between the BBC and the […]

The Social Science of the World in 100 objects – The Passport

The passport: is it the only way to say who we truly are? The Social Science of the World in 100 Objects is an innovative project that provides a social science perspective to everyday objects. It is inspired by the popular BBC Radio 4 series ‘The History of the World in 100 Objects’, a 2010 […]