“British academic expectations are too often presented as a fixed and implicitly global worldwide norm, which in fact they are not.” This article looks at academic expectations in different countries as “cultural phenomena” and discusses supporting students, especially international students, effectively.
Representing Environmental Crisis in Digital Spaces: An overview of Climate Change Discussions in Webcomics
Climate Change is a reality: Ambika Raja, former journalist and aspiring researcher offers an overview of how Webcomics with their voices, formats, and discussions, are powerful weapons using uncomplicated language, short sentence structure, and striking visuals to get the message across quickly.
Grounded in a social, fluid, and multiple nature of literacy, Chang Liu’s article critically reflects on a collaborative filmmaking experience and discusses the benefits of incorporating elements of media education into formal schooling, arguing for a curricular and pedagogical change, from one preoccupied with competition, testing, and outcomes to one that honours collaboration, reflection, and multimodality.
The Need for both Proactive and Responsive Facilitation in Addressing the Rural / Urban Divide in the United States
Angus McGregor, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, considers Thomas Jefferson’s thinking about rural economies in the United States. He concludes the need for a revolution of progressive rural development addressing income and political gaps between rural and urban communities, thus moving the United States closer to Jefferson’s hope; a nation committed to a democratization of prosperity.
Eugène Delacroix, leader of the nineteenth century Romantic movement, is widely regarded as the most influential painter of his time. His unparalleled mastery of color inspired generations of artists; creating a bridge from the antiquated, high-brow art of the Salon, to the progenitors of Modern art from Symbolists and Pointillists, to those whom would revolutionize how we look at art today, the Impressionists.
The Imponderable Bloom: E.M. Forster’s ‘The Machine Stops’ on Isolation, Social Distancing, and Online Lecturing
Francesca Pierini is an Adjunct Lecturer at University of Basel. In this short article, she proposes a reading of The Machine Stops (1909), a sci-fi short story E.M. Forster wrote in 1909, in order to reflect on several specific aspects of the narrative that closely resonate with our most recent experiences in a time of COVID-19 pandemic, from social isolation to distance lecturing.
Dr Katie Fitzpatrick, writer, editor, and university lecturer based in Vancouver, Canada, discusses Thoreau’s rare moral vision in his essay ‘On the Duty of Civil Disobedience’. Yet according to Fitzpatrick, it is Arendt’s account of the practice of civil disobedience that is ultimately more promising.
Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova tells the story of her life in Moscow, which she calls “a lucky life”. She documents her family history and shares her earliest memories from 1941, her wartime experiences, and her path to the present as President of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Ireland’s Great Famine, “Gorta Mór”, had far-reaching effects for the Irish population in the mid-nineteenth century, leading millions to migrate in search of a better future. As part of a documentary film project, Dr Ian Michael, Fokiya Akhtar and Dr Michael R. Ogden explore the journey made by Dr Michael’s own ancestor, John Footman, from rural Cork to Madras, India.
Entrance to teacher education is a highly political issue with high entrance scores and some form of aptitude test being the norm. This article by Dr Yvonne Masters of the University of New England, Australia, is a discussion starter to examine the questions: who is missing out and is equity being ignored under the guise of quality?
Regarded by many as the backbone of national statistics, the UK’s population census will in future be conducted online and augmented by data derived from other government sources, without the need for explicit consent of the population. Lynn Killick, Alistair S. Duff, Mark Deakin and Hazel Hall examine public attitudes to an online census.
Dr Rebecca Moore of the University of Arkansas, United States of America, examines the ways in which Henry VIII used poetics and performances to establish the iconography of his court and the relevance, within this context, of Henry’s specific choice of the older Katherine of Aragon as queen.
Dr. A. Robert Lee interviews Hana Fujimoto and Emiko Miyashita of the Haiku International Association on haiku, its history, and its place in literature today. The interview took place at The Asian Conference on Literature & Librarianship 2016 (LibrAsia2016) in Kobe, Japan, where they hosted their annual haiku workshop.
Hollywood legend, Olivia de Havilland, once said, “I like life! I want to have more of it. To venture more, create more, experience more. Oh, I want to go on for a very long time”. Having celebrated her 100th birthday this year, she has done just that. Dr. Victoria Amador explores the actress’s life, career, and the strength behind her spirited disposition
In the final part of Professor Stuart D. B. Picken’s “Death in the Japanese Tradition” monograph, he explains how Japan’s death system has been developed far beyond that of any Western civilisation, serving the needs of social control, nationalism and militarism, as well as the preservation of the family and the maintenance of the stability of Japanese society.
From suicide cults and self mortification to the worship of benevolent cultic figures such as Jizo and Amida, Professor Stuart D. B. Picken looks at the ways in which Buddhism in Japan provided a metaphysic of death that enabled the people to endure the hardships of life in the hope of a better hereafter, in Part 8 of “Death in the Japanese Tradition”.
Psychogeographic Impact on Malcolm Lowry’s Consciousness: From the Zapotec and Aztec Civilizations to Taoism
Nigel H. Foxcroft analyses the influence of cultures and civilizations upon literature and national identity by investigating the evolution of the cosmic consciousness of the English Modernist novelist and poet, Malcolm Lowry (1909-57) after his experience of the Mexican Day of the Dead Hispanic festival.