Stating the Obvious

‘Lefty lawyers’ and ‘law and order’: Who is the law for?

Priti Patel and Boris Johnson’s scorn for ‘lefty lawyers’ is a threat to British democracy. This week both the British Home Secretary, Priti Patel, and the Prime Minister Boris Jonson called into question the integrity of lawyers on the political Left. Patel made her comments last Sunday, in the context of the discussion on immigration. … Continue reading “‘Lefty lawyers’ and ‘law and order’: Who is the law for?”

On Knowing the Nazis

I realised recently that my current project of researching life in Nazi Germany, the idea of ‘knowing the Nazis’, is something I have specifically avoided in my study of German literature and culture up to this point. In my first year at university I had to read the poem ‘Todesfuge’ (Death Fugue) by the Romanian-born … Continue reading “On Knowing the Nazis”

Reflections on ‘Learning Outcomes’, Research, and Writing in Academia

In current university pedagogy we are encouraged to plan our teaching around ‘Learning Outcomes’. The course ends with an assessment to see if the ‘Learning Outcomes’ have been achieved. But now I’m on research leave, no longer teaching, I am floating freely, drifting from one idea to the next, and for the first time in … Continue reading “Reflections on ‘Learning Outcomes’, Research, and Writing in Academia”

Hot Dog!

Recently, I think my dog has been trying to tell me something. Around the time during lockdown when the weather suddenly got nice, she started doing this thing on walks which is both adorable and annoying at the same time. We’re walking along, she on the lead, me already thinking about the jobs I need … Continue reading “Hot Dog!”

Why I blog

When I have an idea I need to share, I blog about it. Mostly these are reflections from my research, and on academia in general. I hope that there is something here for you.

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