Philippe Marlière, Professor of French and European Politics at UCL, argues that anti-racist activism in France has surged due to police brutality and the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on BAME populations. This article was originally written for the Political Studies Association Blog as part of their “COVID-19 Blog Series: How Europe has responded to the crisis.” Click here to read the original post. George Floyd’s … Continue reading COVID-19 and the surge of the anti-racist movement in France
Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin, Reader in Law & Religion and Comparative Law (UCL Laws), explores democratic decision-making during the Covid-19 pandemic. She is the author of Why Religious Freedom Matters for Democracy: Comparative Reflections from Britain and France for a Democratic Vivre Ensemble (Hart 2020). For all the tragic consequences they bring and the uncertainties they trigger, pandemics are also bearers of truth: they reveal the … Continue reading COVID-19: An Opportunity to Reinstate Democratic Deliberativeness
Meg Russell, Director of the UCL Constitution Unit and Professor of British and Comparative Politics at UCL, examines the four factors which contributed to the parliamentary ‘perfect storm’ over Brexit, concluding that ‘parliament’ largely got the blame for divisions inside the Conservative Party. This article was originally published by the Constitution Unit Blog and is reposted with permission. Amidst the current Covid-19 crisis, last year’s Brexit clashes already … Continue reading Brexit and parliament: where did it all go wrong?
Dr Alfonso Del Percio, Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics, UCL Institute of Education, reflects on the experience of buying a used car, and theorises the intersection of language, migrant labour and inequality in times of COVID-19. An expanded version of this piece appears on Del Percio’s blog, Disruptive Inequalities. Read it here. I want to buy a car. I want my freedom back. The government … Continue reading Freedom, Oppression, Sacrifice: Chronicles from the Italian Lockdown
Dagmar Paulus, Senior Teaching Fellow in German Studies at UCL SELCS, explains the language choices of German politicians when discussing the coronavirus. Continue reading How politicians talk about coronavirus in Germany, where war metaphors are avoided