‘Some unfinished business’: New Zealand, Samoa and the legacy of the Great Flu pandemic of 1918

This blog is co-authored by Gavan Duffy and Gearóid Barry. New Zealand’s handling of the current Covid-19 pandemic has, to date, attracted much positive commentary, with a considerably better record than Ireland, for example, taking our similar-sized populations and island situation into account. New Zealand’s experience in 1918–1919 was not as commendable, especially when it… | Read on »

Monuments Matter

We called it Cannon Park. A triangular sliver of green separating the Court House lawn from High Street, it was just around the corner from our front door in Chestertown, Maryland. We passed it on foot on the right on the way to church on Sundays, or on the left when we headed uptown to… | Read on »

Hearts, Minds, Institutions: Dismantling Racism in America

Americans have had to face an old question with new urgency: “How do we fix racism?” Among the solutions, some observers have focused on the challenge of changing “hearts and minds”, but historically progress in that regard has proven fitful, and quantifying success is difficult. The slow process of converting racists to non-racists or less-racists… | Read on »

Africa and ‘Blackness’ in the Irish Imagination

Widespread protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have generated new awareness of historically sanctioned racism that shapes the lives of people of colour in the USA and in other countries around the world. Here in Ireland  the issue of racism is also being discussed. A large part of the debate has centred… | Read on »

China and the United States – An Emerging Cold War?

Introduction In recent weeks the Covid-19 crisis has significantly increased the tension between the US and China. The trade war of the past three years has damaged both economies. And the US concern about the evident ability of Huawei to compete successfully in the international 5G market has been well articulated by politicians in the… | Read on »

“Proper to Throw it Out”: The Bristol Electors, Edmund Burke and the Relocation of a Statue of Edward Colston to the Bottom of the River Frome

Until this Sunday two statues stood in Bristol’s historic Centre. Both statues were cast at the end of the nineteenth century, both of single-term MPs for the city: you might be forgiven for wondering what it was about the 1890s that had made Bristol so nostalgic for men it hadn’t wanted to re-elect. Growing up… | Read on »

Canada, COVID, and Police Brutality: The Experience of the Black Community

Protests are sweeping across the United Sates due to the public murder of African American George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Cities have risen up in response. The federal government and US states and municipalities have responded with tremendous use of force to shut down demonstrations and silence protestors thereby, denying them their First Amendment rights…. | Read on »

The Work of Metaphor in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Published: 26 May 2020 by Irish Humanities Alliance On March 18th, as Covid-19 spread across the United States, Donald Trump declared himself a “wartime president”. Like many of his fellow leaders, he opted for metaphor amidst the crisis, enhancing his status while underscoring the severity of the situation. The pandemic has proved a fruitful ground… | Read on »

Where to for communication and journalism in the post-Coronavirus world?

An earlier version in Portuguese appeared in Público, 8 May 2020. Social relations did not come to an end with the confinement measures adopted to reduce exposure to Covid-19, even though many were suspended or restricted to the domestic sphere. In the same way, the process of communication did not stop; in many instances it… | Read on »

A Letter from the Emergency Room

Jac Saorsa, Discarded mask. Oil on paper, 2020 First posted in Synapsis, 15 May 2020 In early January, scientists identified SARS-CoV2 as the causative agent for a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first official death from Covid-19 (the infection caused by the novel coronavirus) was reported by China on January… | Read on »