Institute of Commonwealth Studies Senior Research Fellow Dr John Cowley's co-edited 'Creole Music Of The French West Indies: A Discography 1900-1959' has been commended as a "labour of love" and "major work" which should "act as a beacon to others" by Soca News' Stephen Spark . Spark noted that Dr Cowley's meticulous research, culminating in the discography's publication in 2015, had begun during the 1980s.
Writing in The Conversation, Institute of Commownealth Studies Director Professor Philip Murphy reflects on the Commonwealth's place - and absence - in UK party manifestos ahead of the May election. He notes that the generally lukewarm references to the Commonwealth also hearken back to the rhetoric of the interwar period. Read the piece here.
Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and Dr Corinne Lennox, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights, both spoke at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK's conference 'Human Rights in the Modern Day Commonwealth: Magna Carta to the Commonwealth Charter' , which was held between 3-6 February 2015.
Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, was quoted in an article in The Times about the Queen's decision to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta later this year, having missed the 2013 summit in Sri Lanka. In ‘Queen shows that family of nations is close to her heart’, Professor Murphy says he understands hopping on a plane to Malta is completely different to taking a long-haul flight to Sri Lanka but, "this is still grist to the mill of those of us who argued that the Queen was sending a distinct messag
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is delighted to announce the launch of a new Master's degree in The Making of the Modern World , which is aimed at anyone interested in understanding how the legacies of imperialism and post-colonialism have shaped the world we live in.
The Mandela: Myth and Reality conference organised by ICWS has featured on Germany’s Deutsch Welle AfricaLink on Air radio station. Lasting about 22 minutes, the report said delegates were divided on many issues including one that won’t go away – whether or not Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party. Listen to the report (at 16.33 on the programme)
Dr Susan Williams, ICWS senior research fellow, has been quoted in a Guardian story about a possible new United Nations inquiry into the death of the organisation’s secretary-general, Dag Hammarskjöld, in a plane crash in the British colony of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). The article, UN poised to open fresh inquiry into 1961 Dag Hammarskjöld crash , said Dr Williams’s 2011 book Who Killed Hammarskjöld? The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa , offered new evidence and has helped to cast doubt on the official version of events.
Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, in conjunction with King’s College, London, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa and Universite Paris Diderot Call for papers:
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is delighted to announce that Dr Julian Burger has been awarded the third annual Peter Lyon Memorial Prize. Dr Burger has been awarded the prize for his article, ‘Indigenous Peoples in Commonwealth Countries: the Legacy of the Past and Present-Day Struggles for Self-Determination’ , published in The Round Table, volume 102, issue 4 (August 2013).
Nelson Rolihlahla (Xhosa for 'troublemaker') Mandela has been described as a phenomenon and a global icon. He was also a practical, pragmatic politician. But who was the real Nelson Mandela? Mandela: myth and reality , a conference which will be held at Senate House on 5 December, explores the man behind the myth.