New book: 'Understanding Eritrea: Inside Africa's Most Repressive State' - Martin Plaut

Friday 17 June 2016
ICwS Senior Research Fellow Martin Plaut's book,  Understanding Eritrea: Inside Africa's Most Repressive State , is now available from Hurst Publishers. "Eritrea is characterised by regime paranoia, intense domestic repression and isolationism. Martin Plaut’s book offers a glimpse into a relatively young nation marred by a stifling dictatorship.

Scholarship opportunities for Commonwealth citizens for PhD study from Sept/Oct 2016

Tuesday 31 May 2016
The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is offering PhD scholarships to permanent residents of Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, and New Zealand to study full-time or split-site PhDs at a UK institution, through the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. These scholarships apply to all subject areas and are available for study commencing in September/October 2016. To apply for these scholarships, you must: • be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person

Commonwealth Oral History Project Launched in Malta ahead of CHOGM

Monday 30 November 2015
The 27-29th November marked the busiest period in the Commonwealth calendar with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Valetta, Malta. The Institute of Commonwealth Studies was represented at the event by Professor Philip Murphy , Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Dr Sue Onslow , Senior Lecturer in Commonwealth Studies. The evening before the CHOGM began, Professor Murphy and Dr Onslow hosted representatives from across the Commonwealth at the launch of the Commonwealth Oral History Project (COHP) .

Commonwealth Oral History Project to Launch in Malta ahead of CHOGM

Thursday 19 November 2015
Representatives of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies will be in Malta to disseminate the findings of the Institute’s flagship Commonwealth Oral History project to Commonwealth representatives and officials and associated groups attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which is taking place between 27 and 29 November .

Institute of Commonwealth Studies Fellow's publication commended as a 'beacon to others'

Thursday 2 July 2015
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.

ICWS Director Professor Philip Murphy on 'The curious case of the disappearing Commonwealth'

Wednesday 22 April 2015
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.