Northern Notes

During June and July 2021, the Northern Notes Blog, a blog published by the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds is recruiting international scholars who have published an outstanding book or a collection of academic papers in the field of tourism mobilities and critical tourism...

In this post Izram Chaudry explores how the prevalence of pseudo-scientific stereotyping in judging and refereeing endorses discrimination against British Muslim boxers. Ever since the ascendancy of Amir Khan, there has been an influx in younger generations of British-Pakistani Muslims endeavouring to follow in his footsteps. From an Olympic silver...

In this post Johanna Loock examines the recent initiative for a Swiss “burqa ban” as the unexpected example of an alliance between right-wing nationalists and self-declared feminists who accepted the undermining of liberal principles in order to reconstruct an exclusive national identity. An alliance between feminism and nationalism may seem unlikely...

In this short post, Dr Vassilios Ziakas discusses whether the easing of COVID-19 restrictions will signal a safe return back to ‘normal’ in public events and festivals. As COVID-19 restrictions are eased, we are all looking forward to the return of public events and festivals. But will this be a...

In this post, Dr Maximiliano Korstanje examines the implications of introducing a vaccine passport for the institution of hospitality. With the advent of modernity and secularisation, the belief in the afterlife declines and hospitality becomes according to Jacques Derrida “conditioned”. Hence, social trust plays a leading role in the configuration...

During June and July 2021, the Northern Notes Blog, a blog published by the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds is recruiting international scholars who have published an outstanding book or a collection of academic papers in the field of tourism mobilities and critical tourism...

Turning to the case of Egypt, Northern Notes Co-editor Dr. Sarah Marusek discusses how dystopian imaginations are responding to the rise and fall of the Arab Uprisings, showing how disillusionment has fuelled two Egyptian writers to create alternative worlds to critically engage with the failed revolutionary experience in Egypt. The...

In this post, Dr Andrew Delatolla, Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies at the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds, reflects on how the transnational revolutionary thrust of the Arab Uprisings continues to play out in Syria, inspiring a cultural resistance that lives on despite the regime’s claim...

In this post, Leanna Fairfax, a PGR Researcher in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, explores how COVID-19 urges the importance of interdisciplinary research on housing to help tackle health inequalities. As we come out of, hopefully, our final lockdown, it remains stark how...