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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...

In this post, Dr. James Dickens, Professor of Arab in the Department of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (AIMES) at the University of Leeds, explores the cultural evolution of the ongoing revolutionary movement in Sudan. In December 2018, beginning in the northern Sudanese city of Atbara, protests broke out...

Throughout this May, Northern Notes will feature scholars critically exploring some aspect of the Arab Uprisings ten years on, providing new insights, often from the margins. Ten years ago, the world was quite a different place, especially across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). These days, nobody can escape...

In this post, Dr. Ipek Demir, Associate Professor in Sociology and Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism, University of Leeds, analyses the UK government’s much criticised report on racial disparities in the UK. Since its recent publication there has been much criticism of the Commission...

In this post, Esther Davies, a recent MA graduate of the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, explores how the recent pandemic has further complicated our difficult relationship with technology. The author has chosen to use a pseudonym to protect her privacy online. Over the past year,...

In this post, Nick Emmel discusses why a sociological understanding of trust is so important as vaccines for COVID-19 become available. I KNOW where I was when the paper confirming the safety and efficacy of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine (AZD1222) against SARS-CoV-2, the Oxford—AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, was published. I was...

IN this post, Chong Liu reflects on her experience of researching and teaching sexuality education in China. She states that the existing institutional challenges are being surmounted through the agency and actions of individual social actors.  I got up early one day in December 2020 to teach an online sexuality...

  In this poem Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli revisits Hannah Arendt’s thesis that the phenomenon of totalitarianism has broken the continuity of Western history, rendering meaningless most of our moral and political categories.    The poem is from Rodanthi’s participation in the Two Sylvias Press December Advent Calendar. To listen to...

In this post, Dr Sarah Marusek situates the issues arising from the recent presidential election in the United States in the historical struggle for rights in that country. She argues that the persistence of Trumpism cannot be viewed in isolation, especially because it is happening at a time when the...