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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...

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,...