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at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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The Fall 2015 Student Research Conference

Last Thursday evening, members of the BISC student community participated in our End of Term Research Conference, sharing their work with their peers, staff, and faculty.  In the first panel we had papers from Maddison Andrews (Art History), Elyse Loewen (English), Claire Hinton-Albert (Music), and Katherine Gall (Development Studies / Art) on topics as diverse as the multiple interpretations of Botticelli’s Primavera, the poetry of Stevie Smith, Shostakovich’s Second Waltz, and the work of El Anatsui.

Upcoming Event: Musical Showcase - 22nd November


Sunday 22nd November, 7:30 - 8:30pm, in the Ballroom.

Join us in the Ballroom for musical performances from some of the BISC’s most talented students, and enchanting songs courtesy of the Ladies' Chamber Choir. This event is free to attend, but there will be a retiring collection afterwards to help raise funds for the Choir’s trip to Oxford next term. Your support is very much appreciated!

Upcoming Guest Speakers: Dr. Adam Slavny


Friday 27th November, 5 - 6pm, in the Conference Room

"What Makes People Morally Equal?"

The belief that persons are in some sense morally equal is fundamental to much of our Political and legal culture and is endorsed by a wide range of philosophers. Despite this, there is deep disagreement about what it is that makes people equal. Investigating the basis of equality, then, has become one of the most pressing problems in contemporary normative philosophy.

Upcoming Guest Speakers: Sean Silcoff

Monday 9th November, from 10am, in The Ballroom

In 2009, BlackBerry controlled half of the World’s smartphone market. Today that number is estimated to be around only one percent. What went so wrong?

The Bader International Study Centre, Queen’s University, Canada is very pleased to welcome Sean Silcoff, co-author of ‘Losing the Signal’: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry, to Herstmonceux Castle this November 9th.

Research and Publication News - Dr. Rachael Johnstone

Dr Rachael Johnstone of the Bader International Study Centre has recently published a blog on the IPAC Impact Forum. The forum is for ‘pracademics’ to discuss politics, policy, and public administration. Comments from public servants, academics, students, and all others are encouraged.

The blog provides three key facts about Abortion Access in Canada, and exposes three popular misconceptions about abortion access as nothing but myth!

Read the full blog here

Research and Publication News - Dr. Shannon Smith

This weekend sees the culmination of a two-year-long research project by Dr. Shannon Smith of The Bader International Study Centre.

Dr. Smith, Assistant Professor of English Literature at the Institute, has been volunteering as a dramaturge and historical consultant for a production of two rarely seen Victorian comedies – ‘The Game of Speculation’ and ‘Box and Cox ‘— at the Stables Theatre, Hastings, since 2013.