10-Minute Talks podcast
The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes.
10-Minute Talks: More than one language – why bilingualism matters
Professor Antonella Sorace FBA
Antonella Sorace outlines how there are still misconceptions about multilingualism and how this contributes to a lack of language skills in countries.
In partnership with the Imagine! Belfast Festival 2021
Domestic and sexual violence during COVID-19
Professor Joanna Bourke FBA outlines how the pandemic has exacerbated, not created, the problem of domestic and sexual violence in our society.
Professor David Hand FBA explores dark data in the context of COVID-19, the many ways in which we can be blind to missing data and how that can lead us to conclusions and actions that are mistaken, dangerous, or even disastrous.
Professor Alec Ryrie FBA discusses the 18th-century writers who tried to mount a principled defence of the slave trade and how the arguments they used are uncomfortably reflected in the present.
The Hitler Conspiracies – The Third Reich and the Paranoid Imagination
Sir Richard Evans FBA explains how conspiracy theories, such as how Adolf Hitler supposedly didn’t die in 1945 but survived and lived into old age in Argentina, are constructed, amplified, and justified.
Climate and war
Professor David Livingstone FBA looks back in history, tracing links between earlier writings about climate and violence and contemporary thinking.
Professor Carole Hillenbrand FBA discusses the interest in discovering more about the phenomenon of the Crusades in the Middle Ages from Islamic perspectives.
Professor Tom Shakespeare FBA discusses how people with a range of physical and sensory disabilities in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia have achieved educational, employment and family success.
Professor M. M. McCabe FBA explain why, if a society is measured by how it treats its worst off, we have reason to think hard about how we manage the lives of those in prison. Philosophy – in particular, the collaborative doing of philosophy – has a role to play.
Professor Peter Mandler FBA talks about his new book "The Crisis of the Meritocracy" and Britain's transition to mass education from WWII onwards.
Professor Vivienne Shue FBA discusses the formulation, substance and political timing of the recently approved 14th Five Year Plan from the Chinese Communist Party.