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From Our Fellows 04, February 2017

Welcome to the February 2017 edition of short reflections ‘From Our Fellows’. Apparently, the people have spoken on Brexit; but what is democracy, and why do we bother with it? – Susan Mendus explains. Refugees are the other topic of the moment; Linda McDowell tells us the stories that women migrants have been telling her over the years. Lawrence Freedman talks about the particular role of being a historian on the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War. And Sophie Scott talks about talking: what role does the voice play when we speak to each other?

These days, there is a lot of talk about the irresistible force of the democratic will of the people. Susan Mendus, Morrell Professor Emerita of Political Philosophy at the University of York, digs into the underlying principles.

Migrants are a political issue, but they are also individual people with individual stories. Here Linda McDowell, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford, talks about her own collection of Migrant Women’s Voices. [at 8:53]

Sir Lawrence Freedman is Professor of War Studies at King’s College London. Here he reveals some different experiences of being a historian, including the more public role of serving on the Chilcot Inquiry. [at 15:49]

Sophie Scott, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, is interested in human speech. Just sit back and listen as she explains the particular role that the voice plays when we talk to each other. [at 24:54]

Release date 1 February 2017

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