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  • Evidence and policy: what we need is a more intelligent politics

    Evidence and policy: what we need is a more intelligent politics   A new special edition of the Academy of Social Sciences’ journal Contemporary Social Science focuses on international insights into the relationship between evidence and policy, with examples from countries including Australia, India, Estonia and Italy. The importance of context Politicians commonly cite comparative evidence to support their policy proposals but without paying enough attention to historical or ...

  • Modern British Studies Conference 2015, Birmingham

    The Modern British Studies Conference took place in Birmingham earlier this month. Its mission was to bring together scholars working on humanities projects around modern Britain. And, perhaps most importantly, to sketch out what exactly “Modern British Studies” is. What sort of time periods? What disciplines? Who will be part of this, where is it ...

  • Working with Nineteenth-Century Medical and Health Periodicals: Conference Report

    Working with Nineteenth-Century Medical and Health Periodicals: Conference ReportOrganised in conjunction with two Oxford based projects, one on the ‘Diseases of Modern Life’ and the other on ‘Constructing Scientific Communities’, this one day conference probed the meaning, value and content of the nineteenth century medical periodical. With panels on methods; the periodical and its audiences; women in medical periodicals; as well as libraries ...