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October 2020

Presented by Headway East London, brain injury survivors talk about the unexpected opportunities and futures a more digital-based society offers them. How can we ensure that the new ‘normal’ works for the neurodiverse? And what emerging practices and arrangements might hold the key to a more accessible future?

The Centre of Innovation Management Research at Birkbeck reflects on the experience of Covid-19 in its different phases, from lockdown to a new start, looking at how innovation processes, modes and practices have evolved.

As we increasingly come to inhabit cities, researchers from Birkbeck, Kings College and UCL set out some ideas for what our urban futures may look and feel like, featuring case studies from around the world.

Evolving technology changes ethics. Juan Enriquez points out that, contrary to common wisdom, technology often enables more ethical behaviours. Technology chal-lenges old beliefs and upends institutions that do not grow and change.

Lisa Morton investigates the eerie history of our conversations with the dead, from necromancy in Homer’s Odyssey to the emergence of Spiritualism – when Victorians were entranced by mediums and the seance was born.

November 2020

The story of western correspondents in Russia is the story of Russia’s attitude to the west. James Rodgers analyses the news throughout history, from the coverage of the siege of the Winter Palace and a plot to kill Stalin, to the Chernobyl explosion and the Salisbury poison scandal.

Geoffrey Robertson QC, who defended the last blasphemy cases in the UK – against Gay News and The Satanic Verses – recalls the struggle to abolish the blasphemy law and looks forward to the struggle to disestablish the Church of England before the coronation of Charles III.

Since the start of the Trump era, the United States and the Western world has finally begun to wake up to the threat of online warfare and the attacks from Russia. The question no one seems to be able to answer is: what can the West do about it? Nina Jankowicz reveals all.

Did you learn in school that the Greeks invented civilization? Do you believe that aliens built the pyramids? Stacy Hackner discusses a few ways in which a common conception of the past doesn’t add up, why we’ve come to think of history in this biased way, and how we can continue to question and correct these misunderstandings.

Marina Sitrin discusses what she found whilst writing her book Pandemic Solidarity, which collects first-hand experiences from around the world of people creating their own narratives of solidarity and mutual aid during the global crisis of COVID-19.

Video games are primed for change: roughly half of all players identify as female. Games themselves need a creative platform-expanding, metaphysical explosion; feminism can make games better.

George Zarkadakis envisions a future liberal democracy in which intelligent machines facilitate citizen assemblies, helping to extend citizen rights, and blockchains and cryp-to-economics enable new forms of democratic governance and business collaboration.

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