To publish, or not to publish, that is the question!

No, not Hamlet. This is the question Joseph Stromberg asked himself while writing for Slate. In a fabulous piece on Lambert Academic Publishing, he decided (as a laugh) to publish his Master’s dissertation. He wasn’t moving on in academia. He didn’t care. Rather, this was a good way to write an article about taking “a tripContinue reading “To publish, or not to publish, that is the question!”

CFP Cannabis: Global Histories

19-20 April 2018 University of Strathclyde, Glasgow In cooperation with Wellcome Trust The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare would like to invite papers for Cannabis: Global Histories at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) on 19-20 April 2018. One outcome of the recent Alcohol and Drugs History Society meeting (ADHS) in UtrechtContinue reading “CFP Cannabis: Global Histories”

UK Drugs Strategy – July 2017 – Same old, same old?

This past week the UK Government released a Drugs Strategy. Here is some of the reaction to the document, which is available here. Media Roundup. * From The Independent:   The Government’s latest policy relaunch aimed at tackling illegal drugs amid soaring death rates has been heavily criticised by campaigners who say it fails toContinue reading “UK Drugs Strategy – July 2017 – Same old, same old?”

Two More Yoga Trends, 2017.

Apparently, I missed some yoga trends in my most recent post. There are others. For example: beer yoga. Beer Yoga is yoga…with, yes, beer. German yogis BierYoga are reportedly the major first innovators, offering classes and workshops after seeing it being taught at the Burning Man festival. Since January, the idea’s spread internationally. Here areContinue reading “Two More Yoga Trends, 2017.”

Radical Librarians Unite!

Radicalism at the library is about more than just speaking loudly! Earlier this month I had the opportunity to get involved with a Radical Collections conference at the University of London. It was called “Radical Voices.” In the “post-truth,” “fake news,” “24-hour news cycle” epoch, it’s absolutely vital to examine the way information – allContinue reading “Radical Librarians Unite!”

‘Street Portraits’ by Morgan Scott

I’m delighted that professional photographer Morgan Scott shares his images and ideas. Most of the time he works in London as a Business Development Manager for Bijou Commerce. But photography, as he puts it, has been a long-standing ‘passion.’ His exciting portfolio can be found here: http://morganportraits.com/portfolio ** Street Portraits by Morgan Scott In a multiculturalContinue reading “‘Street Portraits’ by Morgan Scott”

Abusing the Body in Higher Ed.

This can’t be ignored. Sexual harassment, misconduct and gender violence by university staff are at epidemic levels in the UK, a Guardian investigation suggests. The body is being abused in higher education, and we need to think about this much more closely and much more critically. According to David Batty, Sally Weale and Caroline Bannock,Continue reading “Abusing the Body in Higher Ed.”

Cannabis ‘Policy Brief’ Announcement

It’s my pleasure to promote the publication of an important Policy Brief on Cannabis by Kathleen Thompson. Over the past few years she has helped drive conversations about the consumption and control of marijuana. Her recent Policy Brief ought to be read by anyone and everyone! Here’s an extract. LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS: THE POLICY CHALLENGESContinue reading “Cannabis ‘Policy Brief’ Announcement”

PTSD, Peacekeeping, and Politics by Adam Montgomery

(It’s an honour to have Dr Adam Montgomery share his thoughts on trauma, the military, and PTSD. You can read more of his work in a forthcoming book, The Invisible Injured: Psychological Trauma in the Canadian Military from the First World War to Afghanistan.) A bit of shameless self-promotion. Thanks @LucRichert for giving me the spaceContinue reading “PTSD, Peacekeeping, and Politics by Adam Montgomery”