Turkey: 2016 Politics Essential Reading List
History / Lists / Middle East / Politics

Turkey: 2016 Politics Essential Reading List

Turkey stands at the crossroads of world politics: caught between the West and the Middle East; bordering Syria and the frontiers of ISIS; excluded from the EU and governed by an increasingly hard-line leader. Recent events – both the failed military coup and Erdoğan’s subsequent nationwide crackdown – have propelled this young democracy into a new chapter of turbulence. Continue reading

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Beyoncé and the problem of the Celebrity as Activist
Author Journal / Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs / Visual Culture

Beyoncé and the problem of the Celebrity as Activist

In the wake of International Women’s Day 2016, Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs picks two stand-out moments for celebrity culture and activism over the past year…   As a celebrity studies scholar and one who is interested the representations of famous women in mainstream culture, when International Women’s Day approaches, I find myself reflecting on the past year … Continue reading

Extract: The Way Out
History / Sebastian Buckle

Extract: The Way Out

Sebastian Buckle’s The Way Out tells the story of homosexuality in the public eye. In this complex and nuanced history of gay movements, society and the media, Buckle gives us a fresh look at how the struggle for acceptance and equality has been fought – from the early images of homosexuality in the 1950s, to the partial acceptance in to the mainstream of queer identities in the twenty-first century. Continue reading