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Art History – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 14



In this episode, Dana Arnold introduces art history, which encompasses the study of the history and development of painting, sculpture, and the other visual arts.

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Dana Arnold is Professor in Art History at the University of East Anglia, UK. She has published extensively on art and architectural history, especially in relation to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her work has been published into many languages and enjoys a world-wide following. You can hear more from Dana Arnold with ‘10 Things to Know about Art History’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Oh5TjZZmbU

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Atheism – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 13



In this episode, Julian Baggini introduces atheism, wrongly considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief characterized by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion.

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Julian Baggini is the editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine.

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Synaesthesia – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 12



In this episode, Julia Simner introduces synaesthesia, a neurological condition that gives rise to a ‘merging of the senses’, in which words can be tasted and colours can be heard.

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Julia Simner is a neuropsychologist and researcher in the field of synaesthesia research and multi-sensory processing. Her education and career have taken her to the Universities of Oxford, Toronto, Edinburgh and Sussex, and she now runs the Synesthesia and Sensory Integration lab at the University of Sussex. She is the Science Officer for the UK Synaesthesia Association, Director of the ERC-funded MULTISENSE project, and Director of the Savant Network.

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The Middle Ages – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 11



In this episode, Miri Rubin introduces the Middle Ages, a term coined around 1450 to describe a thousand years of European history.

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Miri Rubin is Professor of Medieval History at Queen Mary University of London and Head of the School of History. She has taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and has held visiting positions in Paris, Princeton, and New York. Her research has explored areas of the religious cultures of medieval Europe, and has been influenced by an interdisciplinary approach which had benefited from the use of textual, visual and musical sources.

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Dementia – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 10



In this episode, Kathleen Taylor introduces dementia, the fifth-most common cause of death across the world which, despite recent advances in brain science, still has no effective treatment.

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Kathleen Taylor studied physiology and philosophy at the University of Oxford. After a research MSc at Stirling University, working on brain chemistry, she returned to Oxford to do a DPhil in visual neuroscience and postdoctoral work on cognitive neuroscience. In 2003 she won two national writing awards, and decided to leave the uncertain and challenging world of academic science for the even more uncertain and challenging world of science writing.

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The Ghetto – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 9



In this episode, Bryan Cheyette introduces the ghetto, a term which has been universalized as the incarnation of class difference, colonialism, and apartheid, and has been applied to segregated cities and countries throughout the world but is still an extraordinarily complex concept.

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Bryan Cheyette is Chair in Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Reading, and a Fellow of the English Association. He has lectured widely throughout the United States and Europe and has held visiting positions at Dartmouth College, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds fellowships at the universities of Leeds, Southampton and Birkbeck College, London.

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Branding – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 8



In this episode, Robert Jones introduces possibly the most powerful commercial and culture force globally–branding–which, despite brand awareness and skepticism, holds an inescapable influence on our lives.

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Robert Jones is a strategist at Wolff Olins, one of the world’s leading branding consultancies, and visiting professor at the University of East Anglia, where he teaches a unique postgraduate course on brand leadership. At Wolff Olins, he has helped build brands like Barclays, National Trust, Oxfam, Tesco, and Virgin. Robert also created a free online course, The Secret Power of Brands, for FutureLearn and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Brand Management.

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The Future – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 7



In this episode, Jennifer Gidley introduces the future, an area of fascination for humans from the beginning of time driven by both of our fear of the unknown and our curiosity to know.

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Jennifer Gidley has extensive experience in the futures studies field, combining scholarly research, academic teaching, and leadership of the World Futures Studies Federation (UNESCO Partner), she was re-elected as President in 2013 for a second four-year term. Jennifer has held academic positions in Australia at Southern Cross (1995-2001); Swinburne (2003-2006); and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (2008-2012); and holds visiting academic posts in Europe.

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EU Law – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 6



In this episode, Anthony Arnull introduces European Union law, which will have a central role as the European Union deals with the consequences of Brexit and the eurozone crisis.

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Anthony Arnull holds the Barber Chair of Jurisprudence at the University of Birmingham. He has specialized in the law of the European Union for over 30 years and worked at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg from 1989-92. He has given evidence to a number of UK Parliamentary Select Committees and acted as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords EU Committee. In 2013-14, he served as an output assessor on the Law Sub-Panel for the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise (REF).

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Fashion – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 5



In this episode, Rebecca Arnold introduces fashion, a gigantic global industry which generates some three hundred billion dollars in revenue every year yet is often denigrated as trivial and superficial.

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Rebecca Arnold is a Research Fellow in the School of Humanities in the Department of History of Design at the Royal College of Art.

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