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Imagining Nature in China

The recent revival of Confucian thought in Chinese politics emphasises the need to live in harmony with nature. In this video, Professor May Tan-Mullins, University of Nottingham China Campus, suggests …

The Wilderness Letter

This letter was written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Wallace Stegner in December 1960 to a commission charged with reviewing outdoor recreational activity in the US. Here, Stegner makes a …

Multi-Culturalism: The Opposite of Nationalism??

In this discussion with Maiken, Khairil Ahmad, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus, builds on his earlier discussion of Islam and …

Maps and the politics of the archive

In this film, Maiken speaks to Hayley Cotterill, a senior archivist at Nottingham, who talks about her professional experiences on why maps are produced, altered, and then either preserved in …

Freedom and politics: a difficult relationship

In this video, Maiken introduces different ways in which political thinkers have imaged the relationship between ‘freedom’ and ‘politics’. What is your view? Is politics necessary for achieving freedom, or …

Conceptions of liberty: an overview

In this video, Mat Humphrey, Professor of Political Theory at The University of Nottingham, introduces the classical distinction between ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ liberty: the freedom to realise your own true …

The Concept of Ideology in History and Politics

In this conversation, Mat and Maiken, joint directors of CSPI, discuss how the concepts of “ideology” and “propaganda” have been used in their two academic disciplines – Politics and History. …

Nature between Propaganda and Ideology

In this film Maiken and Mat explore different uses of Nature in propaganda and ideology, from Italian Fascism to contemporary environmentalism. Maiken suggests that its role is often ambivalent: on …