New Media and Hindu Gurus

By Dhruv Ramnath, MA Social Anthropology In colonial times, there were reports on Hindu gurus in Eastern and Western newspapers, but these were not what pulled devotees to visit—to use Max Weber’s term—”charismatic leaders” as such. Major Chadwick would not have known the great sage of Thiruvannamalai, Ramana Maharishi, if it were not for the obstreperousness […]

Is anthropology a comedy?

By Dhruv Ramnath, MA Social AnthropologyIn terms of explicit humour, anthropologists do not go out into the field to tickle their informants’ bellies, or to say “Coochie, coochie coo!” to babies on the street, or to crack jokes with the biggies in the business. We are serious intellectuals, with little television presence. We secretly want […]

The Disease of Dark Skin

By Uswa Ahmed, BA World Philosophies Being a South Asian woman on the darker side of the spectrum, you tread on very dangerous waters. Our community appears to be plagued by a disease of self-hate hightentend by a strange fact. The sufferer is unaware of their sickness. For those unfamiliar with this problem, skin whitening […]

The Hollywood Syndrome

By Inès Rodier, BA Politics and Development Sunday the 12th of November in Los Angeles, women and men marched to support the victims of harassment from the now infamous figures of the entertainment industry. At the heart of where it started, Hollywood, people asked for the end of the unpunished sexual harassment in the show business. […]

Capital punishment: Should we re-legalise it in the UK?

By Hasan Almusawi, LLB Law Since the abolition of capital punishment in 1965 (which had been a well-established custom of English criminal law for centuries), the public have generally remained opposed to the practice. This is due to progressive social attitudes as well as increased recognition of human rights and human dignity.  Despite this, it […]

Aladdin – Disney’s orientalist fairytale

By, Yasar Ohle LL.M. Law and Gender After arriving in London this fall, and while exploring the exotic and hidden world of the London underground, an advertisement for Disney’s Aladdin Musical caught my eye. What crosses the minds of (white) people going to this musical? Are they aware of all the Orientalism in the room? […]