How we’re designing musical instruments with the help of disabled musicians and VR

  Virtual Reality technology opens up new experiences and possibilities in music for people with disabilities. Performance Without Barriers, Author provided Franziska Schroeder, Queen’s University Belfast and Matilde Meireles, Queen’s University Belfast Most new digital technologies tend to be designed with an able-bodied user in mind. The first desktop computers required fine motor skills to navigate software menus using a...

Plea for peace: 30 songs about war Read

  Rhian Daly Jan 4, 2019 2:09 pm Of all the subjects that inspire songwriters, war and love are a couple of the main contenders. Popular music’s archives are littered with songs rising up against conflict, pleading for peace, and simply depicting scenes of battle throughout history. Here are 30 of the greatest songs about war. Black Sabbath – ‘War...

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF THE SPELLBINDING SADE ADU By Zama Mdoda

As we celebrate the 60th year that ethereal being Sade Adu has walked the earth, we marvel at her refusal to age (drop the skincare regimen Queen) and thank the heavens for her spellbinding presence in music. There are very few musicians that can drop an album a decade but there is literally no one like Sade so we are...

How language makes and unmakes our world: French language policies in Algeria, storytelling, and post-colonial recovery – Part 2

As part of  our #MDAcademics space, in a two part essay, Barâa Arar discusses the impact of French Language policies in Algeria, how it impacts not only language but a whole culture, and how to overcome. Read Part one here The Algerian novelist Ahlam Mosteghanemi chose to write in Arabic instead of French, as part of her resistance to her country’s colonized past, “Only...

How language makes and unmakes our world: French language policies in Algeria

As part of  our #MDAcademics space, in a two part essay, Barâa Arar discusses the impact of French Language policies in Algeria, how it impacts not only language but a whole culture, and how to overcome. Part One Language is a fundamental hallmark of the human experience. Without language we cannot express trivial things; “Pass the salt, please”, “Make a left...

Jacinta Kerketta And Nighat Sahiba On The Power Of Poetry And Politics Of Language by Kavitha Muralidharan

As she was stepping out of her session at a literary festival in Chennai, earlier this month, a huge billboard caught Nighat Sahiba’s eye. The board invited people to write the name of a book that changed their lives. The poet wrote her answer in bold red colour: The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir. As someone who grew up in a...

The Hunt for the Nazi Loot Still Sitting on Library Shelves

The hunt for the millions of books stolen by the Nazis during World War II has been pursued quietly and diligently for decades, but it has been largely ignored, even as the search for lost art drew headlines. The plundered volumes seldom carried the same glamour as the looted paintings, which were often masterpieces worth millions of dollars. But recently,...

Kuwaiti girls use martial arts to counter bullies and violence

KUWAITI GIRLS USE MARTIAL ARTS TO COUNTER BULLIES AND VIOLENCE Asma Hasnawi and her daughter Riham spend more than 12 hours a week learning kajukenbo, a mixed martial art the mother says boosts her child’s confidence and thwarts bullying. In a small hall in Kuwait City, women and girls in black uniforms gather to learn the basics of self-defence. On...

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