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By Anthea-lee September-Van Huffel, Lecturer, University of the Free State
Land disputes arise when the fundamental principles of customary law are breached. The breach can be at the hands of the state or its representatives.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Jan Bietenbeck, Associate Professor of Economics, Lund University
Overall, differences in teachers’ subject knowledge could explain a third of the differences in student learning between the 14 countries.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Tendai Mangena, Professor of African Studies, University of Leeds
In African cultures, the names given to children play an important role because they are often laden with meanings.

As a team of professors of literature, linguistics and onomastics (the scientific study of names and naming…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Mike Rogerson, Senior Lecturer in Earth System Science, Northumbria University, Newcastle
Belkasem Alkaryani, Lecturer in Geology, University of Tobruk
Mahjoor Lone, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Palaeoclimatology, Northumbria University, Newcastle
Storm Daniel landed on the Libyan coastal town of Toukrah in the early hours of September 10 and started moving east. Soon the wind was rising and heavy rain falling, forcing people to stay indoors. By afternoon the rain was clearly out of the ordinary.

Albaydah city on the coast would receive 80% of its annual rain before midnight, according to records from a local weather station that we have accessed. In less than 24 hours, thousands of people were dead, hundreds of thousands were missing, and towns and villages across Jebel Akhdar (the Green Mountain) in north-eastern Libya resembled…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Larisa Yarovaya, Deputy Head of the Centre for Digital Finance, Associate Professor in Finance, University of Southampton
Drawing inspiration from the real-life 1,800% spike in the value of GameStop shares in 2021, Dumb Money deftly explains the drivers of “meme stock mania” – when groups of investors on social media herd together to cause certain stocks to rocket.

The “dumb money” of the film’s title is a reference to these amateur or retail investors. At the height of the meme stock craze, these “little guys” worked together to upend the tactics…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Rachel Moseley, Principle Academic in Psychology, Bournemouth University
For many women, adult diagnoses of autism are “a light in the darkness”, an epiphany of self-understanding. My “lightbulb moment” came in my late 20s. “They thought you were autistic,” my mum mused when I told her I was embarking on an academic career in autism research.

As a child, I was painfully aware of being different. The adults and the children around me had noticed my strangeness, my inability to fit in. It turned out that autism had been suggested to my mother – but then dismissed by…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Alisha Palmer, PhD Candidate in English Literature, The University of Edinburgh
You might be forgiven for thinking of abortion as a particularly modern phenomenon. But there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that abortion has been a constant feature of social life for thousands of years. The history of abortion is often told as a legal one, yet abortion has continued regardless of, perhaps even in spite of, legal regulation.

The need to regulate fertility before or after sex has existed for as long as pregnancy has. The…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Nicholas Daly, Professor of Modern English and American Literature, University College Dublin
Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost feels quite ghostly itself, doomed to walk the earth through its many adaptations. There have been at least 14 television versions, the most recent in 2021, and it has not been long since cinemagoers encountered director Yann Samuell’s French-Belgian version, Le Fantôme de Canterville (2016).

Yet Oscar Wilde’s comic ghost story of 1887 was something of a late developer in this respect. While there was a comic opera in…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Natalie Wall, PhD in English Literature, University of Liverpool
Online reading communities have been around for a while but none of them have captured the attention of readers, publishers and retailers quite like BookTok.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Amnesty International
The Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF), an armed group in de facto control of eastern Libya including the flood-ravaged city of Derna, must immediately lift all undue restrictions imposed on media and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to all affected communities, said Amnesty International. On 18 September, LAAF increased restrictions on journalists after thousands […] The post Libya: Lift restrictions on media and facilitate relief efforts in wake of catastrophic floods appeared first on Amnesty International. ]]> (Full Story)
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