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By Balkan Diskurs
Sevdalinka (also known as sevdah) is the folk musical expression characteristic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has taken deep roots in the musical cultures of several other Western Balkans countries. (Full Story)
By Susan Flavin, Associate professor of history, Trinity College Dublin
Charlie Taverner, Research fellow, history, Trinity College Dublin
It’s true that our 16th-century ancestors drank much more than Irish people do today. But why they did so and what their beer was like are questions shrouded in myth. The authors were part of a team who set out to find some answers.

As part of a major study of food and drink in early modern Ireland, funded by the European Research Council, we recreated and analysed a beer last brewed at Dublin Castle in 1574. Combining craft, microbiology, brewing science, archaeology, as well…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Sascha Stollhans, Associate Professor of Language Pedagogies, University of Leeds
The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the Erasmus+ scheme – a reciprocal exchange process that let UK students study at European universities, and European students come to the UK – is again under the spotlight.

Campaigns for the UK’s re-entry to the scheme are ongoing. But diplomat Nick Leake told a committee meeting in Brussels that the terms for the UK to remain part of Erasmus+ were too expensive, and that Brits’…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Stefan Wolff, Professor of International Security, University of Birmingham
There is broad consensus that Chinese foreign policy has become more assertive and more centralised in the decade since Xi Jinping has ascended to the top of China’s leadership. This has also meant that Chinese foreign policy has become more personalised and that Xi’s own diplomatic engagements offer potentially important clues about its direction.

The international order is clearly in flux and a key driverThe Conversation (Full Story)

By Emily Barritt, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law, King's College London
Protestors’ actions are intentionally borderline but environmental defenders insist their actions are nothing compared to the risks that political inaction pose. Our expert explains.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Naomi Joseph, Arts + Culture Editor
An album of easter eggs, a film about a woman with worrying dreams, a series about an unknowable man, new Welsh music and the last chance to see a design great.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Marcus Lashley, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology, University of Florida
William Gulsby, Associate Professor of Wildlife Management, Auburn University
Wild turkeys were overhunted across the US through the early 1900s, but made a strong comeback. Now, though, numbers are declining again. Two ecologists parse the evidence and offer an explanation.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Beth Ann Malow, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University
Susan Nehiley Brasher, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Emory University
Terry Katz, Senior Instructor of Pediatrics and Developmental Pediatrics, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Most of us are all too familiar with the consequences of a poor night’s sleep – be it interrupted sleep or simply too little of it. If you’re a parent with kids at home, it often leaves you and your children on edge.

Children with neurodiverse conditions, such as autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, are even more susceptible to the effects of poor sleep, given…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Frank Scannapieco, Professor and Chair of Oral Biology, University at Buffalo
Ira Lamster, Clinical Professor of Periodontics and Endodontics, Stony Brook University (The State University of New York)
C. Everett Koop, the avuncular doctor with a fluffy white beard who served as the U.S. surgeon general during the Reagan administration, was famous for his work as an innovative pediatric surgeon and the attention he paid to the HIV-AIDS crisis.

As dentistry scholars, we believe Koop also deserves…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Jong Eun Lee, Assistant Professor, North Greenville University
The South Korean leader seeks to strengthen ties with the US and Japan. But he might be hamstrung by domestic concerns.The Conversation (Full Story)
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