When is a vote for self-determination legitimate? – Catalonia, Spain and the 1st October referendum

On the 1st of October, Catalonia – one of Spain’s richest regions – had a referendum. It was quickly declared as ‘unconstitutional’ by Constitutional Court of Spain since the country’s 1978 Constitution affirms the ‘unity of the state’ – but this is hardly surprising. What is surprising, however, is that despite the initial excitement and commotion that it inspired, the referendum does […]

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Feminism – what’s in a name?

Feminism. On the surface, such an innocuous word, fighting for gender equality- who could argue with that? Words evolve in their definitions, as the classic examples of ‘literally’, ‘like’ and ‘sick’ demonstrate. Yet, in recent years the word, the concept and the activists themselves have been the targets of increasing suspicion and in some cases, […]

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Preview: The Cosmonaut’s Last Message To The Woman He Once Loved In The Former Soviet Union

Heavy brows and chiselled features abound in the aesthetically convincing cast of David Greig’s The Cosmonaut’s Last Message To The Woman He Once Loved In The Former Soviet Union, co-directed by Thomas Bailey and Emma D’Arcy. It comes as no surprise that language and (mis)communication are the drive of such an impractically titled play. It […]

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Linguists offered Romanian

Oxford University students will be able to study Romanian for the first time, thanks to a lectureship funded by the Romanian Ministry of Education. The lectureship in the Romanian language – the first of its kind in the UK – was officially launched by the Romanian ambassador to the UK, Dr Ion Jinga, on 29th […]

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