From Christmas busts to travelling Viking women...

Posted by ap507 at Dec 19, 2014 12:15 PM |
Talking points: a roundup of latest opinion pieces from Leicester experts
From Christmas busts to travelling Viking women...

Credit: Dave Whatt ; taken from The Conversation website

In the latest in a series of opinion pieces Professor Jo Brewis from the School of Management has written an article for The Conversation discussing the role of women at Christmas in the 1930s and how the division of household labour by gender persists today.

Dr Daniel Zadik from the Department of Genetics has contributed a piece to The Conversation about Viking women and how they were more well-travelled at the time than is often believed, with genetic evidence suggesting they settled in a wide variety of locations.

Dr Alun Wyburn-Powell, Honorary Research Fellow at the School of History, has contributed a festive piece to The Conversation about political defections and Lords leaping from party to party.

Professor Martin Parker from the School of Management has contributed a Christmas-themed article to The Conversation discussing angels and how ideas of celestial hierarchies established in the past have routinely been applied to mankind - and models of management - ever since.

Professor Martin Barstow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Head of the College of Science & Engineering, Professor of Astrophysics & Space Science and President of the Royal Astronomical Society, has written an article for Media FHE that explains how he welcomes commitment to science funding in the government’s new Science and Innovation Strategy, but outlines his concerns that threatened across-the-board cuts could still hit science and research budgets.

You can discover other thought-provoking pieces on The Conversation.

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