Why is Steve Biko's remarkable legacy often overlooked? - Dr Matthew Graham in The Conversation

| History, Humanities

"While Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, and Desmond Tutu are rightly venerated for their role in opposing and ending white minority rule in South Africa, another leader of the liberation years has been remarkably overlooked: Bantu Steven Biko, who led the enormously influential Black Consciousness Movement. Four decades after his death in police custody on September 12 1977, he deserves to be recognised as one of the towering heroes of the anti-apartheid struggle."  In an article for The Conversation, Dr Matthew Graham, Lecturer in History at the University of Dundee, discusses the remarkable legacy...

Take pity on forensic scientists, crime writers make their lives a nightmare - Dr Aliki Varvogli in The Conversation

| English, Humanities

"These days, forensic scientists are one of the great staples of the crime fiction genre.  They are integral to everything from popular TV franchises to blockbuster names like Patricia Cornwell and Jeffrey Deaver.  There is also something about their incredible achievements that we often overlook: they are often a long way from the reality."  Dr Aliki Varvogli, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee, discusses the misconceptions of the indisputable truths of forensic science perpetuated by crime fiction in an article for The Conversation.  See the full article Usef...

Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found (Being Human Festival 2017)

| Comics, Creative Writing, Engage Dundee, English, Film Studies, Humanities

Join us for the Being Human Festival 2017 - 17-25 November The world’s greatest satirist, Jonathan Swift, turns 350 in November 2017. Lost amid a series of fantastical places, the narrator of his most famous work, Gulliver’s Travels, enthrals everyone he meets with his adeptness in lying – storytelling, in short. Through a series of hands-on activities and immersive events centred on tall tales in Dundee, the City of Discovery, Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found engages with the extraordinary legacy of a writer who found wondrous and shocking perspectives on being human like no one els...

Double dose of Dee Con for Dundee

| Humanities, Comics, English

Thousands of costumed characters will provide a colourful welcome to this year’s new University of Dundee students when Dee Con, the city’s largest ‘geek-off’ returns next month. Superheroes, video game stars and anime characters will bring a splash of colour to the city next month when Dee Con will be held as part of the new THIS Festival in the West Ward Works, a former comic printing factory, on Saturday, 9th September. The new intake of almost 3,000 students from around the world will be arriving in Dundee in the week leading up to the event. Dee Con has traditionally been held ...

Prints, portraits, and a red carpet - Dundee's art heritage supports a new generation of artists' work

| Humanities, Students

The legacy of Dundee’s artistic past is supporting outstanding students who are displaying their work at the University of Dundee’s Masters Show this week.  Abi Baikie, Ruaridh Lever-Hogg and Darryl Gowans were this year’s recipients of bursaries from the William S. Phillips’ Fund which helps students of particular talent pursue a Master’s degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. William ‘Willie’ Sangster Phillips was born in Dundee in 1901 and died in 2001 just before his 100th birthday.  Art was close to his heart – Willie’...