Rethinking borders and the language of movement

Passport control booths when travelling internationally; physical borders, whether lined with barbed wire or marked with nothing but an unassuming sign; bodies of water, even. Borders are literal

Racism in Phrenology

Phrenology is a pseudoscience which asserted that measurements of skull contours determine a person's mental attributes. It was the idea that the brain was comprised of separate organs responsible for

Disabling the word normal

CW: This article contains discussion of ableism. Two sisters – Polly, 21, and Hattie, 16 – have a chat about the problematic discourse surrounding disability. Remind me, Hats. Why’re we having

The Myth of the Genius - on the link between creativity and mental health

CW: This article includes discussion of mental illness and addiction.I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness. - Allen GinsbergThe creative mind excites me; I’m fascinated by the

Burnout - You're Not Lazy, It's Capitalism

At university, it can sometimes feel like you have so much going on and so much to do that you can’t even wrap your head around where to start. And when these responsibilities and obligations pile

Three reflections on regeneration and the university

The regeneration of the University might be imposed or enacted; stultifying or emancipating. Pedagogy‘It is remarkable how quickly all strata in public universities — staff, faculty,

New Year, New Kink

Recently I returned to Edinburgh, where I was met by my flatmates with yet another fun, if not quite lengthy, quiz - the BDSM test. It promises to reveal your sexual desires and preferences, and along

When does regeneration become gentrification?

Gentrification is when middle class adults, couples, and families move into less desirable areas for the cheaper rent, and with them comes an influx of establishments to cater to their middle class

Gàidhlig: còta mòr air a shuaineadh mu dhuine do-fhaicsinneach?

Tha inbhe aig a' Ghàidhlig ann an Alba an-diugh nach robh aice ann am mòran linntean. Gu dearbh, a rèir Achd na Gàidhlig (Alba) 2005, a chaidh aontachadh gu h-aona-ghuthach le Pàrlamaid na

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Referenda

Referendum has been a hard word to avoid over the past few years, with the word provoking nearly as many reactions as it does appearances in global media. On the surface, referenda are a clear example

The end of the liberal world order? On the necessity of regeneration.

According to numerous international relations scholars, the political framework of global politics is undergoing a process of fundamental transition. The liberal world order of the 20th century was

Could a federal UK work?

Perhaps Brexit has done us a favour. There is no denying that it has thrown our politics into shambles. Our internal dialogue has now become increasingly dark, introspective, and confused. Our

A Colombian Trash Mountain as a Source of Hope

In a district of Medellín, Columbia’s vibrant capital, a mountain of garbage now stands as a beacon of hope. The disposal of waste is a worldwide issue, but here, the solution didn’t require a

People and Planet: a history and a call to action

People and Planet began as the then-named “Third World First” in 1969, by students involved in Oxfam, raising money for overseas projects. Students would pledge 1% of their student grants as a

The Doctor as Villain

In 2018, Edinburgh Medical School is one of the best in the world, renowned for its excellent anatomy teaching department. This achievement, however, comes at a hefty moral price. The past of anatomy

The Shortbread Tin: A Lesson in the Mechanism of Cultural Appropriation from Scottish History

Cultural appropriation may be a new discourse, but it is far from a new concept. Indeed, it is simply a useful descriptor for an issue which has existed, presumably, for as long as multiple cultures

Miss Jean Brodie and Her Prime

At the spot where Quartermile meets the Meadows, there are a series of murals themed around the area. One of those murals is dedicated to Muriel Spark’s ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ - a book

Did Presbyterianism make Scotland a more Socialist country?

In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, a grand old cathedral stands amid the tourist bustle of the Royal Mile. This building stands as a towering testament to Scotland’s tortured religious past. In

A Look at the Highland Clearances through Art

James Mackay Senior stands proudly alongside his wife, Anne. They emerge as a focal point from a sprawling of children, nephews, crates, and baskets. This expansive family unit is about to depart to

Black History Month is Rewriting the History Books

This October marks the 30th annual Black History Month in the UK, providing an opportunity to commemorate the events that have shaped African and Caribbean history and to celebrate the lives and

An Assorted History of Student Movements

As students, we often feel powerless or inexperienced—no longer children, yet stuck somewhere between adolescence and adulthood. It can seem like adults control the pillars of society and success

‘We do as we damn well please’ - revolt, feminism, and the long history of St Trinian's

The St Trinian’s series was based off a series of cartoons by Ronald Searle, who sought to show an alternative to the pristine, snobbish image of private school girls in the UK. His cartoons depict

The Politics of Biology

Being an autistic trans biology student of colour means that you deal with a scientific community that’s biased against you. Society is hard enough to deal with, but the constant reminder that

Is Classics Relevant in the 21st Century?

The relevance and durability of my degree is something I consider every time a person asks what I am studying (the answer is Classics). The response to my answer varies from ‘great’, ‘what is

Radical Education and Non-Hierarchy in the Classroom

For many, contemporary education is associated with learning the specifics in life; mathematical models, historical dates, and other academic minutiae. However, this overlooks a far more subtle

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