Researcher and lecturer interested in literacy studies, language education, and digital epistemology.
I have had the pleasure of working at the University of Bradford, Lancaster University, and currently at Queen's University Belfast.
Originally posted on TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION:
Once again, the start of the new year has seen some editorial changes at Teaching in Higher Education, with two retirements and two new members joining the team of Executive Editors. Penny Jane Burke (University of Newcastle, Australia) and Suellen Shay…
I recently became interested in Ottoman literacies (see previous post), and came across another aspect of that history which piqued my interest: the Ottoman board game Şatranc-i Urefa. I finally managed to track down the game to play at home. Şatranc-i Urefa is a game that was played […]
I finally got round to reading Huo Da’s ‘The Jade King’ or, in the original Chinese version ‘Funeral of a Muslim’ (穆斯林的葬礼). A best-selling and award-winning novel in China, and based in part on the author’s own experience, it tells the story of three generations of a Muslim […]
I am very slowly, line-by-line, working through, and trying to get a handle on, work by Zhang Chengzhi (张承志), a prominent and outspoken Chinese-Muslim intellectual. Little or none of his work is available in English, but he remains an important voice to be accessed in terms of understanding […]
I read two interesting books this Summer: George Makdisi’s Rise of Colleges and W. Montgomery Watt’s Influence of Islam on Medieval Europe. Both books contain authoritative accounts about how the scholastic method of inquiry, and most elements of the academic system (but not its organisational system) in the […]
Here is an interesting artefact of historical literacy that I encountered, during a brief stay in Cyprus last year as a visiting lecturer. In a visit to the Hala Sultan Tekke and surrounding salt lake, one of my favourite places on the island, I saw this compilation from […]
This is an online recording of the plenary panel that I was a part of the the Annual Conference of the Society for Research into Higher Education. The keynote panel was on ‘Preparing critical students for the post-truth era – key research questions’ and featured Neil Harrison (University […]