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At the Ottoline Club: Regulating the Tech Giants

Google and Facebook between them account for about 70% of online advertising. Is that an objectionable dominance, asked Stephen Dnes in his recent talk, or are the markets in which these technology companies operate somehow different from most other markets?... Continue Reading →


So нелюбовь is a noun not an adjective, and the film is about that thing: the non-love which mutually connects Boris and Zhenya – a contemporary, bourgeois, Muscovite divorcing couple – and which connects both to their twelve-year-old son Alyosha (a name with connotations of innocence, being that of the saintly youngest Karamazov brother in Dostoevsky’s 1880 novel). Part way through, Alyosha disappears. The rest of the film concerns his parents’ unsuccessful effort to find him alive, whilst both of them pursue new relationships.

Why Do We Fall in Love With Fictional Characters?

They don't require sacrifice or exclusivity yet they may bring light upon what real qualities are worth loving.

At the Ottoline Club: Dickens and the Railways

  The Ottoline Club met on 5th December 2017 in the Archive for a fifth-anniversary talk by Anthony Grayling on “Mugby Junction”. Those present were: Anthony Grayling (Master), Catherine Brown (Faculty of English), George Zouros (Faculty of Economics), Olly Ayers... Continue Reading →

At the Ottoline Club: Cyberactivism in Egypt

"Atheist Online, Religious Offline”: Secularist Cyberactivism as a Social Movement in Post-Arab-Spring Egypt’, a talk by Dr. Sebastian Ille, Lecturer in Economics, based on a paper co-authored with Dina Mansour-Ille. Those present were: Sebastian Ille, Dave Rampton (Faculty of Politics... Continue Reading →

At the Ottoline Club: Prison Labour

In this illustrated talk Ursula Smartt (Faculty of Law) described her extensive experience of visiting prisons in Britain and abroad, and reviewed arguments for and against making prison labour as similar as possible to work in the outside world. The... Continue Reading →

At the Ottoline Club: Ideas of Peace

“The Limits of Hybridity and the Crisis of Liberal Peace”, a talk by Dr. David Rampton, Lecturer in World Politics, based on a paper co-authored with Dr. Sutha Nadarajah and recently published in Review of International Studies.   Those present... Continue Reading →

The Death of Stalin

by Dr. Catherine Brown, Head of Faculty and Senior Lecturer for the English BA at New College of the Humanities [photo credit:] The digested read: It's controversial and I was prepared to hate it, but I liked it. The undigested read (published in Standpoint): The... Continue Reading →

A Shade on the Sea Floor: an Interview with Jaya Savige about Derek Walcott (1930-2017)

Jaya Savige (JS): Yes, I’d just read the news of Walcott’s death when we saw each other at Trevor Nunn’s guest lecture [on directing Shakespeare], and you’re right, I was unusually moved, for one specific reason: I just so happened to have been obsessively reading and rereading a poem of his called The Gulf, on the train to and from work that week, and even earlier that day. I wasn’t aware he was close to passing, so when I saw the news on the BBC I was a little shocked by the fact that I’d just been reading him, had been reading him in his last days, and maybe even in his final moments. When I saw you I was still in the first stages of processing this coincidence.

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