10 Lessons for life and work we can take from his example.
For fans of Liverpool Football Club, the retirement of our manager, who has changed all of our lives, has been a matter of high emotion. But his example contains much deeper learning. Here are my ten learnings for life, love and work:
Respect tradition and history, but don’t drink too deeply from the well of nostalgia. . . .
More than half a century after its foundation, following challenges and changes, Dr James Hodkinson (Warwick University) reflects on the value of the town-twinning and school exchange programmes between his hometown and Reutlingen, Germany.
Since 1966, the partnership between Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and my own home-town, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, UK, has been a source of cultural and economic enrichment for both. Nestled at the confluence of the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal and within sight of Liverpool, the Port enjoyed a postwar economic boom and . . .
On the challenges, opportunities, and the ‘imaginative labour’ of academic public engagement work – and how we can better do it together.
In fact, I’m currently writing two books. And at the same time. One is for my day job, the long-awaited academic study of Islam in nineteenth- century German culture, the other is the novel I’ve secretly longed to write for a decade. The novel, though, is all about memory, obsession, and a series of strange trans-historical experiences . . .
Can street art still punch through the politics?
Mohammed Ali’s new Brick Lane mural channels stories of heritage and legacy – and sparks negative commentary in the process. But can street art still transcend ideological critique?
Mohammed Ali’s latest mural ‘The Land is Calling’, now emblazoned over the side wall of a Brick Lane property, is arresting to the eye. The split-focus . . .
The Complex Flavours and Unheard Stories of Sylhet.
It’s another one of those cool days that pass for summer in the UK. The sky is overcast with lead-grey cloud. On such days, I’ve grown accustomed to dropping in at Cha and Nasta a café in my adopted hometown of St Albans, to add some warming spice to my day with a cup of deshi chai, chat with the proprietors, whom I have known for a number of . . .
The real test for empathy.
Some months have passed since I completed the ‘Re-imagining Islam’ public engagement project. It ran from autumn 2015 through to summer 2019, drew in several rounds of finance from my native Warwick University and later external funders such as Arts Council England. It was a huge undertaking for all involved.
As the UK’s Research . . .
An Exercise in the Art of Empathy.
As an academic, I always go back to my books. One in particular, an 1819 collection of poems, the West-Eastern Divan by the German poet Goethe, is a unique work of European literature dedicated to the cultures and religions of the Middle East – chiefly to Islam. In the collection, the lyrical voice of the poems enters into a . . .
Cover image credit: http://Photo by James Hodkinson.