Journals

Star Wars: the evolution of the Death Star reflects Hollywood’s growing fears of a climate apocalypse

This piece was originally published on The Conversation.  Design for the ultimate Death Star – Star Wars: Rogue One. Lucasfilms/20th Century Fox Science fiction films are rarely about the future. Their distant planets and remote time periods instead seem to reflect upon the concerns and anxieties of the contemporary moment. For instance, 1978’s Invasion of the Bodysnatchers played … Continue reading

Modern Languages

Le mariage burlesque: Carnival cross-dressing in the French Caribbean

This piece was originally published on The Conversation. Anyone in the French Caribbean islands of Martinique or Guadeloupe during the carnival festivities will witness a unique and wonderfully subversive tradition: le mariage burlesque. As a legacy of the refusal to assimilate into a French model of marriage and family, le mariage burlesque parodies the idealised fiction of a heterosexual … Continue reading

News

Liverpool University Press partners with The Conversation

In the first agreement of its kind, Liverpool University Press has become the inaugural university press partner of The Conversation UK (http://theconversation.com/uk), an independent source of news and views sourced from university academics and researchers and delivered direct to the public. Since its UK launch in 2013, The Conversation has brought the expertise of university academics … Continue reading