In this blog, Professor Stephanie Taylor considers the language of COVID-19 and its wider implications. In 1978, the critical theorist Susan Sontag wrote about the metaphors of cancer. She argued that the language used to discuss cancer, which at the time was considered an almost untreatable disease, echoed that of the so-called war against communism,… Continue reading Viral language? The emerging discourses of COVID-19
In this end-of-year blog, Professor Stephanie Taylor questions whether the label of 'part time' is appropriate for Open University study. Are you a part-time student? Do you think part-time university education should be abolished? Before you answer those questions, let's consider exactly what we mean by 'part-time'. The Open University has of course been famous… Continue reading The abolition of ‘part-time’ education?
Professor Stephanie Taylor is part of the Culture and Social Psychology (CuSP) collaboration in the School. In this blog, she writes about her recent research activities, including her new publications. This autumn, my main research activity has been the development of my new book Pathways into Creative Working Lives. I'm co-editing this international collection with… Continue reading What do professors do all day?
Sage Research Methods, edited by Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug and Richard A. Williams, is a new 4 million word publication on research methods, updating the well-known series, Sage Encyclopedia of Research Methods, to an online format. The School's Academics have authored two of the Foundation chapters in Sage Research Methods. Professor… Continue reading Research methods: the School’s academics contribute to a major new online publication
Stephanie Taylor reflects on the life of Andrea Levy on the DD317 blog. Andrea Levy who died last month, has been deservedly celebrated in a number of articles and obituaries. She is probably best known as the author of the prize-winning novel 'Small Island'. Open University students may also be aware that she received an… Continue reading Andrea Levy at the Open University