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The role of minority engagement
Sujatha Raman, Pru Hobson-West, Mimi E. Lam, and Kate Millar

13 ‘Science Matters’ and the public interest: the role of minority engagement Sujatha Raman, Pru Hobson-West, Mimi E. Lam, Kate Millar Much has been written about how the public are imagined and constituted in recent science–society developments. In this chapter we explore the relatively neglected but related question of how the relationship between science and the public interest is constituted. The question is timely in the wake of Britain’s exit from the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as US president. Both have raised significant concerns

in Science and the politics of openness
Public opinion from the economic crisis to Brexit
Kathryn Simpson

This chapter examines the evolution in Irish public opinion about the EU. It notes an apparent contradiction in that Ireland always registers among the most pro-EU countries in general opinion surveys, despite the fact that it has on several occasions voted against EU treaties. It explores how Irish public opinion developed during the financial crash and the Brexit crisis, and highlights how there was no discernible Irexit effect. Instead, although the Irish public continues to show levels of knowledge of the EU that are lower than the EU average, nonetheless their overall attitudes remain positive, and this was strengthened after Brexit.

in Ireland and the European Union
Andrzej Grzegorczyk

The Kulmhof extermination camp in Chełmno nad Nerem was the first camp set up by the Nazis to exterminate Jews during the Second World War. The history of Kulmhof has long been an area of interest for academics, but despite thorough research it remains one of the least-known places of its kind among the public. Studies of the role of archaeology in acquiring knowledge about the functioning of the camp have been particularly compelling. The excavations carried out intermittently over a thirty-year period (1986–2016), which constitute the subject of this article, have played a key role in the rise in public interest in the history of the camp.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Ian Rogerson

Edward Verrall Lucas (1868-1938) and Francis Meynell (1891-1975) were men of letters in the old-fashioned sense. They were indefatigable both in creating text and bringing like matter together in new and meaningful forms. Lucas was a journalist, anthologist and publisher. Meynell was a printer, anthologist and publisher, and also a poet of considerable sensitivity and charm. Lucas did not write much poetry but was passionate about its merits, and sought, through his collections, to bring children into contact with the best of verse. Today, the significant contributions that these men made to publishing in Britain are in danger of becoming forgotten, relegated to the minor byways of publishing history. This article examines the origins and connections between two hugely successful anthologies that were inspired by a growing public interest in, and engagement with, the English countryside.

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Exploring Nineteenth-Century Polar Gothic Space
Katherine Bowers

This article considers a unified polar Gothic as a way of examining texts set in Arctic and Antarctic space. Through analysis of Coleridge‘s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Shelleys Frankenstein, and Poe‘s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket , the author creates a framework for understanding polar Gothic, which includes liminal space, the supernatural, the Gothic sublime, ghosts and apparitions, and imperial Gothic anxieties about the degradation of civilisation. Analysing Verne‘s scientific-adventure novel The Adventures of Captain Hatteras (1866) with this framework, the author contextualises the continued public interest in the lost Franklin expedition and reflects on nineteenth-century polar Gothic anxieties in the present day. Polar space creates an uncanny potential for seeing ones own self and examining what lies beneath the surface of ones own rational mind.

Gothic Studies
Debates Surrounding Ebola Vaccine Trials in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
Myfanwy James, Joseph Grace Kasereka, and Shelley Lees

visions, the one who sees the business, the one who sees the public interest, that’s the challenge.’ 11 Yet, 20,000 people in Goma did volunteer to participate. So, how was a second vaccine perceived by the participants themselves? In fact, the majority of the participants we interviewed said that they did not know that there was another Ebola vaccine. Instead, it was participants with close family links to the Grand Nord who had detailed knowledge of

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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The perils of leaving economics to the experts

One hundred years ago the idea of ‘the economy’ didn’t exist. Now, improving ‘the economy’ has come to be seen as one of the most important tasks facing modern societies. Politics and policymaking are increasingly conducted in the language of economics and economic logic increasingly frames how political problems are defined and addressed. The result is that crucial societal functions are outsourced to economic experts. The econocracy is about how this particular way of thinking about economies and economics has come to dominate many modern societies and its damaging consequences. We have put experts in charge but those experts are not fit for purpose.

A growing movement is arguing that we should redefine the relationship between society and economics. Across the world, students, the economists of the future, are rebelling against their education. From three members of this movement comes a book that tries to open up the black box of economic decision making to public scrutiny. We show how a particular form of economics has come to dominate in universities across the UK and has thus shaped our understanding of the economy. We document the weaknesses of this form of economics and how it has failed to address many important issues such as financial stability, environmental sustainability and inequality; and we set out a vision for how we can bring economic discussion and decision making back into the public sphere to ensure the societies of the future can flourish.

Where’s the harm in that?
Jennifer Kavanagh

 … by enabling public scrutiny of government action [freedom of expression and access to information] serve as safeguards against government abuse and thereby form a crucial component of genuine national security. (Ibid.: 13) This chapter examines the clash between national security and the public interest in Ireland, when government tries to balance the legitimate need for secrecy with efforts to allow for openness and transparency. It will assess the impact of national security restrictions on the development of democracy in the State, the relationship between

in Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act
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Contestation, care and the ‘temper of the country’
Gideon Calder

9 As if: contestation, care and the ‘temper of the country’ Gideon Calder The temper of the country The public interest is not a fixed essence to be derived from first principles through some allegedly value-free calculus of individual costs and benefits, or a kind of Mosaic tablet brought down from Mount Sinai by the great and good. It is inherently contestable, both in the sense that agreement on it can never be final, and in the sense that it is normally defined through conflict and the resolution of conflict. (Marquand, 2004: 33) We find reminders across

in Making social democrats
The many autonomies of private law
Gunther Teubner

welfare state and finally back to the future of the new private globalised regimes. While agreeing that private law will indeed undergo a massive transformation after privatisation, I shall put forward an alternative hypothesis consisting of two different claims: (1)  The crucial problem is not how to compensate for the loss of the public interest in privatisation. Rather, it is how to

in Critical theory and legal autopoiesis