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Peter Mayo

94 7 University community engagement project: engaging the popular imagination and the ‘Holy Week’ culture1 D uring February–​March 2016, the University of Malta’s Cottonera Resource Centre held a community education project focusing on ‘Holy Week’, a theme that served as the springboard to delve into different areas of enquiry and knowledge. The centre was set up as a university outreach site; what led to the university opening this centre was the consistently low number of students at university, over the years, hailing from these areas. It was once argued

in Higher education in a globalising world
Community engagement and lifelong learning
Author: Peter Mayo

In this broad sweep, Mayo explores dominant European discourses of higher education, in the contexts of different globalisations and neoliberalism, and examines its extension to a specific region. It explores alternatives in thinking and practice including those at the grassroots, also providing a situationally grounded project of university–community engagement. Signposts for further directions for higher education lifelong learning, with a social justice purpose, are provided.

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Alexandra Warwick

This article examines the prevalence of Gothic in contemporary culture and criticism. It suggests that the description Gothic’ has become widespread in the aftermath of Derrida‘s work Spectres of Marx and that this threatens to undermine Gothics usefulness as a critical category. In examining contemporary culture it identifies the notions of trauma and mourning in the popular imagination as having contributed to a condition where Gothic no longer expresses the anxiety of the fragmented subject, but reaches towards a valorisation of damaged subjectivity.

Gothic Studies
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The Garlic Flower in Bram Stoker’s Hermeneutic Garden
Jemma Stewart

This article explores the use of floral symbolism within Gothic fiction of the fin de siècle. Taking as a basis the language of flower anthologies popularised throughout the nineteenth century, it investigates how this notoriously unstable floral language filtered through into the popular Gothic fiction at the end of the century. Whilst authors of Gothic may have adhered to existing codes and associations pertaining to particular flowers, they also destabilised traditional meaning, and introduced a new floral lexicon into the popular imagination. The article primarily considers Bram Stoker’s Dracula in an attempt to locate floral significance through consideration of the production and widely discussed political agenda of the text. Through a close reading of Dracula’s garlic flower, the article asks whether there might be a Gothic language of flowers situated within the narrative that bears comparison with other Gothic fictions of the period and beyond.

Gothic Studies
Liverpool’s inconvenient imperial past

Liverpool occupies a prominent position in the contemporary popular imagination. In spite of decades of economic decline, urban decay and a name associated by some with poverty and crime, the city's reputation is by no means a negative one. The book is a collection of essays that focuses on the strength of Liverpool's merchant marine, representing both informal and formal empire over centuries. It discusses the interracial relationships in 1950s and 1960s Liverpool to demonstrate that many African and Afro-Caribbean sailors (and others) married or had relationships with white women. Given existing deficiencies in the historiographies of both Liverpool and the British Empire, the book aims to reassess both Liverpool's role within the British imperial system and the impact on the port city of its colonial connections. Liverpool's success has often been attributed to, and marred by, its being the leader in the slave trade after 1750. Napoleonic Wars were a period of great turbulence and difficulty for the Liverpool commercial community. Liverpool is perceived as a diasporic city, however, its ambiguous nineteenth-century identity reflected the tensions of its complex migrant connections. An analysis of Liverpool's business connections with South America reveals its relative commercial decline and the notion of 'gentlemanly capitalism'. The African ethnology collection of National Museums Liverpool's (NML) ethnology collections are displayed in the 'World Cultures' gallery of the World Museum Liverpool, which opened in 2005. Liverpool is perhaps not exceptional, though its networks are notable and striking.

Cold War diplomacy, strategy and security 1950–53

Coming just five years after the ravages of the Second World War, the Korean war was a deeply unsettling moment in post-war British history. This book is a study of Britain's diplomatic, military and security policy during the Korean War as seen from the perspective of the British Government. It explores the social and cultural impact of the Korean War (1950-53) on Britain. From allegations about American use of 'germ' warfare to anxiety over Communist use of 'brainwashing' and treachery at home, the Korean War precipitated a series of short-lived panics in 1950s Britain. The book charts the war's changing position in British popular imagination and asks how it became known as the 'Forgotten War'. The study presented argues that the British did have influence over American decision-making during the Korean War. Whereas the existing United Nations resolutions would permit 'swirling' across the 38th parallel operations of a politico-military nature would require further United Nations consideration. The British did not have a veto over American strategy in Korea - but under the Truman administration they came pretty close to one with respect to the widening of the war into China. The Attlee-Truman talks, in December 1950, secured for the British the watershed agreement of the right to be consulted on the use of the atomic bomb. The book also talks about General Douglas MacArthur, the 1951 Chinese capture of Seoul by communists, and the concept of a British 'Manchurian Candidate'-type figure indoctrinated by the Chinese in Korea.

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Becky Taylor

physical isolation of Travellers on ghettoised official sites, all reinforced a sense of alienation. In popular imagination Travellers became delinquent predators on settled communities, bringing criminality, rubbish and anti-social behaviour, with their presence to be resisted at any price. Thus, at a time when other ethnic minority groups gained recognition and protection under race relation legislation, Travellers lost their separate identity status in popular imagination and only very slowly and partially gained it in law. In a very real sense, therefore, Travellers

in A minority and the state
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Romantic opportunity and sexual hazard?
Emma Robinson-Tomsett

its readers, hinting as it did of powerful erotic forces operating within these spaces; the journey abroad was simultaneously perceived as a space in which flirtation, illicit liaisons and romance flourished. j 146 J full of wickedness E.M. Delafield wittily demonstrated how much this dichotomous conception of the journey had permeated the popular imagination in The Diary of a Provincial Lady (1930), when the Lady wryly notes during a train journey to France Vicissitudes of travel very strange, and am struck – as often – by enormous dissimilarity between journeys

in Women, travel and identity
David Hesse

century, the Scotland of popular imagination is a land of kilts, tartan, bagpipes, clans, Celts, and Highland Games (as well as whisky and the Loch Ness monster). If children (or marketing specialists) around the world are asked to draw a Scot, they draw a kilted man who plays the bagpipes.4 Even if tales of gritty Scottish cities are revived in popular novels such as Trainspotting (1993) and the Inspector Rebus series, it is the world of kilts and clans which dominates the international ­perception of Scotland.5 So powerful is this tartanry that Turnbull and Beveridge

in Warrior dreams
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Pride, pomp, circumstance and military music
Robert Giddings

‘all the delusive seduction of martial music’, and in our popular imagination the sounds, colour, qualities and ceremonials of army band music seem to be permanently present in the way we think about our military. When Shakespeare’s great military hero, Othello, bids his career goodbye he says farewell to plumed troops, big wars, neighing steeds and

in Popular imperialism and the military 1850–1950