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House of Wisdom: How Ideas Can Shape the World
Carl Lewis & Deepak Mawar
On the House of Wisdom podcast, we interview academic influencers about their research and how it can shape a better future.
May 25, 2023
Episode 16 - The Stale Waters of Academia? with Prof. Martti Koskenniemi
In this episode, we talk to Professor Martti Koskenniemi about his experiences as both a practitioner and an academic. From the halls of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the auditoriums of the academy, Koskenniemi reflects on his experience of academia and how it has changed for the better.
Mar 29, 2023
OWL Episode 4- Critical Race Theory... Dangerous? with Dr Jamila Mascat
Critical race theory has received plentiful attention recently as the whole political spectrum has wrestled with this topic. Some see it as a dangerous ideology, whilst others see it as an opportunity to shine a light on the perceived structural biases inherent within society. But what actually is critical race theory and is it even dangerous? We talk to Dr Jamila Mascat from Utrecht University to provide us with the answer.
Feb 28, 2023
Episode 15 - Understanding the Energy Crisis with Dr Tim Schittekatte
In this episode, Dr Tim Schittekatte joins us to discuss the 'energy crisis'. In particular, we discuss the reasons behind the ongoing - albeit ameliorated - energy crisis (with a specific focus on Europe), spot markets and what political considerations energy crises raise for us now and in the future. Dr Tim Schittekatte is Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Energy Initiative and part-time assistant professor at the Florence School of Regulation (FSR).
Feb 7, 2023
OWL 3 - The Iranian Protest: Women, Life, Freedom - Dr Ladan Rahbari
In this OWL episode Dr Ladan Rahbari breaks down the ongoing protest against the Iranian government to explain what the Iranian people are fighting for.
Jan 12, 2023
Episode 14 - Origins of Austerity
In this episode of the House of Wisdom podcast we are joined by Professor Clara Mattei of the New School for Social Research, to discuss the release of her book 'The Capital Order: How Economists Invented Austerity and Paved the Way to Fascism'. We discuss the origins of austerity and the fact that it was invented to prevent the general public from demanding better social, political and economic conditions.
Dec 28, 2022
OWL 2 - Taking a Break is Important
In this OWL Christmas special episode we discuss the importance of taking a break and how academics should practice this more regularly for the sake of their wellbeing.
Dec 7, 2022
Episode 13 - Does the European Court of Human Rights Matter?
Current UK Home Secretary, Suella Braverman argued that the European Court of Human Rights is an interventionist, politicised, foreign court and its convention, the European Convention on Human Rights, doesn't allow the UK to 'deal with illegal migration' due to human rights claims. In this episode we interview Dr Rumyana Van Ark to review the position adopted by Braverman and discuss the important role the ECHR has played in protecting the rights of individuals, and much more.
Nov 25, 2022
OWL Episode 1 - Can We Promote Human Rights Whilst Holding a Major Sporting Event?
With the 2022 FIFA World Cup being held in Qatar, the topic of human rights has become a central conversation of interest. Dr. Daniela Heerdt joins us for our very first OWL episode to discuss how holding a major sporting event can help to promote human rights within the region and the fact that major sports organisation such as the IOC and FIFA take into account human rights criteria in their decision making process.
Oct 12, 2022
Episode 12 - Regulating the Perils of Loot Boxes in Video Games
A recent report carried out by researchers at the Universities of Plymouth and Wolverhampton, found that loot boxes in video games, which are consumable virtual items which can be redeemed to receive a randomised selection of further virtual items, 'are structurally and psychologically akin to gambling'. Belgium has led the way with legislation, banning loot boxes in 2018... but how effective has this approach been? We talk to Leon Xiao to discuss the Belgium ban, loot box regulation and whether it is akin to gambling.
Oct 10, 2022
Season 2 Trailer
Welcome back to the House of Wisdom podcast! A little sneak peak in to what to expect this season.
Sep 7, 2021
Episode 11 - Utopia and the Failures of International Law
Like any discipline international law is influenced by a variety of philosophical ideas and ideologies. When exploring the legal system the influence of certain ideologies during specific timepoints becomes evident. When the international community is in the midst of great catastrophe, utopian ideologies seem to play a decisive role. On the other hand, when the legal system is being undermined, realism plays a strong influence. So why do States bind together around utopian ideas in times of need, and why do States undermine international law? In this episode we talk to our very own Dr. Deepak Mawar about his book States Undermining International Law, utopia and more. We also have a special guest-host, Dr. Carl Lewis joining us for this episode.
1 hr 18 min
Jun 17, 2021
Academics Assemble I - Global Cooperation in a Post-Covid World
In a covid stricken world, we have seen many instances of countries pursuing an isolationist strategy that have left us wondering how we are going to solve some of the biggest global issues. Now more than ever, countries need to come together. In this special episode some familiar faces return to discuss why global cooperation matters, the importance of States for tackling global issues and science communication.
1 hr 14 min
May 12, 2021
Episode 10 - The Fight For Peace Through Nonviolent Resistance
Mahatma Ghandhi famously said that ‘Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man’… but how true is such an assertion? In this episode, we talk to Dr. Luke Abbs about the use of nonviolent resistance and its effect on achieving peace and democracy.
1 hr 13 min
May 7, 2021
Academics Assemble Announcement
The House of Wisdom Podcast is proud to present our very first Academics Assemble event. We will bring back some of our most popular guests to talk about Global Cooperation in a Post-Covid World. Register to attend this live online event on www.kcl.ac.uk/law/events.
Apr 21, 2021
Episode 9 - Protecting Ethnic Minorities in a Postcolonial World
International Law has expanded vastly in the last hundred years with the development of human rights, various movements of independence around the world and the breakout of a plethora NGOs focused on shining a light on important global issues. However, how much as international law done to protect minorities, especially in postcolonial states? In Professor Shahabuddin’s recently released book ‘Minorities and the Making of Postcolonial States in International Law’, we explore this theme to unravel the western orientated nature of international law and how this has affected ethnic minorities such as the Rohingyas in Myanmar and the Rakhine Buddhists in Bangladesh.
1 hr 22 min
Mar 10, 2021
Episode 8 - Realising A Vision - Climate Change Action
Bringing together nearly 190 countries for the Paris Agreement is an amazing achievement. Tackling a planetary challenge such as climate change is no easy feat, however, it requires coordinated solutions and innovations at every level. But how do we translate a big goal like preventing a 2 degrees rise in warming into actions the state, the private sector and us can understand and work towards, especially when there is no precedent for solving such a challenge? In this episode, we talk to Dr. Robert Charnock about how we can coordinate the diverse array of action that is required to tackle global complex challenges.
1 hr 31 min
Feb 10, 2021
Episode 7 - Mental Health & Stigma
The worst part about having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don't. The UN has made it a core statement as part of their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and governments worldwide are waking up to the sleeping giant which is mental health. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Nicole Votruba about the role stigma plays in mental health issues and we discuss the potential policy actions governments could take to improve outcomes for individuals.
1 hr 1 min
Jan 11, 2021
Episode 6 - Climate Change Litigation and the Role of the Academic
Is international law capable of dealing with planetary issues such as climate change... and how important is the role of the academic in modern times? In this episode we talk to Professor Gleider Hernandez about how climate change litigation can be an integral tool for dealing with the environmental issues that the world is currently wrestling with, whether academics should inspire social or political change and why theoretical research is as important as ever.
1 hr 9 min
Dec 2, 2020
Episode 5 - Britain and International Law in West Africa
The voice of West Africans in international law is important… it's time we hear it. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Inge Van Hulle about her new book - Britain and International Law in West Africa: The Practice of Empire. We discuss the influence ex colonial powers have had on the development of the international legal system, changing narratives about our perceptions of West Africa, and whether we need to rethink how we teach and research international law.
1 hr 4 min
Nov 4, 2020
Episode 4 - How Social Media Influencers Market Junk Food to Children
Over 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 children in the UK are considered obese…how much of a contributing factor is the promotion of junk food to children by social media influencers? In this episode, we talk to Dr. Anna Coates about the power and impact of social media influencer food marketing has on children’s eating behaviour.
Oct 7, 2020
Episode 1 - Big Data
2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced by humans every day. Our wildest sci-fi ideas are now being realised through predictive policing, 24/7 surveillance and location tracking; all of which we are providing permission for... even if we don't know it. In this episode we talk to Professor Andrej Zwitter about the good, the bad and the ugly of big data.
1 hr 9 min
Oct 7, 2020
Episode 2 - Business Strategy for Innovation
How would you encourage innovation if you had a blank canvas? Establishing industrial clusters can vitalise towns, cities, regions and countries. In this episode, we explore business innovation techniques with Dr Joe Lane using the 19th century pottery industry as a case study.
1 hr 15 min
Oct 7, 2020
Episode 3 - Modern Slavery
There are 40.3 million people enslaved worldwide, right now. Modern slavery is a $150 billion industry. In this episode, we talk to Professor Philippa Webb about the role of the state, outdated perceptions, and the beneficiaries of modern slavery practices.
1 hr 9 min
Sep 18, 2020
Welcome to the House of Wisdom Podcast!
Welcome to the House of Wisdom podcast, where we explore how ideas can shape the world.