768 Works

British human rights organisations and Soviet dissent, 1965-1985

Mark Hurst
This thesis develops the literature on the role of human rights in the Cold War by highlighting the impact of British human rights organisations in the response to Soviet dissent. It argues that human rights groups played an essential role in compiling and distributing information on Soviet dissenters to all levels of British society. These groups all held empiricism at the centre of their campaigns, utilising an array of information to support their activism. This...

Women's body, society and domestic space in Graeco-Roman Egypt

Ada Nifosì
The present doctoral thesis is a study on women in Graeco-Roman Egypt and, in particular, it is aimed at investigating the social and legal status of women through the lens of women's reproduction.

Experiments on Charitable Giving: Study of the impact of restricted choice and imperfect informaion on warm glow givers

Zarak Mirza
In some instances, charities insist on donors giving more than some fixed, minimum amount. In many other instances, charities frame appeals for funds in a way that suggests there is a minimum desirable donation. So, what are the effects on charitable giving if a minimum donation is required? We first provide a simple theoretical model that shows the effects are ambiguous. Some people are predicted to give more to the charity, some less and the...

Reading for the Subject: Plots of Desire in the Work of Alain Robbe-Grillet and Marguerite Duras

Patricia Hodges
The purpose of this study is to explore literary representations of the human subject in the work of Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922–2008) and Marguerite Duras (1914–1996), and to do so using a modified, updated version of Peter Brooks’s influential theorization of plot in terms of desire. Both ‘subject’ and ‘representation’ will receive critical attention; in particular, the relation of ‘subject’ to ‘character’ will be explored. Post-Cartesian traditions tend to ground definitions of the subject in particular...

European Governments' Questionable Response: An Investigation into the Effects of Anti-Refugee Policies on Extremism in Europe

Cameron Emanuel-Burns
In light of the European migrant crisis, questions have been raised over the manner in which European countries have responded to the increase in refugees requiring settlement into the host state; with an upsurge in restrictive policies being witnessed. However, there is a lack of research into the effects of such policies. Therefore, this thesis tests the relationship between anti-refugee policies and extremism. This is achieved by analysing the effects of obstructive refugee policies (data...

Bury Me in Thunder (syan jay)

Danne Jobin
Transmotion, Vol 7 No 1 (2021): Special issue on Transgender, Two-Spirit and Nonbinary Indigenous Literatures

Native Provenance (Gerald Vizenor)

Geoff Hamilton
Transmotion, Vol 7 No 1 (2021): Special issue on Transgender, Two-Spirit and Nonbinary Indigenous Literatures

A History of My Brief Body (Billy-Ray Belcourt)

Jenna Gersie
Transmotion, Vol 7 No 1 (2021): Special issue on Transgender, Two-Spirit and Nonbinary Indigenous Literatures

War and Violence

Cassandra Krauss
This article reads David Treuer's 2016 novel Prudence as Indigenous war fiction. Prudence collapses the distinctions between battle- and home-front, between past and present, between right and wrong. This collapse allows for an exploration of violence and war and its role in establishing and maintaining nationhood. Examining the role of Indigenous bodies within this context extends the cultural and political implications of war fiction beyond a mere critique of war in its immidiacy; instead it...

'Living the Dream' Cosmopolitan Post-Austerity Portuguese Migrants in London and the Desire for a Good Life

Lisa Victoria Franks
This thesis asks how highly educated Portuguese migrants in London experience and embody the desire to live a 'good life'. In answering this question, I also explore the effect this desire has on the way my research participants relate to others in the context of social and economic changes wrought by the 2008 financial crisis and the years leading up to it. Drawing on nearly three years of anthropological fieldwork in London and Portugal, the...


Afrida Islam
Striking, overtime bans and refusing to carry out certain tasks[1] are collective forms of actions that can arise from workplace disputes. These industrial actions are of fundamental importance: the temporary halt in work production leverages a demand to enforce workers’ rights. Despite this, the UK does not recognise the legal right to withdraw labour. Instead, the UK’s “right to strike” is said to depend on a complex statutory scheme[2]. This article will analyse a variety...

Investigation of Translational Reprogramming during Transient and Stable Expression of Monoclonal Antibodies in Chinese Hamster Ovary Cells

Charlotte Godfrey &
Translational reprogramming and mRNA translation e ciency greatly in uence global protein synthesis, cell proliferation and growth; important parameters in de ning recombinant protein expression yields. Polysome pro ling is a widely-used technique to analyse mRNA transla- tion and its e ciency that provides a snapshot of ribosomes loaded on mRNA transcripts at any particular time. A higher number of polysomes present on a given mRNA suggests that the mRNA is being more heavily translated...

Memristor Content Addressable Memory: Theory, Design and Application

Wanlong Chen
The memristor has been proposed as the fourth circuit element. Among the emerging nano-technologies, the memristor has become a very promising candidate for building storage structures because of its shorter switching time, higher capacity and lower power consumption. In this thesis, I will first introduce a new memristor model with controllable window functions, which is more authentic and flexible than those existing memristor models. Then I will present my novel design of a Memristor Content...

'Swinging the Lamp': The Watch Manager's Career, Role and Occupational Identity within the Modernising Agenda of the UK Fire and Rescue Service

Sarah Jane O'Connor
This research focuses on the career and work identity of watch managers in the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS). Their role is to manage firefighters who are infamously known in political circles to possess grass root cultures that remain resistant to forms of change and modernisation. Watch managers are not only tasked with leading emergency teams at incidents but they are also at the receiving end of a relentless stream of political pressure to achieve...

Remembering in Times of Crisis: Resisting the Politics of Forgetting in Contemporary Greece.

Eirini Glynou Lefaki
Having as a starting point the recent financial crisis in Greece, the thesis explores the question of what it means to remember. Employing from the arts the method of collage, the question on memory is examined in six chapters, each one trying to answer this question from a different perspective. Similarly to a collage where contrasting objects co-exist, the thesis consists of six chapters 'pasted' together in an attempt to draw a picture of remembering...

Statistical Inference for High-dimensional Nonparametric Models

Jie Li

Inconsistency and underdefinedness in Z specifications

Ralph Miarka
Abstract In software engineering, formal methods are meant to capture the requirements of software yet to be built using notations based on logic and mathematics. The formal language Z is such a notation. It has been found that in large projects inconsistencies are inevitable. It is also said, however, that consistency is required for Z specifications to have any useful meaning. Thus, it seems, Z is not suitable for large projects. Inconsistencies are a fact...

The place where curses are manufactured : four poets of the Vietnam War

Katherine R Miller
The Vietnam War was unique among American wars. To pinpoint its uniqueness, it was necessary to look for a non-American voice that would enable me to articulate its distinctiveness and explore the American character as observed by an Asian. Takeshi Kaiko proved to be most helpful. From his novel, Into a Black Sun, I was able to establish a working pair of 'bookends' from which to approach the poetry of Walter McDonald, Bruce Weigl, Basil...

Inheriting the other : an aesthetic of postcolonial custodianship

Filippo Menozzi
This study provides a response to current controversies in postcolonial studies. While recent interventions have proposed a rerouting or reconstruction of the postcolonial, this research argues that the postcolonial could be redefined as a form of custodianship. Indeed, this notion has not yet been recognised as such, but it has always been a central issue in postcolonial criticism. It has been adopted to portray the postcolonial intellectual as "custodian" or doorkeeper, in the derogatory sense...

The masks of anarchy : a theoretical study of the intersections between punk and alternative comedy

Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
Punk's place within pop-cultural history is assured, yet in the claims made for its 'serious' and revolutionary role, the part played by the comic in its critical function remains relatively under-explored. This thesis aims to investigate this dimension in greater depth, pursuing the intersections further into punk's own influence on the subsequent growth of alternative comedy. As with any movement that emphasises 'newness' and change, punk and alternative comedy defined themselves against a ' past'...

Aristophanes and Euripides : a palimpsestuous relationship

Gina May
Aristophanes allows Euripides to interrupt constantly. In Athenian comedy of the fifth century they are on stage together, both literally and figuratively. Despite Aristophanes’ comedies having a meaning of their own, Euripides’ lines are so clearly visible underneath them that they can only be described as the verbal equivalent of a palimpsest. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a palimpsest as a manuscript or piece of writing on which later writing has superimposed or effaced earlier...

Biological control of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides

Irene Koomen
Colletotrichum gloeosporioides is the causal agent of anthracnose disease of mangoes. Infection occurs when humidity is high and rain-dispersed spores germinate and form an appressorium on immature mangoes. The infection then becomes quiescent until the fruit is harvested. On ripe fruit infection is visible as black, sunken lesions on the surface. At the pre-harvest stage, the disease is controlled with the application of a range of fungicides, and at the post-harvest stage by hot benomyl...

Explaining the role of human resource management in the performance of small to medium-sized enterprises

Simon Oliver Raby
This thesis provides an explanatory account of HRM and performance in growth-oriented SMEs. HRM researchers hold a relatively emaciated understanding of the generative mechanisms and processes at work between HRM and performance in SMEs. A rationalisation of the employment relationship allied with the predominance of a scientific approach has led to a focus on what at the expense of understanding how and why HRM influences small firm performance. It is argued within this thesis that...

Women & Elegy: Towards Destructuring Economies of Loss and Reconfiguring Elegiac Tradition.

Eleanor Perry
This thesis investigates—and seeks to address—the excision, marginalization and sequestering of female work within the elegiac tradition. Beginning with an analysis of key texts in elegy scholarship from the last thirty years, and the ways in which they participate in—and perpetuate—this marginalization, the thesis develops a transhistorical sketch of the elegiac tradition. This sketch examines the evolution of elegy as a genre, outlining Western cultural frameworks for understanding mourning, and historical perspectives which consider grief...

Daughters of the Danaides: an orature on women on the operation of UK immigration control

Deborah Cheney
This thesis investigates the operation of the United Kingdom immigration rules, taking as a focus their effect upon women. The manner in which the immigration rules prescribe, deter and forbid movement is highlighted. The institutional culture of the Immigration Service is posed as a twentieth century counterpart to British overseas administration of earlier centuries. This parallel illustrates how British government practice of dealing with other cultures takes a form which, both under imperial rule and...

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