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New module

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Navigating the Digital World (CS220) (.pdf, restricted to Essex users) is a brand new module starting in October 2016. This module provides an interdisciplinary, critical and practical engagement with the increasingly digital world we live in.


Liberal Arts Majors

If you fall in love with a particular subject during your first or second year on the Liberal Arts BA, you may be able to complete a 'major' in it - for example, Liberal Arts with a Politics major. This can help you signal to employers that you have developed an area of special expertise within your interdisciplinary degree programme. To earn a major, you'll need to spend roughly half of your time in the second and final year taking classes in that subject. We currently offer majors in: Art History, History, Politics, Literature, Sociology, and Philosophy.

We're expanding

Our newest member of staff, Dr Lisa Blackmore has just published her new book, Spectacular Modernity: Dictatorship, Space, and Visuality in Venezuela, 1948-1958. Dr Blackmore's work is representative of the interdisciplinary we impart to our students, combining studies of politics, history, philosophy and architecture to shed new light on the complex and contested history of one of Latin America's most troubled countries. We are also joined by Thomas Khurana who has a broad background in social sciences and humanities. He specialise in Philosophy, and works particularly on questions of ethics. Thomas will be contributing to some of our core modules next year.

Native Americans' higher education experience

Our Deputy Director, Professor Colin Samson, has recently returned from the United States where he was conducting research relating to the experience of native Americans in higher education. Colin recently gave a talk at Essex about his experience at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site. In the talk, he described the situation at the site and contextualised recent events in relation to native American history, touching on the issues of civil rights and environmental protection, among other things.

ISC Students win the inaugural 'Essex Crown.'

Our keen and enthusiastic students triumphed recently in the first annual Essex Crown event, beating teams from across the University to win a giant trophy! The Essex Crown is a competition in which students and staff compete together across a variety of academic, physical and mental challenges to gain points and ultimately win the Final Showdown - that our students were victorious is a testament to the vibrant sense of community and cohesion within the Centre, and a real sense of the talents and abilities of our student body.

Exciting new module launching in October 2016

Navigating the Digital World (CS220) is a brand new module starting in October. This module provides an interdisciplinary, critical and practical engagement with the increasingly digital world we live in. The first term - through a combination of theory and case studies - covers issues such as hacking, social media, ethics, digital crime, video games and interactive technologies where you will learn to think critically about the uses and challenges of digital technologies in contemporary societies.

The second term is taught by the Technology-Enhanced Learning Team (TELT) and it will be run in a IT Lab. Each two hour session will provide training in digital identities, e-safety, blogging, social media, podcasts and video production, multimedia and research resources.

Further information is available in the Module Directory. To register for this exciting new module please update your module choices on eNROL.

CISH Competition

Congratulations to Rachel Simson - the winner of the CISH competition. CISH competition Students were invited to submit a creative piece of work that represents the idea of interdisciplinary study. Rachel submitted this photo called - 'It's never a straight path.' Rachel said 'This photograph was taken in Nice, France and I believe it is a strong metaphor for CISH. Any degree with CISH, especially Liberal Arts, is never a straight path. We weave through different disciplines and departments all the time, our road is never uniform. However, we are just as strong and sturdy as any other degree path, if anything we are a little more quirky and interesting.'

New Global Studies degree

CISH has launched an exciting new Global Studies undergraduate degree programme for 2016 entry.

CISH lecturer scoops teaching awards

Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (CISH) lecturer Dr Carlos Gigoux has won two awards and been nominated for a third for his outstanding contribution as a course teacher.

Dr Gigoux won the University's Faculty of Social Sciences Celebrating Excellence Award for ‘outstanding contribution to teaching’ and for enhancing student engagement.

His second award was the Students' Union's International Student’s award for best academic staff of the year.

Dr Gigoux has also been nominated for the Faculty of Humanities Celebrating Excellence awards for the category 'Contribution to excellence in education'.

Dr Gigoux is a member of the Department of Sociology and teaches on CISH's European Studies and Liberal Arts undergraduate courses.


Latin America events

The Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) each hold a number of events throughout the year.

Argentina 1976-2016: a week of events at the University of Essex - 7-10 March 2016.

Celebration event for students, staff and alumni

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (CISH) and School of Philosophy and Art History (SPAH) held a special celebratory event at Wivenhoe House on Sunday 10 May 2015, attended by current students, alumni, as well as past and present members of staff.

Following a welcome from the Head of SPAH, Dr Fabian Freyenhagen, representatives from Philosophy, Art History and CISH gave a series of entertaining presentations.

Dr Nick Bunnin (now of the University of Oxford) reminisced about the beginnings of Philosophy at the University of Essex, Professor Dawn Ades OBE shared memories of earlier days in Art History and Professor Colin Sampson introduced us -virtually- to a variety of students of Area Studies over the years.

After adjourning for lunch in the garden to take advantage of the lovely weather, there were a series of presentations on current research topics pursued by staff and by students.

This was followed by a series of cultural events including a Sculpture Walk around campus, a drama workshop, a film on the Brazilian martial art capoeira and the exhibition Something Fierce on early days in the history of the university.

The day was finished off with tea and cake to the lively strains of Familia Atlantica, a Venezuelan band fronted by CISH alumni Luzmira Zerpa.

Photos from the event are available on Facebook:

If you're a former student or staff member and you'd like to be notified about future events, register now with our alumni office.

Photography competition

Essex Abroad runs an annual photography competition for students on their year abroad.

Prizes for academic performance

Various prizes are given each year:

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