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Thursday night live The Outer Realm : Join Michelle and Amelia as they welcome back Elliott Van Dusen and Darryll Walsh. Discussion: Picking up where the first show left off!! Exploring the Paranormal and other areas of " High Strangeness" from a Parapsychology standpoint! Also look for further updates on the upcoming " Halifax Paranormal Symposium" comin up on October 7th, 2023 About the Guests: Since childhood, Darryll Walsh has dedicated his life in pursuit of paranormal. A holder of a doctorate in parapsychology, he taught various courses in parapsychology at the Nova Scotia Community College, even as he pursued graduate studies in counselling psychology. He has authored four supernatural books: “Ghosts of Nova Scotia”, “Ghost Waters: Canada's Haunted Sea and Shores”, “Legends and Monsters of Atlantic Canada”, and “That Which Survives: The Case of the Near-Death Experience”. Proclaimed “Canada's Ghost Hunter” by the Ottawa Citizen. He has also researched, written and produced documentaries and television including “Zombie Mania”, “Pretty Bloody”, “Bigfoot's Reflection” and “City of the Dead: Halifax and Titanic Disaster”. He hosted and narrated 13 episodes of the television series Shadow Hunter from 2005-2006. He was also consulted in episode #204 Poltergeist Phenomenon on the television show Supernatural Investigator. He is presently engaged in obtaining his doctorate in clinical psychology which will make him Canada's first clinical parapsychologist; trained to treat those adversely affected by their experience of the supernatural. Darryll has extensive experience in media relations, appearing on The Discovery Channel, CTV, Global, CBC 1 radio, and being extensively interviewed by national and regional newspapers such as The Globe and Mail, The Ottawa Citizen, The Chronicle Herald, and the Daily News, using his comprehensive knowledge and experience to clarify and educate various topics in the paranormal. Elliott Van Dusen has been fascinated with both the supernatural and law enforcement since childhood. Elliott graduated from Saint Mary's University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology. He completed 15 years of service with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police retiring at the rank of Corporal. He spent his policing career specializing in major crimes; homicide and sex crimes and drug enforcement. He currently serves as the Director of Paranormal Phenomena Research & Investigation, a non-profit organization dedicated to investigating, researching and educating the general public in the social science discipline of parapsychology. He has 23 years of experience researching and investigating the paranormal. He has earned a diploma in parapsychology from the Stratford Career Institute, a doctorate degree in parapsychology from the American International University and has taken additional parapsychological training from the Nova Scotia Community College, University of Edinburgh's Koestler Parapsychology Unit, Rhine Education Center, and the University of Ottawa. He is currently completing his Master of Arts Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University. Elliott's parapsychological work has also been featured on the Discovery Channel, The Globe and Mail, The Daily News, The Chronicle Herald and several podcasts and radio stations. He wrote and published his first professional book in May 2018 entitled "Evil in Exeter", based on a true story and investigation he conducted into one Rhode Island family's terrifying haunting. On September 1, 2020 his second book, Supernatural Encounters: True Paranormal Accounts from Law Enforcement was released WEBSITE: https://www.ppri.net/halifax-paranormal-symposium/ If you enjoy the content on the channel, please support us by subscribing: Thank you All A formal disclaimer: The opinions and information presented or expressed by guests on The Outer Realm Radio are not necessarily those of the TOR Hosts, Sponsors, or the United Public Radio Network and its producers. We will however always be respectful and courteous to all involved. Thank you, we appreciate you all!
Yesterday New Zealand comedian James Nokise was supposed to be on an evening train from London to Edinburgh, that usually takes just under 6 hours. But 10 minutes into the journey the train manager said they'd 'heard from passengers' that the train they were on had been cancelled. James Nokise tells Jesse all about the unpredictable 11-hour train/taxi journey he shared with hundreds of other people that ended at 3:20am.
Our dear friends from the Jack of All Graves Podcast, Corrigan and Marko, join Ryan and Jo to talk about all manner of spooky books, from Horror Novels to books bound in Human Skin! Jack of All Graves Books Mentioned During This Episode Watch the Jack of All Graves video about Books Bound in Human Skin! Sources: Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation Into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin The macabre world of books bound in human skin - BBC News The People Who Became Book Bindings | UCL Researchers in Museums 'Dark Archives' Explores The Use Of Human Skin In Bookbinding : NPR Burke and Hare: Here is the story behind Edinburgh's most horrific and prolific serial killers Serial killer William Burke's skeleton goes on display - BBC News Let's Talk About Binding Books with Human Skin Burke and Hare, grave robbers and murderers Pocketbook made from Burke's skin - Surgeons' Hall Museums, Edinburgh Seeking the Truth Behind Books Bound in Human Skin - Atlas Obscura Wikipedia overview: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript The Beinecke's (Yale's special collections library) page about the Voynich: https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/collections/highlights/voynich-manuscript A video lecture from one of my grad school professors who is an expert on the manuscript: https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/voynich-manuscript-lisa-fagin-davis OTHER LINKS Reading Challenge Gibson's Bookstore Website Purchase Gift Certificates! Browse our Website by Category! Donate to the Bookstore! Check out our Events Calendar! Gibson's Instagram The Laydown Instagram Facebook BlueSky TikTok Libro.fm Use the code LAYDOWN for 2 audiobooks for the price of 1! Jack of All Graves Book Club Email us at email@example.com
I loved watching Kenny Logan, and he's become my mum's favourite after she read his autobiography. We've met a few times and share a passion for raising funds and awareness for the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation. I ran a marathon, he's walking and cycling from Edinburgh to Paris! Check out - https://kennylogansrwcchallenge.com/ for more info AND have a listen to this!I loved it, I hope you enjoy. Happiness is Egg ShapedSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/happiness-is-with-bruce-aitchison. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Today, we delve into the inspiring story of Dr. Hannah Lock, 33, a British doctor and mountaineer living on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, Wales. With a deep passion for medicine and a love for the mountains, Dr. Lock has embarked on thrilling adventures, led expeditions, and shared her invaluable knowledge of mountain medicine. Join us as we explore her remarkable journey. Raised near the Peak District, Dr. Lock's childhood was filled with outdoor adventures. From hill walking to rock climbing and skiing, she developed a deep connection to the natural world. A pivotal moment in the French Alps introduced her to Alpine mountaineering, sparking a lifelong love for high-altitude environments. Her subsequent expeditions took her across the globe, from the Brazilian Amazon to the Bolivian Andes and the Swiss Alps. Dr. Lock found her true passion in Emergency Medicine. Today, she skilfully balances her work in the ER with mountain medicine teaching and expedition support. She provides medical support for ultra marathon trail events in the UK and has expanded her reach to cover mountain marathons in the Nepal Himalaya. Her true calling lies in supporting groups on remote, high-altitude expeditions, empowering them to push their limits while ensuring their safety. Dr. Hannah Lock's journey as a British doctor and mountaineer exemplifies the power of pursuing one's passions and bridging different worlds. Driven by her love for medicine and the outdoors, Dr. Lock continues to empower others through her invaluable knowledge of mountain medicine. Her story inspires us to merge our passions, conquer new heights, and make a positive impact in our chosen fields. *** Don't miss out on the latest episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast, released every Tuesday at 7am UK time! Be sure to hit the subscribe button to stay updated on the incredible journeys and stories of strong women. By supporting the Tough Girl Podcast on Patreon, you can make a difference in increasing the representation of female role models in the media, particularly in the world of adventure and physical challenges. Your contribution helps empower and inspire others. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast to be a part of this important movement. Thank you for your invaluable support! *** Show notes Who is Hannah Working as a portfolio Doctor Being based in Bangor, North Wales Growing up in Macclesfield on the border of the Peak District Spending lots of time in the outdoors as a child Fitness and spending time in the outdoors while studying at university Doing Duke of Edinburgh as a teenager and how it inspired her love of the outdoors Doing a World Challenge Expedition to Bolivia Her first taste of big mountains and travelling in South America Going to Leeds University and joining the hiking club Combining her passions together Learning more about becoming an Expedition Doctor Doing a Chemistry Degree first Going and finding opportunities Going to medical school at University of Warwick Gaining mountain skills via Mountain Leader Qualification Wilderness Medicine Society Professor Chris Imray - (Vascular & Renal Transplant Surgeon based in Coventry, climbed the 7 Summits, & world expert in frostbite) Dong a Diploma in Mountain Medicine Starting off on UK Event Work - supporting runners on ultra marathons and multi day ultra marathons Supporting runners in Nepal and gaining more experience Risk assessment planning Working within your competency level - but also being competent to deal with challenges Her first solo trip as a medic on Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) and the challenges of altitude Heading to Northern India - Summiting Stok Kangri (6,154 m) - highest trekkable summit in India Starting to teach Mountain Medicine Realities and Risks ER (Emergency Room (USA)) - ED (Emergency Department (UK)) Views on life and risk taking Why you should tell people you love them Working in intensive care Deciding to work part time and how her schedule looks Risks in the mountains and how it's changed over the years Being a climber who is scared of heights Joining Ogwen Mountain Rescue team Dream mountains & wanting to climb a 6,000m peak Introduction to “Humans at High Altitude” CPD Credits How to connect with Hannah on the socials Working on a 2nd course - which will be specific to women mountaineers Final words of advice and wisdom Trying to fit her work life around the mountains Social Media Website: www.drhannahlock.co.uk Altitude Course: humans-at-high-altitude.teachable.com/p/course1 Instagram: @hannah_lock_exped_doc
This week's episode is just delightful. Meet Leah Black, currently leading the development of the new Regenerative Futures Fund for Edinburgh, and Shasta Hanif Ali is a writer, poet and anti-racism campaigner who works on racial equity and racial justice at Corra Foundation. I have to say that Shasta's time travellers' reflections from 2030 were possibly the most beautiful we've yet heard on 'From What If to What Next'. You are in for such a treat, some real possibility-stretching reflections on how the world of philanthropy needs to adapt to the times we're in. I hope you love this conversation, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Welcome back to That's So Chronic! It's the final Tuesday of the month which means it's time for a That's So episode, where we chat about something that's in our That's So Chronic world. Today, we're chatting about The Surgeons' Hall Museums and the Blood & Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History Walking Tour that I was able to check out while I was in Edinburgh, Scotland during August. Here are all of the links… MedCrimes podcast episode: S1Ep24: Burke and Hare Blood & Guts walking tour tickets Surgeons' Hall Museums website: museum.rcsed.ac.uk and social media: @surgeonshall And you can always find me over on Instagram and Tiktok: @thatssochronic @thatssochronic | @jessssbrien | #ThatsSoChronic If you have something that you would like discussed on an upcoming That's So: episode, I would love to hear from you! Drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a DM on instagram Disclaimer: Here at That's So Chronic we are sharing personal stories and are not advocating any type of treatment, therapy, procedure or intervention. Everyone is unique so please seek professional medical advice before making any decisions for yourself or for others Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week Kirsty is chatting to Tyra Lee all about hypnotherapy, moving to Edinburgh during lockdown, generational trauma, and much more! You can check out Tyra Lee on Instagram. To follow along with all things FAB head to Instagram, TikTok or our website. Don't forget to review, follow/subscribe and share the episode! New episodes recorded right here in Edinburgh released every Sunday evening. Check out our sister podcast: Small Talk for episodes discussing different concepts every Saturday! Charity of the Week: Vintage Vibes Poem of the Week: 'Monument' by Katy Ewing
Nurdles are tiny plastic pellets which are used to make many everyday items. However, tonnes of them end up being washed up on our beaches posing a threat to wildlife. Rachel finds out about the Great Nurdle Hunt, a campaign to highlight the issues microplastics cause. Mark visits Pitmedden Garden in Aberdeenshire and has a nosey around their orchards as they gear up to celebrate Apple Day this weekend. Avian Flu has caused the deaths of thousands of seabirds along our coastline. Last summer there was significant concern over the future of the world's largest colony of northern gannets on the Bass Rock. Rachel visits the Scottish Seabird Centre which looks out at the Bass Rock, to find out what the picture is now. Rachel meets two sisters involved in a project which finally hopes to shed new light on Equine grass sickness and what causes it. To tie in with World Rivers Day, The Rivers Trust is asking the public to record observations of rivers in the first Big River Watch. We chat live to James Hunt from the Tweed Foundation to hear how people can get involved and what information they are hoping to gather. As part of the Tall Ships Races earlier this summer, Maud Start spoke to the Peterson family onboard the Christiania, their retired rescue ship. We hear an excerpt from the Scotland Outdoors podcast where they tell her the history of the ship. Wind is not usually a good thing for outdoor activities however, land yachting is definitely the exception to that rule. Mark tries his hand at the speedy beach activity in St Andrews. Earlier this month the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches returned after an absence of three years. The event traces its roots to the historic riding of the boundaries of the city, which dates back to 1579. Stuart McFarlane went along to meet some of those taking part and capture some of the atmosphere. And Rachel is in Strathkinness in Fife visiting an iconic red phone box that has been given a new lease of life.
RJ Barker is a critically acclaimed and award-winning author of fantasy fiction. He won the 2020 British Fantasy Society (BFS) Robert Holdstock award for Best Novel for his fourth novel, The Bone Ships. His debut trilogy The Wounded Kingdom (Age of Assassins, Blood of Assassins and King of Assassins) was nominated for the David Gemmel Award, the Kitschie Golden Tentacle, The Compton Crook and the BFS Best Debut and Best Novel awards. He followed this with the award-winning Tide Child Trilogy: The Bone Ships, Call of the Bone Ships and The Bone Ships Wake. His latest book is Gods of the Wyrdwood.This episode was recorded live at Cymera Festival in Edinburgh in July 2023, and we had a great time chatting with RJ about all things writing, Skyrim and dinosaurs... We also got an insight into his brilliant imagination as he gave us some hints about his next books, and heard about how he is such a prolific writer.Links:Buy RJ's books now!Follow RJ on Twitter/XVisit RJ's websitePage One - The Writer's Podcast is brought to you by Write Gear, creators of Page One - the Writer's Notebook. Learn more and order yours now: https://www.writegear.co.uk/page-oneFollow us on TwitterFollow us on FacebookFollow us on InstagramFollow us on MastodonFollow us on BlueskyFollow us on Threads Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The International Union of Marine Insurance conference is the annual health check for the shipping industry's risk cover and as such offers an important, if not at time impenetrably complex view of the sector as a whole. This week's podcast offers up a clear explanation of everything you need to know about marine insurance from the people who understand it best. Consider this week's edition your best, and perhaps only opportunity to learn the marine insurance sector in under 25 minutes x FOR some, it's Glastonbury or Coachella, others have Glyndebourne or Last Night of the Proms. In the world of marine risk, it's the annual International Union of Marine Insurance conference, and this year's insurance festival comes from Edinburgh with added bagpipes and ill-advised kilts worn by men with homeopathic claims to Scottish heritage. The fact that global marine premiums jumped 8.3% in the past year is, granted, a niche headline announcement, but to those gathered in Scotland this week, it's a case of turning the excitement factor up to 11. Insurance-speak can sometimes make even shipping jargon sound comprehensible, but the plain English explanation is startlingly simple. More ships are being insured at higher prices, fewer of them are sinking, and everybody goes home happy. Hull & machinery insurance has certainly witnessed something of a turnaround in the last five years. H&M underwriters - who up until that point had been losing money in the aggregate for around 20 years – are actually making some for a change. Likewise, P&I clubs are currently publishing combined ratios of below 100% for the first time since the late 2010s. If you don't know what we are talking about, keep listening and you will be expert by the end of the show. Finally, it's worth noting that Europe is holding its own even though London continues to cede ground to Asian insurers, and still has over half the market. Our man Dave Osler is now on his ninth IUMI conference, and has been up in Edinburgh with the microphone talking to some of the main movers and shakers for this week's edition. Speaking on this week's edition: Chair of IUMI's hull committee and chief executive and chief underwriter at American Club affiliate American Hellenic Hull Insurance company – Ilias Tsakiris Chair of the International Group of P&I Clubs - Nick Shaw IUMI vice chair of the Facts and Figures Committee and analyst/actuary of the Nordic Association of Marine Insurers (Cefor) - Astrid Seltmann
What does it mean to experience time? Is it a linear journey from past to present, or is it a complex and intricate web of memories, feelings, and experiences? Our guest today is the inimitable Céleste Callen, from The University of Edinburgh, who delves into her thesis that explores subjective temporal experience in Dickens' fiction, through the lens of Henri Bergson's philosophy of time.This episode explores Bergson's seminal works: Time and Free Will & Matter and Memory and Dickens' Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Haunted Man and his first person narratives David Copperfield & Great Expectations ...Readings in this episode are from the wonderful Sophie Reynolds and Peter Bray Support the showIf you like to make a donation to support the costs of producing this series you can buy 'coffees' right here https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dominicgerrardHost: Dominic GerrardSeries Artwork: Léna GibertOriginal Music: Dominic GerrardThank you for listening!
This weekend marks a special moment for Markus Schulz and Adina Butar, with their first musical collaboration since welcoming baby Liam to the world, Waves of High, receiving its full single release on Friday; along with the unveiling of the music video. It receives a showcase from Markus on the latest Global DJ Broadcast, and also features new music from Anyma, Matt Fax, Guy Gerber, Swedish House Mafia, Marsh and more. Coldharbour's ReDub joins for the guestmix in the second hour, highlighting the release of his new single Come with Me. Fans in Scotland can catch Markus performing live this Saturday at the EH1 Music Festival, taking place in Edinburgh. Hope you enjoy the show, and back with more next week. Tracklist: The Essentials with Markus Schulz 01. Kiholm & Kris O'Neil - Victorious 02. Space Motion & JES - Universe 03. Anyma - Chordial 04. Matt Fax - Beyond Belief 05. Narel - What Your Cause Will Be 06. TasteXperience featuring Natasha Pearl - Summersault (Sherpa Remix) 07. Markus Schulz & Adina Butar - Waves of High [Global Selection] 08. Milkwish - Get Down 09. Guy Gerber - Rainchecks in Montreal (Roy Rosenfeld Remix) [Deeper Shades] 10. Ilija Djokovic - Icarus [Down the Rabbit Hole] 11. Pavlo Vicci & Albwho - I'm OK, I'm Good 12. Swedish House Mafia - Ray of Solar (Mau P Remix) 13. Eli & Fur - Last Train (Cristoph Remix) [In Bloom] 14. Tim Besamusca - Ascension 15. Estiva - Via Infinita (Marsh Remix) [A Moment of Sunrise] 16. Ava Mea - In the End [Hall of Fame] ReDub 01. ReDub - Vibration 02. Meduza & DEL30 featuring Mali-Koa - Sparks 03. ReDub - Vision 04. Kroman & Koyah - Sky (Ruddaz Remix) 05. ReDub - Motion 06. Andy Duguid - Be Back with Markus Schulz 17. Mike EFEX - Consciousness 18. DIM3NSION - Adagio in G Minor 19. Markus Schulz x Saad Ayub x Katrii - Say What You Want 20. Eelke Kleijn - Transmission (Armin van Buuren Remix) 21. JODA - Breaking Down Walls (Myon's Return to 2000 Mix) 22. Giuseppe Ottaviani & Ilan Bluestone - Futuro 23. Arkham Knights - Fall from Innocence 24. Rapid Eye - Circa-Forever (Markus Schulz Down the Rabbit Hole Remix)
New series alert!! On this week's podcast Ed is joined by Series 15 contestant Ivo Graham and what a treat we have in store! As well as going through the episode task by task but they also discuss Ivo's Nando themed excel spreadsheet of tasks and we hear all about his go pro dilemmas in Edinburgh. Listen each week to hear from all our new contestants and some very special guests! Watch all of Taskmaster on All 4www.channel4.com/programmes/taskmasterVisit the Taskmaster Store for all your TM goodies!taskmasterstore.com Visit the Taskmaster YouTube Channelyoutube.com/taskmaster Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
On this week's episode, we put ourselves in the shoes of our guest Jo Caulfield, as the brilliant comedian opens the show with an audacious tale of bare faced cheek, but at least the rest of the panel were able to conSOLE her in her hour of need.As this was recorded in the latter part of the DWSC sold-out Edinburgh run, the part of Hannah is being played by the lovely Ruth Bratt, as she stepped-in to assist Taylor and Catie to help solve a crime which involves some of the most hat stand characters you would have met in a while. Finally we hear from a member of the audience who presents a family mystery for the gang to solve... at least they didn't make it worse! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
A heartwarming podcast about a strange meeting on a bus in Edinburgh and the beauty of living an ordinary yet extraordinary life with an understanding of the Principles. You can find subscribe to my youtube channel here: https://youtube.com/@jacquieforde5269?si=1n0oWjqKOvH2gse3 Subscribe to my podcast here: https://on.soundcloud.com/uL6TaDgwPhMHez1T6 Join my email list here : www.jacquieforde.com Meet me on Instagram here: @jacquieforde_coach Meet my guest: I'm Debra Simmons, Head of happiness at Dare2bu! Dare2bu is all about knowing ALL of who you truly are, both as a human and a spiritual being. Finding the balance between the two and from there Consciously Creating your best unique life. A life that excites and lights you up. A life you amaze yourself with. That pretty much describes my life. I've been doing this work for over ten years now, I pride myself on walking my talk. I not only talk about this stuff I live it! My story involves escaping from an abusive relationship, turning my life around, and helping my children find their happy place, in-spite of all they've been through, and building a (now successful) business. All of this has given me a deep grounding in the best ways to help others who have dreams that simply never seem to quite work out, or after what seems like a spiritual awakening, they then find themselves back in the thick of what got them searching in the first place. I LOVE what I do, I love the life I've created, and I LOVE playing with deepening my knowing of who I truly am and playing with what's possible! My latest ‘play project' is The Field of Dreams. I'm buying a piece of land and building my dream home on that land. When I started this looked impossible, every day it moves a little closer to being a reality in form as well as in my heart. I would love you to join me, to bring your dream and together create something beautiful. Ways to connect… My YouTube Channel; https://www.youtube.com/c/DebraSimmonstff My Facebook Profile; https://www.facebook.com/debrasimmonsdare2bu My website; https://deb.dare2bu.co.uk/ The Field of Dreams; https://deb.dare2bu.co.uk/fod
This episode is a conversation with Anne Scott about Java and Craignure from the late 1940's and into the 1950's. Anne grew up in Falkirk, lived in Edinburgh for many years and now resides in Largs. Alexander Maclachlan, Anne's Grandfather, was the head gardener at Java Lodge. Anne offers up insights into the communities around Craignure in the mid part of the last century and the arrival of the folk from Soay to Java. Anne is an academic, who is still teaching to this day, she's been a broadcaster working with Radio Scotland, featuring on the wonderful Jimmy MacGregor's programmes and she's also an author. Her book, 18 Bookshops is an absolute delight. If, like me, you're a bit of a bibliophile, then this is the book you've been waiting for! Many listeners will also know the work of Anne's son, Mike Scott of the Waterboys, whose music has brought a lot of joy to millions of listeners. Links and more can be found on our website at whatwedointhewinter.com Thank you for listening!
On this episode of the pod, my guest is Penny Travlou, a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Cultural Geography and Theory (Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art/University of Edinburgh). Her research focuses on social justice, the commons, collaborative practices, intangible cultural heritage and ethnography. She has been involved in international research projects funded by the EU and UK Research Councils. For the past eight years, she has been working with independent art organisations in Colombia and most recently in the African continent to understand the commons from a decolonial perspective and to look at commoning practices within artistic forms while understanding the specificities of the commons rooted in various socio-cultural and geographical contexts. As an activist, she has been involved in a number of grassroots and self-organised initiatives on housing and refugees' rights in Greece.Show NotesGreek Elections and the Rise of the Ultra-RightExarcheia and the Student Uprisings of 1974An Olympic Tourism Plan for AthensMass Tourism Consumption in ExarcheiaGovernment Plans to Dismantle Local Social MovementsThe Greek Golden VisaAARG and Community Action Against GentrificationFortress EuropeWhen Will the Bubble Burst?Advice for Tourists; Advice for OrganizingHomeworkPenny Travlou University of Edinburgh WebsiteAARG! AthensPenny's TwitterTranscript[00:00:00] Chris: Good morning, Penny, from Oaxaca. How are you today? [00:00:04] Penny: Very good. Good afternoon from Athens, Chris. [00:00:07] Chris: So perhaps you could share with me and our listeners a little bit more about where you find yourself today in Athens and what life looks like for you there. You mentioned that you had local elections yesterday.[00:00:19] Penny: Yes, I am located in the neighborhood of Exarcheia but towards the borders of it to a hill, Lycabettus Hill. And I am originally from Athens, from Greece, but I've been away for about 20 years, studying and then working in the UK and more specifically in Scotland.So the last eight years, since 2015, I've been coming and going between the two places, which I consider both home. And yes, yesterday we had the elections for the government. So we basically got, again, reelected the conservatives, which are called New Democracy, which is a neoliberal party, but also government also with patriotic, let's say, crescendos and anti-immigration agenda.And at the same time, we have first time, a majority in parliament of the, not even the central, but the right wing, in the Parliament. So it's 40%, this party and another three which are considered basically different forms of ultra- right. And one of them is a new conglomeration, from the previous, maybe, you know, or your audience Golden Dawn, which is a neo- Nazi party, which was basically banned and it's members went to us to prison as members of a gang, basically.But now through, I don't want to go into much detail, managed to get a new party called the Spartans, which obviously you can think what that means, plus two more parties, smaller parties, which are inclined towards very fundamentally religiously and ethnic focus, meaning, you know, anti immigration.And then it's the almost like the complete collapse of the radical left that is represented by Syriza. The Communist Party is always stable. You know, it's the fourth party. So anyway, we, it's a bit of a shock right now. I haven't spoken with comrades. Not that we are supporters of Syriza, but definitely change the picture of what we're doing as social movements and what it means to be part of a social movement right now.So there will be lots of things happening for sure in the next four years with this new not government. The government is not new cause it's the current one, just being reelected, but the new situation in the Parliament. [00:03:02] Chris: Hmm. Wow. Wow. Well, perhaps it's a moment like in so many places, to begin anew, organizing on the grassroots level.You know, there's so many instances around the world and certainly in Southern Europe where we're constantly reminded of the context in which local governments and top-down decision makings simply no longer works.And that we need to organize on a grassroots level. And so I'm really grateful that you've been willing to speak with us today and speak with us to some of these social movements that have arisen in Athens and Greece, in Exarcheia around the notions of immigration as well as tourism.And so to begin, you mentioned that you've been traveling for the last half decade or so back and forth and I'd like to ask you first of all, what have your travels taught you about the world, taught you about how you find yourself in the world?[00:04:02] Penny: Very good question. Thank so much for raising it because I won't say about my personal history, but my father was, actually passed away a couple of years ago, was a captain in the merchant Navy. So for me, the idea of travel is very much within my family. So, the idea of having a parent travel, receiving letters before emails from far away places was always kind of the almost like the imagination of the other places, but also reality.So, when myself become an adult and moved to the UK specifically, to study and then work. This became my own work and my own life reality because I had dramatically to live between two places. So, it was almost this idea of not belonging and belonging. This concept from in both places, but also the specific type of research, because, I haven't mentioned that my day job is an academic. I am currently, equivalent in the United States will be associate professor in geography, but in the school of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. But the type of research I do request me to travel a lot. I'm looking on the idea of collaborative practices in emerging networks of artists, digital artists, specifically activists and trans-local migrants.So what it means actually to connect and to collaborate and to share knowledge and co-produce knowledges. Actually knowledge travels. So everything in my life, in the last two decades is around this, let alone that my own PhD was about tourism. I was looking on tourist images and myths, myths in metaphorically speaking of representations of Athens before the Olympic Games of 2004.So the journey and the travel and tourism is very much part of what I do in my day job, but also on other things I do personally. So what I learned through this is, first of all, maybe it's very common to say that without travel, knowledge doesn't travel.So, how we basically do things and flourish and develop ideas is through the sharing and sharing travels very much. So, movement is totally important. [00:06:37] Chris: I think that, for so many of us who have taken a critical eye and, and looked to the critical eyes around tourism and over tourism in the tourism industry, that there is this sense that things can be different and things must be different.To find a way to look towards, as you said, some sense of collaboration, some sense of interculturality, some sense of working together so that our earthly movements can produce honorable connections and meetings as opposed to just this kind of flippant and flacid kind of turns style travel.And so, I've invited you on the pod, in part, today, to speak about this neighborhood that you're in Exarcheia in Athens, in Greece. And you know, I imagine that many of our listeners have never heard of this, this neighborhood before, but many in Greece and many, many in Athens have, certainly. And I'm wondering if you could offer our listeners a little bit of background in regards to why Exarcheia is such a unique place and why it attracts so much attention politically in terms of social movements and also with tourists.Mm-hmm. [00:07:53] Penny: The history of Exarcheia is quite long in the sense with where it is in the very center of Athens. So if somebody basically get the Google map, you will see that the neighborhood is in walking distance from the Greek parliament. And Syntagma Square, which is another important square with regards to movements.It became very known in later years in the 2010s due to not only riots demonstrations that happened in what we now call the square movement. It started from Spain, to put it this way, and then to Greece, as well, in Athens. So Exarcheia is very central, but also it was since, postwar, it was a bohemic neighborhood.Lots of artists related to the left or at that point to communist party, et cetera, were living here, but also there were theaters, independent theaters, the printing houses. So we have a number still of Publishing houses that they are located in various parts of the Exarcheia neighborhood. So it has put its imprint into the Athenian urban history for quite a number of decades. And when I say Communist party, the communist Party was not legal at the time, when we say postwar. But, we had people inclined towards the left, like intellectuals, et cetera.Then with the dictatorship that happened in 1967-19 74, that's when first time really it gets, it's a real place in the political side of not only of the left, but also generally speaking of the political milieu and situation in Greece and abroad, and became very known due to the uprising, the student uprising against the dictatorship or otherwise, as we call it, junta in 1974, where here in Exarcheia is also the National Technical University of Athens, which is known also as a Polytechnic, where it was basically the uprising against the dictatorship with students basically rioting, but also died. So, it became an iconic part of the student movements since then in Greece. So, since the seventies.People can Google search or YouTube. They will see various documentaries dedicated specifically to that student uprising. And through that, after the dictatorship, one thing which was added in the Constitution and now has changed with this current government is that for a number of decades, it was what we call the asylum.That the police or the army cannot enter the university premises, and that's across Greece. So, students can occupy buildings. They can have, their own strikes, et cetera, without the police and or army entering. However, the Constitution changed a year ago. During the COVID period with the current government, the conservatives were basically they're not only say the police can enter if there is antisocial behavior happens within the university premises, but also that they will basically would like to have a police dedicated to university premises. Anyway, things are changing, but if we go back to Exarcheia and to your question, so since then the seventies, it became the neighborhood hub for the left and particularly for the radical left to congregate, to meet, to have social spaces.And also that a lot of demonstrations start from this neighborhood. And also since late eighties, became also the center of the anarchist and anti authoritarian movement. Since 2015, it was also a hub for those let's say groups, initiatives dedicated to offer solidarity to the newly arrived refugees in Greece and Athens due to the Syrian conflict. Yeah. So there is lots of facts related to why Exarchia has become iconic neighborhood with regards to social movements and definitely since 2015. The year of the election of the radical left as said, Syriza government at the time were attracted also more attention from abroad, from journalists and "solidarians," comrades, from international or transnational, social movements to come to Greece to see what was happening, to take part into the local movements and initiatives.But also it was the deep time of the austerity crisis. So, we have austerity crisis and refugee crisis at the time, ...and tourism! How did that happen?I was at that point here in 2015 is when I started coming in Athens and spending more time. And it was much more obvious that, first of all, before Athens, it was a completely different story with regards to tourism and specifically even before the Olympic games of 2004. People from abroad were coming, spending one or two days, nothing, just to visit the Acropolis and the other historical sites and museums and go to the islands. Was not basically considered as a beautiful city, as an interesting city. Or even as a modern city.So if somebody wants to see, let's say, "Rough Guides" of that period, the way the city was described was, I remember very well, I think it was a rough guide, "a cacophony." That it was extremely ugly. 2004 basically is the first time that there is a definitely dedicated clear plan from the top, from the government and local authorities to think of Athens as a tourist product.And they made some major plans. One is obviously that it's not about tourists, but it relates to tourism. It's the metro and it's the unification of the archeological sites and creating pedestrian zones, which makes it easier for people to walk through the different places. So slowly, we saw tourism getting, numbers like higher and higher.Interestingly, the austerity crisis that you expected there will be a "no" for tourism became actually an attraction for tourism, first, because things were getting cheaper. And the crisis created this, actually, this opportunity in that sense. And secondly, that even the radical left government, Syriza thought that tourism is an industry that can top up the economic issues related or the economic, the financial deficiencies of the country.So it created a series of possibilities for investment from people from abroad to invest in real estate that was matched with the beginnings of the short-let accommodation businesses, Airbnb and equivalent. So all these started slowly creating a fertile land of the right conditions for the tourist economy to flourish further. And to get tourist numbers up in such an extreme that in 2019, we reach full capacity in regards to accommodation. And I don't remember now that in numbers of millions of tourists who visited the country. So there's lots of factors which brought Athens to experience.And of course, Exarcheia, specifically mass touristification, because Exarcheia is in the center of Athens. Very easy to come. Secondly, attractive because it's a vibrant neighborhood, not only because of social movements, because the tourists who come are not all interested in the political scene of the area, but mostly it's about consuming this very vibrant nightlife economy.It's the art economy, which is related with the street art and basically night economy because it has a lot of cafes which have doubled. Nowadays is one of the most populated with Airbnb accommodation. Wow. [00:16:56] Chris: Wow, what a history. It seems, from what I've read, from what I've seen, that Exarcheia was, perhaps summarize it in a single word, a kind of sanctuary for many people over the decades.And and you mentioned the Olympics too, but certainly Barcelona as well had the Olympic Games in the last 30 years, and then you tend to see this similar result or effect or consequence after the Olympic Games in which the cities themselves in some cases are either abandoned in terms of infrastructure.And so all of the billions of dollars that went into them seems to have been only for that month of the Olympic Games or in the case of Athens or, or Barcelona, perhaps, that it's created this unbelievable kind of spiraling out of, of economic growth, if you wanna call it that.But certainly of gentrification, of exile and the increase in cost of living. Mm. And so in that regard, Penny, I'm curious, what have you seen in regards to the growth of tourism in Athens? How has it affected the people, the culture, and the cost of living there?Hmm. What have you seen on that kind of street level? Cause we can talk about it on an economic level, right? Where we're kind of removed from the daily lives of the people, but what do you see in regards to your neighbors, your family, your friends that live in that neighborhood with you?[00:18:18] Penny: Okay. I mean, first of all, I mean there is a lot of things that happen in Exarcheia and now it's clear there is also a strategy to completely dismantle the social movements. It's not like extreme to say that, but it's very clear and that's what the discussions now are focusing. And it's important to say that because in order to do that, one of the ways is to basically disrupt the spaces, disrupt the space that this happens. And Exarcheia is not metaphorically the location that the social movements and initiatives are and happen,but it is the first time that we see a plan, a strategy that if there is a future here, that through not anymore tactics, but strategies from the government and the local authorities, which also are conservative, in one sense.So, to give you an example, Exarcheia neighborhood is identified by its square. The square. When we talk about Exarcheia, we talk about the Exarcheia Square, specifically, when you want to talk about movements. Not the things were happening on the square, but it's identification of the movements.So, the government with the municipality decide that the new metro station in the Exarcheia neighborhood will happen on this square. So, through this, they block completely, they fence the square, so there's no activity in the square. So, this completely changes the landscape.To put it this way, the imaginary of this landscape for the local residents, but also visitors. So, if you check the images, you will see, which is a reality, is a five meter fence. So it's definitely changes. So, I'm saying that cause somebody from the audience say, but "yes, it's for the metro. It's for the benefit of the people."Of course it's for the benefit. But there were also Plan B and Plan C that was submitted by a group of architects and some of them academics from the university here to suggest that they are better locations in the area for the metro for various reasons. "No, the metro will def will happen in the Exarcheia Square."And there is now a number of initiatives that they were dedicated to solidarity to refugees now are moving towards struggles and resistance against the metro. Mm, wow. And how tourism comes in, because you have the blocking of a central square, for a neighborhood, which is its center and then you see slowly, more and more businesses opening, pushing out or closing down all the more traditional local businesses, for opening businesses more related to tourism, like restaurants that they have a particular clientele, you know, of the food they promote, et cetera, which definitely dedicated to this particular clientele, which is basically foreigners.The second thing that happens and has to do, of course, with gentrification. In the high rank of gentrification, we're experiencing aggressive gentrification, fast and changing the look and the everydayness of the neighborhood, is that since the Syriza, they make things much easier for foreign investors through what is called golden visa.Mm-hmm. The golden visa is that in order for a non-European, non-EU national to be in Europe. And you need a specific visa, otherwise you can be only with the tourist visa for three months. In order to obtain a longer term visa of five years, 10 years, is this we call Golden Visa, where you can invest in the local economy, like in London, I don't know, in Paris. Greece has the cheapest Golden Visa, which is until recently up to 250,000 euros. So imagine it's not a lot of money if you want to invest. So, people will start getting this visa by buying property, and obviously they want to make more money by converting these places into Airbnbs.Mm-hmm. They started with individuals like, let's say me that I decide to buy a property in Paris, but now we have international real estate developers, like from China, Israel, Russia, Turkey to say a few and Germany, where they buy whole buildings, right. And they convert them to Airbnbs, not only for tourists, but also for digital nomads. So, for your audience, for example, yesterday I was at an event and I was speaking to a young artist and the discussion moved, I don't know how to, "where do you live?" I said, "I live Exarcheia." He said, "I live in Exarcheia. I asked, "Where?" And he told me, "I live there. But I have big problems, because although I own the place through inheritance, I would like to move out to sell it, because the whole building, apart from my flat and another one has been bought by an international company and now my neighbors are digital nomads, which means I dunno who these people are, because every couple of weeks it changes. It's fully dirty. Huge problem with noise. Lots of parties. It's extremely difficult."So, imagine that this changed. There are stories of this, a lot. The other thing that has happened in Exarcheia is young people, in particular, are being pushed out because the rents, as you understand, if somebody who wants to rent it for Airbnb then thinks in this mindset and something that was until recently, 300 euros. A one bedroom flat. Now it ends up in 500, 600 euros, where still the minimum sa salary is less than 700 Euros. Wow. So people are being pushed out. I have lots of examples of people, and when I say young, not young in the sense of 20s, but also people in their forties that they are being pushed out. They cannot rent anymore, let alone to buy. To buy, it's almost impossible. Yeah. [00:25:04] Chris: Yeah. Almost everyone I talk to, doesn't matter where they live these days and not just for the podcast, but in my personal life, and of course with the people who I interview on the podcast, they say the same thing. This housing crisis, if you wanna call it that, because I don't know if it's an issue of housing, as such, but an issue of regulation, an issue of the lack of regulation around these things. And it's clear that so much of the issues around tourism have to do with hyper mobility and and housing. Yes. Or at least that's what it's become in part. Mm-hmm. And so I'd like to ask you, Penny, I know you're also part of an organization named AARG! (Action Against Regeneration and Gentrification) in Athens. Mm-hmm. And so participating in the resistance against these consequences.So I'd love it if you could explain a little bit about the organization, its principles and what it does to try to combat gentrification and of course the government and police tactics that you mentioned previously. [00:26:12] Penny: Well, now we are in a turning point because obviously what are we going to do? It's like "day zero."But we started in 2019. It's not an organization. It's an activist initiative. So, we don't have any legal status as an activist group, but came out of a then source of free space called Nosotros, which was located, and I explain why I use the past tense. It was located in the very center of Exarcheia, in Exarcheia Square, basically, in a neoclassic building since 2005, if I'm right. And it was really like taking part in all the different events since then with regards to, you know, things were happening in Athens in particular, and the square movement later on during the austerity crisis years.And it is also part of the anti-authoritarian movement. So, in 2019 a number of comrades from Nosotros and other initiatives in Exarcheia Square came together through recognizing that, definitely, since 2015 started slowly seeing a change in the neighborhood. On the one hand, we were seeing higher numbers of comrades coming from abroad to be with us in different projects with the refugees, but at the same time, as I said earlier, an attraction by tourism. And gentrification was definitely happening in the neighborhood; at that time, in slow pace. So it was easy for us to recognize it and to see it, and also to have discussions and assemblies to think how we can act against it.What kind of actions can we take, first of all, to make neighbors aware of what was happening in the neighborhood, and secondly, to act against Airbnbs, but not only, because the issue was not just the Airbnbs. So in 2019 we started, we had a series of assemblies. We had events. We invited comrades from abroad to, to share with us their own experiences of similar situation, like for instance, in Detroit, that at that time we thought that it was the extreme situation on what happened with the economic crisis in US and the collapse of the car industry, not only with the impact in Detroit and in Berlin, which again, at the time, still in 2019, we felt that Berlin was experiencing gentrification very far beyond what was happening in Athens and specifically in Exarcheia.So, that's in 2019. We had also actions that we start mapping the neighborhood to understand where Airbnbs were kind of mushrooming, where were the issues, but also in cases, because the other thing that was start becoming an issue was the eviction. At that time was still not as, for example, we were reading 2019 and before in Berlin, for example, or in Spain, like in Barcelona or Madrid...but there were cases, so we experienced the case of a elderly neighbor with her son who is a person with disabilities who were basically forced through eviction from the place they were renting, for almost two decades, by the new owners, who were real estate developer agency from abroad, who bought the whole building basically, and to convert it to Airbnb, basically. So we did this. Let's say this started in January 2019, where we just have elections and it's the first time we get this government, not first time, but it's the first time we have conservatives being elected and start saying dramatically and aggressively neighborhood with basically the eviction almost of all the housing spot for refugees in the area, apart from one, which still is here.All the others were basically evicted violently with the refugees, were taken by police vans to refugee camps. Those who had already got the papers were basically evicted and sent as homeless in the streets, not even in camps. So, we basically moved our actions towards this as well.And then Covid. So during Covid we created a new initiative were called Kropotkin-19, which was a mutual aid, offering assistance to people in need through the collection of food and things that they need, urgently, in the area, in the neighborhood, and the nearby neighborhood and refugee comes outside Athens.So, AARG! Has basically shifted their actions towards what was actually the urgency of the moment. So, and what happened in all this is that we lost the building through the exact example of gentrification, touristification. The owners took it because obviously it's next to the square where it's actually the metro and the think, they say future thinking, that they will sell it with very good money, to the millions, basically.So Nosotros and us as AARG! were basically now currently homeless. We don't have a real location because the building was basically taken back by the owners, and we were evicted right from the building. [00:32:14] Chris: Well, this context that you just provided for me, it kind of deeply roots together, these two notions of tourists and refugees of tourism and exile.In southern Europe, it's fairly common to see graffiti that says "migrants welcome, tourism go home." And in this context of that building, in that relative homelessness, it seems that, in a place that would house refugees, in a place that would house locals even, that this gentrification can produce this kind of exile that turns local people as well as, you know, the people who would be given refuge, given sanctuary also into refugees in their own places.And I'm wondering if there's anything else you'd like to unpack around this notion of the border crises in Greece and Southern Europe. I know that it's still very much in the news around this fishing vessel that collapsed with some seven to 800 people on it, off the coast of Greece.And certainly this is nothing new in that region. And I'm just wondering if there's anything more you'd like to unpack or to offer our listeners in regards to what's happening in Greece in regards to the border crises there. Mm. [00:33:36] Penny: Okay. I mean, the border crisis, is Greece and it's Europe. So when you speak about national policies or border policy, you need also to think of what we call fortress Europe, because this is it. So Greece is in the borders and it's actually policing the borders. And, there's lots of reports even recently that quite a lot of illegal pushbacks are happening from Greece back to Turkey or in the case of this current situation with a boat with more than 500 people.I think it's almost like to the 700. That's the case. So this current government it was for four years, we've seen that it has definitely an anti-immigration policy agenda, definitely backed up by European policies as well.But now being reelected is going to be harder and this is a big worry for, because still we have conflicts nearby. We need to consider environmental crisis that it creates in various parts for sure, like refugees, and we have conflicts.We have Ukraine, et cetera. Although also there is discussion of thinking of refugees in two ways: those that they come from, let's say, Ukraine, which they look like us and those who do not look like us. And this obviously brings questions of racism and discrimination as well.So borders and tourism also. It is really interesting because these two are interlinked. We cannot see them, but they're interlinked. And even we can think in the widest, let's say, metaphor of this, that at the same week, let's say 10 days that we had this major loss of lives in the Greek Sea.At the same time we have the submarine with the millionaires or billionaires, which almost is a kind of a more like upmarket tourism because also we need to think what the submarine represents symbolically to the life we are creating, worldwide.And I'm saying worldwide because I was currently, and I think I talked with you, Chris, about it, in Latin America and specifically in Medellin, which is a city known mostly abroad for not good reasons, basically for the drug trafficking. But one of the things, definitely post pandemic that the city's experiencing is massive gentrification and massive touristification due to economic policies that allow specific type of tourism to flourish through digital nomads having real opportunities there for very cheap lifestyles. Very good technology infrastructure, but other issues that bring mass tourism that in this case is also sex tourism and underage sex tourism, which is really, really problematic. But going back to Athens and Exarcheia in particular, the issue, it's very obvious. We are even now discussing that this thing is a bubble and sooner or later we will see that bursting because tourism is a product. Tourist locations are products and they have a lifespan.And it's particularly when there's no sustainable planning strategy. And an example in Greece, which is recently been heard a lot, is Mykonos Island. The Mykonos Island was known as this like hedonistic economy, up market, et cetera.But right now it is the first year that they've seen losses, economic losses, that it doesn't do well on the number of tourists coming. So, there are these things that we will see. Still, Athens is in its peak and they're expecting big numbers still because we are not even in July. I live now what most of us would say, we don't want to be in Exarcheia for going out because it doesn't anymore looks as a space we knew, for various reasons. But still there is movement. As I said the metro now is the center of the resistance. And also the other thing that I forgot to say that it's actually from the municipality coming in is that they are closing down and closed down basically green areas in the area, like Strefi Hill, and the nearby park for supposedly to regenerate it and to ensure that it's up in the level that it needs to be. But at the same time, they are leasing it into corporate private businesses to run. [00:38:43] Chris: Yeah. Yeah. And just for our listeners, whether this is the intention of local governments or not the closure or at least suspension of these places such as parks or local squares is the refusal to allow people to use public lands or to operate on what are traditionally understood as the commons, right? Mm-hmm. And these are traditionally places that people would use to organize. And so whether this is a part of the government's plans or not this is the consequence, right?And this tends to happen more and more and more as tourism and development reaches its apex in a place. Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. And Penny, I have a question that was actually written in by a friend of mine who lives there in Athens and his name is Alex who I had the pleasure of meeting last year there.And Alex talks about how everyone in Greece seems to be involved in tourism in some manner or another, that it's according to him "the country's biggest industry and how all of us are bound and tied to it," he said. Mm-hmm. And Alex wonders what alternatives and perhaps worthy alternatives do you think there might be to tourist economies?[00:39:59] Penny: Well, I mean, the issue is not, I mean, tourism is a type of model of tourism as well. I mean and it is also kind of percentages. So if we have more tourists than locals, then there is a question here, what exactly is happening when particular neighborhoods are turned to theme parks?Then again, it's an issue of what exactly offered locals, because okay, it could be good for businesses, but as I said, where is the sustainability in these projects and these models? Because if it's five year plan, then after the five year plan, all these people who are involved in tourism, what are they going to do?The other thing is what kinda tourism we're talking about and what kind services, because if we're all tangled or related with a tourist product, but what we do is servicing, meaning that even very few people will make money because most of us, we will be employees. And saying that is also about labor rights.So this is actually not regulated. There is no real regulation to various levels. Housing, for example, that you touched upon, earlier on in the conversation... In Greece doesn't have a dedicated law. So housing comes in various different parts of law, but it doesn't have a dedicated one.That's another reason why things are very unruly, unregulated. And the other thing is that in Greece, one thing that is unique, in comparison to all the countries, is that after the second World War, there was this idea of small ownership; that the dream is to own a small place, and to give it to your kids, et cetera.So it is very, very complex in that sense. And also as a tenant, it's very difficult to basically to have rights as well. Likewise, when we talk about labor, there's lots of things which are not regulated. So people who work in the tourist industry... it's almost like slavery.Quite a lot of people do not want to work right now in the tourism industry because they know that it's really unregulated and where that ends. So go back to what your friend asked, I'm not an economist and it's not an easy, and it's not, I'm not using it as an easy way to escape from giving a reply, but it's not about how to replace tourism, but it's actually what kind of a tourist model we bringing in because it's the same thing that I brought.So in Greece what exactly are we actually looking as a model to bring things that we saw in other places, didn't work?And they've seen the aftermaths of it. So this is something we need to be very, very serious about. Because at the moment, I think it's a five year plan with no future-thinking further because imagine a scenario that if tourism collapse, and we have all these businesses dedicated to tourism in one single neighborhood. We have urban Airbnb everywhere. What all these privately owned premises going to do? What kind of alternative you they're gonna have? [00:43:27] Chris: Yeah. Yeah. You used the word " replace," to replace tourism and I'm a big fan of etymology of the study of the roots of words and in English, the word replace in its deepest meaning could mean "to place, again." Right. And if we understood the word place as a verb, and not just as a noun, not just as a thing, but as something we do, what would it look like to place again, to consider our place not just as a thing, but as a process, as a process through time.And what would that mean to re-place ourselves. To re-place the time we're in. And it brings me to my next question, which is around solidarity and mm-hmm. I'm wondering in this regard, what kind of advice might you have both for tourists, for individuals, and also for people looking to organize their own communities in solidarity with, for example, the movements, the collectives, the residents of places like Exarcheia. What advice would you have for those people who wish to act and live in solidarity with the collectives that are undertaking these battles in places like Exarcheia?[00:44:51] Penny: Okay. If I remember well, the initiative against the Metro has created an open letter which will be for also address to tourists. So to make them aware, you know, you are here, you are welcome, but be aware that this is happening in this neighborhood, that the neighborhood is not just a product for consumption, but they are us, that we live here and we have been hugely affected by policies against us.It's not a blame to the tourists because we've been tourists and we are tourists ourselves. We go somewhere else. It's a matter to how you are respectful and understanding of what happens in local level and that there are people leaving not only the people who make money out of offering you services, but basically every people who have an everydayness in these areas and they need to be respected as well. And even understand where and what may happen to them. I mean, obviously we hear, and there are people who think, okay, we rather prefer to stay in hotels instead of AIrbnbs because this will basically support further this economy, which is platform capitalism because again, at the end, who makes more money, are the people who own those platforms.So it's about to be conscious and to be open and to see around you. And I'm saying that, and I can give you an example because for me, it definitely summarizes what I want to say. Okay, last summer, I was out with friends in Exarcheia, near Exarcheia Square to have a drink with friends who were visiting. No, no one visiting. One is from here. And in another table comes a seller, a migrant from East Asia to sell something and stop in my table. We discuss something with him and behind him, a couple of tourists with a dog passed by. The dog stops, probably afraid of something and kind of barks and bites the seller, the guy who was actually the vendor.So, the vendor gets really panicked and we say what happened to him? The two people with the dog, say, don't actually listen to him. He's lying. He's trying to get money out of us. And this is a story I mean, of understanding, of two people, you know, coming here not understanding at all and having completely this idea, but at the same time trying to consume what Exarcheia is offering. Is a story that to me can say a lot, actually. Mm, [00:47:23] Chris: yeah. Deep imposition. [00:47:25] Penny: Exactly. Exactly. I mean, as tourists, we need to be more conscious of the places we go. We need to understand and to listen and to hear.It is difficult to do otherwise because I mean, when you go back to solidarity, I mean, this is another thing because we don't expect people who come for couple of days to go to different, let's say, collectives, initiatives and take part.But at the same time, people who come and they want to spend time, in the sense of being part, again, one thing you do is not only you consume experiences, you take the experience and you look something abroad. You share the experience and we need that as well. Hmm. [00:48:16] Chris: Wow. And what would you say to people, for example, in places like Oaxaca, where there's been a tourist economy for the last 10, 20 years, steadily growing, and then after the lockdowns has become a destination like cities in Southern Europe, for digital nomads, for quote unquote expatriates, where now the consequences of the tourist economy are reaching a boiling point a kind of crisis moment, and where people are experiencing a great deal of resentment and backlash against the tourist, but who want to find some kind of way of organizing together in order to lessen or undermine or subvert the tourist economies.What advice would you have for those people maybe looking to places like Exarcheia, places like Southern Europe, where people have begun to organize for many years? What advice would you have for those people, for those collectives? [00:49:21] Penny: Well, the prosperity out of what you can get from this type of economy, it's going to be short term. So those who will make money or those who anyway will make money for those who have small businesses, it's going to be for few years. And particularly with digital nomads, is exactly what the word the term means: nomads. So this year or this couple of years, they will be in Oaxaca, they will be in Medellin.Previously they were in Lisbon. They were in Berlin. There is a product that is movable because their business, the work they do is movable. So for them, is what you offer like a package. And if it is cheap package, they will go there. If it has good weather, they will go there. And easier legislation.So it's a matter of recognizing because at the same time you cannot start pushing and throwing and beating up tourists. You're not gonna change anything. It's basically awareness.I'm not fond local authorities, but I've seen that in cases like Barcelona, the local authorities were more conscious and more aware, and obviously more on the left side. They were trying as well to create policies that has some limitation that at least this thing, it doesn't become beyond what you're able to sustain, basically, to create an equilibrium.But still, even in Barcelona, there are situations as in the neighborhood, which has became totally gentrified and people were pushed out. So they need some kind of legislation to limit the numbers of visitors for Airbnbs or things like that. But in the level of action, it's actually awareness and resistance and to continue.It's not easy because the political situation doesn't help. It has created a fruitful land for this to become even more and more and more. But the idea is not to give up and stop. I know that it's very like maybe generic and very abstract what I'm offering a solutions, because obviously here we're also trying to see what solutions we can have. Maybe you create a critical mass in an international level. Also, you make aware outside of what happens. So, so the tourists before even coming, they're aware of what's exactly happening and also with regards to solidarity between similar causes. Hmm. [00:52:00] Chris: Hmm. Thank you Penny. So we've spoken quite a bit about what's come to pass in Athens, in Greece, in Exarcheia in regards to tourism, gentrification, and the border crisis there in fortress Europe. And my final question for you is do you think there's anything about these movements of people and the way that we've come to understand them about the flight and plight of other people's, not just refugees, but also tourists as well, that can teach us about what it means to be at home in our places?[00:52:40] Penny: Oh, that's a big discussion. Cause it depends. I mean, when you talk about mobile population, like those, for instance, digital nomads, then we talk about something else, which is basically a more cosmopolitan understanding of the world, but also that the world is a product for consumption. So, it is two different layers of understanding also home.And basically when you see advertisements of houses specifically short-lets dedicated to let's say, digital nomads, the advertisements will say something like "home," that what we offer you like home. But when you go to those places and you stay in, what they mean like home, is that you have all the amenities to make your life easy as a digital normal.That you have a fast internet to make your work easy, et cetera, et cetera. So it is a very complex thing and definitely the way we live in, it's between the nomadic that has nothing to do with how we understood the nomadic in previous centuries or histories and to their, place as home, like you have a stable place.So, there are many questions and many questions about borders, that borders are easy to pass if you have the right profile, but then it is a block, and it's actually a "no" for those who leave home because they're forced to. So, it's a very unequal way of thinking of borders, home and place, worldwide.It's not just about Greece or Athens or Exarcheia, but maybe Exarcheia is a good example of giving us both sides who are welcome and who are not welcome. So yes, we say "welcome to refugees" and we see this kind of tagging and stencils and graffiti around because yes, this is what we want. We want them here to welcome them, but at the same time, we say " no to tourism," not because we have individual issues with specific people, but because of what has been the impact of this mobility into local lives.[00:54:59] Chris: Yeah. Yeah. Well, may we come to understand these complexities on a deeper level and in a way that that honors a way of being at home in which, in which all people can be rooted.Mm-hmm. So, I'd like to thank you, Penny, for joining me today, for your time, for your consideration, for your willingness to be able to speak in a language that is not your mother tongue is deeply, deeply appreciated. And finally, how might our listeners be able to read more about your work, about the social movements and collectives in Greece?How might they be able to get in touch? [00:55:41] Penny: Okay. We have on Facebook, on social media, we have AARG!. So if they, look at AARG! Action Against Regeneration & G entrification, but it's AARG! on Facebook and also Kropotkin-19, they will find their information. Now about my work specifically, they will look at my profile like Penny Travlou at the University of Edinburgh. So they will see what I do in Athens and in Latin America. So there is material, some things are in the form of academic text and other things are in videos, et cetera, which are more accessible to a wider audience.[00:56:22] Chris: Well, I'll make sure all those links and social media websites are available to our listeners when the episode launches. And once again, on behalf of our listeners, thank you so much for joining us today. [00:56:34] Penny: Thank you. Thank you very much. Have a good morning. Get full access to ⌘ Chris Christou ⌘ at chrischristou.substack.com/subscribe
Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, so how did it work out when he became the leader of this nation that he was so instrumental in founding?For the third episode in American History Hit's special series about the Presidents, we're exploring Jefferson's presidency. What challenges did he face during his time as President, and how did he mould the early years of the nation?Don is joined for this episode by Professor Frank Cogliano, direct from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Frank is a Professor of American History at the University of Edinburgh.Produced by Sophie Gee. Edited by Siobhan Dale. The senior Producer was Charlotte Long.Discover the past on History Hit with ad-free original podcasts and documentaries released weekly presented by world-renowned historians like Dan Snow, Suzannah Lipscomb, Lucy Worsley, Matt Lewis, Tristan Hughes and more. Get 50% off your first 3 months with code DANSNOW. Download the app or sign up here.PLEASE VOTE NOW! for Dan Snow's History Hit in the British Podcast Awards Listener's Choice category here. Every vote counts, thank you!We'd love to hear from you! You can email the podcast at email@example.com.You can take part in our listener survey here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Reviews play a critical part in the Arts world, especially during the Edinburgh Festival. Who is reviewing you, did it read like a five-star, why is nobody turning up, and what can you do with them in September? In this podcast, I'm joined by Scott Matthewman. He has been working as a theatre critic for nearly twenty years, sometimes as a part-time freelancer and at other times as a fully employed staff writer. We talk about the importance of reviews and reviewers in the Arts, how reviewing has changed over the years, and what can be done to improve the review landscape at Edinburgh and other Fringes around the world.
This week, it's an underground haunted historical close and an underwater ghost plane! First up, Felicia takes us on a tour of Mary King's Close - an area of ancient alleyways and abandoned houses under the Edinburgh City Chambers in the historic Old Town area of Edinburgh, Scotland. From plagues to poltergeists, naturally this area has had a reputation for dark misdoings and hauntings since the 17th century, as it soon became “shrouded in myths and urban legends; tales of hauntings and murders abounded.”Next, Lauren goes fishing for clues in the Monongahela River with the Mystery of Pittsburgh's “Ghost Bomber” of 1956. How does a 15-foot high B-25 bomber go missing in a 20-foot deep river never to be seen again? Well that's the mystery! Was it carrying dangerous or mysterious cargo that the government wanted gone? A nuclear weapon?! A UFO from Area 51?! To this day, the Ghost Bomber remains one of aviation's murkiest unsolved mysteries that's just plane weird.PS: If you have requests for future episodes or just want to hang out, follow us on Instagram @sinistersisterspodcast
We left off last week traveling from Edinburgh to Aberdeen. We shared about running across Glamis Castle along the way. This week we are picking up once we get to Aberdeen. In this episode we tell you all about the next three days of the trip in and around Aberdeen. While we did not spend a ton of time in Aberdeen, there is lots to do surrounding the area. We explored the town of St. Andrews, checked out the Old Course, played golf at Trump International Golf Links, saw more castles, and learned a lot more about the history in these cool places. Don't miss this episode and if you missed the first three days of the trip then check out last week's episode to hear all about the first three days in Edinburgh. Until next week, ENJOY!As always thank you for listening TODAY. My LinkTree is the BEST place to find all my links whether you are wanting to follow me on Instagram, book a call about real estate, learn more about eXp Realty, shop my looks, or book one of our Airbnbs. This link is the one stop shop for all your needs! https://linktr.ee/madelinecampPlease leave a review and I will catch you on the next episode!
Phil Burleigh is one of those lads you just can't not like. A top man who has had a very interesting career which has seen him have the highs of playing internationally for Scotland and the lows of battling through some tough injuries. However he has got through those and remarkably is still going strong today as he fast approaches 37. In this episode we go through plenty of good yarns which include... His current situation in Japan with Kyuden His pathway to professional rugby and why he had to leave Canterbury His Super Rugby time with the Chiefs and how he then became a Highlander which is a crazy yarn. Is time at the Highlanders and some funny yarns about Jamie Joseph His move to Edinburgh which lead to playing international rugby for Scotland And heaps more. Such an enjoyable episode this one, you'll understand by the end of it why so many people regard Phil as one of the great lads. If you enjoy this episode, there's 3 thing you can do for me to help. Firstly sharing the episode, by word of mouth or social media it all helps out massively. Secondly make sure you are following What a Lad on Spotify/Apple or where ever you listen to the podcast and lastly get yourself some merch at What a Lad!
https://amateurtraveler.com/uk-two-week-itinerary-by-train/ Hear about a UK two-week itinerary by train as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tracy Collins from UKTravelPlanning.com about a train trip in the country that invented trains. London We start in London. Spend some time visiting some of the iconic sites like the Tower of London or Westminster Abbey. Visit the great museums of London like Tracy's favorite, the Victoria and Albert Museum. Then we start our journey to see England, Wales, and Scotland from Paddington Station. Bath Visit the historic Roman Baths from which Bath gets its name. Visit the magnificent Bath Abbey. Stroll through the iconic Royal Crescent with its Georgian Architecture. Immerse yourself in Jane Austen's world at the Jane Austen Centre. As a side trip from Bath, consider one of the following Tour the stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury. Explore the awe-inspiring Salisbury Cathedral. Take a scenic train ride to the picturesque Cotswolds. Cardiff Travel to the capital of Wales, Cardiff. Explore the historic Cardiff Castle. Embark on an exciting Cardiff Dr. Who Tour. Visit the impressive Principality Stadium. Option 1: Liverpool Take a train to Liverpool, the home of The Beatles. Join the magical Mystery Tour to learn about the Fab Four. Visit the historic Albert Dock including the International Slavery Museum. Option 2: Lake District Explore Bowness-on-Windermere, a charming lakeside town. Visit Dove Cottage, the former home of William Wordsworth. Experience the charm of Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House. Edinburgh Take a train to Scotland's capital of Edinburgh. Walk the Royal mile from Edinburgh Castle to the historic Holyrood Palace. Hike up Arthur's Seat or Calton Hill for stunning views. Dare to venture into the mysterious Edinburgh Vaults. As a side trip from Edinburgh consider: Travel to nearby Glasgow. Admire The Kelpies, Scotland's mythical horse sculptures. Visit St Andrews, the birthplace of golf. York Take the Jacobite Steam Train through Tracy's native Northumberland to the city of York. Explore the Roman history at the Roman Bath in York. Discover the Viking legacy at the Jorvik Viking Centre. Wander through the charming Shambles. Visit the wonderful Railway Museum. Return back to London.
Hey SBF fam, we're off to Europe! Paris, Rome, Tuscany, and Edinburgh to be precise. We're very excited about this baby-moon trip. Expectedly so, you should be on the look out for some fun content from another continent from us. I want to prepare you... The next episode of SBF will be shot in Europe and will be a episode you DO NOT WANT TO MISS. Cheers to a reason, a season, or a lifetime.
Dženita Karić's new book Bosnian Hajj Literature: Multiple Paths to the Holy (Edinburgh University Press, 2023) maps the diverse understandings of the hajj in relation to Islamic geography by Bosnian Muslim authors who wrote in different genres from the 16th to the 21st centuries. The study captures how hajj was imagined and constructed in relation to Islamic cosmology, rituals, Sufi saints, and political and temporal realities, while remaining unchanged in other ways. The book generatively theorizes geographies in relation to mobilities but also in relation to emotion, body, and embodiment, materiality, and the sacred. The book will be of interest to scholars of Bosnian studies, Islamic studies, and especially pilgrimage and ritual studies. Shobhana Xavier is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Queen's University. More details about her research and scholarship may be found here and here. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow her on Twitter via @shobhanaxavier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/literary-studies
Dženita Karić's new book Bosnian Hajj Literature: Multiple Paths to the Holy (Edinburgh University Press, 2023) maps the diverse understandings of the hajj in relation to Islamic geography by Bosnian Muslim authors who wrote in different genres from the 16th to the 21st centuries. The study captures how hajj was imagined and constructed in relation to Islamic cosmology, rituals, Sufi saints, and political and temporal realities, while remaining unchanged in other ways. The book generatively theorizes geographies in relation to mobilities but also in relation to emotion, body, and embodiment, materiality, and the sacred. The book will be of interest to scholars of Bosnian studies, Islamic studies, and especially pilgrimage and ritual studies. Shobhana Xavier is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Queen's University. More details about her research and scholarship may be found here and here. She may be reached at email@example.com. You can follow her on Twitter via @shobhanaxavier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/islamic-studies
Dženita Karić's new book Bosnian Hajj Literature: Multiple Paths to the Holy (Edinburgh University Press, 2023) maps the diverse understandings of the hajj in relation to Islamic geography by Bosnian Muslim authors who wrote in different genres from the 16th to the 21st centuries. The study captures how hajj was imagined and constructed in relation to Islamic cosmology, rituals, Sufi saints, and political and temporal realities, while remaining unchanged in other ways. The book generatively theorizes geographies in relation to mobilities but also in relation to emotion, body, and embodiment, materiality, and the sacred. The book will be of interest to scholars of Bosnian studies, Islamic studies, and especially pilgrimage and ritual studies. Shobhana Xavier is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Queen's University. More details about her research and scholarship may be found here and here. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow her on Twitter via @shobhanaxavier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network
The Drunk Women are still in Edinburgh for this episode, well two of them are, as poor, covid struck Hannah is still being played by the wonderful Ruth Bratt! Thanks to Ruth, the show was able to go on, as she joined the force alongside Taylor and Catie to welcome this week's guest, comedian Sooz Kempner! Sooz opens the show with the time she was the meat in a crime sandwich - and a solid lesson in living one's best life, even if you've only got £40 left in the bank.The team then drape themselves over a criminal tale, involving one of the world's most notorious literary figures. We finally hear from a member of the audience in which the perpetrator really does take the p*ss...Join the Drunk Women at this year's London Podcast Festival, where they team up with the Empire Podcast gang to bring you - Drunk Women Empire! For one night only on Thursday 14th September 2023 - tickets and info here - Drunk Women Empire • Comedy • Kings PlaceAND you can support the Drunk Women on Patreon, where you'll have access to watch live zoom records, ad free episodes and one of Taylor's famous shout-outs! Drunk Women Solving Crime | creating Podcasts | Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Two cases of avian flu have been confirmed on game farms in Cheshire and Staffordshire, where pheasant and partridge are produced for shooting. Every year more than 40 million partridge and pheasant are released into the wild from game farms, to populate land for shooting. In May the RSPB called for more restrictions on releasing game birds into the countryside, to reduce the risk of new strains of avian flu, but the British Association for Shooting and Conservation says a ban on releases of game birds is not the answer. Sir Ian Wilmut who led the research team that produced Dolly the cloned sheep at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, has died at the age of 79. The team used a cell from the mammary gland of a dead adult sheep to create a living animal that was genetically identical to the donor. The work laid the foundations for stem cell research, a technology which aims to cure many of the diseases of ageing by enabling the body to regenerate damaged tissue. All week we're picking out the stories from top-fruit farming - that's apples, pears, plums and cherries. One fruit grower in Kent says he is giving away all his crop to charity, because he says he can't make any money selling it. The Canary Islands have banned imports of UK seed and eating potatoes to their Islands after Colorado beetles were found in potatoes in Kent and Hampshire in July. Each year, the UK exports 50 thousand tonnes of potatoes to Spain, and the Canary Islands are the fourth largest export market for seed potatoes from Scotland. The government's Animal and Plant Health Agency says the Spanish National Plant Protection Organisation has agreed to import potatoes again under new criteria and the APHA is discussing this with the sector. Presenter = Anna Hill Producer = Rebecca Rooney
Ever dreamt of exploring the historic beauty of Edinburgh but worried about a time crunch? Our guest, Cheryl Ridpath Conway, proves it's possible as she shares her whirlwind 36-hour adventure through the city. Alongside her two eldest daughters, she adventured through Edinburgh Castle, Grey Friars Kirkyard, the Writers Museum, and even the University of Edinburgh. She divulges her secret travel weapon - the early bird strategy that's a queue game-changer. Cheryl's infectious enthusiasm for travel will make you yearn to pack your bags!Dive headfirst into the captivating history of Edinburgh as we recount the infamous witch trials, discuss the intriguing stories of the Royal Mile, and reveal the hidden charm of the quaint Dean Village. Experience the unique blend of unpredictable weather, charming alleyways, and the enchanting aura that sets Edinburgh apart. Whether you're a Potterhead or an admirer of architectural beauty, this charming city is bursting with enchantment. Keen on maximizing your Edinburgh experience? We got you covered! Check out previous episodes for more in-depth information about this fantastic destination. This episode isn't just a recounting of Cheryl's journey, but a treasure chest of travel insights and tips. Get ready to fall head over heels for the allure of Edinburgh!For further information and the full show notes for this episode visit UKTravelPlanning.com/episode-63>> Visit our shop for guides and resources to help plan your trip including our popular UK Train Travel ebookSupport the show❤️ Do you enjoy our weekly podcast? We love putting together our shows for you and sharing our knowledge, love of UK travel and of course practical tips to save you time and money.
Before we say goodbye to summer and pull on our flannels and break out the pumpkin spice, Tamara and Kim are back with a recap of Tamara's European summer travels including a month spent exploring France by river and barge cruise! Tamara first spent two weeks in the United Kingdom, on a road trip through both Scotland and Wales with two other travel writers. She then took the Eurostar down to France and spent one week cruising through the Canal Nivernais on the Hotel Barge Elisabeth. Next, she went to Bordeaux and her husband joined her for a weeklong river cruise with AmaWaterways. Tamara finished up her summer of cruising with another canal barge cruise with European Waterways on the Canal du Midi in Southern France. The Mavens break down the differences between river and barge cruising and what to expect on each. Mentioned on the Podcast: 2 Days in Edinburgh itinerary Wales road trip itinerary Prettiest villages in Wales Cruising through Burgundy, France on the Hotel Barge Elisabeth Barge Lady Cruises - travel agency specializing in barge cruising Things to do in Bordeaux, France AmaWaterways Guide to a Bordeaux river cruise with AmaWaterways European Waterways
It's time for me to tell you all about Scotland. We are currently still in Scotland as we recorded this, but I am excited to share a bit of what we have already experienced from this trip. This portion of the series is going to feature Edinburgh Scotland which is part 1 because at the end of the trip we will be headed back to Edinburgh before we depart from this trip. We spent the first 3 days of the trip in Edinburgh and those 3 days were jam packed with tours and sight seeing. There is so much to see and do in Edinburgh. You could definitely spend at least a week there and have plenty to do. Listen to this episode to hear all about the first leg of our adventure as we tell you all the details. If you want to check out all of the pictures, stories, and reels from the trip then make sure to follow our social media below! Enjoy this episode featuring Scotland as it is the first of many!As always thank you for listening TODAY. My LinkTree is the BEST place to find all my links whether you are wanting to follow me on Instagram, book a call about real estate, learn more about eXp Realty, shop my looks, or book one of our Airbnbs. This link is the one stop shop for all your needs! https://linktr.ee/madelinecampPlease leave a review and I will catch you on the next episode!
How does Robert Louis Stevenson's engagement with Pacific Islands cultures demonstrate processes of inculturation and the transformation of global Christianity? L. M. Ratnapalan's book Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pacific: The Transformation of Global Christianity (Edinburgh UP, 2023) re-orients the intellectual biography of Robert Louis Stevenson by presenting him in the distinctive cultural environment of the Pacific. The book argues that Stevenson was religiously literate within a Scottish Presbyterian tradition and therefore well placed to grasp with subtlety the breadth and dynamics of a Christianized Pacific culture. It considers his legacy with respect to issues of indigenous sovereignty and agency and positions him within an important and wide-ranging modern debate about inculturation, defined as the emergence of Christianity from within a particular culture rather than imposed on it from outside. Through this study of a major Scottish writer, the book offers a model of interdisciplinary scholarship. L. Michael Ratnapalan is Associate Professor of History at Underwood International College, Yonsei University. He has published widely on modern intellectual and cultural history, with a focus on Britain's interactions with the wider world. Joseph Gaines can be reached at email@example.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/biography
How does Robert Louis Stevenson's engagement with Pacific Islands cultures demonstrate processes of inculturation and the transformation of global Christianity? L. M. Ratnapalan's book Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pacific: The Transformation of Global Christianity (Edinburgh UP, 2023) re-orients the intellectual biography of Robert Louis Stevenson by presenting him in the distinctive cultural environment of the Pacific. The book argues that Stevenson was religiously literate within a Scottish Presbyterian tradition and therefore well placed to grasp with subtlety the breadth and dynamics of a Christianized Pacific culture. It considers his legacy with respect to issues of indigenous sovereignty and agency and positions him within an important and wide-ranging modern debate about inculturation, defined as the emergence of Christianity from within a particular culture rather than imposed on it from outside. Through this study of a major Scottish writer, the book offers a model of interdisciplinary scholarship. L. Michael Ratnapalan is Associate Professor of History at Underwood International College, Yonsei University. He has published widely on modern intellectual and cultural history, with a focus on Britain's interactions with the wider world. Joseph Gaines can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/literary-studies
Frank Skinner's on Absolute Radio every Saturday morning and you can enjoy the show's podcast right here. The Radio Academy Award winning gang bring you a show which is like joining your mates for a coffee... So, put the kettle on, sit down and enjoy UK commercial radio's most popular podcast. This week, the team are back from Edinburgh and Frank has been on a walking holiday. Frank has made a sweet shop discovery and tried some very dark chocolate. The team also discuss the best unseen characters in tv shows, bookmarks and Vlad the Impaler's plant based diet!
How does Robert Louis Stevenson's engagement with Pacific Islands cultures demonstrate processes of inculturation and the transformation of global Christianity? L. M. Ratnapalan's book Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pacific: The Transformation of Global Christianity (Edinburgh UP, 2023) re-orients the intellectual biography of Robert Louis Stevenson by presenting him in the distinctive cultural environment of the Pacific. The book argues that Stevenson was religiously literate within a Scottish Presbyterian tradition and therefore well placed to grasp with subtlety the breadth and dynamics of a Christianized Pacific culture. It considers his legacy with respect to issues of indigenous sovereignty and agency and positions him within an important and wide-ranging modern debate about inculturation, defined as the emergence of Christianity from within a particular culture rather than imposed on it from outside. Through this study of a major Scottish writer, the book offers a model of interdisciplinary scholarship. L. Michael Ratnapalan is Associate Professor of History at Underwood International College, Yonsei University. He has published widely on modern intellectual and cultural history, with a focus on Britain's interactions with the wider world. Joseph Gaines can be reached at email@example.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network
How does Robert Louis Stevenson's engagement with Pacific Islands cultures demonstrate processes of inculturation and the transformation of global Christianity? L. M. Ratnapalan's book Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pacific: The Transformation of Global Christianity (Edinburgh UP, 2023) re-orients the intellectual biography of Robert Louis Stevenson by presenting him in the distinctive cultural environment of the Pacific. The book argues that Stevenson was religiously literate within a Scottish Presbyterian tradition and therefore well placed to grasp with subtlety the breadth and dynamics of a Christianized Pacific culture. It considers his legacy with respect to issues of indigenous sovereignty and agency and positions him within an important and wide-ranging modern debate about inculturation, defined as the emergence of Christianity from within a particular culture rather than imposed on it from outside. Through this study of a major Scottish writer, the book offers a model of interdisciplinary scholarship. L. Michael Ratnapalan is Associate Professor of History at Underwood International College, Yonsei University. He has published widely on modern intellectual and cultural history, with a focus on Britain's interactions with the wider world. Joseph Gaines can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history