four words for friend: why Speaking More than one
language matters now more than ever
book will be published by Yale University Press
on 26 February 2019.
why we need a europe of communities
20 June 2018
piece about how to be European; hopefully the
first of a series.
CONVERSATIONS WITH EUROPE
28 August 2017
In which I talk about what's behind my current writing
'I've committed myself to doing what I can for
openness, inclusion and diversity in the face of the
threats that these now face. That is a worldwide
struggle, but its European theatre is the one I'm most
aware of, and feel most deeply about.'
WHEN POLITICS FILLS THE LANGUAGE GAP, CAN SCIENCE
New Scientist 2 November 2016
Language is human; language is political. That's a
challenge for scientists such as the ones who argue
that bilingualism is good for the brain.
choosing europe, choosing hope
This is a text written from the heart about how
to vote Remain with your heart, not just your
head, in Britain's referendum on whether to remain
in the European Union.
facts and values
Book review: Race Rerun
Trends in Ecology and Evolution November 2015
Writing this book review provided an interesting
opportunity to reflect upon writing about race and
science twenty years after my book The Race Gallery
came out. New claims, new critiques; same angst
about what must and must not be said.
the near abroad
Latvia has a lot to tell the rest of Europe, and the
wider world, about language choices, politics and
history. I went there in 2015, and tell the story in
my forthcoming book Four Words for Friend.
Some of the images I brought back feature in this
lingo, my train'. The free movement of languages and
Territoriality conference 26 May 2015 (YouTube
On May 9, Russians commemorate Victory Day in the
Great Patriotic War - the Soviet World War 2. For
Latvia's Russian speakers, it is an affirmation of
national and family history. For ethnic Latvians, it
is a glorification of the army that occupied their
Singers from a folk choir take refreshment at a replica
field kitchen. Period uniforms, as worn by the men
behind the jeep, are popular - especially with young
In the 'Immortals March', people carry images of family
members who served during the war.
The centre of the Riga commemorations is the Victory
Monument in Victory Park.