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BLASTER Special Issue 2017

Published September 2017

This special issue of Reinvention celebrates the research carried out by undergraduate students at universities involved in the BLASTER project. Each of the students is studying (or recently graduated from) a Liberal Arts and Sciences programme in the UK or Europe, and as such this special issue showcases the interdisciplinary work taking place in these institutions.

The articles have been selected and reviewed in a slightly different way to other Reinvention issues, but each has been carefully peer-reviewed by a Student Editorial Board and/or an external copy editor.

BLASTER is a collaborative research group of 6 institutions who have secured Erasmus+ funding to undertake a major project on Liberal Arts and Science education in Europe. Along with the University of Warwick, the partners are University College Roosevelt (Netherlands), Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany), Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), ECOLAS, and Leiden University (Netherlands). This project aims to strengthen the quality and the relevance of European undergraduate education as a whole, and LAS in particular, by expanding and reinforcing the nascent LAS tradition. Find out more at


The Holy Trinity: The Social Construction of the Scientist, the Scientific Method and Scientific Knowledge Najma A. Ahmad, Liberal Arts, University of Warwick

The Effect of Visitor Density on the Behaviour of Two Siberian Tigers (Panthera tigris altaica) Housed in a Zoo Enclosure: A Case Study Zoë Goldsborough, Department of Biology, University College Roosevelt

Institutional Discrimination against Children with a History of Migration in the Transition to Secondary Educations Tinka Maria Greve, Institutes of Sociology and Cultural Organisation, Leuphana University Lüneburg

The Accession of Turkey to the EU: Problematic European or European Problem? Nargiz Hajiyeva, Political Science and Diplomacy, Vytautas Magnus University

'Being on Fire': Using Embodied Metaphor to Analyse Ovid's Story of Echo and Narcissus Gerjanne Hoek, Classical Mythology, University College Roosevelt

Comprehensive Principles of Decision-Making in Saudi Arabia Samuel Hyravý, Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts

Are the Language of the Media and the Language of Science Fundamentally Incompatible? Saskia Kaltenbrunner, Cross-Faculty Studies, University of Warwick

Perceptual Differences in Pregnancy Medical Care: An Initial Study into the Differences Between Asylum Seekers and Dutch Women Laura Schackmann, Medical Sciences, University College Roosevelt

On Digital Data Dispossession and Capitalisation Yannick Schütte, Cultural Studies, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

Effect of Basic Income Supply Curve on Labour Arlette Esmee Severins, Social Science, University College Roosevelt

Zarrinkolah's Cleansing: The Contested Female Body in Women Without Men and its Political Parallels in 1953 Iran Ceara Ione Webster, School of Cross-Faculty Studies, University of Warwick