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Will face masks become the norm in Europe? Expert comment

With many European governments making it compulsory to wear face masks in certain public places, and others recommending it, will masks become part of ‘the new normal’ in the UK? Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey and Professor Perry Hinton look at what norm theory can tell us about behaviour change.


How does wearing a face mask become the cultural norm? Expert comment

The UK Government has begun recommending the wearing of non-medical face coverings in enclosed spaces. Will it become the norm to see people in Britain wearing masks while outside their homes? Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey and Professor Perry Hinton look at how mask-wearing became the norm in other cultures in this comment piece.


Expert comment - a socially-distant Ramadan

"I suddenly discovered the wisdom in the well-established Islamic teaching telling us to always prioritise facilitating the ‘prevention of common harm’ to  the wellbeing of all." Dr Abdullah Sahin, Reader in Islamic Education, reflects on the challenges and opportunities around celebrating Ramadan during the coronavirus lockdown

Fri 24 Apr 2020, 12:49 | Tags: Expert comment, Culture, Current Affairs, Islam, coronavirus

Art in the Time of Corona - expert comment

"Like the weather, a pandemic hits everyone, but the wealthy are always more ready to survive the storm." Dr Maria Barrett, Assistant Professor in the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies, comments on the impact of coronavirus on the arts and theatre sector, especially on smaller theatres and galleries


“All in all, it’s a clever piece of audience design” - Dr Kieran File on Jurgen Klopp’s swearing

Dr Kieran File, expert on sports culture and communication at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, discusses Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s swearing in his post-match interviews.


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