In the TIDE blog...
The Responsibility and Power of Words by Nikesh Shukla

It’s been quite a journey for me, working on the TIDE Project. It’s a new mode of thinking, one that relies on so much more than instinct or opinion. It relies on research, care, diligence and an ability to spot patterns. When I think about what has shaped my thinking on migration and how that […]

Exhibition review: Painting the Civil Body

The Renaissance Nude at the Royal Academy, until 2 June 2019 & Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver, until 19 May 2019 My visit to the V&A’s Clothworkers’ Centre in London coincided with two exhibitions, The Renaissance Nude at the Royal Academy, and Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver at the National Portrait […]

‘‘Who’s Laughing?’ In Conversation with Nikesh Shukla, Josie Long, & Robin Ince’ at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, 14 March 2019

Joined onstage by comedians Josie Long and Robin Ince, and Professor of English Language, Paul Simpson, award-winning author and this year’s TIDE writer-in-residence, Nikesh Shukla kicked off the evening by asking if there is such a thing as ‘universal humour’? Whether used as an everyday coping mechanism or to challenge the tyranny of authoritarian regimes, […]

Workshop with Students from Ohio State University, 14 March 2016

Earlier this March, a group of visiting students from Ohio State University visited the TIDE project for a session exploring our work. We kicked off with an introduction to the project and its contexts before moving on to a conversation on our first major output, the Keywords database. The three post-doctoral researchers discussed their work […]

Counter-Reformation English Women and the Spanish Baroque

Like my early modern counterparts, I am drawn to patterns. I find pleasure in resonance and recurring motifs, in words and ideas that weave in and out of the everyday and acquire new associations and layers of significance. So as I sat eating chocolate-dipped figs in the rural Spanish town of Zafra last October, in […]

News and Events
The Merits of Civility: Nish Kumar, Priyamvada Gopal and Hussein Kesvani in conversation with Nikesh Shukla
June 16 2019

What place does “civilised debate” have in today’s political climate? Do ideas of civility hark back to colonial ideas of “civilising savages”? TIDE visiting writer Nikesh Shukla joins Nish Kumar, Priyamvada Gopal, and Hussein Kesvani in Waterstones Piccadilly for a discussion on the merits of civilised debates, and whether absolutes can ever lead to nuanced […]


Movement, Place and Meaning – Public Lectures in the Arts
The Stranger at the Door
April 24 2019

Victoria Gallery & Museum – Leggate Theatre | University of Liverpool Wednesday, 1 May 2019 from 17:00 to 19:00pm Movement, Place and Meaning is the first of an annual series of public lectures presented by the School of the Arts at the University of Liverpool. The lectures showcase the research of the School and its […]

Announcement! ‘Who’s Laughing? In Conversation with Nikesh Shukla, Robin Ince & Josie Long
March 6 2019

Thu 14 Mar 2019, £5, includes free drink on arrival, EVERYMAN BISTRO Join the award-winning author Nikesh Shukla (The Good Immigrant), comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long and researchers from the University of Liverpool’s TIDE project for a conversation about identity, humour, and Englishness. Playing on differences of culture and language has long been a […]

TIDE’s Spring Seminar: ‘Migrants and Pirates’, 25 March 16:30, The University of Liverpool’s Campus, 33 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG
February 12 2019

TIDE is pleased to invite you to its spring seminar on Monday, 25 March at 16:30 at the University of Liverpool’s Campus in London. Join us to hear William O’Reilly (University of Cambridge) on ‘”Soul Sellers”. Migrant Recruiters, Traffickers and the Trade in Strangers in Europe and America in the 17th and 18th Centuries’ and […]

TIDE’s lunchtime Seminar: ‘Margaret Cavendish as Traveller: gender, geography and The Blazing World’, 1st November 12:30, The Old Library, University of Liverpool, 19-23 Abercromby Square
September 27 2018

TIDE is pleased to invite you to its first seminar of this academic year on Thursday, 1 November at 12:30 at The Old Library. Join us to hear Marion Wynne-Davis (University of Surrey) on ‘Margaret Cavendish as Traveller: gender, geography and The Blazing World’ (see attached poster). All are welcome. Tea and coffee will be […]