Who Cares? How COVID-19 Has Impacted Looked-After-Children

Throughout the pandemic, emphasis has been broadly placed on keeping the elderly safe – an unsurprising priority, given that risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age.  As a result, ways of protecting both carers and residents of elderly care-homes has dominated news streams.  What has attracted less attention, however, is the social and mental impact that […]Read More

Restoring the Status-Quo Should Not Be our Post-COVID Goal

The pandemic lockdowns sparked changes in society that would have been unthinkable just last year. Trapped indoors, the crisis has deprived everyone of their normal routines and transformed the way many of us think of the world surrounding us.  It has forced us to reshape our priorities and values and this is something that must […]Read More

Does Art Require a Social Purpose?

“The idea of ‘art for art’s sake’ is as strange in our times as ‘science for science’s sake’. All human activities must serve mankind if they are not to remain useless and idle occupations,” Russian philosopher Nikolay Chernyshevsky once said.  To “serve mankind”, Chernyshevsky implies, is to assist the development of man’s consciousness and improve […]Read More