An Antidote for Social Amnesia: The Memory Space of the Cais do Valongo

Valongo Wharf, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 13, 2013 The archeological remains of a wharf in Rio de Janeiro used in the transatlantic slave trade is a site of collective memory. By Camilla Querin / 12.12.2017 Research Assistant Getty Research Institute In 2011 an archeological site of global importance resurfaced in Rio de Janeiro: the Cais[…]

Harvard Professor’s PULSUS – Sound as Art

The installation outside Gund Hall responds to real-time data, ranging from emojis used on social media to police radio dispatches. By Travis Dagenais / 12.06.2017 Photos by Justin Knight GSD professor’s sculpture translates real-time data into soundscapes As visitors to the Graduate School of Design’s (GSD) Gund Hall approach the puzzling blanket of concrete installed[…]

Encounter at the Crossroads of Europe: The Fellowship of Zweig and Verhaeren

Stefan Zweig / Creative Commons By Will Stone / 12.02.2013 Poet, Translator ‘Friendship stands highest on the forehead of humanity…’ Keats I While still at school, Stefan Zweig had tried his hand at translating a number of French and Belgian poets, Verlaine, Mallarmé and Baudelaire, but also another name almost unknown to us today, Emile[…]

An Introduction to Homeric Poetry

By Dr. Gregory Nagy Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature Professor of Comparative Literature Director, Center for Hellenic Studies Harvard University Iliad, Book VIII, lines 245–53, Greek manuscript, late 5th, early 6th centuries AD / Public Domain Homeric poetry is a cover term for two epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. The major part of this introduction will deal[…]

Constantine VII and the Historical Geography of the Byzantine Empire

Emperor Constantine VII dining with Tsar Symeon of Bulgaria, 13th century / History of John Skylitzes (Skyllitzes Matritensis (Biblioteca Nacional de España) By Dr. Paul Magdalino Emeritus Professor of Byzantine History University of St. Andrews History and geography were fundamental to the identity of Byzantium as an ecumenical empire with a long existence in time and an outreach that extended to three continents.[…]

Disfigurement, Authority and the Law in Early Medieval Europe

A woodcut from 1598 in Pierre Boaistuau’s Histoires prodigieuses et memorables / Public Domain By Dr. Patricia Skinner / 12.22.2016 Professor of Early and Middle Medieval Europe Swansea University Introduction Here, the legal material is mined more deeply to define how injury was conceptualized, and how the ruler, whose laws ostensibly existed to prevent violence[…]