REDUX: Bourgeois Knowledge #UniversityCrisis

By Dr. Antonio De Lauri Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Cultures and Societies of the Middle East University of Milan-Bicocca Young man: Hey, what’s he talking about? Old man: The professor is discussing ideas of justice and humanity in the philosophy of Plato. Young man: Plato? Old man: Plato, the Greek philosopher… Young man: Yeah,[…]

The Number One Thing We Can Do to Protect Earth’s Oceans

Photo © Danilovich Marine governance favors consumption and commerce over conservation. Here’s what we can do about it. By Liza Gross / 05.23.2016 When New England fishers complained of working harder and harder to catch fewer and fewer fish, Spencer Baird assembled a scientific team to investigate. Though a fishery failure would once have[…]

Inside the Walls: Exploring Towns in the Middle Ages

Medieval towns were vibrant hubs of activity, housing an array of people from political and spiritual leaders to traders, craftsmen, inn-keepers and brothel owners. Here, Dr Alixe Bovey explores what went on inside city walls. By Dr. Alixe Bovey Head of Research Courtald Institute of Art Medieval writers were unsure about towns. On the one[…]

Naming a Gift: The Vocabulary and Purposes of Greek Religious Offerings

Block V (fragment) from the east frieze of the Parthenon, ca. 447–433 BC. British Museum, main floor, room 16. Source: Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Theodora Suk Fong Jim Academic Fellow, History Lancaster University Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 52 (2012), 310–337 THE LAST FEW DECADES have seen several valuable  studies on the vocabulary of offerings[…]

China’s Independent Journalists Face High Risks — And Are in High Demand

Some independent journalists in China call themselves grassroots historians and publish their writing on social media platforms. They also participate in historical gatherings such as the Shenzhen History Carnival in 2014, seen here. Photo from Jiang Xue’s Weibo. This article was written by Ip Iam Chong and originally published in Chinese on citizen media platform[…]

Bulgaria’s Balchik to ‘Move’ Cybele Temple of Ancient Dionysopolis Close to Black Sea Beaches

The largest statue of goddess Cybele discovered in its Temple from ancient Dionysolpolis, with a lion relief on its right side. It is part of the collection of the Balchik Museum of History. Photo: Balchik Tourist Information Center By Ivan Dikov / 05.21.2016 Archaeology in Bulgaria The local authorities in Bulgaria’s Black Sea resort of[…]

Tribes Create Their Own Food Laws to Stop USDA From Killing Native Food Economies

Jacob Butler checks on grapes in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community garden. YES! photo by Tristan Ahtone. From blue corn to bison, narrow federal food-safety codes impact tribal food systems. But advocates are writing their own food laws to preserve Native food sovereignty. By Tristan Ahtone / 05.24.2016 SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY, Ariz. – Jacob[…]