The Early Modern Art of Sculpting with Sugar

In early modern Europe, melted sugar became its own dizzyingly complex artistic medium. By Dr. Darra Goldstein / 09.22.2015 Wilcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian, Emerita Williams College White House chef Bill Yosses’s cast sugar plate with hand-pulled sugar flowers and petits fours created for French president François Hollande in 2014. Photo[…]

Vikings Exhibit Gives Insight into Domestic Life

A reconstructed Viking ship. Caitlin Mills By Dr. Tom Clark / 03.25.2018 Associate Professor, First Year College Victoria University The Vikings are in Melbourne. It is hard to see anything “Vikings” without thoughts of the seafaring thugs who invaded or raided much of coastal Europe and beyond. As Viking scholar Judith Jesch has reminded us, that is essential[…]

Passion Plays and the Ethics of Spectacular Violence

Passion, Lament, Glory at Melbourne’s St. Paul’s Cathedral in 2017. Sarah Walker By Dr. Paul Megna / 04.12.2017 Postdoctoral Research Fellow ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions University of Western Australia In 1985 Filipino carpenter Ruben Enaje fell three storeys and remarkably, survived. To give thanks for this good fortune, he has, for the past[…]