How Identity and Culture Intersect in Art

Iranian fine art photographer Mehrdad Naragahi’s photography is the visual embodiment of Gabriel García Márquez ‘s magical realism. “We can be anywhere in our dreams.” Photo untitled from “The Fairyland” series. Provided by Naraghi through his website and used with permission. 04.16.2018 How does an artist tackle the questions of identity and home when they’re[…]

Power, Perils, and Rites of Passage – the History of Women and Tattoos

Tattoo on an ancient Egyptian female mummy / Creative Commons For thousands of years, tattoos have been indicative of the passage from girlhood to womanhood, of female power and female beauty. By Emily Poelina-Hunter / 06.01.2017 Lecturer in the Indigenous Studies Unit RMIT University Almost a quarter of Australian women now have tattoos – a trend some attribute to the influence of feminism. What I find interesting is that the mainstreaming of[…]

‘Roman-Like’: Early to High Medieval Romanesque Art and Architecture

Abbaye de Lessay (département de la Manche), France / Photo by Ji-Elle, Wikimedia Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.02.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – The Romanesque Period 1.1 – Introduction Romanesque art was affected by shifting political powers following the Carolingian period and mobility during the Crusades. 1.1.1 – The Source of Inspiration[…]

Nothing Matters: How the Invention of Zero Helped Create Modern Mathematics

Shutterstock Turning zero from a punctuation mark into a number paved the way for everything from algebra to algorithms. By Dr. Ittay Weiss / 09.20.2017 Teaching Fellow, Department of Mathematics University of Portsmouth A small dot on an old piece of birch bark marks one of the biggest events in the history of mathematics. The bark is actually part[…]

A Geographical Analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa

Photo by Edward Harris, Africa Progress Panel, Creative Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.03.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Identifying the Boundaries Figure 7.1 The Continent of Africa / Map courtesy of University of Texas Libraries Subsaharan Africa includes the African countries south of the Sahara Desert. The African Transition Zone cuts across the southern edge of the Sahara[…]

A History of African Civilizations

Old Lime kiln in Simplon Namibia / Photo by Hp.Baumeler, Wikimedia Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Early Africa 1.1 – The Bantu Migration 1.1.1 – Overview The Bantu expansion, or a postulated millennia-long series of migrations of speakers of the original proto-Bantu language group, originated from the adjoining regions of[…]