Berfrois

Pirates could be civil…

Pirates could be civil…

What is the value of silver and gold in the middle of the ocean?

Read More

Scroll Stroll

Scroll Stroll

I imagined the scroll’s spread—it motivated me to abandon archival research in the British Library and travel to Bikaner...

Read More

Flipping-the-Script of Gender Politics

Flipping-the-Script of Gender Politics

The queer coding in magazines like Bachelor wasn’t just meant to wink at queer readers...

Read More

Write Like an Egyptian

Write Like an Egyptian

Scratched on the wall of a mine is the very first attempt at something we use every day: the alphabet...

Read More

Unearthing Mansa Musa

Unearthing Mansa Musa

Sun of the Soil is a form of artivism that aims to engage not only local communities through street performance...

Read More

A flute made from the wing bone of a griffon vulture was found…

A flute made from the wing bone of a griffon vulture was found…

The hand stencils on cave walls in Western Spain have been dated to about 65,000 years ago...

Read More

Chinese-Mozambican Fashion

Chinese-Mozambican Fashion

There is a growing and mutual bottom-up fashion exchange between China and Africa...

Read More

Dosso’s Parega

Dosso’s Parega

For Dosso, the burgeoning foliage of the countryside outside the coastal town that can be glimpsed through the trees is as much of a subject as the human action...

Read More

Wutuobang as Utopia

Wutuobang as Utopia

A peculiar idiosyncrasy marked the appearance of the word ‘utopia’ in Chinese...

Read More

Does Libertarianism make sense?

Does Libertarianism make sense?

Are academic political philosophers responsible for the persistence of this ridiculous theory?

Read More

Every Character’s a Holbein

Every Character’s a Holbein

Small-eyed Henry VIII, spread curiously flat on the rectangle, vast and gem-studded. Thomas More, Anne Boleyn, they’re all here...

Read More

Tintoretto’s Triumph

Tintoretto’s Triumph

Tintoretto needed no more than the outlines of the figures—no more than their idea—for them to come to life...

Read More

China’s Contract

China’s Contract

You stay quiet and we will set the course for growth, success and China's path to the top. It's a tough, unambiguous contract...

Read More

Bubbledom

Bubbledom

They cover the first bubble in 1720, the Latin American mining stocks bubble in the 1820s, the UK railway stocks bubble of the 1840s, the Australian land bubble of 1886-93...

Read More

Weathering the Pandemic

Weathering the Pandemic

Time will tell exactly how serious the pandemic’s disruption of weather-data gathering and forecasting will be...

Read More

The Chewa in Malawian Prehistory

The Chewa in Malawian Prehistory

Among Juwayeyi’s most important contributions is the argument that the Maravi state predated the expansion of Indian Ocean trade into the region...

Read More

Madras Meridian

Madras Meridian

The era’s greatest promoter of astronomy was Jai Singh II, the 18th-century raja of Jaipur...

Read More

Over One Billion Edits

Over One Billion Edits

I had been watching the growth of open source software and I had this concept of a free encyclopedia...

Read More

Tough on Populism

Tough on Populism

The likely economic consequences of the pandemic—unemployment, insecurity, soaring public debt and perhaps inflation—will probably feed a second wave of populism...

Read More