Berfrois

February 2021

Doctored

Doctored

We are living, at least in the West, in the days of the health religion. And whoever doubts it is a blasphemer...

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Pirates could be civil…

Pirates could be civil…

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Chinese-Mozambican Fashion

Chinese-Mozambican Fashion

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

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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...

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Wutuobang as Utopia

Wutuobang as Utopia

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

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Does Libertarianism make sense?

Does Libertarianism make sense?

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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