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George Washington: A Descendant of Odin?

Wednesday 8 February 2017 at 17:51

Yvonne Seale on a bizarre and fanciful piece of genealogical scholarship and what it tells us about identity in late 19th-century America.


W. E. B. Du Bois’ Hand-Drawn Infographics of African-American Life (1900)

Tuesday 7 February 2017 at 16:54

Visually dazzling set of hand-drawn charts created by Du Bois, condensing an enormous amount of data on African-American life into aesthetically daring and easily digestible visualisations.


Despotism (1946)

Thursday 2 February 2017 at 18:45

Short from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, published a year after the end of WW2, exploring the characteristics and causes of despotism.


The City of Truth, or, Ethics (1609)

Wednesday 1 February 2017 at 20:52

Images of imaginary utopias and dystopias used to illustrate an allegorical poem by Bartolomeo Del Bene (1515-1595) — a reworking of Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethicsis.


The Pioneer ov Simplified Speling, Vol. 1, No. 1 (1912)

Tuesday 31 January 2017 at 17:18

The inaugural issue of the official journal of the Simplified Speling Soesiety, a group of passionate spelling reformists active in early 20th-century Britain, who boasted George Bernard Shaw amongst their members.


Miniatures from a 12th-century Medical and Herbal Collection

Thursday 26 January 2017 at 18:31

Wonderful series of miniatures from a late 12th-century herbal with delightfully abstract depictions of plants including Cannabis), and a variety of medieval medical procedures, such as cauterization and the removal of haemorrhoids.


Defoe and the Distance to Utopia

Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 17:18

In the wake of recent political shifts and the dystopian flavour they carry for many, J.H. Pearl looks to the works of Daniel Defoe and the lessons they can teach us about bringing utopia home.


The Confidence-Man (1857)

Tuesday 24 January 2017 at 17:24

Published on the day it is set, April Fool's Day 1857, Herman Melville's last novel concerns a group of passengers travelling by steamboat along the Mississippi and their various encounters with the enigmatic conman of the title.


The “Living Photographs” of Mole and Thomas

Thursday 5 January 2017 at 22:22

A series of extraordinary group portraits, made between 1915 and 1921, comprised of thousands of servicemen and staff from various US military camps arranged into pictures.


Some Remarks on the Legacy of Madame Francine Descartes – First Lady and Historian of the Robocene – on the Occasion of 500 Years Since her Unlawful Watery Execution.

Wednesday 4 January 2017 at 14:46

CONJECTURES #3 — Dominic Pettman, through the voice of a distant Roomba descendant, offers a glimpse into the historiographical revenge of our enslaved devices.