Teach outs help us remember what a university could be: Katherine Weikert on the value of teach outs in strike action.
As the film ‘Misbehaviour’ launches this week, Poppy Sebag-Montefiore speaks to women’s liberationist and flour-bomber of the Miss World contest, Sally Alexander (played by Kiera Knightly), about history, psychoanalysis and collectivity.
As an object, the dental dam awkwardly straddles the history of AIDS activism and queer sexuality, acting as an assertion that sex doesn’t require the presence of a penis to be real sex, while acknowledging simultaneously that such sex still carries risks. The dental dam was deployed as an object for sexual use in an attempt to abate the risk of HIV transmission, but its questionable efficacy as a barrier against the virus has reduced it, for some at least, to a latex relic of historical fears.
History Workshop’s crowd-sourced Strike Syllabus offers texts to inspire and galvanise, to stir righteous anger or provide necessary solace.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery holds hand-painted banners from the first political union in Britain founded in the 1820s, a plaque made from plaster scraped from the walls of Wormwood Scrubs by a First World War conscientious objector and over 100 badges collected by a local supporter of the miners’ strikes to name a few items, and this exhibition is presenting this hidden collection to the public in many cases for the first time.
When, how, and why did skin colour matter in early modern Europe? Hannah Murphy explores how science could make the known strange.
How has the whitewashing of race science and eugenics shaped racist ideologies in the present-day political mainstream? Anne Hanley argues that genetic determinism continues to shape deep-seated assumptions about ‘natural’ racial and gender differences.
For LGBTQ history month, HWO are very pleased to republish Anna Hájková’s piece on the need for a queer history of the Holocaust.
With debates over the public history of empire and colonialism intensifying across Europe, Afonso Dias Ramos explores the controversy in Portugal over the use of the term “Discoveries” to encompass the country’s complex colonial past.
How did Victorian working-class women writers use the radical press to relay their experience of the factory floor? Kirstie Blair introduces Sarah Ann Robinson, a virtually unknown Lancashire weaver and poet, whose verse is being collected as part of the AHRC project ‘Piston, Pen & Press: Literary Cultures in the Industrial Workplace’.