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Empire of Abstraction: British Social Anthropology in the “Dependencies”

by guest contributor Nile A. Davies

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A conversation with Prof. Surekha Davies: From our occasional podcast series

In our inaugural podcast, Contributing Editor Cynthia Houng speaks with Prof. Surekha Davies about her book, Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters (Cambridge University Press, 2016), winner of the 2016 Morris D. Forkosch Prize for the best first book in intellectual history. Below, you’ll find some of the […]

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What we’re reading this week

Sundry readings from our editorial team this week: AJ: Alina Cohen, “The Legendary Bars Where Famous Artists Drank, Debated, and Made Art History” (Artsy) Lungisile Ntsebeza, “This Land is Our Land” (Foreign Policy) Ronald Brownstein, “American Higher Education Hits a Dangerous Milestone” (The Atlantic) Shaun Manning, “The White House Correspondents’ Dinner’s Controversial Jokes… in Action […]

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WHAT WE’RE READING: WEEK OF OCTOBER 9TH

Here are a few interesting articles and pieces we found around the web this week. If you come across something that other intellectual historians might enjoy, please let us know in the comments section. Eric: “Europe Slams Its Gates” (Foreign Policy). Carmen Maria Machado, “Inventory” (LitHub) Corey Robin, “Triumph of the Shill” (n+1)   Spencer: […]

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What We’re Reading: Oct. 31- Nov. 4

Emily: Ian Buruma, Oscar Wilde’s ‘Living Death’ (NYRB) William Davies, Home Office Rules (LRB) John Gallagher, Elzābet of Anletār (LRB) Anne Grikitis, Women in the Civil Service, WW1: winning the battle for acceptance (History of Government) Erin: Lorrie More, “The Case of O.J. Simpson“ (NYRB) David Horspool, “Violent England” (TLS) Eliot Weinberger, “Who Won’t Be […]

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Reading Recommendations: Pandemics Past and Present

Classic books and recent essays that have helped us understand pandemics in the past and present.