Visions of the Body: Embodied Simulation and Aesthetic Experience

This essay addresses the questions raised by the distinctly human trait of creating images.

Almost Citizens: Racial Translations, National Belonging, and the Global "Immigration Crisis"

The article examines some of the ways in which racialized immigrants and their descendants translate hegemonic ethnoracial terms to assert belonging and citizenship in the nation.

Afro-Pessimism and the End of Redemption

This essay addresses the tenets of Afro-Pessimism in relation to the condition of slavery, Blackness, and Black nonexistence.

Pleasure Pillars by Shahzia Sikander (2001), RISD graduate, Pakistani-US artist and Islamicate cosmopolitan. In Daftari.

Islamicate Cosmopolitan: A Past Without a Future, Or a Future Still Unfolding?

Islamicate is a term invented by world historian Marshall Hodgson. At once precise and woolly, it invokes Islam—its past, present, and future—yet marks its influence as exceeding any creedal or cultural limits.

"Tasso in the Hospital of St. Anna at Ferrara" by Eugène Delacroix, 1838

Linguistic Hospitality: Reflections on Voice, (Early) Modernities, and the Future of Italian Studies

Jane Tylus

As émigrés currently adopt Italian to relate their personal experiences, a new edginess and perceptivity is developing in the arts, particularly in the cinema and in literature.

Towards a Materialist History of Music: Histories of Sensation

This essay examines the history of auditory sensation, specifically music, in materialistic terms related to sensory communication and raw physicality.

A Liberian Journey

Gregg Mitman

In this essay, the author relates a journey to retrace the steps of a 1926 Harvard medical and scientific expedition to Liberia.

How Should We Read a Painting Now?

Kate Flint

How does today’s global art world help open up questions about the global reach of art and artists in the past? And, linking past and present, how do we most effectively use language to convey, and interpret, the always elusive affective impact of art?

Against Digital Art History

This article responds to two issues affecting the field of contemporary art history: digital technology and the so-called computational turn in the humanities.

Re-imagining World Spaces: The New Relevance of Eurasia

Mark Bassin

Although we often think about geographical continents as fixed natural entities, they are in fact also the product of imaginative construction. The most recent example of this process is the emergence of the continental concept of "Eurasia."