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.

End of Translation

Translation lies at the core of contemporary humanistic study and serves also to define and guard its boundaries.

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."

An Alternative Paradigm for Studying and Performing Athenian Drama

Using the communal rather than professional paradigm for the study of this drama yields important results…

Ritual Studies: Practicing the Craft

Ritual studies emerged as an interdisciplinary field in the 1970s. For scholars in the humanities this emergence was itself a paradigm shift away from “textualism,” an excessive preoccupation with written texts.

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Ancient Comedy, Women’s Lives: Finding Social History and Seeing the Present in Classical Comedy

This essay proposes that the study of Classics, the ancient Greco-Roman world, remains vital for the future of humanities and, indeed, for the future of the university.

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Why a Humanities Lab in Angola? A Few Remarks on Critical Thinking and the Relevance of a ‘Public Humanities’ Concept

This working paper is structured around five topics: (i) a brief summary of Angola’s contemporary history and a presentation of Angola’s main human development indicators; (ii) a brief presentation of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Agostinho Neto University (Luanda); (iii) a more detailed presentation of CIESO (Centre for Sociological Studies and Research) and its main activities and projects; (iv) a presentation of the Humanities Lab project and (v) the Humanities Lab project’s philosophy.

On Close Reading and Sound Recording

The emerging interdisciplinary nexus of sound studies has brought us rich sound-centered histories and ethnographies and opened up illuminating theoretical questions about the ontologies of sound, music, and the voice.

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Black History, Islam, and the Future of the Humanities Beyond White Supremacy

Interpreting Islam as a form of Black history offers a scholarly framework for reimagining the humanities beyond white supremacy. This paper theorizes such a framework first by showing how modern Black people in Africa and the African diaspora constructed Islam as a religion and civilization of resistance to Euro-American imperialism and anti-Black racism.