Touching distance – the fine art of keeping apart

Dr Kathryn Murphy, Associate Professor of English and Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford University, on representations of Noli Me Tangere, touching, distance and the fine art of keeping apart. This article was originally published in the June 2020 Issue of Apollo and reposted with permission. In 1942, when the contents of the National Gallery had been evacuated to a Welsh slate mine to protect them from … Continue reading Touching distance – the fine art of keeping apart

Between Europe and the Black Atlantic

*This piece was originally published in Black Perspectives, the blog of The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). It is part of the AAIHS blog series on Black Europe, which explores what it means to bring the category of Black Europe to the foreground of scholarship on Europe and the Black Atlantic. Republished with permission. Writing seventy years after the Empire Windrush docked in Essex, Dr Caroline Bressey (UCL Geography) argued in this … Continue reading Between Europe and the Black Atlantic

Echoes of the past: Toppling statues of Colston and Lenin

Dr Uilleam Blacker, Lecturer in Comparative Culture of Eastern Europe at UCL, examines the historical precedents for toppling statues of controversial figures. Feature image: Luke Fowler (@lu_fowler on Instagram) Watching the toppling of Bristol’s Edward Colston monument, I was struck by echoes of the fate of another dubious statue: Kyiv’s Lenin monument. The Bolshevik leader was pulled down in 2013 amid anti-government protests sparked first by … Continue reading Echoes of the past: Toppling statues of Colston and Lenin

The other half of the authoritarianism story

Geoffrey Hosking, a historian of Russia and Emeritus Professor of Russian History (UCL), reviews “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism,” the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Anne Applebaum. TWILIGHT OF DEMOCRACY: THE SEDUCTIVE LURE OF AUTHORITARIANISMby Anne ApplebaumDoubleday, 21 July 2020 At the turn of the millennium, Anne Applebaum and her husband Radek Sikorski (at that time working in the … Continue reading The other half of the authoritarianism story