Written by Connor Wimblett. Throughout the interwar period, transgender people in Germany were able to express their gender identities in new ways. The Institut für Sexualwissenschaft in Berlin was a key space and leader in queer research and healthcare.
Written by Jenn Gosselin. This historical piece looks at the rituals surrounding agriculture in Latin America, examining the practices from the perspective of the Corn Idol.
Written by Kat Jivkova. The death of Tycho Brahe has been discussed for centuries, with recent forensic advancements allowing for a re-examination of the unfortunate circumstances surrounding his demise.
Written by Ruby Hann. Russel T. Davies’ series It’s a Sin has captured the hearts of the British public with its tender portrayal of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the LGBT+ community. Yet, where are the women? Women were active throughout the crisis and it’s time that work was represented in the national conversation.
Written by Jack Bennett. 1960s Seoul, and South Korea as a whole, was a beacon of anti-communism during the Cold War period, but how far can we see the political and social status of Seoul by looking at popular music culture?
Written by Amy Hendrie. Perhaps the most infamous of pirates, Blackbeard is one figure from the annals of history whose reputation precedes him. However, a closer examination of his life reveals a markedly different man from the murderous pirate of popular imagination.
Written by Kat Jivkova. Some historiography has often made a division between Western and non-Western mathematics. Yet, Suanshu’s Nine Chapters suggest so-called “Western” mathematics may owe a greater debt to ideas developed in China.
Written by Jess Womack. The Combahee River Collective grew out of disillusionments with “mainstream” feminism. Founded in the early 1980s by Black queer women, the Collective developed an “intersectional” approach to political activism.
Written by Melissa Kane. Milton’s Paradise Lost offers insights into the roles of women in seventeenth-century European society.
Written by Inge Erdal. Marxism has often been critiqued as teleological – reliant on an inevitable march towards communism through the motor of class struggle. Althusser may offer a route out of this critique through his notion of the “underground current.”
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Retrospect Journal is the official History, Classics and Archaeology journal of the University of Edinburgh. We publish weekly features, academic articles, reviews and historical fiction, as well as a print journal twice a year. Make sure you follow us on social media for the latest news and events.
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