Tag: Historical Methods
Ageing in the Time of Osteology
Written by Etta Coleman. What can studying bone remains tell us about age in historical terms? Etta Coleman discusses the use of Osteology as means for assessing general aging in pre-modern societies, along with its varying challenges, both practical and conceptual.
Intellectual History and Post-Modernism: The Philosophy of History, The Cult of Rationalism and Approaches to Contemporary Political Thought
Written by Georgia Smith. The intriguing relationship between the philosophy and practice of history is in need of much deciphering. In this case, Georgia Smith discerns the effects of the traditional methodology of intellectual history on political thought.
Capitalism, Colonialism, and Climate
Written by Megan Sickmueller. What dynamics remain at the heart of the present climate crisis? Megan Sickmueller examines the historic (and present role) of capitalism and colonialism in this, with its separation of the economy from the social and the ecological.
Review: What is History, Now? How the past and present speak to each other (2021)
Written by Georgia Smith. What is history? The question retains its validity, evidenced by the recent release of a spiritual successor to E.H. Carr’s 1961 modern classic. As Georgia Smith’s review argues, the question is more what histories should be, rather than how they are constructed.
Michelangelo and the Temporality of Art
Written by Ruth Cullen. In this piece, Ruth Cullen reflects on art as a record of history, through the lens of Michelangelo. It is a treacherous terrain, a paradox that a considerable portion of our understanding of something comes from that understanding being non-definitive.
Are the Gospels Reliable Sources? Part Two: ‘Handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses…’ – The Gospels as Eyewitness Accounts Part A
Written by Alex Smith. In this second part of his new series on historicity of the Gospels, Alex Smith discusses the importance of eyewitness accounts in their creation and examines some of the prevailing scholarship regarding personal testimonies.
Are the Gospels Reliable Sources? Part One: ‘Who is This Man?’
Written by Alex Smith. As the first part of his new series on historicity of the Gospels, Alex Smith introduces the historical study of Christianity and Christian sources, laying the baseline and historiography of the critical study of Biblical sources.
On the Nature of Archaeological Knowledge, Photography, Narrative, and Time
Written by Sofia Parkinson Klimaschewski. The practice of archaeology is one that has been recorded through photography for over a hundred years. But how do we unpack archaeological photography, and how do these photographs themselves become artefacts?