Between the two world wars, a new leftwing political movement took hold in Japan, driven partly by the Proletarian Film League, or Prokino. Film scholar Diane Lewis' book-in-progress, a social history of Prokino, maps its place in interwar Japan.
Literary scholar Melanie Micir was shocked by the treasure she found while examining the papers of modernist writer Hope Mirrlees (above) and her other archival research. Micir’s study of forgotten writings and forgotten writers recovers a lost history of queer women’s contributions to the genre of literary biography.
If Dadaist Raoul Hausmann's 1918 poster poem “fmsbw” has you feeling a little befuddled, that’s the point. The arrangement of letters and punctuation must be read within its media-historical context, says Kurt Beals.
When the Gran Chaco liquid separation plant opened in August 2015, it was touted as a "new chapter in the history of the petroleum business in Bolivia." Anthropologist Bret Gustafson looks beyond the capitalist triumph to examine the energy sector's impact on the area's people and environment.
For the late 19th-century denizens of Argentina and Uruguay’s Río de la Plata region, the greatest show on earth was the Creole circus. William Acree, a scholar of Latin American literature and culture and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for the Humanities, walks us through the phenomenon.
Seasonal flooding in China's urban areas along its waterways, such as this 2013 flood in Sichuan Province, is an ancient expectation. China scholar Steven Miles tracks the impact of cyclical events such as wet-season floods and dry-season fires on urban dwellers of the 19th century.
German film scholar Jennifer Kapczynski finds a reflection of West Germany's postwar project of democratization in the films of the era, such as Der 20. Juli. Her book-in-progress, "The Subject of Democracy: 1950s West Germany and the Politics of Film," explores the state's evolving ideologies..
Performers Tanburi Cemil Bey (left, 1873–1916), Neyzen Tevfik (right, 1879–1953) and classical musicians of the golden age of the Ottoman Empire continue to influence modern-day musical artists. Ethnomusicologist Denise Gill foregrounds the performers themselves in her study of melancholy in Turkish classical music.
India's caste system of racial stratification is going nowhere, says historian and scholar of India Shefali Chandra. Instead, it is expressed in new and ever more cunning ways. Her new book project takes a hundred-year look at India's history to unravel the intertwined nature of privileged racial regimes.