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Kongo’s Antonian Queen

Joseph Callow writes on a Kongolese icon who declared herself the embodiment of a Christian saint and started a movement against early European colonialism.

The first anti-vaxxers

Jo Nayler discusses the introduction of smallpox variolation to Britain in the 1700s, the switch to vaccination, and the protests staged against both.

The other Bobby Sands

Chas Newkey-Burden writes on the songs and poetry of Bobby Sands, a figure best known for his election as an MP, his hunger strike, and ultimately, his death.

Dismantling racist mathematics

Ray Mwareya and Nyasha Bhobo speak to Pali Lehohla, the statistician tasked with dismantling apartheid South Africa’s racist data-collection systems in the 1990s.

The vagina missing from space

Jessica Thomson writes on the anatomic shortcomings of 1973’s Pioneer Plaque, and the intergalactic implications of our censorship of human bodies.

Squatting the City

Danny Magill looks back on the rise and fall of London’s squatting movement in the 1970s, and what it tells us about the power of collective action in the face of housing crisis today.

Songs of resistance

Clare Church considers the contributions made by three iconic performers to the cause of Free France during World War II.

The other Bobby Sands

Chas Newkey-Burden writes on the songs and poetry of Bobby Sands, a figure best known for his election as an MP, his hunger strike, and ultimately, his death.

Dismantling racist mathematics

Ray Mwareya and Nyasha Bhobo speak to Pali Lehohla, the statistician tasked with dismantling apartheid South Africa’s racist data-collection systems in the 1990s.

Songs of resistance

Clare Church considers the contributions made by three iconic performers to the cause of Free France during World War II.

Kongo’s Antonian Queen

Joseph Callow writes on a Kongolese icon who declared herself the embodiment of a Christian saint and started a movement against early European colonialism.

The first anti-vaxxers

Jo Nayler discusses the introduction of smallpox variolation to Britain in the 1700s, the switch to vaccination, and the protests staged against both.

culture


A history of pathologising trans women

Cathy Brennan looks at the medical tradition of categorising trans women based on sexuality and its continuing power in transphobic politics.

Fanfiction: an alternative pornographic history

Kalli Dockrill asks where fanfiction – a site of sexual exploration in the twenty-first century, particularly for women – fits into a male-dominated history of erotica.

radical history for all


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