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.

Two Americas: the legacies of JFK and LBJ

Alex Walker reflects on the successes and failures of two presidents who occupy very different positions in the historical imagination.

Chernobyl’s forgotten generation

Charles MacNeice looks back at the human cost of a disaster known only for its political consequences.

Mukhlisa Bubi: the first female Qadi

Fairuz Farhoud writes on the legacy of Mukhlisa Bubi, a Muslim judge, educator and campaigner in a hostile revolutionary Russia.

Selling love with Veronica Franco

In Renaissance Venice, poets and sex workers made their living by selling different versions of love. Chloe Johnson remembers a woman who straddled the divide.

Mended or ended: the legacy of Roger Casement

Liam Caldwell writes about Roger Casement’s groundbreaking work, which was sullied by reports of homosexuality circulated by the British government that executed him.

Re-evaluating the mother country

Leah Charlotte Nuttall looks back to the racism experienced by three members of the Windrush generation on their first arrival in the UK.

Misremembering Frida Kahlo

Abigail Priestley asks whether the great Marxist artist would have recognised herself in the tote bags and fridge magnets now adorned with her face.

Boudica: making an imperial myth

Meabh Diffley considers the reconstruction of Boudica as a poster girl for the imperial mentality she died trying to defeat.