Scotland in 2021 became the first country to make universal access to free period products a right. We track this important moment in the history of menstruation in Scotland and transnationally, asking: Why Scotland? Why menstruation? Why now?
‘Archival Practices’ explores the ways in which practices of curation and conservation (in archives, museums, exhibitions, performances, digital humanities) impact multiple, interconnected areas of life and society with profound ethical, ecological, economic, technological and political implications for the 21st century.
‘Production Contexts’ widens the critical lens to see beyond isolated figures and works and analyse the processes and material networks of practitioners, labourers, infrastructures, institutions, and economic contexts that shape cultural production across a range of genres, formats and media.
‘Puppets for Action' draws critical attention to the mechanics, materials, histories and contexts of puppet productions across such diverse formats as opera, avant-garde/children’s/political/street theatre, shadow-puppets, circuses, Punch & Judy shows, educational, therapeutical and integrational initiatives.
This Special Collection investigates contemporary artistic and media representation of classical music as well as representation in the classical music industry and considers how these various forms of representation intersect.
The meta-reflexive study of scholarly communications and higher education in the digital age has long been of vital importance. This special collection gathers articles at the OLH on this topic. The special collection welcomes both empirical and theoretical contributions in any mode of inquiry, from qualitative through to quantitative research. Areas for exploration include but are not limited to open-access publishing, evaluation and assessment, corporate involvement in academia, metrification, HE policy, and research funding systems. After initial screening, articles will undergo double-blind peer review. This special collection is edited by Martin Paul Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing, Birkbeck, University of London.
This collection explores ideas of audience engagement in relation to museums, drawing upon Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby’s idea that design speculations can promote discussion and debate, as well as proposing alternatives to the ways that things are now.
This Special Collection explores the conjunction of the literary and the medical after the birth of modern medicine in the nineteenth century. Taking a transnational and transhistorical approach, it examines how literature and language(s) illuminate society’s relationship with sickness.
A collection of essays on the convergence of modernism and digital technology, and their disruption of traditional methods of art creation.
This special collection explores the relationship between the local and the universal in Irish fiction, poetry, drama and film. A diverse range of issues arising from this aspect of Irish literature and culture are discussed.
This collection explores modes of posthumanist reading, writing and analysis in productive tension with theoretical paradigms in the humanities in order to challenge traditional key concepts in the study of narrative such as author, reader, text, and meaning.
2019 marked the centenary of Nancy Astor’s election to the British Parliament becoming the first woman to take her seat. This special collection considers the gendered political culture of the early C20th and prevailing attitudes towards women in politics.
This Special Collection interrogates and explores the concealed colonial heritage of Spain, bringing together the debates and critical discourses currently taking place in the country around racism, colonial history, the “nation-state”, feminisms and LGTBIQ struggles.
This Special Collection registers the significance of the genres of science fiction and fantasy amid the rise of the Energy Humanities. A range of energy imaginaries are read in a variety of texts, forming a speculative array of futuristic energy systems and the transformed worlds they help create.
This Special Collection interrogates Britain’s relationship to Europe and the part played by writers and intellectuals in the on-going process of defining this relationship since 1918 in a range of articles across the disciplines of literary studies, linguistics, history and cultural studies.
This Special Collection interrogates and re-examines relationships between literature, law and psychoanalysis during the period 1890–1950. The collection brings together productive mixing of canonical and popular literature and also encourages interdisciplinary conversations between different fields of study.
This Special Collection analyses the textual and visual representations of Muslims and Islam in mainstream and social media, critically engaging with the extent to which such representations racialise Muslims and contribute to the social construction of a ‘Muslim problem’.
This Special Collection analyses Western Art in Asia, focussing especially on artists who gave themselves the mission of regenerating the nation by using Western Modern art as a template.
This Special Collection will make visible the untold story of waste by exploring its representations, both material and metaphorical, within contemporary culture, calling on related discourses from the arts, social sciences, medical humanities, and beyond.
This Special Collection examines the film Pride (2014), released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the 1984-5 UK Miners' Strike, and the interplay between the historical events it depicts, other representations of the Strike, and its present-day reception context.
This Special Collection considers the possibilities and challenges of using court records as insights into the premodern past. It showcases both the international character and thematic richness of these sources, while suggesting important new avenues of research.
This Special Collection builds on existing scholarly work on modern Indian utopian art and literature, such as Bagchi (Indian feminist utopia) and Mohan (utopia and the village in India), while taking new directions, notably giving attention to bhasha or vernacular literatures and film.
This Special Collection explores the dynamics of mediated activism, analyzing the co-constitutive relations between narratives propagated by right-wing populists, critical counter-narratives formulated to counter these strategies, and the media platforms that are entangled with these narratives.
This Special Collection combines approaches from environmental history and literary studies to examine how contemporary accounts of climate change negotiate the interrelations between sensory responses to local manifestations of climate on the one hand and more abstract concepts such as climate change on the other.
Cultivating Spheres: Agriculture, Technical Communication, and the Publics uses social sciences methodology to explore publicly-debated agricultural topics, revealing how best practices in technology-mediated technical communication constitute the digital humanities in action.
This Special Collection explores its central theme of "the medieval brain" from diverse perspectives. It aims to grapple with terminology, investigate medieval source material from new angles, combine unconventional disciplinary approaches, and spark debates around the theme.
This Special Collection showcases the state of the field for medieval water studies, teasing out salient themes and demonstrating possible futures for the field. Articles explore new multi- and inter-disciplinary water studies, contributing to the understanding of wider environmental humanities themes emerging from the study of water in the Middle Ages.
This Special Collection addresses emerging creative practices around digital collections. It aims to document current practice and theory through diverse case studies, articulating multidisciplinary understandings of the art, design, computing, heritage and humanities practices.
This Special Collection considers contested poetics of place through the prism of the expectant, the anticipatory, the Not-Yet, and the utopian. It investigates the ways in which futures are (and have been) imagined, governed, projected, deferred and deterred through a variety of disciplinary formations; and explores the effects of competing ways of conceiving futurity.
This Special Collection examines the role of borders within the present historical moment, including national, regional, physical, electronic, cognitive, performative and cultural borders. Working within the utopian studies tradition, these articles consider how borders remain a key site of contestation and struggle.
This Special Collection considers the role that embodiment and mediation play in utopian studies within, against and beyond our present. Collectively, they suggest that entanglements of bodies and media (mediated bodies, embodied media) provide ways to rethink (and feel) the future through recollections, representations and retellings of pasts and abandoned alternatives.
This Special Collection brings questions of Postcolonialism to the forefront of game studies. An often underexplored and neglected area in the domain of studying both digital and analogue games, a critique of the (mis)representation of Orientalist attitudes, race, hybridity, notions of space and the fragmented postcolonial identities is urgently required.
Canadian author Emily St John Mandel’s award-winning 2014 novel Station Eleven has attracted enthusiastic critical responses. In this Special Collection, we explore Station Eleven's position within twenty-first-century writing, asking how the novel opens up questions about genre, politics, national literary traditions, popular culture, intermediality and prize culture.
April 2018 will see the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, the central protections of which are currently under threat from uncertainty over Brexit and the collapse of the Stormont Assembly. This Special Collection will discuss the impact and legacy of this Agreement on Northern Ireland's social, political and cultural life.
This Special Collection examines the role of Marxist approaches to analyses of literature and culture in the 21st Century. Moving beyond the post-structuralist concerns of identity, difference, representation, and language, the current ‘economic turn’ has led to a critical resurgence of Marxist criticism, which is analysed from a variety of approaches.
This Special Collection features articles on new voices in Jewish-American literature. Articles were invited that offered thematic or author-focused essays that share a fascination with the dynamism of the field, and that offer original perspectives on contemporary writers and works that have yet to receive significant critical attention.
This Special Collection focuses on the composition of saints' lives in medieval literature. The collection aims to bring the spotlight onto saints' lives as an exciting and innovative narrative medium and a means of communication in the Middle Ages.
This Special Collection considers the transition of popular television programmes to film. This process of adaptation not only relates to contemporary trends in film-making but was also recognised early on by Hollywood, when 'big screen' remakes heralded the popularity and prestige of TV successes.
This Special Collection is inspired by substantial changes over the past fifteen years in the way scholars have engaged with US literature and culture. The aim of the collection is to reflect on the history of international markets, copyright, and the book trade as shaping forces in American literature and culture.
This Special Collection takes its inspiration from Mnemosyne Atlas, by the art historian and cultural theorist Aby Warburg. Articles were invited to consider, in the spirit of Warburg’s Atlas, the use and reuse of images in art and art history, from antiquity to the present day.
This Special Collection examines how the study of ancient myths and cults within their socio-cultural context challenges traditionalist approaches to the history of religion. The articles offer new paths of inquiry that could help us to extract new data and shape a new interdisciplinarity in the research of the religions and cults of Antiquity.
This Special Collection seeks to consider the chequered history of the westernised university, to diagnose its embattled present, and to imagine its future. Cross-disciplinary articles were chosen from across the humanities and social sciences, as well as from the critical, creative and deviant work of educators and activists.