What’s in a Banknote: Controlling Legacy and Shaping the Ideal Confucian Woman
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What’s in a Banknote: Controlling Legacy and Shaping the Ideal Confucian Woman

Artist Saimdang was selected to feature of the 50,000-won banknote to raise awareness of gender equality within Korea. However, this choice caused great controversy amongst many feminist commentators, who saw the selection as a way for the government to promote historic Confucian notions of gender identity and patriarchal expectations of women.

Beyond Descartes: Walking Through Jute Stalks to Embodied Knowledge
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Beyond Descartes: Walking Through Jute Stalks to Embodied Knowledge

Have you ever found yourself overthinking things? Or perhaps you spend more time contemplating than moving? To better understand my world, I moved. These days, however, I seem to spend more time thinking. “But isn’t that normal?” you might ask. Maybe, but it isn’t the only way to make sense of the world.

SOAS History Blog Podcast Ep. 10: Monarchy and Pluralism in the UK
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SOAS History Blog Podcast Ep. 10: Monarchy and Pluralism in the UK

In a global era of ever diminishing influence for the construct of monarchy, and the Commonwealth specifically, why did people queue for hours to pay respects to a deceased monarch? In the latest SOAS History Blog episode, we investigate the motivations behind this phenomenon through interviews with those who participated in Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state.

Lesbian Sex is Holding Hands: Why Depictions of Lesbian Desire Matter in UK Historical Dramas
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Lesbian Sex is Holding Hands: Why Depictions of Lesbian Desire Matter in UK Historical Dramas

t best this leads to far too many people asking the average lesbian minding their own business: ‘But, how do you even have sex?’ At worst, it snowballs into misconceptions of the longevity of queer, gender, and even racial and disability emancipation movements throughout history.

SOAS History Blog Podcast Ep 7: Alden Young
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SOAS History Blog Podcast Ep 7: Alden Young

More about this episode Samples of music in this podcast have been for research and academic discussion, or are free use tracks. Podcast Transcript Introduction (Ellan): This is a SOAS History Blog podcast. To read and hear more content from the SOAS History Blog, go to blogs.soas.ac.uk/soashistoryblog. Music: Atlas Shoulders by Koi Discovery John-Michael: Hi, I’m…

Palestine, Apartheid and the International Criminal Court: Optimism or Caution?
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Palestine, Apartheid and the International Criminal Court: Optimism or Caution?

Israeli governments have resorted to discriminatory and oppressive policies towards the Palestinians in order to maintain a Jewish state in historic Palestine. It is the intention of this article to explore the historical and legal dimension of apartheid as a comparative lens in Israel-Palestine, with a particular focus on what this could mean for the current International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into crimes against humanity committed by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).