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.
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.
In 1968, Muhammad Reza Shah, the Pahlavi monarch of Iran made his first official visit to Malaysia. For the Iranian Shah, his visit to the region was part of his outreach to Third World nations to position himself as a leader of the Global South.
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.
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.
Murayama’s photographic series Kitanai Odori displays Murayama’s body in the throes of an ecstatic nude performance, demonstrating a visual embodiment of an emancipated self. Mavo artists challenged the Japanese government’s social matrix and programme of homogeneity, and for it the group suffered dearly.
The encounter was unexpected and took me off guard – The organisers were following instructions from the Government of Mauritius, presumably via the Ministry of Tertiary of Education or, given the centralised nature of Mauritian statecraft, the Cabinet itself.
Though it’s been some months and even years since I’d first read these works, I have not stopped thinking about them, wanting to talk about them.
The implementation of a Euroamerican binary in nineteenth century Japan fuelled an erasure of indigenous gender identities; the subsequent impact of centring biological sex had significant effect on contemporary Japanese society.
Percy Shelley’s poem ‘Ozymandias’ serves as an analytical lens for both the Europeanisation of contemporary notions of ancient Egypt, and is itself a testament to the legacy of Ramasses II’s legacy.