Punk: A Music Revolution, by Arthur Arnold

Punk’s Do-It-Yourself ethic was transformative. It would be hard to align Punk with any specific political persuasion as affiliations with the sound run as far and wide as the political spectrum itself. Therefore, one must evaluate Punk broadly, locating its revolutionary dimension in the Do-It-Yourself ethos. As a result, Punk inspired political engagement, musical creativity, and a myriad of sub-genres, whilst maintaining an ethos that transcended stylistic and musical boundaries.

Eponym Ethics: Naming Inhumane Medicine, by Philip Brady

As one of the most studied, popularly represented, and morally contemptuous regimes in modern times, to publicly adopt any aspect of Nazi or fascist language in contemporary society would quickly draw widespread revulsion and reprehension. Yet, the legacies of Nazi experimentation and medicinal breakthroughs found in the nomenclature of science and medicine still produce uncomfortable Continue Reading

From the Kama Sutra to Now: The Impact of Colonial Rule on South Asian Queer Culture, by Nicole Brown

This article will feature in Issue 38: Language and Culture Despite only having overturned Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalised homosexuality,  in September 2018, India has a long queer history, which the BJP (the incumbent Hindu nationalist party) completely disregard.  Both ancient Indian culture and mythological texts directly refute the attitude that Continue Reading

Alexander the Great: LGBT Icon? By Alexandra Birch

Alexander III of Macedon (356 BC – 323 BC) is immortalised as one of history’s greatest generals for having never lost a battle and establishing a massive empire from the Balkans to the Indus River. His impact on history is immense: Alexander introduced the Persian idea of absolute monarchy to the Greco-Roman world, forever changing global governance. For such an influential figure, it should come as no surprise that historians have been interested in his personal life, notably his sex life.

How 90’s Cinema Revolted Against ‘High Culture’ Shakespeare, by Lucy Agate

In Shakespeare’s day, theatre was intended for all realms of society; the upper and lower classes experienced the same masterpiece, albeit through financially segregated seating zones. Strangely, with the birth of cinema and the inevitable birth of Shakespearean cinematic depictions, this intentional accessibility vanished – Shakespeare became a product of high culture, intended for a demographic of well-cultured thespians and critics. Perhaps due to presumptions about the capability of the uneducated population to understand Elizabethan theatre, individuals outside of these parameters were no longer expected to enjoy Shakespeare.

However, 90s cinema sought to challenge this.