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Scratching the Surface: the Runic Imaginary

Monday, January 23, 2017

A picture is worth a thousand words but a word, too, might conjure up a thousand images. One-to-one correspondences between words and objects are exceedingly rare, if not non-existent. Beyond that, however, the power of alphabets, syllabaries and ideographs is...

Recording of the week: Exotic food? Exotic through whose perspective?

Monday, January 23, 2017

This week's selection comes from Niamh Dillon, National Life Stories Project Interviewer. Rosamund Grant was born in Guyana and moved to London as a young woman in the 1960s. Here she discusses challenging European stereotypes of Caribbean food and how...

The Seal of Prophethood: Malay prayers for protection

Monday, January 23, 2017

Malay manuscripts are generally written in conventional ‘book’ form, but a few scrolls are also encountered. Malay manuscript scrolls are primarily associated with sermons, to be read in the congregational mosque at the Friday prayers, but occasionally small scrolls are...

A Royal Proposal of Marriage

Friday, January 20, 2017

Now well into our digitisation workflow process, team EAP880 all took some time out mesmerised by the contents of one particular file… Caught at the crossworlds of British India, Tibetan Buddhism, and Burmese political transitions, this file captures the furtive...

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