Activism Personal

HS2 Hates Community Culture

I was arrested in the Euston Square Gardens protest, for defending a park my band rehearsed in. As an anthropology student, I’m worried about HS2 threatening communities and culture as well as nature.Continue readingHS2 Hates Community Culture

Anthropology Personal

Creating and Maintaining Community in UK Medieval Reenactment

Why do medieval reenactors feel like they’ve “found their people”?Continue readingCreating and Maintaining Community in UK Medieval Reenactment

Anthropology History

Roland the Farter: Humour Never Changes

Professional farters have existed for a long time. In the 12th century, a man named Roland the Farter paid for his land by performing a jump, a whistle, and a fart for the king on Christmas Day. Why was a fart enough to pay rent, and what’s so funny about farting anyway?Continue readingRoland the Farter: Humour Never Changes

Folklore History

May Morning in Oxford

Over a hundred years ago, Alden’s Oxford Guide described “a curious ceremony annually observed at Magdalen College”. On the 1st of May, the choir ascends Magdalen Tower to sing the Hymnus Eucharisticus as the sun rises. Beneath the tower, people gather to to celebrate the arrival of spring.Continue readingMay Morning in Oxford