“A Damned Nuisance”: The Necessity of Colonial Guilt

In September of this year Bruce Gilley published an article called “The Case for Colonialism” in the Third World Quarterly. Soon, an argument that was previously confined to the pages of The Spectator or Niall Ferguson’s latest book was again, apparently, a topic for debate. Nigel Biggar published an article in The Times saying people should stop…

Pictures of Tutankhamun

This winter, Christina Riggs is curating an exhibition of Photographs of the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb in Lincoln. It goes along with her book, Photographing Tutankhamun (coming out next year) and her blog of the same name. The colonial dynamics of the time were played out through the excavation. The boy king was discovered in 1922,…

African Literature in African Languages

Leiden library has recently been selling a collection of books for 1 Euro each. I was passing through recently and managed to pick up a few. The majority of them seem to come from the collection of the scholar of African linguistics K.F. de Blois. Among several grammars, dictionaries and journals of African languages, he…

Yes, Ladies! The Man is a Cad…

  Maurice el-Milick was born in Tunis in 1899 to the lawyer Albert El-Milick. At some point in the 20th century they moved to Egypt and Maurice got a job as a Maths Professor. Throughout his twenties he published prolifically both works of mathematics and of literature. He even seems to have written a scientific…