The Dancing Bees: An Interview

Tania Munz‘s new book is a dual biography: both of Austrian-born experimental physiologist Karl von Frisch, and of the honeybees he worked with as experimental, communicating creatures. The Dancing Bees: Karl von Frisch and the Discovery of the Honeybee Language (University of Chicago Press, 2016) alternates between chapters that take us into the work and life of a fascinating scientist amid the Nazi rise to … Continue reading The Dancing Bees: An Interview

Long time no post! Plus, What History Could Have Been 3…

Happy it’s-almost-summer, everyone! This is mostly a post to wave hello-again-nice-to-see-you-again as the website and I emerge from the fog of the academic year. I’ll be back to updating the site regularly from here on out, posting from Berlin as I finish a book manuscript and start a new project this summer. In the meantime, here’s a thing: I’ll be part of a small group … Continue reading Long time no post! Plus, What History Could Have Been 3…

Steel: A Little History (and a new home!)

The newest history by Elizabeth Rively (historian of burial) is now available at The Elizabeths. This is a story of an elevator-haunting ghost, and you can find it in The History of Steel. (To celebrate the new site for the project, for the first time you can listen to this story as well as read it. More readings coming soon!) For more on The Elizabeths, an ongoing experiment in conjectural sensual … Continue reading Steel: A Little History (and a new home!)

Fireflies: A Little History

The newest history by Elizabeth Turvey (historian of flame) is now available at The Elizabeths. It’s another springtime story that further fleshes out Elizabeth’s ongoing geography of burning, and you can find it by heading over to The History of Fireflies. For more on The Elizabeths, an ongoing experiment in conjectural sensual historiography, check out the main project site. Continue reading Fireflies: A Little History

The History of Song: A Little Story

The newest little history by Elizabeth Woodfall (historian of wind) is now available at The Elizabeths. It was inspired by, in part (and is a thank-you for, in part) a recent musical performance by Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei at the Association for Asian Studies annual meeting in Seattle. You can find it by heading over to The History of Song. To hear a song from the concert that … Continue reading The History of Song: A Little Story

The History of Candles: A Little Story

The newest history by Elizabeth Turvey (historian of flame) is now available at The Elizabeths. It is a story of life and death and love and loss and two tiny phoenixes, and you can find it by heading over to The History of Candles. For more on The Elizabeths, an ongoing experiment in conjectural sensual historiography, check out the main project site. Continue reading The History of Candles: A Little Story