Hindustani classical music played on a river boat in Banaras.
Are music bans in India and Pakistan an appropriation of art and performances by nationalist imperatives?
These days neither the public nor governments consider passports as a serious obstacle to freedom of movement.
In the 20th century, governments considered the “total abolition” of passports as an important goal and discussed the issue in several international conferences.
Women are driving the declining rate of marriage in China.
Chinese parents and the state are concerned about the declining marriage rate in the country. But the focus on single men ignores the root of the problem.
Author Gabriel García Márquez – the first Colombian to win a Nobel prize, for literature – also dreamed of peace.
From the yellow butterflies of his 'Hundred Years of Solitude' to his Nobel acceptance speech, author Gabriel García Márquez remains ever present in his country's peace process.
The director and stars of ‘Aquarius’ protest the proposed impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff at Cannes in May 2016.
By denying 'Aquarius' its chance at the Oscars, Brazil's government summoned memories of dictatorship-era censorship and brought the film unprecedented attention.
One of the questions most discussed on Italian social media is whether the same thing would have happened to a male writer who had made the same choice for privacy.
In her novels, in numerous articles and in correspondence, Elena Ferrante has chosen to depict the world from a female point of view. She has always claimed that the woman’s gaze is decisive.
A recent survey suggests that a third of UK parents avoid reading their children scary stories. Is this a worrying trend?
Mourners gather at a memorial for victims of the Nice, France attacks.
The French novel uniquely blends social critique, personal struggle, entertainment and aesthetics – underpinned by an irony that winks at human weakness. Can it help us in these dark days of extremist violence?
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, who died in 2013, wrote stories that offer students from all disciplines valuable insights about the world they want to fix one day.
Students of the social and political sciences can benefit enormously from being taught literature, short stories and watching artistic feature films.
Icelandic sagas are under-appreciated in the world of European literature.
Oscar Wergeland [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Family feuds, love affairs, empire writing back to the motherland - the medieval Icelandic saga have it all. Though less known than other classics of European literature they richly deserve a place among the best.