‘Living Mady Easy: Revolving hat’, a satirical print with a hat supporting a spy glass, an ear trumpet, a ciggar, a pair of glasses, and a scent box, 1830, London. Wellcome Images CCBY

The past stinks: a brief history of smells and social spaces

The history of smell in 18th-century England reveals the complex story of scent and personal space.
Fortnite player Bugha, in action during the final of the Solo competition at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup at Flushing Meadows in New York, July 2019. EPA-EFE/Jason Szenes

Fortnite World Cup and the rise of the esports industry

Esports is huge business, attracting millions of players and huge tournament prizes. But investors are worried about the level of hype in the industry.
La Belle Dame sans Merci, as painted by Frank Dicksee, circa 1901. Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, given by Mrs Yda Richardson/Wikimedia

How a stone knight inspired two very different visions of love from John Keats and Philip Larkin

Chichester Cathedral's stone effigy famously influenced Philip Larkin's An Arundel Tomb. But a new discovery suggests it may have inspired the tale John Keats wrote as La Belle Dame Sans Merci too.

More Analysis and Comment

Research and Expert Database

Events

More Events

How we are different

10 reasons

Most Read past week

  1. The end of the world: a history of how a silent cosmos led humans to fear the worst
  2. ‘Like’ isn’t a lazy linguistic filler – the English language snobs need to, like, pipe down
  3. How national stereotypes killed the European dream of 19th century philosophers
  4. Transgender, transhuman: technological advances offer increased choices but also create new prejudices
  5. Futurology: how a group of visionaries looked beyond the possible a century ago and predicted today’s world

Pitch an idea

Got a news tip or article idea for The Conversation?

Tell us

Our Audience

The Conversation has a monthly audience of 10.7 million users, and reach of 38.2 million through Creative Commons republication.

Want to Write?

Write an article and join a growing community of more than 88,500 academics and researchers from 2,928 institutions.

Register now

Make a Donation

The Conversation relies on sector, government and reader support. If you would like to help us have even better conversations, then you may like to make a one-off or on-going donation.

Donate