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In Australia, there is an event called the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, with some high-calibre contributors, like Salman Rushdie and Steven Pinker. One of the speakers they invited was one

HBV and risk management

I was invited to present at a side-panel being held at the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in

A history of ‘honour’

This is another, far longer section of writing which was removed from my thesis after the advice of the examiners. It’s kind of a history of how ‘honour’-based violence may have

The castrated woman

Third part in my four part series of reusing bits of my thesis. This one is about the impact of new understandings of reproduction on women’s roles and the development of patrilinear logic.

Part one: A history of honour
Part two: The cradle of patriarchy
Part three: The castrated woman
Part four: The making of the Mesopotamian sex class

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The cradle of patriarchy

This is the second of four posts taken from the ancient history section of my thesis. This section is about the development of the acceptability of violence to enforce sexual mores.

Part one: A history of honour
Part two: The cradle of patriarchy
Part three: The castrated woman
Part four: The making of the Mesopotamian sex class

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A history of ‘honour’

This is another, far longer section of writing which was removed from my thesis after the advice of the examiners. It’s kind of a history of how ‘honour’-based violence may have developed in Mesopotamia.

This will be the first of four posts:

Part one: A history of honour
Part two: The cradle of patriarchy
Part three: The castrated woman
Part four: The making of the Mesopotamian sex class

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Five minutes podcast: HBV and cousin marriage

I’m a nervous speaker so I like to record everything I plan to say. Anyway, I have just five minutes to present to a research group tomorrow, so here is my prep.

Reading and writing

In a fit of post-PhD arrogance1, I thought I’d write a blog about what I learned. 

My academic talents might be a bit limited but there’s a couple of things I’m good at: reading and writing. I can churn out words at a phenomenal rate. The whole concept of ‘writing up’ a PhD was completely foreign to me, because I started writing right out of the gate. Plus, I can read really fast. It’s a talent I developed when I did my first degree. It’s quite normal in an English Literature setting for assigned seminar reading to be half a dozen chunky Victorian novels which you do need to discuss in detail (plus you might want to find commentaries/articles on these books, if you want to be swotty), so it’s not a question of skimming. Read more


  1. This will no doubt dissipate as I go through the detailed corrections.