Lunar New Year 2017

Happy new year from Sydney! Here are the six lunar lanterns representing the symbols of: the rabbit; pig; horse; ox; tiger; and monkey! Continue reading Lunar New Year 2017

Priestess or Ruler? Gendered Assumptions in Science

A great conversation from 2012 has caught my eye, which raises questions about the sociology of science. Jeff Baker questioned whether the artefacts found at an archaeological site in Peru led the researchers to conclude that the woman was a priestess rather than a ruler.

In the comments thread, Jeff writes that archaeologists tend to assume that ancient cultures separated religion from governance. Interestingly, he also notes that these assumptions are gendered:

Continue reading Priestess or Ruler? Gendered Assumptions in Science