Medievalpoc Resources

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Medievalpoc post series:

Eckhout’s Portraits of Brazilians (1660s)

Depictions of the Portuguese in African and Asian Art (1500s-1660s)

Guiseppe Castiglione, court painter in China (1700s)

Mongolian-European Occupation and Cultural Exchange (1000s-1400s)

The Search for Prester John

The Crusades

The Aethiopica

Dante and Virgil

Saint Maurice Masterpost

Women Warriors Masterpost

People of Color in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

Art History Databases:

British Library Digitized Manuscripts Database

Library of Congress

Web Gallery of Art

The Getty


The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Art History Site Database and Search (AHDB)

The Getty Research Institute


The Bridgeman Art Library

WikiMedia Commons

Yale Center for British Art

The National Gallery


Over 250 Free Art Books (PDF) from The Getty

Project Gutenburg

Decameron Web (Medieval)

Open Textbooks

New York Public Library

All Our Worlds: Database of Diverse SFF

We Need Diverse Books

Medievalpoc Fiction Week Masterpost

E-Books Directory

MIT Classics

Slavery and the English Country House, 2013 (Free PDF)

Black London: Life Before Emancipation, 1995 (Free PDF)

Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe, 2012 (Free PDF)

Local Black History: A Beginning in Devon by Lucy MacKeith (Free PDF)

West Indians Intellectuals in Britain by Bill Schwarz (Free PDF)

Open Source Academic:

Directory of Open Access Journals

Wiley Open Access

Oxford Open

Disability Studies Quarterly

New York Public Library

Project MUSE


Springer Open

Elsevier Open Access

Open Access Library

Organized Online Learning:

Academic Earth Directory

Free Classes at MIT

Khan Academy


Future Learn

Stanford Online

Open Yale Courses

BBC Learning


Carnegie Mellon University OLI

History Websites:

American Historical Association

Women In World History

Smithsonian History Blog

History Today

African American History

Asian American History

Native American/Indigenous History

African History (Stanford)

Link Dumps (Articles, News, Interactive):

ArtSTOR Blog: Images for Teaching and Scholarship

The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould

Wikipedia page for Nanban Trade

Timeline of Chinese History and Dynasties

The Luttrell Psalter (Full Online Readable Text and Images)

The Gorleston Psalter (Full Online Readable Text and [some NSFW!] Images)

Color, Chromophobia and Colonialism: Some Historical Thoughts by Carolyn Purnell

"Don’t Put My Book in the African-American Section", N. K. Jemisin

Foreign Tokens: The Blackamoor Brooch on Racialicious

"That Smell": Sanitation in Victorian London on The Victorian Daily

In The Medieval Middle (Medievalist/Digital Humanities)

Norske Folkemuseum: Afrikanere I Norge

N. K. Jemisin: WisCon 38 Guest of Honor Speech

The Lost Gallery: Flickr

Shakespeare’s Colors: Race and Culture in Elizabethan England. James Schultz

Representation of Blacks and Blackness in the Renaissance by Peter Erickson (Art History/Critical Race Theory) 29 p., full color plates)

Do Clothes Make the Man (or Woman?): Sex, Gender, Costume, and the Aegean Color Convention by Anne Chapin

The Black Presence in Pre-20th Century Europe: A Hidden History

Kawahara Kiega: 18th and 19th Century Japanese Artist

Wikipedia: Sexuality (in Art) In Ancient Rome

Black British History: Representations of Blacks in British Art from the 17th - 20th Century

Hiromi Goto’s WisCon 38 Guest of Honor Speech

Decentering History: Local Stories and Cultural Crossing in A Global World

The Cultures and History of the Americas: Online Exhibition (the Jay. I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress)

Library of Congress:Exploring the Early Americas

"Race Card" by Gary Taylor (invention of whiteness in Elizabeth England)

Nanban (Western Style) Armor, National Museums (Japan)

Introduction: Reconstructing the Black Image by Gordon De La Mothe

Rembrandt and the Female Nude by Erik Jan Sluitjer (Andromeda, p. 83; Chariclea, p. 158; Sleeping Negress, p. 299-301;Bathsheba and Attendant, p. 336 & 346, 350)

H.P. Lovecraft’s Madness by Phenderson Djeli Clark

How “Caucasoids” Got Such Big Crania and Why They Shrank: From Morton to Rushton by Leonard Lieberman (responses, dialogue and works cited included)

The Advantages of Being a White Writer by Justine Larbalesteir (YA, Historical Fiction, Publishing, Representation) (response and rebuttal by Neesha Meminger)

Loretta Ross and the Origin of “Women of Color”; Racialicious Article and Video (transcript available)

National Theatre Black Plays Archive (UK)

"Ain’t That A Shame", Justine Larbalestier

Azie Dungey’s Comedy Webseries “Ask a Slave”

Sample PowerPoint: Disney and Diversity (epilepsy warning)

What Does it Mean that Most Children’s Books are Still About White Boys? by Soraya Chemaly

Scientists Reveal the First European Faces Were Not White

Vatican Catacomb Paintings Show Female Priests

Indiana University Study: More TV, Less Self Esteem, Except for White Boys

Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race by Erin N. Winkler, PhD. (University of Wisconsin)

HeyReadABook: Full Text PDF Humanities, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Studies, History, Interdisciplinary History, Historiography and more

Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian (History, Historiography and Cultural Studies-Film)

Injunuity: Independent Cultural Film and Animation Project (History, Historiography, Cultural and Gender Studies)

Roman Slavery and the Question of Race by Sandra Joshel

Race Mixture in the Roman Empire by Frank Tenney (American Historical Review, 1916-yes, it’s racist.)

Race: Antiquity and its Legacy by Denise Eileen McCloskey

An Archaeology of Race: Durham University- FREE Downloadable Teaching Resources and Lesson Plans

The Black King in Manuscripts

Moors in the European Renaissance

Painted Black in Europe

A View on Race in the Art World

Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe

From Kongo to Othello to Tango to Museum Shows

Revealing the African Presence: Multimedia & Images

Race and the Idea of the Aesthetic

Costumes Anciens et Modernes

Ancient and Modern Dress in Diverse Parts of the World

Alexander, Catherine M.S., and Stanley Wells, eds. Shakespeare and Race,. Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2000

The routes of al-Andalus (from the UNESCO web site)

Al-Andalus Chronology and Photos

The Musical Legacy of Al-Andalus – historical maps, photos, and music showing the Great Mosque of Córdoba and related movements of people and culture over time

Al-Andalus: the art of Islamic Spain, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF)

The Library of Iberian Resources Online

Africans in Yorkshire-English Genealogy

Christian Martyrs in Muslim Spain by Kenneth Baxter Wolf

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts (Koninklijke Bibliotheek)

List of Black/African Saints

Patricia, Countess Jellicoe, 1992, The Art of Islamic Spain, Saudi Aramco World
"Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain" (documentary film)

Mongol Elements in Western Medieval Art

The Equiano Center-The Slavery Trail

From Majesty to Mystery-Change in Meanings of Black Madonnas from the 16th to 19th Centuries

Nigra Sum, sed Formosa: The Black Saints in Catholic Tradition

The Madonna and the Cuckoo: An Exploration in European Symbolic Conceptions

The Cult of the Black Virgin

Romani in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Innovations of Caravaggio’s Fortune Teller

Jacob Jordaens and Moses’ Ethiopian Wife

Esther Schreuder

Ethiopian Christ Icon Found

Sigilum Secretum: Image of the Moor’s Head in Medieval Iconography

The Great Encounter of China and the West: Fragrant Concubine search

Black Knights, Green Knights, Knights of Color All A-Round: Race and the Round Table

Black Germany, History of the Holy Roman Black Empire

Imperator Totius Hispanae: Leon and Castile 1086-1157

The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages

Problems of Studying the Role of Blacks in Europe

Across Cultural Borders: Historiography in Global Perspective

Pages from the Cantigas de Santa Maria

Eckhout’s 8 Brazilian Portraits

Fifteenth Century Manuscripts: Fear of the Ottomans and help from Ethiopia

Association for Critical Race Art History

Black Magi in European Art

Print Books and Resources:

The Image of the Black in Western Art (9 Volumes!)

Race-ing Art History:Critical Reading in Race and Art History by Kimberly N. Pinder

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How The Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford

Fashion: the Definitive History of Costume and Style by Susan Brown

The Moors: The Islamic West 7th-15th Centuries AD (illustrated reference) by David Nicolle                                

Empire of Magic: Medieval Romance and the Politics of Cultural Fantasy by Geraldine Heng

Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain by Peter Fryer, London, 1984

Orientalism by Edward Said

Red, White and Black; The Peoples of Early North America by Gary B. Nash

Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison

A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen

Germany and the Black Diaspora by Honeck, Klimke and Kuhlmann

Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science by Jim Al-Khalili

The People of New France by Allen Greer

African Presence in Early Asia by Runoko Rashidi

Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, Onyeka Nubia

Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (1998), by B. Bigelow and B. Peterson

Things of Darkness: Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England by Kim Hall

Race in Early Modern England: A Documentary Companion, edited by Jonathan Burton and Ania Loomba

Pre-Colonial African History:

  • Connah, Graham.  African Civilizations: An Archaeological Perspective.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Ehret, Christopher.  An African Classical Age: Eastern and Southern Africa in World History, 1000 BC to AD 400.  Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998.
  • Ehret, Christopher.  The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800.  Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2002.
  • McIntosh, Susan K.  Beyond Chiefdoms: Pathways to Complexity in Africa.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • Northrup, David.  Africa’s Discovery of Europe, 1450-1850.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Oliver, Roland and Anthony Atmore.  Medieval Africa, 1250-1800.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Vansina, Jan.  How Societies Are Born: Governance in West-Central Africa Before 1600.  Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2004.
  • Vansina, Jan.  Paths in the Rainforest: Toward a History of Political Tradition in Equatorial Africa.  Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1990.
  • Thornton, John K.  The Kingdom of the Kongo: Civil Wars and Transition, 1641-1718.  Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983.
  • Bhila, H.H.K.  Trade and Politics in a Shona Kingdom: the Manyika and the Portuguese and African Neighbors, 1575-1902.  London: Longman Group Ltd., 1982.
  • Pikirayi, Innocent.  The Zimbabwe Culture: Origins and Decline in Southern Zambezian States.  New York: Altamira Press, 2001.
  • Horton, Mark and John Middleton.  The Swahili: The Social Landscape of a Mercantile People.  Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
  • Pearson, Michael N.  Port Cities and Intruders: The Swahili Coast, India, and Portugal in the Early Modern Era.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.
  • Lamphear, John.  The Traditional History of the Jie of Uganda.  Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976.
  • Burstein, Stanley, ed. Ancient African Civilizations: Kush and Axum.  Princeton, NJ: Marcus Weiner Publishing, 1998.
  • Welsby, Derek A.  The Kingdoms of Kush.  London: British Museum Press, 1996.
  • Welsby, Derek A.  The Medieval Kingdoms of Nubia.  London: British Museum Press, 2002.
  • Hall, Richard. Empires of the Monsoon: A History of the Indian Ocean and its Invaders. HarperCollins, 1998.  
  • Alpers, Edward A. The Indian Ocean in World History. Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Austen, Ralph A. Trans-Saharan Africa in World History. Oxford University Press, 2010.  
  • Pankhurst, Richard. The Ethiopians: A History. Blackwell Publishers, 2001.
  • Shihab al-Din Ahmad ibn abd Al-Kadir. Futuh Al-Habashah, or the conquest of Abyssinia. Edited by Sandford Arthur Strong. 1894.
  • Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh Ibn Baṭṭūṭaẗ. Ibn Battuta in Black Africa. Markus Wiener, 1994.

Books on Zheng He:

Books on Ahmad Ibn Fadlan:

Books on Ibn Battuta:

Other Tumblrs:

Diasporic Roots

Rejected Princesses



Non-Western Historical Fashion

Diversity Cross Check


Ancient Peoples

Asian and Pacific Islander History

Black History Album

Of Another Fashion

The Getty Museum

The Smithsonian

The Walters Art Museum

The Brooklyn Museum

National Media Museum (UK)

Allen Memorial Art Museum (Oberlin College)

Freer|Sackler Galleries (Smithsonian)

Historic Royal Places (UK)

Art Gallery of Ontario

The Jewish Museum (NYC)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

National Archive (Today’s Document)

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Blanton Museum of Art

Bibliography of Chicanodom, circa 1970; it features a striking cover design by Marcos Gomez (high-res jpg above) and the work of then librarians Betty Blackman and Charles J. Boorkman. With the assault on Chicano/a Studies now firmly part of our 21st century reality, it is bracing to see our field(s) when they were still nascent/incipient. Even 42 years ago, serious librarians were active, chronicling research materials for a discipline that would change the face of American intellectual culture

Amazing Resource! click link below to download pdf file

In post-Katrina New Orleans the artist Candy Chang used the power of public art to provide hope for overcoming emotional trauma: she painted a wall of an abandoned building and stenciled the sentence, “Before I die I want to _____.” Within a day the wall was covered with colorful messages of people. Since then, more than four hundred Before I Die walls have been created in over 60 countries and over 25 languages. The book collects the images, the tears, the stories, the secret thoughts, the smiles, the fears and the dreams behind the public walls.

  1. 何が問題か?
  2. 問題は何なのか?
  3. 問題は本当のところ何か?
  4. それは誰の問題か?
  5. それはどこからきたか?
  6. われわれはそれを本当に解きたいか?


As a professor of anthropology one frequently has to advise graduate students whose work is, in some key aspects, far removed from one’s own area of expertise. It makes sense that a graduate student interested in child labor in India would want to work with me. I’ve published on India and teach a course on economic anthropology, but that doesn’t mean I know very much about child labor issues in India. What I can do is steer that student in the right direction.

Multiply this by a number of related scenarios (e.g. book reviews, manuscript evaluations, discussing a conference paper, etc.) and you see why anthropologists frequently have to learn how to grok an entire subfield in under an hour. Yes, real expertise takes years of hard work, but identifying the key works and ideas that define a subfield can be done quickly if you know where to look. A good analogy might be the difference between having grown up in a city and knowing how to use a good travel guide with Google maps.

This post was written with my graduate students in mind, but hopefully even experienced researchers will find it useful. (I myself only recently learned of two of the listed sources for annotated bibliographies from Rex…)

Thank you Savage Minds for these very useful tips!


A (Limited) Lesbian Art Bibliography

Elizabeth Ashburn, Lesbian Art: An Encounter with Power (Craftsman House, 1996).
Susie Bright and Jill Posener, Nothing But the Girl: The Blatant Lesbian Image (Freedom Editions, 1996).
Cathy Cade, ed., A Lesbian Photo Album: The Lives of Seven Lesbian Feminists (Waterwomen Books, 1987).
David Frantz, ed., Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 (ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, 2011).
Harmony Hammond, Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History (Rizzoli, 2000).
Jonathan Katz, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture (Smithsonian Books, 2010).
Tirza True Latimer, Women Together, Women Apart: Portraits of Lesbian Paris (Rutgers University Press, 2005).
Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer, Art & Queer Culture (Phaidon Press, 2013).
Christopher Reed, Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2011).
Cherry Smyth, Damn Fine Art By New Lesbian Artists (Cassell, 1996).

Reference list

I updated my reference list with :
1 - 3 documentaries (2 in french only, one in english) about the american TV series industry, and hollywood : “It’s more than TV!”, “Made in Hollywood”, “Showrunners”
2 - a book about color theory, by juanjo guarnido (french and spanish only :S )
3 - some really good tutorials about animation or design that I found on tumblr, by artist charleshuettner, anthonyholden , and franco-e

go through the whole list here !

tell me if you feel there is any reference material you think should really make it into that list :D 

The process of city-making belongs to citizens today more than yesterday: communities take ownership of their environment and by means of low resources, awareness and creativity answer their needs. Handmade Urbanism focuses on five emerging cities -Mumbai, Cape Town, Mexico City, Istanbul and São Paulo - and describes the potential of urban transformation embedded in small-scale initiatives.

JUST as important as learning to cite a paper, being a good digital citizen is a MUST in the world today.

This image puts “things” found on the internet in a more meaningful context… 

History of The Rainbow Project

The Rainbow List is a bibliography of new titles for GLBTQ readers’ ages birth through 18, and released during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Part of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Roundtable AND the Social Responsibilities Round Table of ALA, those serving on the Rainbow Project (as the committee is called) are required to be members of both. The committee looks at hundreds of books each year, from July the previous year through December of the current year, and during Midwinter goes through their nominations to select what they feel are the best books for young readers.

One of a very few committees in ALA that work on a consensus minus one format (the Amelia Bloomer Project and the Over the Rainbow Committee are two others), the Rainbow Project unique also in that while created by librarians and used by librarians, it’s not created for librarians. The charge is to create a list for the reader, and as such the committee members keep teens, tweens, and kids in mind when selecting titles for the list each year.

The first list was released in 2008, and if you take a look, the lists have frequently mirrored both the Stonewall Youth Award/Honor list and The Lambda List with their choices. While a bibliography, the Rainbow List typically showcases their top choices with an asterisk or other notation, and those are published in Booklist in their award edition.

The Rainbow Project meetings are open to the public, so if you are headed to ALA Midwinter in Chicago this weekend, feel free to observe the discussions.  

Teen Wolf 'Selected Bibliography'

Novels (fiction):


The Metamorphosis; Franz Kafka
; William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet
; William Shakespeare
; William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night; William Shakespeare
A Tale of Two Cities; Charles Dickens
Heart of Darkness; Joseph Conrad

Great Expectations
; Charles Dickens
Hard Times; Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist; Charles Dickens
Typee; Herman Melville
The Call of the Wild; Jack London
White Fang; Jack London
the new world; Jack London
Soldier’s Pay; William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury; William Faulkner
Absalom Absalom; William Faulkner
The Longest Journey; E.M. Forester
For Whom The Bell Tolls; Ernest Hemingway
The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories; Ernest Hemingway
Short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter; Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Crucible; Arthur Miller
Les Misérables; Victor Hugo
The Lord of the Flies; William Golding
The Forsythe Saga; John Galsworthy 
Duel of Eagles; Jeffery Long
"The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Anderson
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce


The Benefactor; Susan Sontag
The Race
; Richard North Patterson
Into the Fire
; Suzanne Brockmann
Yellow Moon: A Novel; Jewell Parker Rhodes
Death Note
; ‘Tsugumi Ohba’, Takeshi Obata
Vital Signs
; Robin Cook
The Rock Rats; Ben Bova
The Parsifal Mosaic; Robert Ludlum
spook country; William Gibson
The General’s Daughter; Nelson DeMille
Let The Right One In/Let Me In; John Ajvide Lindqvist
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief; Rick Riordan
In Death series; J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)
This Present Darkness; Frank E. Peretti
One Tuesday Morning; Karen Kingsbury
Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind”; Alexandra Ripley
Dirt; Stuart Woods
Certain Girls; Jennifer Weiner
Table Money; Jimmy Breslin
Works of John D. MacDonald (crime and suspense)
Works of Jack Higgins (international intrigue)
Works of Dean Koontz (suspense thrillers)
Works of Beverly Lewis (Amish romance)


"The Mystery of Element 117"; Milton Smith (?)
Canaima by Rómulo Gallegos (?)
Something Wicked This Way Comes; Ray Bradbury (?)

Unknown: (bottom left, x, x)


Teen Wolf (1985)
Star Wars
The Matrix Trilogy
Batman (1989)
The Dark Knight Trilogy
The Wolf Man (1941)
The Dead Pool
Jacob’s Ladder
The Shining
Vanilla Sky
/Abre los Ojos
The Ring
The Ring Two
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Village of the Damned (1960)
Paranormal Activity
Uncommon Valor
Independence Day
Let the Right One In
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The Seventh Seal
An American Werewolf in London
A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Lost Boys
Stand by Me
Weird Science
Disney’s Hercules

Jaws (?)
Sin City (?)
The Deer Hunter
Blue Velvet
Very Bad Things (?)

Unknown Kung Fu films r.e. ”Martial Arts” section at video store and Kung Fu 4 Sale box in Stiles’ room.

At least some of those films when Jackson is in the video store: (x, plus posters for Popsicle Sticks, All Good Things, Splinter, and Night Catches Us; box for The Perfect Sleep)


Case Number 113
Twin Peaks 
The Wire 


The Incredible Hulk

Video Games

Fatal Frame 4
Silent Hill
Resident Evil
Alan Wake 


Works on this list either have a book or box shown in show, the title mentioned in dialogue, dialogue from them spoken, scene(s) lived out by characters, or specifically cited in interviews.


No (?) means I’m reasonably confident with the citation. I’ve found them cited within the show either by titles spoken, a line of dialogue from the material, a shot recreated from the film, or the book/film/etc seeded in the background, or titles Jeff Davis has mentioned specifically in interviews.

(?) means that they may satisfy one of these elements but I don’t feel confident with the attribution.

Since I haven’t had a chance to play or replay the listed video games, these attributions are somewhat tentative on my part but have been shown to me to be not-improbable.


Nonfiction books usually either have a broad subject title (Pathology) or are used like posters with text on them to give meta info on the scene. I haven’t systematically written those down.

I’m sure this is incomplete. For one thing in terms of dialogue I probably didn’t recognize some references and some titles in the background I can’t quite make out.