As a historian who has worked on gender performance and the powers and weaknesses that such performances may bring, I have been watching this year's Eurovision Song Contest with some excitement - but also with
British air is too dirty, according to the EU. And Sheffield is one of the cities particularly affected. But who decides what is dirty? As a historian, I see norms of cleanliness shift over the centuries.
This is part of a series of posts commissioned by HistoryMatters in response to the award of the MacArthur 'genius' prize to the historian Robin Fleming for her work on archaeological sources. All of the