GILES GASPER, a professor in high medieval history at Durham University, looks at the origins of the Easter feast...

In an article published on The Conversation, scholar MATTHEW S CHAMPION, of Australian Catholic University, look at the rather complicated history of the Western calendar...

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In an article first published on The Conversation, NAOMI BRAITHWAITE, a senior lecturer in fashion marketing and branding at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, looks at the history - and rise - of sneakers (or trainers if you prefer)...

In an article first published on The Conversation, SIMON HOROBIN, professor of English language and literature at the University of Oxford looks at the origins of five commonly used English words...

In an article first published on The Conversation, JOANNE M PIERCE, professor of religious studies at College of the Holy Cross, looks at the Christian tradition of Lent...

As the world still awaits the result of the US election, in an article first published on The Conversation, US scholar PHILLIP J VANFOSSEN looks at the origins of the Electoral College system...

With the swearing of oaths part of the process which US Supreme Court nominees must go through once approved, JOANNE M PIERCE, professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross, looks at the origins of oaths...

MARLISE SCHOENY, assistant curator for the Ohio State Historic Costume & Textiles Collection, looks - in an artcile first published on The Conversation - at the origins of the white wedding gown...

In an article first published on The Conversation, LIAM CORR, of the University of Huddersfield, looks at the origins of our love for chocolate...

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