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Understanding an Active Volcano: Naturalism, Analogism and Animism in Central Javanese Society

Through the example of the Merapi volcano in Central Java in Indonesia, this talk will explore different practices and conceptions related to the comprehension and the communication with this uncertain environment. Merapi volcano is located in the “ring of fire” where Indo-Australian plate meets the Eurasian plate. At almost 3000…

Exploring CPP 10a214: Close Textual Ties

By Rebecca Laroche with Hillary Nunn Hillary Nunn’s discoveries about the identification of the Layfield hand of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (CPP) manuscript with Edward Layfield, Archdeacon of Essex, has had me reconsidering earlier entries in this series having to do with religion and the recipes, in particular…

To get or not to get

Colin HARRIS The question is, should we use the verb ‘get’ or are there good reasons for avoiding it? According to the British National Corpus, ‘get’ is the fourth most common verb in British speech and the tenth in writing, so if you have managed to improve your English to…

Field notebook: fieldwork in Sudan about ritual animal death

As part of their joint research program “Ritual animal death: circulations of standards and of representations. Comparative approach between France, Bulgaria (Balkans) and Sudan”, Alice Franck, Geographer and Coordinator of CEDEJ Khartoum, and two other researchers – Jean Gardin, Geographer and Assistant professor in Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University, and Olivier…

Review: Les Lieux de la Colère, Occuper l’espace pour contester, de Madrid à Sanaa

This review was originally published in the bilingual geographical journal Justice Spatial/Spatial Justice. Authorisation was given to me to reproduce it in here in its translated version, for English-speaking audiences. The book in question has been a fascinating contribution published in 2016, and has for several reasons an interest for…

Early Modern Euro-Indigenous Culinary Connections: Chocolate

By John Kuhn, Wesleyan University and Marissa Nicosia, Pennsylvania State University-Abington College On a chilly November afternoon, we gathered in a student lounge to grind cocoa nibs in a borrowed molcajete and read early modern recipes with a class of undergraduate students. Inspired by previous hands-on exercises, we asked students thinking about…

How to make a sow’s ear into a silk purse/Comment faire d’une buse un épervier

As the proverb says, you can’t turn a buzzard into a sparrow-hawk. But here’s how I went about producing a TEI-conformant minimally encoded edition of the 1611 King James bible, starting from an all-singing, all-dancing, vastly over-complicated, web site to the existence of which Martin Mueller had alerted me last…

Gendered resilience among Syrian women in Amman, Jordan

Alia Fakhry CMES – Lund Univ. (Sweden) Abstract While women face greater difficulties throughout migration due to their gender, gender can be a tool for resilience. Syrian forced migrant women in Amman indeed renegotiate gender hierarchies with agency and demonstrate … Lire la suite →

The U.S. Has Been At War 222 Out of 239 Years

This morning, I discovered an interesting statistic, America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776,  i.e. the U.S. has only been at peace for less than 20 years total since its birth. I wanted to check, get a better understanding and…

Wyl bucke his Testament, or, an Ode to Dining on Venison

By Sarah Peters Kernan I recently stumbled upon a small print cookbook at the Newberry Library in Chicago while I was working on another project. I couldn’t help but request this 1560 volume which was supposed to have recipes, according to the catalogue entry. I was particularly intrigued given its…

Visualizing Manuscript connections with Palladio

How do you picture the work in the archives? Dusty pages, creaking in the half-light of old halls of knowledge? Bent-over people shuffling their feet between rows of shelves? The creaking of a microfilm viewer seeming deafening in a silence otherwise interrupted only by occasional coughs? It is probably all…

Radicalization stemming from Pressure for Individualization

CC Pixabay OpenClipartvectors Discussions about youth’s media practices and contemporary forms of radicalization (jihadism, right wing extremist acts, school shootings…) are often intermixed with clichés about how media affect behavior and trigger violent acts. Taking part in social networks on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube can be perceived as dangerous in…

Notes towards a definition of TEI Conformance

              Each of the blobs here represents three subtly different things: an ODD : that is, a collection of TEI specifications a formal schema generated from that ODD, and its natural language documentation the set of documents considered valid by that schema. The TEI…

Our blog is 1 year old! Cadeau – les statistiques!

Dear Readers, Today is a joyful anniversary – our blog is 1 year old! Our first post appeared on March 14th 2016, and since then we’ve published 11 more which is almost 1 per month.  Want to know more about how ‘Academic wor(l)ds’ fares in term of numbers and stats?…

The creation of the kitchen

By Tracey Cornish The reading for this week’s seminar was a topic that I had not thought much of before.  Just as I had never really thought about recipes and their meaning in the early modern period before I began studying this module.  The topic in question is kitchens.  I…

TEI as a format for archive inventories? At which level is the “text”?

As mentioned in previous posts, we are dealing with plenty of inventories in the HIMANIS project: handwritten systematic inventories, printed ones, cardboard files, geographic inventories, indexes, etc. Now, the issue we have, is of the coherence of the formats we are using. The text edition we use as a training…