Author: Pablo Markin

Hélder Santos, the Editor-in-Chief of Open Material Sciences, Explains the Rationale Behind the Newly Launched Journal

In early 2018, De Gruyter has launched Open Material Sciences, an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that aims to publish latest research concerning organic, inorganic, composite, biomedical and biological materials, such as ceramics or polymers. Ewa Chmielewska and Pablo Markin have interviewed its Editor-in-Chief on this occasion. A Blog Interview by…

Open Access Can Help Redress Geography-Related Access Disparities in the Global Scientific Publishing Market

Behind the lawsuit-backed fines and media bruhaha around Sci-Hub, a controversial scientific article-sharing website operated by Kazakhstan-based Alexandra Elbakyan, stands the oligopolistic dynamics of the privatization of the scientific commons that have created few large-scale global publishers effectively controlling the access to scientific knowledge. Open Access to journals and data…

Germany Turns the Table on Elsevier, as a De Facto Country-Level Transition to Open Access Puts Pressure on Publishers

The case of Elsevier’s inconclusive subscription contract negotiations in Germany shows that it is the involvement of scientific communities and organisations, such as research universities and institutes, at all stages of article publishing and access that creates journal impact and value. Digitization and file sharing, thus, can create conditions for…

Open Access in Medical Sciences Goes Increasingly Mainstream with Growing Public Awareness and Industry Acceptance

As access to latest medical research results, such as in the fields of oncology, vaccine development and disease prevention, can have critical importance for individual patients, healthcare professionals and public bodies, Open Access is increasingly advocated for by research institutes and switched to by academic journals. A Blog Article by…

Open Access Journals Can Further Mathematical Research Behind Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Revolutions

Though blockchain and crypto-currencies have been receiving growing media attention, such as due to their financial applications and performance respectively, their mathematical foundations may be underappreciated. Open Access is not only integral to these technologies, but can also contribute to their development, such as via cutting-edge research published in Open…

An Interview with Francesco Stoppa on a Geoscience Article Dealing with the Volcanic Activity of Vesuvius

In early 2017, Open Geosciences has published Stoppa et al.’s research results on the historical eruption of Vesuvius in 1631, in which a novel, simplified model of its volcanic activity has been proposed. A Blog Interview by Pablo Markin. While the model proposed by Stoppa et al. (2017) can help…

Shanghai’s Growing Contemporary Art Scene as an Urban Indicator of China’s Soft Power Development

As Shanghai becomes a prized destination for international art fairs, galleries and museums, such as France’s Centre Pompidou, which is to open a satellite space in the up-and-coming West Bund art district in 2019, China’s soft power grows too. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. One can compare Shanghai’s proliferating…

Between the Location and Exhibits of the Terra Sancta Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem

In early 2017, the Terra Sancta Museum has inaugurated a new multimedia and archaeology exhibition space, which traces the historical presence of Christians in the Holy Land. A Museum Review by Pablo Markin. Opened in 2016 in collaboration between Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, the Custody of the Holy Land and Association…

Jean-François Lyotard’s La Condition postmoderne: Rapport sur le savoir as a Critique of Information Capitalism

If anything, Jean-François Lyotard’s examination of the epistemological problems that developed countries face,1 done as a research project for the Canada’s province of Quebec in 1979, which is known in English as The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge,2 might be said to maintain its relevance to the contemporary moment…

Casinos as Paradigmatic Sites of Modern Capitalism in Walter Benjamin’s Das Passagen-Werk

In the incomplete oeuvre of Walter Benjamin known as The Arcades Project1 or in the original German Das Passagen-Werk, modern casinos are enumerated in the series of architectural structures coeval with industrial capitalism that comprise railway stations, universal expositions and theatre and industrial buildings. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin.…

Thinking Cultural History with Vilém Flusser: Images, Technology and Intellectual Constructs

Recent years have seen an intensive interest in Vilém Flusser’s philosophical work, which could be accounted for by his interdisciplinary position, fragmented writing style and multi-lingual oeuvre composed in German, Czech and Portuguese.1 A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. Continuing his reflections on the philosophy of photography, in the work…

Gilles Deleuze’s Movement-Image as a Theoretical Prism for Historical Analyses of Cinematic Works

Having achieved a status of a classical philosophical work, Gilles Deleuze’s Cinema 1: The Movement-Image, though still cryptic, serves as a backdrop for reconsiderations of contemporary cinema.1 A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. Deleuze’s notion of the movement-image ostensibly owes a debt to Henri Bergson’s work Matter and Memory in…

A Book Review of Mario Perniola. Über das Fühlen. Translated by Sabine Schneider. Berlin: Merve, 2009

A Book Review by Pablo Markin. This German translation of Mario Perniola’s (2002) Del Sentire brings his philosophical inquiry into feeling as an aesthetic category to the German speaking audience.1 Furthermore, it puts into a single volume writings that have been dispersed across several different English-language volumes, such as Extreme…

Alain Médam’s Notion of Diaspora between the Articulation in French and English Translations

A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. In his 1993 French-language essay, Alain Médam has addressed the generalization of the notion of diaspora beyond its historical association with the dispersion of Jews as exiles around the world toward its reinterpretation as a general condition descriptive of multiple groups with shared memory…

Growing Support for Open Access in German-Speaking Countries

As the Austrian Science Fund FWF has been expanding the list of certified publishers eligible for its funding aimed at promoting open access for monograph-scale publications, such as by adding De Gruyter to this category, this appears to be a part of a larger trend of the growing recognition by…

The Globalization of Cultural Policy in the Middle East

Only recently, De Gruyter has announced that two of its authors have won Sheikh Zayed Book Awards for translation and original research. Namely, these were Ziad Bou Akl’s French translation of Averroes and David Wirmer’s German-language disquisition on the Andalusian-Arab thinker Ibn Bāǧǧa. The latter work not only discusses the…