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The Paradox of Learning and Living Democracy in Ethiopia

Von Ephrem Tekle Yacob “We, the Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of Ethiopia” is the first phrase of the constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE). It claims that the document is the...

Martin Luther in Rome: Piazza Martin Lutero in the Eternal centre

“Lutero voleva rinnovare la Chiesa, non dividerla” “Luther wanted to renew the Church, not to divide it” (Pope Francis to the Finnish Lutheran delegation, 19th January 2017)   We leave theology to theologians, what interests us here is spatial and central: the Piazza Martin Lutero near the Colosseum, in the centre…

Topographical issues in the Itinerarium Egeriae : An essay on the modalities of travel in the fourth century AD

Cristina Corsi (Università di Cassino) Since the relatively recent discovery of the parchment reporting the incomplete narrative of a journey undertaken to the Holy Land, the text of the so-called Itinerarium Egeriae (formerly known as Peregrinatio Aetheriae) has attracted an amazing attention from scholars. Actually, the parchment, written at Montecassino…

EsR 10 – DiXiT, after all

How it all began. In the warm Greek spring days of 2014 I clearly remember myself reading with a mixed feeling of admiration and jealousy (with a good reason) about a new scholarly training network under the sibyllic acronym DiXiT: a group of young researchers from across Europe (and USA)…

Teachings

Compared to my professional activity of the past years, there turns out to be plenty of valuable experience that I can rely on – certainly more than I thought at first. Team management, project management, administration, international relationships, networking on different scales, opening eyes and ears to new cooperations and…

Soul Food: Paracelsian Spiritual Mummy and the Virtues of Ingredients

by Jennifer Park What is it in food that nourishes us? In a curious Paracelsian treatise, Medicina Diastatica, translated into English from the Latin by Ferdinando Parkhurst and published in 1653, it is written that that which is proper for food must be “alible and vitall, because our life and…

Pluralizing water science

This blog post is a collaboration between Jeltsje Kemerink-Seyoum, Margreet Zwarteveen, Jaap Evers, Emilie Buist, and Tatiana Acevedo Guerrero Every year in October, IHE Delft organises a one week introduction week to welcome its new batch of MSc students. In addition to learning how to bike, eat stroopwafels and poffertjes…

The Financial Logos: a speech act of financial models

A speech act in linguistics and the philosophy of language is (source: Wikipedia) an utterance that has performative function in language and communication. According to Kent Bach, « almost any speech act is really the performance of several acts at once, distinguished by different aspects of the speaker’s intention: there is…

Tales from the Archives — Recipes Against the Supernatural

In September 2017, The Recipes Project celebrated its fifth birthday. We now have over 600 posts in our archives and over 150 pages for readers to sift through. That’s a lot of material! (And thank you so much to our contributors for sharing such a wealth of knowledge on recipes.) But with…

How to Sell a Dissertation, Or: The Hand as a Proxy for the Brain

[I wrote this post for the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, where I spent four weeks over the summer as a recipient of the Mary Louise Nickerson Award in Neuro History. I added hyperlinks and minor changes.] When asked about my dissertation topic as an early ABD (“all…

Report: Historical Source Edition 2.0 conference

Earlier this month, I traveled to Warsaw to attend the Historical Source Edition 2.0 conference (6-7 October) organised by Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History; the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center; and the University of Saskatchewan. On paper it was again a small step outside of my comfort zone (a space…

The Emergence of Muslim/Turkish Socialism and the Muslim Working-Class in the late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic 1908-1925 (2/2)

Socialism The existing literature on the emergence of socialism in Turkey to a great extent concentrates on intellectual history, prominent personalities and political organizations. Intellectual history is one of the most developed areas in the historiography on Turkey, compared to social and cultural studies. The translations from French and other…

An Extra Slice…

By Tallulah Maait Pepperell Earlier this month, I was given a chance I would have been mad to pass up. A week before, Lisa Smith forwarded an email from Sean O’Hanlon from Love Productions, asking for recipe and food historians who would be interested in putting together some historical bakes…

A Tale of DiXiT

DiXiT Recalled. It was the best of times (although occasionally it got worse), it was the age of wisdom (although I sure felt foolish sometimes), it was the epoch of belief (even if at times it felt all too incredulous), it was the season of Light (although the three years…

How an American Became ‘The French Chef’

By Juliet Tempest There can be no better description of Julia Child than “meticulous.” Indeed, Amy Vidor and Caroline Barta describe her thus in their delightful post this month. They review the history of Child’s success in circulating French cuisine in the U.S. As they discuss, Child held the highest…