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Medialab stories: how to align ANT and digital methods?

Medialab stories: how to align ANT and digital methods? Dominique Boullier, Digital Humanities Institute, EPFL (Translation -slightly revised- from the previous post in French) Note: This is a blog post and not a paper. Please accept the flaws in this draft of a potential paper (translation included!)   The time…

The Geography of Bankruptcies and Social Inequalities

French original text : « Géographie des faillites d’entreprises et inégalités sociales » Traduction by :Mathieu Dupuis, Professor of Work Relations-TELUQ At the beginning of 2017, I was invited to present the statistical part of my research on business failure at the conférence introductive du module « Analyse quantitative » des APN-SHS (Ateliers Pratiques…

Workshops on Heritage and Identification

A review by Katalin Pataki (CEU – CEFRES) As one of the main research areas of CEFRES is entitled “Objects, Traces, Mapping: Everyday Experience of Spaces”, the scholarly events of Prague that set into focus the concept of heritage and its manifestations in various spaces and social practices, rightly fall…

The Live Chicken Treatment for Buboes: Trying a Plague Cure in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

By Erik Heinrichs  While researching German plague treatises I became fascinated by one odd treatment for buboes that appeared again and again, despite sounding so far-fetched. One sixteenth-century version calls for plucking the feathers from around the single hole in a chicken’s backside, then placing it on a person’s bubo.…

True but not Tested: Experimentation in the Apothecary’s Shop

By Valentina Pugliano Testing and standardization are firmly entrenched in the pharmacological imagination of western biomedicine and its public. Before a new drug can be put on the market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration demands five rounds of trials. Approximately 70% of new ‘recipes’ fails to pass the first…

Music in the student’s environment

Less than half of the population in France play a musical instrument. Most students nowadays acknowledge immersing themselves in a musical environment for at least two hours each day and youngest people are regular attendees at concerts and musical events. According to an informal investigation run among the Master students…

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…

I Got The Feelin’

Last week, I’ve been going through my CD collection, trying to find records I haven’t been listing for a while. And I got the feeling that music I listen to nowadays is slower than the one I was listening to in my 20’s. I was wondering if that was an…

Companion vets #4

Following our note on rural practice, we are now going to take a look at small animal care. First of all, the Atlas data show that 14,360 veterinarians (79.4% of all vets) state that they are skilled in looking after dogs, cats and other types of pet.     Among…

99 pilgrimages / 99 “pelerinage(s)”: accuracy and historical research

Good news! We travelled across the registers, looking for pilgrimages… A search for pilgrimages in the registers of the French royal chancery is a fantastic example of what HIMANIS is bringing to the historians and interested citizens. Search for “pelerinage” or “pelerinages” with a confidence level as low as 0…

When Does a Drug Trial End?

By Justin Rivest The question I’d like to begin this post by asking is, When does a drug enter “normal use”? Is a trial a “provisional” phase, that reaches a definitive end, say when “proof” is found, or when the relevant authorities are convinced? Or in an age where drug…

The Zionist Israel (review)

Das zionistische Israel (The Zionist Israel) is a remarkable book; Tamar Amar-Dahl presents a counter-history. She writes about the history of the Zionist idea and the implementation of the State of Israel. She connects the multiple conflicts Israel was entangled in with this history. It is a provocative book and…

why « My Bankrupt PhD! »

French original text : «pourquoi ‘Ma thèse en faillite!’» Traduction by Alex Mahoudeau Once upon a time, there was a PhD thesis on company bankruptcies… my thesis. Yeah, that’s not very sexy, as they say! After studying engineering and applied arts in high school, and a year preparing for a Fine…

‘This one is good’: Recipes, Testing and Lay Practitioners in Early German Print

By Tillmann Taape Having recently finished my doctoral thesis on the printed works of Hieronymus Brunschwig, which have previously featured on the Recipes Blog (here and here), I am delighted to contribute to this series of posts on testing and trying (for an overview, see our re-posted summary of the…

Unexpected usage no. 7: Predictable readers?

Pierre-Carl Langlais has a PhD in information and communication science and is working with OpenEdition Lab on the unexpected reader detector. Studying OpenEdition’s statistics, he discovered several enlightening cases of how content on the platform has been read and reappropriated, which we are sharing here. If you would like to…

Exchange Ships: A Paradigm in Global Diplomacy by Prof. Madeleine Herren-Oesch

Cross-posted from https://swiss-diplo.ch/projekt/exchange-ships/ Research Project by Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch Swiss Diplomacy of «Good Offices» in Asia during World War II In diplomatic history, the so called «good offices’ diplomacy» is a well-known but still under-investigated characteristic instrument of Swiss diplomacy. Historiography usually understands practices of mediation as related to…