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The Order of Things (2)

By Saskia Klerk, with Sietske Fransen. Over a year ago, Sietske and I started our ongoing series on a Dutch recipe collection BPL 3603, kept in the Leiden UL. We have already learned much about the manuscript and its compiler from examining a number of entries. But, as Sietske showed in…

God in the Recipe

Written by Jana Jackson The diverse uses of an early modern woman’s private space in the home, often termed her “closet,” are reflected in the writing she produced. A good Protestant woman, for example, was encouraged to take notes in her Bible and to also keep a commonplace book containing…

Going Dutch: On research, history, and memory in translation

For my current research on a Dutch text from the late 17th century Moluccas, I identify as a historian in an interdisciplinary project at the Institute of Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Cologne. Yesterday I was working in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in Den Haag, with two volumes…

Tales from the archives: Keeping Time in the Victorian Kitchen

In September 2016, The Recipes Project celebrated its fourth birthday. We now have over 500 posts in our archives and over 120 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.)…

Working between disciplines: some thoughts on interdisciplinarity

Although this is an interdisciplinary blog, the question of interdisciplinarity has hardly been discussed here. This note is the occasion of a short return on interdisciplinarity in practice, moving away from the classical methodological discussions to return on an experience of it. “Blind monks examining an elephant”, c. Hanabusa Itchō,…

Tulunia 2: Works on plants

A while back, I introduced a first cluster of Ibn Ṭūlūn’s works (on animals). A second interesting cluster consists of his works which are concerned with plants. More than the earlier one, this is connected to a third cluster, which comprises works on food and food consumption. All these clusters…

Did Spain’s democratic transition enable a “common shared history” of the Civil War and the Francoist dictatorship to emerge?

par Elisa GOMEZ ALEMAN, étudiante à Sciences Po Since the late 1980s, transitional justice has been enshrined as a valuable set of tools that can be implemented in a country after a violent conflict1 . The goal of such mechanisms is to achieve long-lasting peace through dealing with past violations…

Inserted acts and vidimus copies in the registers of the French royal Chancery: Originals without originality?

During the colloquium L’acte original, entre conceptions médiévales et concept diplomatique (Nancy, 6-7 oct. 2016), we presented a paper about the practice of “insertion”, which consists in transcribing an earlier document into the body of another act. This practice is used, according to the Vocabulaire international de diplomatique (International vocabulary…

Regional Mobilities in the Middle East from the fall of the Ottomans

Philippe Bourmaud (IFEA/Lon 3 University) & Norig Neveu (Ifpo) Photograph: Armenian refugees, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print I- Migration in the historiography of the Middle East Forced migration in or out of historiography … Lire la suite →

Being innovative regarding the sensitive question of accidents in mountain sports

Prevention opportunities provided by experience feedback methods applied to accident and near-miss sequences Par Maud Vanpoulle, Laboratoire sur les Vulnérabilités et l’Innovation dans le Sport (L-Vis), Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 Introduction The effectiveness of sport accidents prevention is often considered in terms of communication strategies, in relation with the…

Mucus Cure-Alls: Snail Waters and Spa Treatments

By Jennifer Sherman Roberts In a world view that relied on correspondences between macrocosm and microcosm, and in a humoral medical system that utilized similarities between bodily functions and features of the natural world, one can imagine no more fitting emblem than the cold, mucousy snail. This slimy and gooey…

A European perspective: Traineeship at the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

In today’s blog post, Stefanie Helmer, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Economics at the Charité University Medical Center in Berlin, Germany, shares with us what it’s like to complete a traineeship at the European … Continue reading →

Tourism in the Maghreb during the Colonial Period: a Serious Historical Subject?

CC Wikimedia Commons Photochrom Print Collection Today, doing research on tourism has become acceptable. With its corollaries such as the study of leisure and vacation, tourism has now found a place among valid fields of history. But working on tourism during colonialism is another thing altogether…Imperial domination generated so many…

Making Ink

By Amy L. Tigner I had been thinking for a couple of years that I would like to try to make ink the early modern way. I had run across several recipes for ink over the years in my research of seventeenth-century receipt books and I had read Amanda Herbert’s…

To practice inquiry in conservation, it is being « contemporary », too.

According to Giorgio Agamben1, we can think that the «contemporary» is essentially out-of-reach by one’s peers. He said to us that contemporary is impossible to seize, as those stars we feel the light even if they are already disappeared, and as fashion embodies ever-changing. At the same time, ever in…

Playing Ravilla. When the game gets serious

by Jaap Evers On the first three days of February we played one of our serious games with the students of the Water Management and Governance MSc programme. Since several years we play Ravilla, a transboundary river basin management role play, within the module of Water Economics (although the game…