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If we are at war with Corona, can history of war teach us anything? Part II: News and Media Consumption

Drawing comparisons between Corona and warfare seems omnipresent in the current crisis, as the United Nations, Macron, Merkel and even the British Queen have referred to the coronavirus pandemic as the biggest challenge since the Second World War. Before we start this rather eclectic collection of thoughts and reading recommendations,…

Book Review: Interpreting Bergson : Critical Essays, Alexandre Lefebvre et Nils F. Schott (eds.), 2019

Mathilde Tahar, Université Toulouse II, Jean Jaurès Depuis vingt ans, on observe un regain des études bergsoniennes, venant d’une part de la publication de l’édition critique, d’autre part de l’apparition de nouvelles approches interprétatives, notamment dans le monde anglo-saxon. Ces nouvelles approches partent pour la plupart de l’idée de durée…

You are as special as everyone else. Review of Daniel Bernabé’s “La trampa de la diversidad”

Joven-Romero, M.A. (2020). You are as special as everyone else. [Review of the book La trampa de la diversidad: cómo el liberalismo fragmentó la identidad de la clase trabajadora, by Daniel Bernabé] Tondol Beach (Pangasinan, The Philippines) is probably the most beautiful beach I have ever been to. Crystal waters,…

Working through minor issues

While I worked on the creation of my XML tree model, I realized that some recurrent elements of the letters will be more difficult to encode, mainly because they are neither mentioned nor explained on the TEI Guidelines. While the guidelines contain many sections and cover a lot of different…

A Playlist for Wuhan

Wuhan has been at the center of the world’s news lately, as the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. But as I already said in a article on RadiiChina, Wuhan is first and foremost the birthplace of Chinese punk, and has a long tradition of dissent, rebellion and underground music. RadiiChina…

Do we need trees to estimate worldwide probabilities of structural types? Some comments on Widmer et al. (2017)

At least since Greenberg’s seminal work on grammatical universals, comparative linguists have often talked about worldwide preferences in probabilistic terms. For example, Greenberg (1963) noted that “With overwhelmingly greater than chance frequency, languages with normal SOV order are postpositional” (Universal 4). Since the 1970s, there has been increasing awareness that…

LeMo Lebendiges Museum Online – A reliable source for an introduction to modern German History

As a German high school or college student, you will be familiar with the scenario: A homework assignment requires you to locate reliable information about William II, the Emperor of the German Empire, and the deadline is tomorrow.  It’s late in the evening, every library is closed, and the only…

The Archaeology of Reading, COVID-19, and online teaching

Prior to taking up my current position at the IEG, I was based at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) at University College London where I served as the postdoctoral fellow on the digital humanities project “The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe” (AOR). An international collaboration…

Surfing worlds

Surfing has become a real social phenomenon. While some of its prominent media figures ensure increasing buy-in from wider and wider audiences by radically changing the practice, millions of anonymous participants enjoy gliding in summer or braving the cold in winter days just to search for a few seconds of…

The habits of a pro vs amateur

I recently watched this bouldering video which addressed, among many other things, the question of what it means to train like or be a professional. I thought this is actually very important for the PhD life as well because this is the first time where I think you really need…

Archaeological Excavations at Prasat Khnar Temple, Cambodia

Vīrāśrama baseThis year, the Yaśodharāśrama Research Program conducted excavations in Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. The program is co-directed by Dominique Soutif (EFEO), Julia Estève (Mahidol), Chea Socheat (APSARA) and Edward Swenson (University of Toronto) and funded this year by the Excavations Commission of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs,…

New version of cartography

A new version of the cartography package (v2.4.0) has arrived on CRAN. New Features waffleLayer() plots a “waffle map”. This kind of representation allows to plot several quantities on the same map. ghostLayer() is a short function that plot an invisible layer with the extent of a spatial object. This…

Pandemics Past: A Historical Guide to Getting Through

With the spread of Covid 19, it may feel like our way of life is being broken apart. Politicians and media commentators have told us that the new conditions we face — social distancing, isolation, mass–quarantine — are “unprecedented.” But really, we have been here many times before. How did…

Boeckh strikes back

You know how research takes a lo-ong time, and publication processes too? Let me tell you a story about it, and one that ends well at that. A decade ago, when the projet “Berlin intellectuals 1800-1830” started, there were three main focus points reflecting the main spaces of public involvement…

BnF INDIEN 478: Cāmināta Piḷḷai’s Nacaraikkalampakam

A blogpost by Margherita Trento The source of all the pictures of INDIEN 478 is BnF Indien 478 (ex-Tamoul 478) is a palm-leaf bundle (440 x 25 mm) between wooden planks containing the manuscripts of two poems, the Nacaraikkalampakam by Vittuvāṉ Cāmināta Piḷḷai (unfoliated f.1A, f.2A, and 57 ff.), and…