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The Holocaust and the Nakba: Intersecting Traumas

By Bashir Bashir and Amos Goldberg The Holocaust and the Nakba were very painful and traumatic events in Jewish and Palestinian history. Both events, which differ in nature and in degree, have had a decisive impact on the subsequent history, consciousness, and identities of the two peoples. The Holocaust has…

Charmed: into the Spellbound exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Kristof Smeyers Entering the ‘Spellbound’ exhibition, you are confronted with a ladder leaning against a wall like a menacing question mark. There is no avoiding this ladder. Do you walk under it or do you go round? Even before you are inside the Ashmolean’s exhibition space, ‘Spellbound’ asks big questions…

Can Innovation Save the Environment?

In 1987, the Brundtland Report Our Common Future commissioned by the United Nations for the Earth Summit defined sustainable development as « development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. » This definition is important because it shows the awareness…

Open Access Promotes Scientific Discovery by Overcoming the Copyright Limitations of Conventional Publishing

In the year 2018, Open Access has experienced rising support levels in Europe and elsewhere, due to its positive impact on scientific and knowledge discovery internationally. This is starkly illustrated by its licensing terms in contrast to the public domain restrictions of copyright-protected works. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin.…

Institutions vs. Forgetting

Friday No. 12, January 4th, 2019 (a real Friday post once again) Individuals… So far I have mostly tried to frame structural forgetting in terms of individual persons, of their acts or omissions. This corresponds with my deeply held conviction that individual persons are at the core of history, and…

Networks to reinvent insurance?

The theory of networks, or graphs, was born in 1735, following the work of Leonard Euler, who tried to find a walk – starting from a given point – that would bring us back to that point by passing once and only once through each of the seven bridges in…

Digital Society – A New Hope? Comments on the assessment of contemporary culture in times of digitization

What differentiates our present society from other societal arrangements existing before? What is distinctive about the time and world we live in today? What characterises the mood of our time? Digital technologies paired with well-worn modern notions of progress and rationalization. The focal point, it seems, around which many understandings…

What does the algorithm miss? On the organization and valuation of short-video contents as sites of rest

Vine was a video hosting service that allowed people to create and share six-second long looping videos. Founded in 2012, immediately acquired by Twitter, it announced its end-of-service in late 2016. During that four-year period, Vine managed to gain an active user base of 200 million. However, it was outperformed…

Revisiting the selective tradition: Spaces of experience, participatory culture, and algorithmic recommendations

Since its first premiere in 2011, the HBO produced tv show Game of Thrones has become one of the most watched, illegally downloaded, critically acclaimed, put simply, one of the most anticipated tv series presently available. We may henceforth ask: in what ways and by what means does this show…

A TEI XML Version of the Historical Thesaurus of English Database

My project during the Lexical Data Masterclass was to trial recreating a section of the Historical Thesaurus of English in TEI-compliant XML, to which I could potentially add further information not presently contained in the Thesaurus database. In particular, I’m interested in adding words which collocate with word senses throughout…

Tales from the Archives: SNOWBALLS: INTERMIXING GENTILITY AND FRUGALITY IN NINETEENTH CENTURY BAKING

I recently spotted these “schneeballen”  at the bakery counter of my local supermarket. From Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, these delicious cookies are actually made from strips of shortcrust pastry, draped over a wooden stick or spoon to shape into a ball. They are then covered in powdered sugar. The…

Marx and Lacan’s Perspectives on Economic Factors, Collective Consciousness and Political Developments in the United States

The article by Claudia Leeb, entitled “Mystified Consciousness: Rethinking the Rise of the Far Right with Marx and Lacan” and published in Open Cultural Studies on November 10, 2018, uses the theory of psychoanalysis to explain why white working-classes in the United States and elsewhere turned to the far right…

The spoken component of the British National Corpus 2014 is out!

British National Corpus 2014 is a project led by the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University to create a 100M word corpus of contemporary British English, the BNC-XML, which is now over 20 years old. On November 19th, 2018, the spoken component of the BNC 2014 was…

Slavic Corpora Terminology Dictionary in TEI

The project The corpora linguistics research group at the Institute of Western and Southern Slavic Studies (University of Warsaw) has recently started a project collecting Slavic corpora terminology with definitions so as to be able to investigate this type of lexica. The collected data will be stored in the form…

Where journals lead, I shall follow…?

Saturday, December 21st, for Friday No. 11, December 20th, 2018 This is the last one! No, not the end, it’s just the last one for this year, as I’m off for vacation from – what was it – ah, now. But only until January 2nd, so come next year, come…

Social topologies (1/3). Tattoo interface

As objects of anthropological inquiry, a body, a house, and a territory each pose a similar set of questions in relation to notions of interiority/exteriority; identity/alterity; limit or boundary; and containment. The body, the house, and the territory “locate” these questions on different scales. I will address them through three…