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Summer School ‘Working in an Indian Archive,’ Hyderabad, August 19-30, 2019

By Elizabeth Thelen A sign for the Summer School on the MANUU campusDuring the last two weeks of August, 30 young scholars from around the world gathered on the campus of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in Hyderabad for a summer school on reading Indo-Persian documents. I was fortunate…

Occasional Ajami (Type 4)

This is the fifth post in a series on types of Ajami. Read the initial introduction here and find all of the posts here. Type 4 refers to the occasional and random translation of some Arabic words in the margins of the main text. Such “Occasional Ajami” is found in…

Feature-Based Alignment Analyses with LingPy and CLTS (2)

Having seen how we can obtain a simple scorer derived from the feature system in CLTS (List et al. 2019) in last month’s post, what is missing now, in order to use the scorer for alignment analyses, is an alignment function which can take the scorer as an argument. If…

Towards a History of Ibn Tulun’s corpus

While much of what has been published here, has been more or less concerned with the topic of this post’s title, today it will get much more “personal”. More concretely, this post gives a list of all those people I could identify as having engaged with the corpus at one…

X-Rotary (10): One-mode networks of co-attendance

In order to complement the bimodal approach we conducted in our last post, we now propose a dual-projection analysis. For this purpose, we first projected the initial two-mode networks into two one-mode networks of persons-persons joined by events (co-attendance) and events-events joined by persons (multiple attendance) using the R package…

Where is water in the Sudanese revolution?

The Sudanese revolution is quintessentially political, however water played an important role it, as shown in this commentary by Abeer R.Y. Abazeed. With this post, we also join the enthusiasm for the appointment of our colleague Yasir Mohamed as Ministry of Water in the new Sudanese cabinet, wishing him –…

Listening to theatre music(ians)

Paper for the Working Group Sound, Voice and Music, TaPRA Exeter 2019, 4 Sept 2019 David Roesner, LMU Munich There are many taxonomies of listening out there – and worryingly they often come in „threes“: from Roland Barthes’ three modes of listening via Michel Chion to Barry Truax’s three modes.…

Teaching Recipes as Pattern Recognition

By Rob Wakeman, Mount Saint Mary College In the throes of research, we often compile so much information we don’t know what to do with it. It’s not our fault, really. Working with recipe books takes us into so many wonderfully strange and intriguing corners of early modern material culture…

Tolkien2019, a long-expected report – Day Five

Even the best things have to end, and it was finally time for a last morning of conferences. I treated myself to a workshop in the first part of the morning, because talks on Tolkien and politics or religion, though interesting, would not help directly my thesis, before the last…

Field trip to Paris

After defining spatio-climatic devices on a theoretical basis, we ventured to Paris this summer. The “lessons learned” from the heat wave of exceptional intensity in August 2003 with 15,000 victims in Paris (Fouillet et al., 2006), led to map out all principal urban freshness islands. Available for free (https://www.paris.fr/pages/paris-active-le-plan-canicule-de-liveau-3-6921/), this…

Neighbors at War in 1975-77 Beirut

Part of the TRAFO series “Reconstructing Neighborhoods of War” By Mazen Haidar When it comes to retracing the urban history of Beirut, the long-established narrative often considers the war as a compact parenthesis confined by two distinct actions: destruction and reconstruction. While focusing mainly on the division of the city…

Peak Reland II – and don’t say they never come back

Books relating to my protagonists (either re-editions of their works [R] or secondary literature [S]) over three centuriesTuesday, September 10th, for Friday n° 47 Searching is easy, finding is hard This post is coming rather delayed, I’m afraid; but I could not help it, for it was not as easy…

Code Breakers: The Hidden Labour Behind the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Recipe Book Transcriptions

By Elisa Tersigni As many EMROC readers know, a major component of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s three-year, $1.5M Mellon-funded Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures (BFT) project is the digitizing, transcribing, and encoding of our early modern … Continue reading →

Recipe Books as Digital Feminist Archives

By Whitney Sperrazza, Rochester Institute of Technology For sixteen weeks last fall, twelve University of Kansas students from a wide range of disciplines met at the Spencer Research Library to study, transcribe, and develop projects on one object from the library’s holdings: Elizabeth Dyke’s Booke of Recaits.[1] I took this…

Systematic Interlinear Ajami Glosses (Type 3)

This is fourth post in a series on types of Ajami. Read the initial introduction here and find all of the posts here. In “interlinear” Ajami manuscripts, annotations in Ajami are systematically applied to the source Arabic text in order to explicate its grammatical structures and render accurate translations.1 The…