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Reflections on the categories and genealogy of migration in the Middle East

Jalal Al Husseini This document synthetises the work I have carried out within the third axis of the Lajeh program since its start in 2015. My main interest has revolved around the integration policies elaborated by the Jordanian state to … Lire la suite →

Selecting and Organizing Recipes in Late Antique and Early Byzantine Compendia of Medicine and Alchemy

This month, we’re excited to collaborate with History of Knowledge to celebrate the upcoming conference, Learning by the Book: Manuals and Handbooks in the History of Knowledge. The five-day event takes place at Princeton in June and features a “blogged conference” to complement traditional panel presentations. Every Thursday, the Recipes Project will…

Understanding Andean concepts of death and renewal: new insights to Prehispanic sacrality and sepulchral culture

Research in the Andes has yielded evidence for a complex association between settlement sites and mortuary monuments, tied to concepts of death, ancestor veneration and water. A Blog Article by Eric Merkel-Sobotta. In the case-study Carved Rocks and Subterranean Burials at Kipia, Ancash, AD 1000 – 1532 published in De…

Fetch Me at Pearl Nest Street: Rhubarb Pills as Panacea in Qing China

He Bian In the late eighteenth century, American ginseng opened up a new niche market in Qing China. At the same time, Chinese rhubarb (dahuang) roots, harvested from the northwest regions of the empire, were transported by Chinese traders all the way to the southeast coast and sold off to…

Some sort of Otto Neurath (isotype picture) map

Yesterday evening, I was walking in Budapest, and I saw some nice map that was some sort of Otto Neurath style. It was hand-made but I thought it should be possible to do it in R, automatically. A few years ago, Baptiste Coulmont published a nice blog post on the…

Medieval Damascus: Was there no garbage problem ever?

Insides of a medieval German latrineReading two articles on Medium, one about rat kings and another about an early car named by its creator Horsey Horseless and which featured “a life-size replica of a horse head, down to the shoulders, and attaching it to the front of a carriage“, I got into…

Further attempts at untangling tablet weave

One of the great unknowns following the first weavecoding project was the nature of tablet weave. Other than a few primitive attempts that didn’t work in all cases and lead us to further questions, modelling tablet weave fully was left as an undeciphered mystery. Tablet weave is a complex and…

Mapping Migration and Social Networks

David Lagarde [1] From open doors to barbed wire, the impact of individual state’s responses to refugee crises remains poorly understood. How do such diverse policies influence migrants’ access to resources, coping strategies and itineraries? Drawing on my previous work … Lire la suite →

Studying Public History Without Even Knowing It?!

Author: Andelko Mihanovic, Ph.D. student in Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage at IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy.  Alfredo Mancini (ph). Natale di Roma 2018. Emperor Hadrian Since I was coming from an art historical background and enrolled in a program called ‘Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage’,…

The Making and Unmaking of the Moments: From the 1979 Revolution to the Arab Spring

By Behrooz Moazami The 1979 revolution in Iran is often identified as a pivotal moment in the Islamization of political and social movements in the Middle East, representing the forceful return of politicized religion. Yet this moment, because of how it was conceived and its inherent sectarian nature, bred oppression…

Mistranslating Macaroni and Cheese

Amanda E. Herbert Mac and cheese is a well-loved, popular, time-tested dish, one that’s woven into the histories and cultures and memories of people around the world.  In America it’s an essential soul food dish.  In Canada, Kraft Dinner – mac and cheese with pieces of hot dogs and a…

The history of MS Tarikh Taymur 631: vol. 1 of al-Ghuraf al-ʿaliyya

Still these Cairene manuscripts. Among others, they have one volume of Ibn Ṭūlūn’s biographical dictionary, al-Ghuraf al-ʿaliyya fī tarājim mutaʾakhkhirī al-ḥanafiyya. The British Library holds the second volume of the work. I have spoken about this work before here and here. Also, Guy Burak made use of an Istanbuli copy of it…

Nile media debates: getting Sudan in the picture

Yesterday, May 3rd, World Press Freedom Day was celebrated all around the world. Two special – and personal – mentions: the first one for my colleague Iginio Gagliardone (University of Wits, Johannesburg), lead researchers with Nicole Streamlau (University of Oxford) and Monroe Price (University of Pennsylvania), of the UNESCO report…

“The migration of images, objects, commodities, and texts” – Interview with Andreas Beyer

On May 11-12, 2018, the international research group “‘Bilderfahrzeuge’ – Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology” will host a conference entitled “Images on the Move: Depots | Routes | Borders | Spaces”, to be held at the Warburg Institute in London. On the occasion of the conference, we talked…

Plague and Pox: Contagion, Continuity and Change in municipal responses to epidemics in Frankfurt and Nuremberg (c. 1495-1510)

In the wake of the siege of Naples in 1495 Europeans began to remark on the appearance of a new illness which was seen to spread through Europe with the returning French, Italian, Spanish, Swiss, and German soldiers and mercenaries. According to contemporary accounts victims of the disease suffered with…

North Korean Forced Labour in the EU – The Long Arm of the North Korean Dictator

by Markus Pohlmann When the FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Costa Rica takes place on 22 June 2018 or when the third place play-off takes places on 14 July 2018 – all of them in Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg –  we shall also think of the approximately…