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Returning the wandering womb with “fetid and rank smells”

By Dr. Amy Kenny When prescribing curatives for a wandering womb, early modern medical practitioners regularly propose pungent materials to return the womb to its rightful place in the abdomen.  Medical manuals from the period are rife with tales of the womb becoming dislodged and wandering throughout the body.  Monthly…

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Lucifer and the legacy of Gaiman’s Sandman This text was originally presented at the International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference in Bournemouth last June. In keeping with the conference’s interest in memory and nostalgia, this paper analyses the long-lasting influence that Neil Gaiman’s Sandman had on the Vertigo imprint. Over…

Open Access in Education Goes Beyond Textbooks, to Encompass Online Courses, International Partnerships and Journal Publishing

While the potential of online learning and open educational resources continues to unfold in developed and developing countries, in the field of education Open Access experiences dynamic development, as universities mandate Open Access to research results, integrate free online textbooks and launch online courses and programs. A Blog Article by…

Visualizing Ibn Tulun’s manuscript corpus: (1) From Palladio towards Gephi

It has been a while since I presented my first visualizations of Ibn Tuluns manuscript corpus with Palladio. Palladio is an easy-to-learn tool that works in your browser and thus is independent of your operating system. You just put your data in several simple tables and upload them there. Then…

The Persianate Papertrail of a Maharashtrian Brahman Family Firm

By Dominic Vendell During the nine-odd months that I spent in Pune, Maharashtra for my Ph.D. fieldwork, I periodically visited the Bharat Itihas Samshodhak Mandal (BISM), a fantastic archival and research institution with a collection of 2,000 or so rumals focused on the papers of local landed families and service households…

“M” is for Mantón de Manila: Spanish shawls of Asian origin and cross-cultural design influences. Laura Beltran-Rubio, MA Fashion Studies, Parsons School of Design, New York City (USA)

The mantón de Manila (Manila shawl) is one of the most symbolic elements of hispanic dress that, in recent history, has become an almost essential garment in museum collections of costume around the world. Traditionally made out of silk, Manila shawls are often embroidered with colorful floral motifs made out…

So Rock! Magazine (我爱摇滚乐) CD Archive Project

We previously talked about 1990s rock magazines in China, as « Punk Generation » (朋克时代) or « Freedom Music » (自由音乐). They pretty much all disappeared after one or two years. One fanzine however became so popular that he was distributed in major Chinese cities, and lasted for more than a decade… I’m talking…

Convex Regression Model

This morning during the lecture on nonlinear regression, I mentioned (very) briefly the case of convex regression. Since I forgot to mention the codes in R, I will publish them here. Assume that y_i=m(\mathbf{x}_i)+\varepsilon_i where m:\mathbb{R}^d\rightarrow \mathbb{R} is some convex function. Then m is convex if and only if \forall\mathbf{x}_1,\mathbf{x}_2\in\mathbb{R}^d,…

The Expansion of Bibliography : Dog-stone, Antelope, and Evidence

Michael K. Buckland is an emeritus professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information and co-director of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative. Dr. Buckland’s professional experience as a librarian and his work on the design of information services, especially bibliography, the design of library services, and support for online discovery, are reflected three books: Library…

1867: Aztec idols at the Paris World Fair

Commented by: Susana Stussi Garcia Throughout the second half of the 19th century, Paris hosted several World fairs, during which the French capital commanded the undivided attention of the world. These events chiefly celebrated the economic and industrial power of participant nations, but quickly became privileged spaces of scientific exchange…

Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship and the Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg by IBA-1984/87

By Esra Akcan As I was writing this book on the relation between migration, citizenship and urbanism, the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War came about. In the United States, my country of residence, individuals from certain countries have been subject to travel bans, and immigrants have…

“Lunch Shaming” and Lessons from History

By Nadja Durbach Early last year the news media reported on a surge in what has been called “lunch shaming”: practices that deliberately and publicly humiliate children whose parents have not settled their school lunch accounts. When this story broke I was in the midst of writing about school meals…

Economic Texts and Letters – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels go online

By Regina Roth* The Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA, for short) is a project whose goal is to publish the complete legacy of Karl Marx (1818–1883) and Friedrich Engels (1820–1895) through producing a complete critical edition of their publications, manuscripts and correspondence. Editor is the Internationale Marx-Engels-Stiftung (IMES), an international, politically independent network,…

Books of Secrets

By Mandy Aftel From Fragrant:The Secret Life of Scent by Mandy Aftel In the early sixteenth century, a new kind of book appeared in Europe: Books of Secrets were popular compendiums that professed to divulge to the reader the secrets of nature, culled from ancient sources of knowledge and wisdom.…

The Dutch delta expertise in the eyes of a Bangladeshi researcher

Shahnoor Hasan follows up the conversation on “Delta Dynamics: Dutch masterplans and SDGs” held during the conference “Critical perspectives on governance by Sustainable Development Goals: Water Food and Climate”, by offering the perspective of a Bangladeshi researcher on the Dutch involvement in delta planning in Bangladesh. Recently I was invited…

The Forlorn Arab as Foil in the Curriculum of Postrevolutionary Iran

By Shervin Malekzadeh As was the case for many of her neighbors, Iran’s path to salvation ran through the source of her perdition. The trauma of military defeat and the loss of large swaths of territory to the Russian and English armies during the nineteenth century spawned an indigenous reform…