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Games for the humanities / religious studies – scarce or simply hard to find?

by Monika Barget Recently, I have more extensively explored serious games for teaching and research communication in the humanities. In a workshop aimed primarily at religious studies scholars, I intended to address analogue board games as well as hybrid and exclusively digital games. And apart from games I myself had…

“Publishers and Publishing Stances”: workshop report

This is a report from the workshop, “Publishers and Publishing Stances: A Contribution to Multilingualism and Bibliodiversity“, that took place on the 22nd of April and was organized by the OPERAS Special Interest Groups in Multilingualism and Advocacy, in partnership with the projects OPERAS-P and TRIPLE and with the Portuguese…

Le monde de Charles R. Smith Jr.

Miniphlit poursuit sa rencontre avec les créateurs nord-américains.  Charles R. Smith Jr. , l’homme orchestre, a accepté de répondre à nos questions.  Nouvelle interview croisée.  Miniphlit continues its meeting with North American designers.  Charles R. Smith Jr. the one-man band, agreed to answer our questions.   Dear Charles Smith, what is…

Trans Rights and Cultures in the Weimar Republic

Katie Sutton is Associate Professor of German and Gender Studies at the Australian National University. She is the author of Sex between Body and Mind: Psychoanalysis and Sexology in the German-Speaking World, 1890s-1930s (University of Michigan Press, 2019) and The Masculine Woman in Weimar Germany (Berghahn, 2011), and has published on sexuality, gender, and…

Crisis Communication In Times Of The Pandemic

by Peter Glassen A cross-cultural look at Covid-19 campaigns in Switzerland, Mexico, India, Vietnam and Brazil. For more than a year, the Covid-19 pandemic has posed major challenges to many people, governments and institutions. Times of crisis are both opportunity and risk. This applies not least to crisis communication, because…

Marvel in the archives – “Drinking the wine and looting the church: the plundering of Illens in 1475”

For the city of Freiburg, the Burgundian Wars were a major event in its military history. Through several major victories, especially at Grandson and Morat in 1476, the Swiss acquired a large amount of weapons and wealth by plundering the camps of Charles the Bold’s army; looting the enemy’s camps and…

Archaeology in Algeria: Challenges of Multidisciplinary Research and the Identity Question

تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. By Nadia Bahra (Archaeology, University of Constantine, Algeria) Nadia Bahra. Photo: private The worrying condition of archaeological sites and monuments and the alarm bells about the looting and destruction of antiquities are periodically reported on by Algerian media and social media outlets. Such reports…

Eggs and Invisible Ink: George and Giovanni

By Sean Coughlin In a 2015 episode of Turn, a US Revolutionary War TV drama on AMC, George Washington’s spy Abraham Woodhull uses a special ink made with alum to write secret messages under the shells of hard-boiled eggs. The technique was also advertised on the show’s Twitter in 2014,…

From the Chicago 8 to the Camden 28: Some History of the Great “Political Trials” of the Long 1960s

By Michelle Nickerson,  Loyola University Chicago and Heidelberg Center for American Studies In October 2020, the streaming service Netflix started making a feature film adaptation of the historic 1969 trial of new left radicals known as the “Chicago 7” available to viewers. In this dramatic production by the celebrated American…

Café Saqafat – Sufi Music Heritage in the Times of the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Rafique Wassan Initiated in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, Café Saqafat is a new online social media broadcasting cultural work – mediated through FaceBook live streaming and later on a recorded version uploaded on YouTube. Started in November 2020 in Karachi, the Café Saqafat livestreamed initiative is launched…

Ethiopia Illustrated: Manuscripts and Painting in Ethiopia – Examples from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century

German Historical Institute London Blog The newly published anthology Ethiopia Illustrated: Church Paintings, Maps and Drawings is a result of my appointment as Associate Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences in 2017. The suggestion was aired to publish a volume with my research articles on Ethiopian manuscripts and paintings,…

On the connectivity of fabrics: ‘Gaia mother tree’ by Ernesto Neto

In 2018, the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto created, through a collective process, a monumental textile installation in the main station of Zurich called Gaia mother tree that was organised by the Fondation Beyeler. The textile object looks like a twenty-meter high plant, that reaches up to the ceiling of the station building and fills the entrance hall…

See Tolkien father and son – an interview with Norloth

This article is part of a series dedicated to artists, fan-artists and illustrators inspired by the writings of J.R.R. and Christopher Tolkien. If you yourself are an artist, and you like the idea of a conversation and a feature on this blog, please reach out to me. My guest today…

A German Yahuda Collection?

For some time I thought that German libraries had stopped acquisitions of manuscript collections after World War 1. The currency was devalued heavily during the first few post-war years, and, as universities are dependent on state funding, they were hard pressed to make ends meet. However, as I discovered recently,…

That Peculiar Man’s Plays

In a 2016 interview, Julie Walters declared that when she started her acting career in the early 70s, “you’d hear middle-class actors trying to sound working class because it was cool”. She lamented the decline of “working-class drama” that “comes out of people being unhappy and angry with the unfairness…

Sugar and Fire

The ambivalence of inventories, which rarely add the exact purpose of crucibles, pans and preserving jars, requires great caution when classifying rooms as laboratories. Places that obviously served as laboratories, such as the fonderia in the Uffizi in Florence, can be used as a comparison. The fonderia included a glass…
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