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Memory of the Holocaust in Dnipro: The University Park as the Place of Mass Shootings of Jews

Maryna Tkachenko, Oles Honchar Dnipro National University The more the present turns into the past, the more the past needs to be updated in order to serve as an example and contribute to processes of identity-making of individuals, the society and the state. Without this actualization, the past becomes habitual…

In Quest of Justice | Khaled Fahmy

Khaled Fahmy, In Quest of Justice. Islamic law and forensic medicine in modern Egypt, Oakland, Californie : University of California Press, 2018, 377 p. Compte rendu par Baudouin Dupret (Les Afriques dans le Monde (LAM), CNRS/IEP Bordeaux) Après All the Pasha’s Men, qui portait sur l’armée de Mehmet Ali, le…

“A feature, not a bug” – IAMCR 2019

IAMCR in Madrid, Spain, from July 7 until July 11 at the Facultad de Ciencias de la Información at UCM. Some things worked, others did not, for instance providing sufficient space for all accepted speakers. Still, those of us who made it, enjoyed another conference of critical thought and research. Our…

Lexicographical standardization in David Qimḥi’s Sefer ha-Shorashim

Throughout the Middle Ages, the study of the Hebrew language underwent major developments in different regions and most notably in al-Andalus, where the bases of the methodology still in use today were laid. In the medieval Islamic world, the study of language occupied a leading role among the sciences, for…

The Feminist Novel is on the Rise in the Arab Gulf: An Interview with Mona Kareem

By Salwa Benaissa Mona Kareem is the author of three poetry collections in Arabic, a translator, and a literary scholar whose research is offering new critical perspectives on feminist novels in the Arab Gulf. She is currently a EUME fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin. In this interview with Salwa Benaissa,…

Networking as a “Humanities youngster”

Okay, the term “Humanities youngster” is not from me, it was used from a professor to describe what I am – young, early career stage, PhD candidate, devoted to Humanities. Well, actually, he called me first a Classics youngster, but then admitted that there are some things that are correct…

Making Musk Julep: Sugar Coating a Bitter Medicine

By Susan Brandt Popular eighteenth-century pharmacopoeias often included animal-based substances such as musk, which might seem nauseating to the modern palate. In The New Dispensatory Containing the Theory and Practice of Pharmacy (London, 1753), William Lewis describes musk or moschus as “a grumus substance like clotted blood, found in a little…

Historical food for thought: How the way to the public’s heart is through their stomach

Author: Louise Quick, multimedia journalist and public historian. I love food. It’s not a mind-blowing statement, I know. Eating is an enjoyable – and necessary – part of human existence. It’s one of the great common denominators throughout human history: we all have to eat and we always have. Even…

The Trade-Off Called Love? Knowledge about Love, Migration, and Borders

“I feel like a bank account you opened in 1979,” says the filmmaker Alex Pitstra to his father Mohsen Ben Hassan in his 2016 Bezness as Usual. He had not seen his father since early childhood, not until he decided to contact him and travel to Tunisia. Shortly after his…

A brief history of tidal prediction: a story widespread in time and space

This article has been adapted from Chapter 3 of my research project entitled ‘An historic analysis of tide prediction machines using an adapted prosopographic approach and digital humanities tools’, which I wrote during the first year of my Master’s degree. … Continuer la lecture →

“Rethinking Ukrainian Studies”: Interview with Viktoria Sereda

On 16-17 May 2019, the Prisma Ukraïna conference “Rethinking Ukrainian Studies: Locally, Regionally, Transnationally” took place at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice. Ten young researchers from Eastern and Western Europe received travel grants to be able to attend this symposium. One of them – Maxim Osadchuk…

Hunting the pigs of the new world/wild

Lecture by Paul. G Keil (Institute of Ethnology/CEFRES) On the 3rd of June, Paul G. Keil, posdoctoral fellow of the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and associate researcher at Cefres (member of TANDEM program “Bewildering Boar“) gave a lecture entitled « Piggers, pigdogs, and other pig-relations: a study…

Sacred yet Shared Traditions in Kerala, South India: Illuminated neither by Candles nor by Diyas, but by a Nilavilakku

When I moved to Europe, stereotypes about India and Indians that existed here entertained me. One of the most intriguing ones, however, was the assumption that I were a Hindu. Now what’s so special about it? At the outset, nothing. It is a valid assumption – I mean, yes, it…

Using the Waterman-Eggert algorithm for sentence alignment

During the 24th International Conference of Historical Linguistics, I was asked by a colleague whether I would know a good way to align and scores sentences available in form of phonetic transcriptions. While it is clear that one can roughly compare the difference between sequences rather easily by aligning them,…

The Library of Ahmad Taymur

How is Ahmad Taymur, the Egyptian bibliophile and ‘gentleman scholar’ who received an obituary in the Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft upon his death in 1930, still awaiting his own study? Joseph Schacht praises in said obituary Taymur’s outstanding knowledge of Arabic literature, his altruistic support of “European scholarship”, and…

Genetic and sociological fieldwork along the Arafundi River (East Sepik, Papua New Guinea)

From the 17th to the 24th of June 2019, a team of six people undertook the 3rd fieldwork of the Papuan Past Project in the Arafundi region. The team was composed of three researchers (Matthew Leavesley, François-Xavier Ricaut, and Sébastien Plutniak), one student from the University of Papua New Guinea…