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Nanhu Scenic Area in Jiaxing (A Historical Site of the First National Congress of the CCP)

The First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started on July 23, 1921 in a house within the territory of the French Concession in Shanghai. Due to the search of the location by French Concession police, the participants left Shanghai for Jiaxing 嘉兴 on July 30 and continued their meeting…

The Public Humanities summer comes to an end: a small statistical evaluation

Outside, it has become unmistakably autumn. The wind sweeps around the corners and whirls up the colorful leaves. Not only is summer generally over, but so is our Public Humanities summer. Over the past weeks and months, you've been able to read a weekly blog post from the DH community…

Working in the low-cost retail: the hidden side of low prices

Loss in purchasing power has contributed to the emergence of low- cost businesses which developed successfully in many economic sectors.  They all feature oversimplified offers and services, plain sales outlets, low margins and low prices, all these common ingredients characterizing a « revolution » which has vastly changed traditional retailing. Beyond this…

Naming periodicals in early 1930s China

This is the last instalment in our series devoted to Carl Crow’s Newspaper Directory of China. The purpose of this essay is twofold: Substantially, to reveal patterns in the naming of periodicals and to explore the potential factors explaining these patterns (period of founding, location, language, periodicity); Methodologically, to experiment…

The Magic of Medicine. Introducing Professor Lauren Kassel

As of September 2021, Lauren Kassel takes up the Chair in the History of Science at the European University Institute. In the years to follow, her expertise and guidance will extend the activities of the Working Group towards the field of the History of Medicine.  What was the link between…

The Junge Mommsen – a Digital Student Magazine Publishing Exemplary Term Papers

By Paul Diekmann Paul Diekmann is studying history and American studies at Humboldt University in Berlin and is currently working on his bachelor’s thesis about the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. His remote internship at the GHI from August to Oktober 2021 has not only advanced his thesis a lot, but…

Reading the smile in nineteenth-century children’s literature

In this first of our guest blog posts for Literature & the Face we welcome the following discussion of the smile in children’s literature by Catherine Gay. Catherine is a PhD Candidate in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is also a Digital…

Around the Table: Bookseller Chat

This month on Around the Table, I am chatting with Don Lindgren, founder of Rabelais Inc., Fine Books on Food & Drink, located in Biddeford, Maine. Don has curated one of the largest selections of rare and out-of-print cookbooks in the United States at Rabelais, along with other food and…

How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them

Jason Stanley, Como Funciona o fascismo: a política do “nós” e “eles” [versão ebook], Porto Alegre: L&PM, 2018. Jason Stanley offers us an interesting theoretical proposal in the study of fascism, presenting it not...

Seasons of Capitalism: Human and Non-Human Nature in the Making of Lebanon’s Silk Industry

Graham Auman Pitts Capitalism had it seasons in late-Ottoman Mount Lebanon. Each spring, the families that tilled orchards of mulberries purchased the eggs they needed on c­­­­­redit. Mulberry leaves nourished the eggs, which hatched and began to spin their cocoons once the temperature was reliably above 16° Celsius. In June,…

Memory-based urban planning: a case for memory culture in German military conversion

by Julian Kramer A city itself doesn’t remember its inhabitants, buildings, or events that have taken place in it. The physical entity of infrastructure and buildings can’t actively have memory. It needs its inhabitants to do the active work of remembering. At the same time, it is the material surroundings…

“The Egg, the Atom, my Soul” – On Atavistic Modernity (case study: Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs).

by Arno Görgen (Translation by Catherine Marshall. The original German version ca n be found here.) I play Oswald Mandus, a London industrialist whose wealth is built on the family  slaughterhouse business he now owns (second generation), and who after a trip to an Aztec temple in Mexico turns his…

Affective Readings: Emotion and Society in/of Egyptian Literature, 1990 to 2020

By Christian Junge What are the social functions of reading literature? While many studies approach Arabic literature primarily through the lens of authors, the literary field, or sociopolitical discourses, my interdisciplinary postdoctoral research project, “Affective Readings”, shifts the focus to the readers. I ask: What do readers read, and how…

How the Values of Modernity Contribute to Cultural Mediation

تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. Azelarabe Lahkim Bennani (Philosophy, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco) Azelarabe Lahkim Bennani. Photo: private. This paper aims to address how to invest the capacity of the university to shape dialogue between cultures in an era of multiculturalism and civilizational conflict. As we know,…
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