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Inroad to Singularity: Arlette Farge and the Co-Authorship of the Archive

Timo Luks - Historiography is deeply connected with archives, and sometimes even reduced to a mere report of archival findings. For Arlette Farge, archival evidence is nothing less than a sudden inroad to singularity, constantly challenging every attempt at theorisation. But how do modes of writing and theorising history change…

On Bošković on generative typology vs. Greenbergian typology: Where is the rapprochement?

In a new position paper, Željko Bošković (2022) compares Greenberg-style typology with Baker-style typology and claims that the two approaches are not as different as it might appear. He suggests that a rapprochement is possible, and even that “typology is setting grounds for a potential rapprochement of the functional and…

On Hermeneutics and Computing

Is there a conceptualization of “the hermeneutic method”, which can be directly supported by computational tools? [ A slightly reformatted pdf of this post for printing is available here  ] Hermeneutics and the Digital Humanities are frequently seen as opposites. This became particularly clear a few years ago, when the…

The Nine Lives of the Rassemblement National

By Therese Mager, Research Institute Social Cohesion (RISC)/ReCentGlobe, Leipzig University On 24 April 2022, French president Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in a run-off vote, securing a second five-year term. In the days leading up to the election, French journalists and experts emphasized a polarized France, speaking of a...

Libri traditionum of Bavarian bishoprics and monasteries

by Dr. Monika von Walter Digitized versions of all libri traditionum from Bavarian bishoprics and monasteries, the originals of which are kept in the Bavarian Main State Archives in Munich, were recently put online on “Bavarikon”, the internet portal of the Free State of Bavaria for the presentation of treasures…

Sustainable Development in Higher Education From the Student Perspective

In general, higher education institutions have not yet understood their responsibility in the field of SD, meeting the SGDs and Laudato Si’s goals, notably goal 5 - Ecological Education “re-thinking and re-designing curricular and institutional reform in the spirit of integral ecology to foster ecological awareness and transformative action”, as…

In search of the ancient landscapes of Mahasthangarh (Bangladesh)

A blogpost by Yohan Chabot Since February 2022, the Mahasthangarh mission in Bangladesh, directed by V. Lefèvre (musée Guimet) and C. Lefrancq (postdoc archaeologist, CEIAS) for the French side and Naheed Sultana for the Bangladeshi side, and funded by the Ministry of European and External Affairs (MEAE) and the DHARMA…

Women’s Centres and their Newsletters: Feminist Spaces and Print Cultures in Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom

In April confusion reigned due to the last issue of Sisterhood thinking that the first Wednesday in April fell on the 8th rather than the 1st (Tut tut sack the proof readers I say). In the end we had two meetings but the discussion on Sexism and Education remained on…

Cacao: Indigenous Network to Global Commodity

By Rebecca Friedel A Coveted Tree  Theobroma cacao is a coveted tree known as the source of the globally celebrated chocolate, initially known as xocolatl in Nahuatl. The fruits of cacao are a variety of berry known as drupes. Drupes grow from pollinated flowers on the tree’s trunks and lower…

The Disputation of Mallorca (1286): A Case Study in the Medieval Culture of Disputation

By Alex J. Novikoff Ever since Christianity parted ways from Judaism, its adherents have felt the need to defend their new faith, often combining advocacy of the new religion with the urge to delegitimize Judaism as an outdated and obsolete vestige of a prior epoch. From this theological impulse was…

Scientific Crowdfunding in the Social Sciences and Humanities

How researchers from the social sciences and humanities (SSH) gain funding for their research and how much funding they receive depends on institutional budgets as well as on society’s perception of SSH. But individual research projects need individual funding. Scientific crowdfunding is a funding option that is customizable to researcher’s…

Note: Open Science and Open Social Media (Mastodon, Activity Pub, Fediverse…)

Open Science can be understood as a data politics of open access. This means to ensure research results are not behind paywalls and can be found and read easily, or for example, to share datasets according to FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). But more importantly, it refers to scientific...

Meta-reproducibility crisis: Software edition

Its not just a ‘replication crisis‘, its a reproducibility crisis. Forget about falsification if one can’t even reproduce the workflow of another. Efforts are underway to improve transparency which allows reproduction, good. But what if even with the original data, researchers cannot reproduce numerical results simply because of where they…

Sciences and their past: what challenges for scientific heritage-making?

In our early XXIst century, any idea, any item, any place, from ancient buildings to shopping lists, seem likely to be turned, one day, into heritage. What about memory practices at university? What about the processes for scientific heritage-making? Past scientific activities are as relevant to researchers as they are…
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