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‘Political Balance’ or ‘Natural Growth’? The British Mandate, Meir Dizengoff, and the Struggle over Tel Aviv Port in the 1920s and 1930s

German Historical Institute London Blog On 24 February 1938, a crowd of 30,000 onlookers gathered in the rain awaiting the official opening of Tel Aviv port to passenger traffic. Due to bad weather conditions, however, the ceremony had been moved inside a ‘gaily decorated warehouse’ on the shore of the…

Can we talk about shared European values?

The notion of ‘values’ in Europe occupies an important place in discussions between the member states of the European Union, especially in the context of recent crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic or the war in Ukraine. But can we really speak of common values on a continent-wide scale when…

1917: Donatello, Madonna of the Clouds (c.1425-35)

To this day, the origin of the Madonna of the Clouds is still unknown, although scholars agree on Donatello's authorship. In 1895, Stefano Bardini sold the marble relief to the Boston investor and art collector Quincy Adams Shaw, who donated to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1917. While…

If You Have Some Millions to Spare …: The Sale of Codex Sinaiticus Zosimi Rescriptus

1. “If you have some millions to spare, the bidding starts in less than an hour!” In this and similar ways, many colleagues drew attention on social media to Christie’s Live Auction 23056 on 11 June, which was entitled: “Manuscript Masterpieces from the Schøyen Collection”. This auction comprised 62 lots.…

The Prevention of Violence in Schools in Cameroon

Ezeogu Simone Thierry1, Konfo Tcholong Clémence Idriss, PhD2 1 Msc in psycriminology and psychotraumatology; Professional Member of ISSUP and National Trainer of Trainers on Substance Use Prevention and Treatment 2 Ph.D in Psychopathology and clinical psychology The following research work … Continue reading →

The beginning of the fight against the plague in the 15th-century Crown of Aragon

Dr. Albert Reixach Sala, University of Lleida Resumen: Esta entrada presenta una investigación en curso sobre los inicios de la lucha contra la peste en la Corona de Aragón tardomedieval. En concreto, se fija en la introducción de nuevas medidas pragmáticas para hacer frente a la pestilencia y otras enfermedades…

Endings are hard: How to write a strong conclusion [Book Review]

Nobody knows how to write good conclusions. So for the second post in my recap of Joshua Schimmel’s Writing Science (part 1), I will unpack how to write a strong conclusion—according to Schimmel anyway and adding a few experiences of mine. But honestly, trust him, not me. I don’t know…

Freedom of Conscience and LGBT Rights in Tunisia and Morocco: The Spring is Yet to Come – 5in10 with Tommaso Virgili

Tommaso Virgili is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Migration, Integration, Transnationalization Department of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and a Research Associate at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels. At the WZB, he works on Islamism and liberal Islam in connection with individual rights, with…

Democratic South Africa at 30 years: Battling state capture and ethno-racial populism

By Christi van der Westhuizen South Africa’s seventh democratic election sees the country teetering amid several simultaneous crises. The ruling African National Congress has failed in addressing the colonial and apartheid legacies of severe under-development and socio-economic inequality. Its attempts at imposing a Leninist-influenced African nationalist hegemony on the state...

(Almost) 3 months in the life of

There is this amazing article in the German Fundamental Law, called article 20a. It says: “Der Staat schützt auch in Verantwortung für die künftigen Generationen die natürlichen Lebensgrundlagen und die Tiere im Rahmen der verfassungsmäßigen Ordnung durch die Gesetzgebung und nach Maßgabe von Gesetz und Recht durch die vollziehende Gewalt…

A Theory of History Issue? Reassessing Denialism Through a Brief Reading of Jacques Rancière

Alexandre Avelar - The effort to offer truthful narratives about the past, based on documentary evidence and methodological guidance, involves identifying the assumptions present in historiographical practice. However, the persistence of negationist positions calls for reassessing this problem from a different angle than the one used in our usual practice.

Let’s build a medieval Abbey – Interview with Randy Rathert about the Boardgame The King’s Abbey

Im Zuge der Arbeit am Sammelband "Von bierbrauenden Mönchen und kriegerischen Nonnen - Klöster und Klerus in analogen und digitalen Spielen" enstand ein Interview zwischen Lukas Boch und Randy Rathert, dem Autor von The King`s Abbey. Im Mittelpunkt stand die Frage nach der Entwicklung und Umsetzung des Themas Kloster im…

ai and the Middle East, data and the Middle East

In the ‘Data’ chapter, Crawford highlights how datasets used to train AI systems often decontextualize and dehumanize the people and cultures represented, treating them as mere ‘raw data’ to be extracted. From a Middle Eastern cultural studies perspective, how might we analyze this ‘extractive logic of data’ playing out in…

Once upon a time, I crossed Digital Art History

by Sofia Baroncini Once upon a time… My story starts with curiosity. During my master’s thesis in Visual Arts at the University of Bologna, I could choose some courses from a long list. Among them, I noticed one course entitled “Digital Humanities”, taught by Professor Francesca Tomasi. Its program included…
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