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If Nation States do not Abide by Rules or Christmas in Jamaica

by Markus Pohlmann Christmas in Jamaica means: 30 ° C, sunshine and party-non-stop. When the „CrisMus Breeze“ arrives in early December, the exuberant parties and festivities for which Jamaica has been famous and notorious since the slaveholding era. On Christmas Eve there is also a big celebration and breakfast is…

Christmas Cookies in Series: Recipe Booklets and the Annual Reinvention of a Tradition

By Reinhild Kreis One of the early indicators that Christmas is just around the corner in Germany is the publication of Christmas cookies recipe booklets. Once it gets cold outside, readers are invited to heat up their ovens and ring in the holiday season by baking sweets. Many families have…

Medicine out of Mole-Hairs in Jane Dawson’s Manuscript

By Ashley Gonzalez Though all of Jane Dawson’s recipes are fascinating, perhaps one of the most curious ones involved the medical use of moles for hair loss and hair growth. This interest was noted by multiple people during the Fall … Continue reading →

The French Language in Russia: A Social, Political, Cultural, and Literary History

By Gesine Argent Many accounts of life in the Russian empire, especially the empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, express the idea that French was a universal language for the higher echelons of Russian society. French, so the story goes, was adopted by the Russian nobility in the eighteenth…

Cold Wombs and Cold Semen: Explaining Sonlessness in Sixteenth-century China

By Yi-Li Wu Throughout imperial China, a family’s well-being and longevity required the birth of sons. [Fig. 1]  Sons performed the ancestral rites, inherited land, and were responsible for supporting aged parents. And only men could take the examinations for government office which conferred elite socio-economic status. But at age…

The Scientific Community Supports Funders Mandating Open Access, Adds Balance to the Discussion of the Plan S

More than 1,800 researchers have endorsed the plan by science funding bodies to transition to Open Access their models of disbursing funds to researchers, as the European Plan S continues to garner international backing, such as from China. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. Launched on November 28, 2018, an…

2018 in Retrospect / Perspectives 2019

2018 was easily the most successful year of this outlet yet. New pieces have been published at at a very stable rate of at least two per month. Almost by accident Sunday has been established as the regular day of publication. Some of them, such as “Let’s talk survival bias“,…

What’s a pupil worth?

Saturday, for Friday No.10, December 15th, 2018 (Holidays are coming and everything is getting complicated to schedule…) I do not have touched upon one facet of scholar’s posthumous reputation yet, although it is commonly believed to possibly have a powerful influence upon it. And that ist he impact a scholar’s…

Searching For Witchcraft In The Registers Of The Trésor Des Chartes (French Royal Archives)

This article offers some solutions to the limits of full-text search in Himanis provided by the exploration of indexation mistakes. It is based on my ongoing work on witchcraft in the Trésor des Chartes (French royal archives). The Trésor des Chartes contains the royal archives beginning with Philippe the Fair.…

Workshop Report: Out of the Archives … New Archival Practices: Towards Alternative Historiographies, Voices, and Spaces

By Rasha Chatta, Pascale Ghazaleh, Lamia Moghnieh, and Alia Mossallam From 12 to 14 July 2018, the Exploratory Workshop “Out of the Archives … New Archival Practices: Towards Alternative Historiographies, Voices, and Spaces” was held at Archive Kabinett Berlin-Wedding. It was convened by Rasha Chatta, Pascale Ghazaleh, Lamia Moghnieh and…

Lights in the Distance: Migration History on our Shores

Lida Amiri; Madeline Heneghan; Daniel Trilling; Arshad Isakjee; Kathy Burrell; Emy Onuora; Mike Morris (left to right)  Guest blogpost by Beth Saunders on a recent event supported by the AHRC “Translating Cultures” theme. On Thursday 11th October, Toxteth library hosted a very important conversation regarding two era-defining issues: migration and…

How the manorial lords wrecked ships

by Kersti Lust, PhD in history, National Archives of Estonia Wrecking, the illegal seizure of materials and cargo of shipwrecks, was an important economic activity for several centuries, and it was performed along many coastal areas around the world. The international scholarly tradition usually views wrecking as an activity of the…

A Cool Oven: Boerhaave’s Little Furnace, part II

By Ruben Verwaal and Marieke Hendriksen Ruben Verwaal is curator of the historical collections at Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, and at the Museum for Communication in The Hague. He obtained his PhD in June 2018 with a thesis on the role of bodily fluids in eighteenth-century chemistry. Marieke Hendriksen is a researcher on the Artechne Project…

Board and winter sports reinvented ». Construction of a sports and leisure territory, Oisans from 1960 up until today

Dorothée Fournier, Docteure en histoire du sport, Laboratoire Sens-UFRAPS, Labex ITEM Doctoral thesis in Science and Technique ofPhysical and Sports Activities (STAPS), Grenoble-Alpes university, Labex ITEM, supervised by Profs. Michaël Attali and Anne-Marie Granet-Abisset. Defended on the 12thof March 2018. Paragliding take off area, top of the Devil’s ski slope,…

Interview with the Philosopher Chen Shaoming

Chen Shaoming 陈少明 is one of the most influential contemporary philosophers in China. He was born in Guangdong in 1958. After training in history (1978–1983) in Guangzhou, he then studied philosophy at Sun Yat-sen University 中山大学 (1983–1986) where he stayed on as a teacher. Since his appointment as professor in…

T-RECS #27: Dreikönigsporträt

PDF Crawford Matthews (University of Hull) Samuel Theodor Gericke: Friedrich I., August der Starke, Friedrich IV. von Dänemark – Dreikönigsbild, 1709, Copyright: SPSG, GK I 3414, Foto: Roland Handrick, Standort: Schloss Charlottenburg, Audienzzimmer der Königin Luise ‘Here come two Fredericks to visit a third’.[1] These were the words delivered by…