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Handling, processing and transforming personal and communal woundedness towards empowerment and prevention

Explorative and Experimental Inquiry Project Father Léon de Foere Lab In every part of the world and on all levels of society emotional, sexual, spiritual and physical abuse happens on a regular basis. It doesn’t make any geographical, social, political, cultural nor religious distinction. The seriousness of its profoundly traumatic…

‘Indifferent Honest’? The Posthumous Charm of a Rassenreferent

Prof. Dr. Johannes Max van Ophuijsen (Amsterdam) On October 6th and 7th, the conference “Forms and dimensions of resilience under German occupation 1939-1945 – Hans Georg Calmeyer in the context of the Nazi administration” will take place in Osnabrück town hall. The program of the conference can be found here.In…

Ukrainian Comics and War in Ukraine

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By Svitlana Pidoprygora[1] In the autumn of 2013, Euromaidan started in Ukraine as a response to the authorities’ decision to end European integration processes and focus on the Customs Union with the Russian Federation. Thousands of people went to protests on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (literally,…

Ukrainian Comics and War in Ukraine

By Svitlana Pidoprygora[1] In the autumn of 2013, Euromaidan started in Ukraine as a response to the authorities’ decision to end European integration processes and focus on the Customs Union with the Russian Federation. Thousands of people went to protests on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (literally, ‘Independence Square’) in Kyiv and the…

Some have said I ‘manipulated History’: René Lussier on sound archives, people’s voices and Quebec history in Le trésor de la langue

Le trésor de la langue (1989) is a unique musical work. A kind of sonic ‘road movie’, it explores the political, historical and poetic dimensions of the French language spoken in Quebec. The work was awarded the Prix Paul...

Normalization of Violence Against Women in Iran

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By Nassim Mehran  At the time when this text was written, the protests in Iran, with women on the frontline chanting “Woman, Life, Freedom”, were erupting, bringing together people of different social and political strata, unified in solidarity against the state’s systematic oppression of…

Normalization of Violence Against Women in Iran

By Nassim Mehran  At the time when this text was written, the protests in Iran, with women on the frontline chanting “Woman, Life, Freedom”, were erupting, bringing together people of different social and political strata, unified in solidarity against the state’s systematic oppression of women and the killing of Mahsa…

Transparency meets open citations

In the scholarly ecosystem, a bibliographic citation is a conceptual directional link from a citing entity to a cited entity, used to acknowledge or ascribe credit for the contribution made by the author(s) of the cited entity. Citations are one of the core elements of scholarly communication. They enable the…

Defining research priorities to solve the « ozone hole » crisis

How and why do connections between the scientific and the political worlds develop? In which historical context and institutional setup do they evolve? The issue of the depletion of the ozone layer by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which emerged as early as the 1970s, is a valuable example of their evolution. In…

PyEDICTOR: A Small Python Package that Integrates LingPy, EDICTOR, and CLDF

With the introduction of CLDF as a major format for data exchange, there is an increased need in handy solutions for the conversion of CLDF to the formats required by computer-assisted tools like LingPy and EDICTOR, which allow to preprocess data automatically or to curate data by adding detailed annotations.…

Remembering Atrocities through Comedy: Maghrebi Comedians on European Stages

You can read the French version of this text here. By Yousra Sbaihi Abstract Not many Maghrebis have the chance to perform on some of Europe’s most prestigious comedy shows. However, the few who have successfully climbed their way up to the stage, I advance, are disrupting the theatrics of…

Hello from Aotearoa!

This blogpost reaches you from Auckland in Aotearoa/New Zealand and was planned already some days ago, but no chance! Last week on the 17th September, I arrived in Auckland after a long flight of 33 hours, departing from Frankfurt over Hong Kong to Auckland. Experiencing a long-distance flight for the…

The Meanings of Historicity—the End and the Beginning

Augusto de Carvalho - An elementary founding principle of modern thinking, which philosophy called historicity, combines three structural aspects of human consciousness about the features of reality: that we are not omnipresent—therefore, we are not omniscient or omnipotent, as our spiritual powers are restricted and finite. Considering human existence has…

In Suhbet with Queer Companions: An Affectionate Book Review

by Max Schnepf _   Kasmani, Omar. 2022. Queer Companions: Religion, Public Intimacy, and Saintly Affect in Pakistan. Durham: Duke University Press. The meaning of suhbet, we learn from Omar Kasmani’s recent ethnography, encompasses...

Austronesian languages prefer agent-first orders: Some notes on Riesberg et al. (2019)

In their 2019 paper “How universal is agent-first?”, Sonja Riesberg, Kurt Malcher and Nikolaus Himmelmann argue that western Austronesian languages provide evidence for a general “agent-first” preference, although they often have a neutral order in which the patient (or another type of “undergoer”) unexpectedly precedes the agent. They examine 51…
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