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The Promise of Urban Agriculture National Study of Commercial Farming in Urban Areas

Urban and peri-urban farms have proliferated around the United States in the past decades. Although considerable attention has been paid to the impact of this emerging farm sector on social indicators, such as fresh food access, youth engagement, community development, and educational attainment, far less attention has been paid in…

Imagining the Revitalisation of Collective Spaces within the Ecosystem

By Sylvie Tram Nguyen This village located in Adkhss is one of the many ancient granary villages in Tata province, within the Souss Massa central region of Morocco. It located within a fast oasis landscape in a pre-Saharan dessert territory, which is also affected by floods. Inhabitants come from Amazighs…

What is the use? Possible asset (re)valorisation strategies for Adkhs

By Carolina Beovic The visiting foreigner goes through several different layers of discovery, each adding up to a different postcard while getting to know the province of Tata. The landscape is very similar to certain Latin American landscapes.  The distances, the dryness, the valleys, the light, and the construction materials…

Eliot and Comedy

In reviewing Eliot’s first comedy, The Cocktail Party, the critic John Peter remarked that “only the incidentals” were comical. The character with the highest comic potential is Julia Shuttlethwaite, a talkative and nosy old lady with a talent for creating confusion: The situation and language is typical of drawing-room comedy,…

Variation in a critically endangered language

This is a brief overview of my Phd dissertation « Language variation and endangered language. The case of numte ʔoote or Zoque Ayapaneco in Tabasco, Mexico », defended at the INALCO in October 2019. Before getting into the main findings, I would like to thank my thesis supervisor, Claudine Chamoreau, (Centre National…

The Benefits of Open Science and Open Access for Academic Disciplines: Learning from Case Studies in Open Research

The University of Reading, United Kingdom, has presented a series of case studies that explore the advantages and challenges of Open Access across different fields of research. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. In agriculture research, as Emily Black and Ross Maidment indicate, Open Research translates not only into Open…

Think critical in digital !

Thinking about the use of digital sources The trend in the humanities is “digital” – digital of everything. Research, discussions, reading, publications…. from open science to zoom conferences, live discussions and surveys in slido to digital sources and online archives. Especially the voices of a broader audience or as well…

Revisiting He Bian’s Fetch Me at Pearl Nest Street: Rhubarb Pills as Panacea in Qing China

Today we revisit He Bian’s fascinating post from 2018. Here, He tells us about the global trade in Chinese rhubarb (dahuang) roots, panaceas and notions of difference in premodern theories of the body. Fascinated by this post and want to learn more about drugs in early modern China? You’re in…

A European prevention registry? Xchange: the story of a fruitful EMCDDA & EUSPR collaboration

In this blog article, Charlotte De Kock, researcher at Ghent University (Belgium) and member of the Xchange Prevention Registry is presenting the story of this unique European registry of evidence-based prevention interventions. It’s been two years now since I’m involved … Continue reading →

Open Scholar Stars interview series: Interview with Kathleen Gregory

In the next episode of our Open Scholar stars series, I am talking with Kathleen Gregory, Researcher and PhD Candidate at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS). Why is scholarly data discovery a social practice? What are the skills that are important in effective data discovery and evaluation for reuse?…

Privautés à l’ancienne

This blog post is adapted from part of a paper I would have presented at the European Social Science History Conference 2020, which was postponed to 2021 due to the measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. I thought it would be a nice idea to share it with you here,…

If we are at war with Corona, can history of war teach us anything? Part IV: Corona-cation, or Holidays at Home

The summer holidays of 2020 are approaching, and the only thing that can be said with certainty is that they will look and be quite different: social distancing instead of crowded beaches, mandatory mask-wearing and hygiene rules instead of carefree personal encounters. International and domestic travel restrictions (who may travel…

Studying Comparisons

By Simon Rowedder If we remember that those we study are also studying us as well as themselves, and that they are all engaged in the human exercise of understanding the play of cultural difference and similarity, we may be able to contribute to making comparison the fruitful, congenial, and…

Thinking about digital research during the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond

As IHE Delft MSc students and mentors start crafting their thesis topics amidst uncertainty related to Covid19, Sharli Paphitis (King’s College London and Rhodes University) shares insights and resources on digital research methods. As shown in her students’ experience, thinking creatively, building on existing community networks, and addressing the ethical…

“A drop in the ocean”? Funding and support for UK Musicians in the COVID-19 crisis

Olivia Gable Independent Researcher Emerging musicians already faced challenges making a living from music; the COVID-19 crisis has rapidly exacerbated these difficulties. We need a deeper understanding of the unique challenges musicians and workers in the music industries face through this crisis and plans to address these challenges both in…

The Robust Social Market Economy – Some Thoughts on the Corona Pandemics

by Frank Riedel, Mathematics and Economics, Bielefeld University, Germany The current pandemic that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan has hit the whole world hard, and the whole world has been spectacularly unprepared for the crisis. The financial markets, whose job it is to anticipate future developments and to…