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Mobility on Track: the past and the future of railway in the Yucatan peninsula

By Hamid Alberto Abud Russell, Heidelberg University, Germany Mobility in the Yucatan Peninsula is in a state of flux. The Mayan Train, the controversial project of current Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, promises to upend decades of neglect in terms of federal investment in the region’s infrastructure and bring…

Be(come) Awake, Alert, Vigilant: The Verb „Ḫarādu“ in the Neo-Assyrian Empire

by Poppy Tushingham This contribution to the blog series “Vigipedia” concerns the Akkadian verb ḫarādu, which may be defined as ‘to be(come) awake’ but also as ‘to be(come) alert, vigilant’, and its derived adjective ḫardu and abstract noun ḫarduttu. At the same time, this entry also aims to encourage people…

Olivia Bergdahl’s Writing of „Europe“

Europe in Law and Literature: Vigoni Conversations Continued Nicola Kramp-Seidel & Laura Zander After a year and a half of social distancing, could there have been any better way to resume conversations on law and literature than our Vigoni symposium? While, in principle, there has never been any doubt about…

Perseus Digital Library

Analyse de projet Perseus – celui qui cherche même dans l’obscurité- Digital Library constitue un projet de bibliothèque numérique américaine initié et développé par l’Université Tufts de Somerville depuis 1985. Il est consacré à l’origine à la collecte et à la diffusion de ressources relatives à la Grèce antique.  Le…

Brahmaputra, a river of hope and sorrow

The project “Science communication for water diplomacy in the Brahmaputra” launched a photostory exhibition on the mighty river. Arundhati Deka and Isha Thakur offer a glimpse of the plurality of attachments, concerns and hopes reflected in the photos. The river at its origin, Yarlung Tsangpo in South Tibet (Photo by Xiawei…

The Logistics of Mass Murder. Calculating distances from the Mittelbau-Dora ‘Book of the Dead’

By Dr. Sebastian Bondzio & Lukas Hennies, M.A. The so-called ‘Book of the Dead’ of the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial opens up a unique window into the logistical structures and processes behind the production of death through forced labor and mass murder in the Third Reich. This database contains information…

Report of the CEDEJ Environment and Social Policies Seminar Series #7: Renewable energies & carbon-free transition

Simone Abram is a Professor of Anthropology at Durham University and a Center for Energy systems integration member. She also founded a European Network on energy anthropology within the European association of social anthropologists. Her books include ’Tourists and Tourism’ (1997) and ‘Green Ice: Tourism ecologies in the European High…

Report of the CEDEJ Environment and Social Policies Seminar Series #5  » Recycling and Environmental Legislation in Egypt: a panorama  »

Ahmed El Dorghamny is an Energy and Environment Expert in the Center for Environmental & Development in the Arab Region & Europe (CEDARE), with over 15 years of international professional experience in his field. In recent activity, he has been focusing on sustainable mobility and on sustainable management of resources…

Prefiguration of the World to Come: (P)refiguring Economy

Ecclesial Practices and Prefigurative Politics Prefiguration and Prefiguration Although language about the church as ‘prefiguring’ the world to come is well-established in Christian theology and although the notion of ‘prefiguration’ itself has deep roots in ancient Jewish and Christian forms of exegesis, it is surprising that there is so little…

Like a leaf in the wind…

The Zentrum für Politische Schönheit takes on political „image vehicles“ Together with coins and stamps, leaflets belong to those image-bearing artefacts that inspired one of Aby Warburg’s most momentous metaphors. Indeed, in his cultural-historical theory of the distribution of images, these printed media, produced quickly and cheaply, even succeeded, in his…

On Contemporary Arab Philosophy as a Field of Study

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. By Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab (Philosophy, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar)[1] The Need for Drawing a Map of the Field Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab. Photo: private Modern and contemporary Arab intellectual history remains an understudied field. The last two…

“I Was Inspired by the Work of Many Feminist Theorists, Historians and Activists” – Interview with Maya Caspari

We regularly introduce scholars that work in the project by letting them answer three short questions. Today, we talk to Maya Caspari. Maya is Curator at the German Historical Institute in London. She is also Postdoctoral Research and Engagement Fellow at the University of Leeds. What will you be working…

What Makes a Witch a Witch? A Brief History of the 17th Century Trials of Lemgo

By Lea Katharina Neikes Editorial note: Lea Katharina Neikes is studying history and art history (Geschichtswissenschaften/Bild- und Kunstgeschichte) at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Through her remote internship in the summer/autumn 2021 at the GHI, she has found new impulses for her upcoming bachelor thesis. Currently she is researching the…

Types of pronouns: Beyond the stereotype

Everyone knows what a stereotypical pronoun is: they, she, he; and all linguists know that there are also interrogative pronouns (who, what), relative pronouns (who, which), and demonstrative pronouns (this, these). Or should we say “demonstrative adjectives”, because they are typically used in adnominal function (this room, these chairs)? And…

From print to LOD, part III: Generating RDF

In the previous post, we explained how we used OCR to extract the vocabulary structure from the Repertorio Terminologico per la Schedatura delle Sculture dell’Arte Gandharica. Since our goal is a SKOS thesaurus that we can use as a linked data vocabulary, this post covers the conversion of the abstract…

Sting Like a Bee?

The blog category ‘Student Essays’ collects a selection of excellent student contributions which emerged from classes taught by our Potsdam Postcolonial Chairs. This essay was written in Prof. Sarah Casteel’s class Memory and Migration (summer semester 2021), which explored the relationship between memory, migration, and aesthetic representation, taking into consideration the role…
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