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Music is still at work even if musicians aren’t: care, reproduction, crisis

Marie Thompson (The Open University, UK) Eric Drott (University of Texas, Austin) It hardly needs to be repeated that the coronavirus outbreak and the social distancing measures enacted in response have dealt a serious blow to the already precarious livelihoods of music workers. Yet even as many musicians find themselves…

The Corona Crisis as a Political Stage

by Paula Diehl, Political Theory, History of Ideas and Political Culture, University of Kiel, Germany The Stage The Corona crisis seems to spotlight the problems and opportunities of our representative democracy. It provides a scene on which the shortcomings of our democracy become visible, but also one on which different…

Library Support for Open Access Books Workshop: the German perspective

Library Support for Open Access Books Workshop: the German perspective Workshop of COPIM, OPERAS-P and the open-access.network This summer, as part of COPIM’s WP2, we started a series of European-based workshops, aiming at gaining a better understanding of the national-specific issues surrounding collective funding for open access books from a…

Tribute to Kay Boyle

 for Ian Under a bright San Francisco starI earned my MA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State in 1968.  I had the good fortune to have Kay Boyle standing in my proverbial corner. Kay is (I use the present tense because, once set down, literature is here to stay)…

Discussing matters of legitimacy: When your dissertation paper hits too close to home

Written by Ilham Lamrani             Upon starting their master’s degree, students face a variety of issues, one of them being: what is their dissertation going to be about? Having to find something to write and read up on for months can be very daunting. Teachers usually advise students to work…

Thinking through feelings in the field

Davis, California In January, I uploaded the first account of my fieldwork on this blog. In the five months that followed, seasons flew one into the other, a global pandemic occurred, racial protests erupted, and uncertain steps towards a new normalcy have tentatively been undertaken by California residents. For my…

The Ways After

by José Gracia Bondia, Physics, University of Costa Rica “The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned” (W. B. Yeats, 1920) “COVID-19 was the lightning before the thunder” (P. Khanna & K. Khemka, 2020). 1. The bare facts 1a. A riddle, wrapped in a mystery,…

Life skills et awareness sessions (1) : le thème de l’hygiène

Par Hala Kerbage et Véronique Traverso Cette série de quatre billets présente des premières analyses interactionnelles de séances de Life Skills à destination de femmes précaires et réfugiées, enregistrées dans une ONG à Beyrouth. La recherche s’inscrit dans le cadre du projet Remilas Liban. Contexte général : les services de santé…

Love, Sincerity and Lyricism

The Elder Statesman premiered in 1958, one year after Eliot’s marriage to Valerie Fletcher, when he was nearly 70. After a difficult first marriage and traumatic separation, after decades of frustrated relationships and celibacy, Eliot fell in love. It seems inevitable to read his last play as a reflection of…

The Digital Transformation of Work: COVID-19 as a Taste of Things to Come?

By Lena Hipp After more than three months of working from home and school closures, many Germans are currently experiencing a return to what we considered “normal” before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, in light of the digital transformation, the “normal” of the future may no longer be…

Obligatory Mask, Forbidden Mask: Rigidity and Flexibility in the Brave New Normal*

by Wai Yip Ho, Sociology, Islamic Studies, Nantes Institutes for Advanced Study, France, Education University of Hong Kong France: Obligatory Masks and Observant Muslims After lifting the national lockdown caused by the outbreak of Covid-19, France made mask-wearing mandatory in public transport and high schools. The new mandate of mask-wearing…

The Backlash against Chinese-Canadians amid the COVID-19 pandemic

By: Connie Phung Bio: Connie Phung is a Ph.D. student in sociology at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. Her main research fields are cultural sociology, intellectual reputation, and the sociology of knowledge. Her doctorate research dissertation seeks to understand the circulation and reception of Pierre Bourdieu’s books in Hong Kong, as…

EEBO Bib

There you are idly scrolling through Twitter when someone announces a tempting resource that’s just crying out for TEI-ification. And there goes the afternoon and most of the evening. Anyway, creating my EEBO Bibliography in TEI was insultingly easy. I just grabbed the Excel spreadsheet (34 Mb) thoughtfully created by…

Causes and effects of groupthink bias on judges of international courts

by Philipp Günther „International Court of Justice“ by Victor R. Ruiz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   The discussion surrounding the recent judgment of the German Federal Constitutional Court on the Public Sector Purchase Programme (PSPP), in which it declared the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union to…

Dog Poo, Horse Traps, and Cat Guerilla: An Animate History of Medieval Warfare

If we look at the wide spectrum of animals depicted in late medieval pictorial manuscripts on war technology, it becomes clear that medieval warfare has to be understood as a complex and interrelated conglomerate of effects, deeds, and contributions of human and non-human lives.

Ubuntu and Rational Action Theory: Exploring two different approaches to dealing with COVID-19 pandemic

by Aminu Mamman, Professor at Manchester University Under the current global economic system underpinned by Rational Action Theory (RAT), the society is built on the idea of individualistic, competitive, goal-directed, self-interested, utility-maximizing economic man and women. The economy is viewed as central to the society and individuals are viewed to…
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