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On the Value of Human Rights

Dies ist ein Gastbeitrag von Florian Hoffmann. Er ist Teil des Symposiums „Constitutions of Value“ (Projekt 03) und wurde zuvor auf dem Verfassungsblog veröffentlicht. Human rights engage questions of value, values and valuation. However, to directly inquire about the ´value of rights´ has long been seen as sacrilegious by many…

Self-Help in Times of Corona: Vigilance vs. Positive Thinking?

by Loredana Filip Leaflet in shopwindow, 23.04.2020, Munich. Photograph: Alina EnzensbergerA battle between fear and hope, anxiety and positivity, panic and opportunity. This is how the coronavirus crisis is sometimes depicted. Not only as a battle against a virus, but also an inner struggle between our feelings of hope and…

Public Morality vs. Privacy?

The Coronavirus crisis offers many points of reflection about privacy. My colleagues Anni Haahr Henriksen, Natália da Silva Perez, Natalie P. Koerner, and Natacha Klein Käfer have excellently dealt with many of them. One major issue is represented by the increasing governmental powers of surveillance. On the pretext of preventing…

Book Review: Bergson’dan Mustafa Şekip’e Gülme (Laughing from Bergson to Mustafa Şekip), Aktif Düşünce Yayınları, 2015

Gözde Han, Yıldız Technical University Laughing from Bergson to Mustafa Şekip is a book which mainly analyses Mustafa Şekip Tunç’s adaptation and translation of Henry Bergson’s Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic (Le Rire; essai sur la signification du comique). The authors of the book, Levent Bayraktar…

The market as a ʻrigged gameʼ? Economic value and the challenge of ecologically unequal exchange

Dies ist ein Gastbeitrag von Oliver Schlaudt. Er ist Teil des Symposiums „Constitutions of Value“ (Projekt 03) und wurde zuvor auf dem Verfassungsblog veröffentlicht. The epoch of overt colonialism is over. Violent exploitation of the colonies has been replaced by interactions through the international market, often within the frame of…

Would COVID-19 trigger ‘Creative Destruction’ in Africa? Overview, mitigation and implications for businesses in Ghana Emmanuel Yeboah-Assiamah Researcher, University of Ghana and GCRF Fellow, University of Manchester

IntroductionThe concept of creative destruction was coined by Joseph Schumpeter (1942) to connote an incessant product and process innovation mechanism by which new production units replace outdated ones which has been regarded as an essential fact of capitalism. How has the dreaded COVID-19 exposed the structural weaknesses of the African…

My Article on a Chinese Pirate Queen

Huang Bamei and Faina Chiang Fang-liang. Source: Academia Historica, 005-030203-00006, “Jiang Fang-liang zhaopian ziliao jiji” (1949, 4) A few weeks ago, I published an article on the life of Huang Bamei 黃八妹 (1906–1982)— a female bandit, pirate queen, guerrilla leader, and women’s organization coordinator. I wrote this article because I…

The “Gap” Problem: Law in Books vs. Law in Action

by Yingxin (Emma) He What will happen after an international judicial body makes a binding decision that requires one state to comply with its obligations under international law? It is quite natural for a lawyer to assume that it will establish a deterrent for other states and will lead to…

Thematic analysis in HCI

Braun and Clarke’s thematic analysis has become a staple of qualitative HCI research. Here’s how to get started with their reflexive Thematic Analysis method and why themes don’t emerge. In 2015 at the very beginning of my PhD, my advisor gave me a simple yet essential advice for academic writing: look…

Bə-‘ēmeq ha-bākā (Psalms 84:7): non-lachrymose interpretations of the verse in David Qimḥi’s Commentary

The paronymic way of interpreting בָּכָא bākā in בְּעֵמֶק הַבָּכָא bə–‘ēmeq ha-bākā (Psalms 84:7) as connected with the root בכי/–ה bky/-h “to cry” is already attested in the Septuagint where the Hebrew phrase is rendered by εἰς τὴν κοιλάδα τοῦ κλαυθμῶνος. 1 This translation paved the way to the emergence of…

Who’s Playing the Blame Game? – An Analysis of Media Framing of China and COVID-19 in The New York Times

By Shasha Lin and Hien Le Pham On January 6, 2020, The New York Times (hereafter “NYT”) published its first report on COVID-19 with the headline “China Grapples with Mystery Pneumonia-Like Illness.” This mysterious virus was later described by its reporter Denise Grady as “a deadly Chinese coronavirus” on January…

Value-capture, Development and Social Reproduction in International Trade Law

Dies ist ein Gastbeitrag von Donatella Alessandrini. Er ist Teil des Symposiums „Constitutions of Value“ (Projekt 03) und wurde zuvor auf dem Verfassungsblog veröffentlicht. Various reports published by International Economic Institutions, including the World Trade Organisation (WTO), stress the significance of Global Value Chains (GVCs) for development. The common claim…

Conversion and Urbanity in Early Modern Germany (Part 1)

In September 1652, Petrus Overier came to Leipzig. His life had been an itinerant one and he had been to many places in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, as Germany was called at that time. He had been in Limburg, Bamberg, Fulda and many other places. In…

New Agers and the Spies who Loved us

by Jim Hickman Beginning in 1972, I spent three decades collaborating with Soviets researching exceptional human abilities including parapsychology, all modes of healing, accelerated learning, shamanism, and what the Soviets called “hidden human reserve capacities”.  My experiences included adventures with Soviet President Gorbachev, three US Presidents, Hot Tub Diplomacy with the Soviet elite, Rock ‘n Roll…

Epigrammetry anniversary, Part II: All that can go wrong Science Blogging for the 1st time and Hooray to bold ideas

As you’ve already learned in last week’s post we’ve had our first blog anniversary and wanted to make a summary for you of what happened and what topics have  moved us over the last year. When we first started out, we tought the thematic focus would be a bit different…

The Constitution of Non-Monetary Surplus Values

Dies ist ein Gastbeitrag von Günter Teubner. Er ist Teil des Symposiums „Constitutions of Value“ (Projekt 03) und wurde zuvor auf dem Verfassungsblog veröffentlicht. “The value of commodities that is valorizing itself, always striving for its own increase, is the ‘automatic subject’ of society, constituted by human beings by their…