Kategorie: Digitale Geisteswissenschaft

On the road with W.G. Sebald

Comes over one an absolute necessity to move—when reading Sebald. Sebald’s writing may be a lot of different things but whatever it is, it is definitely writing on the move. Perhaps that is one reason why he is better-known in Britain than in Germany, where travel writing is less of fixture, as is Sebald. Given a famously ambivalent attitude to his country of birth—perhaps another reason—his literature, too, was roaming in more sense than one, obviously so in The Rings of Saturn—subtitled An English … Continue reading On the road with W.G. Sebald

German Migrants and the Circulation of Buddhist Knowledge between Germany and British Ceylon

Germans translated Buddhist texts in Germany, and they migrated to British Ceylon in order to get closer to Buddhism. Their Buddhist practices ended up changing Buddhism’s relationship to texts in their South Asian home.

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Notes from the Archives: The Absent Presence of U.S. Army Surgeon Charles Francis Mason

In August 2019, the city of Bielefeld, home to about 340,000 people in northwest Germany, launched a new marketing campaign based on an old internet joke. In 1994, Achim Held, a computer science student at the University of Kiel, had jokingly spread the rumor that Bielefeld did not actually exist.1 Twenty-five years later, the city’s … Continue reading Notes from the Archives: The Absent Presence of U.S. Army Surgeon Charles Francis Mason

17. April 1620: Söldner außer Rand und Band

Ein Regiment anzuwerben, war schon kostspielig genug. Eine solche Truppe dann dauerhaft zu versorgen und zu bezahlen, führte schnell die begrenzte Leistungsfähigkeit frühmoderner Staatlichkeit vor Augen. Diese Erfahrung machten alle Parteien, die sich im Frühjahr 1620 auf den Krieg vorbereiteten. … Weiterlesen

readme.txt: „Illuministi e i demoni. Il dibattito su magia e stregoneria dal Trentino all’Europa”

Lesen, Schreiben und Publizieren sind die Essenz von “Geisteswissenschaften als Beruf”. In dieser Folge von readme.txt beantwortet Riccarda Suitner, wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin für frühe Neuzeit am DHI Rom, vier Fragen zu ihrer Herausgeberschrift „Gli Illuministi e i demoni. Il dibattito su magia e stregoneria dal Trentino all’Europa, Rom, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura”.

How to deal with digital sources as a history student – workshop report part 1

Many graduate history students will be familiar with the moment (or phase) in their studies when they have to make a decision about the topic of their final thesis. Some students may already know the topic early on. Others may take a few productive detours on their way to developing their final thesis topic. I am a history student from Germany who is working on the final thesis and in the latter category. With this blog contribution, I would like to share insights into … Continue reading How to deal with digital sources as a history student – workshop report part 1