Kategorie: Max Weber Stiftung

Into a bicycle history of the Middle East

And now, to something completely different: the bicycle in Middle Eastern History. Whereas today the bicycle is – arguably – mostly known as a vehicle for leisure, around 1900 it was not only a major means of individualized transportation but it also stipulated the restoration and expansion of road networks that would make the automobile viable, and bicycle races inspired public attention and drew crowds that today seem unimaginable. Moreover, this early history of the bicycle is intricately connected to histories of colonialism, modernity, and … Continue reading Into a bicycle history of the Middle East

Labour’s Nostalgia — Review

Richard Jobson’s book Nostalgia and the Post-War Labour Party: Prisoners of the Past looks at the ways nostalgia has been used in conflicts within the Labour Party from the 1950s almost to the immediate presen. I reviewed the book for the History Workshop Journal. Nostalgia has become a pervasive term in politics. Both Brexit and Trump with their demands to ‘Take Back Control’ and ‘Make America Great Again’ have been described as nostalgic projects, driven by outmoded and anachronistic values and ideas. For obvious reasons, right-wing and … Continue reading Labour’s Nostalgia — Review

Let’s talk survival bias

How many manuscript copies were produced of any given texts? How many were circulating at any given time? When were they lost, discarded or destroyed?  How often are the works penned on their pages cited in other texts by the same or different authors? These questions lie at the very heart of our epistemology and are usually subsumed under the term ‘survival bias’. Works that survive longer obviously have a greater chance at being read, recited, reproduced, acknowledged. And it is today commonly assumed … Continue reading Let’s talk survival bias

Summer Readings

With the conference season finally coming to an end, academics or other researchers might want to reflect and think back on past events. I want to draw your attention to two opportunities for summer readings with reports on past events accessible online: – the reports on sessions of the International Medieval Congress 2018 in Leeds are online. Some are even written by your humble scribe of these few lines, so some do even concern medieval games and competitions. Don’t forget to check them out! …

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Call for Applications 2018: Travel Grants for Research in China

Apply now for travel grants to do research in China. The Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad (MWS) – awards travel grants once a year, with the generous support of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. The grants will be awarded to scholars from sinology or related subjects, whose professional qualification phase (PhD and postdoc) is concerned with Chinese history, language or culture in the broadest sense and for whose research a stay in China is indispensable. Every year, two travel grants will be awarded […]

Visualizing Ibn Tulun’s manuscript corpus: (1) From Palladio towards Gephi

It has been a while since I presented my first visualizations of Ibn Tuluns manuscript corpus with Palladio. Palladio is an easy-to-learn tool that works in your browser and thus is independent of your operating system. You just put your data in several simple tables and upload them there. Then you create the relevant connections between the tables in the interface. Basically, all you need is one table for the entities to be connected (nodes) and one for the connections between them (edges). Also, … Continue reading Visualizing Ibn Tulun’s manuscript corpus: (1) From Palladio towards Gephi

Von Wissenschaftsblogs, täglichem ‚trouble shooting‘ und pflanzenkundlichem Nerdtum

Seit der Gründung von de.hypotheses.org hat sich Bloggen auch in den deutschsprachigen Geisteswissenschaften als akademisches Genre etabliert. Von Beginn an haben die MWS und ihre Institute sich für das wissenschaftliche Bloggen eingesetzt. Im Gespräch gibt uns Ulla Menke, in der Geschäftsstelle der MWS zuständig für das Community Management und die Redaktion von de.hypotheses, einen Einblick in ihre Arbeit.

Krieg gegen Katholiken?

Kaum waren die Unruhen in Böhmen losgebrochen, kamen Gerüchte auf. Ob die Ereignisse in Prag nicht das Fanal für weitere Aktionen im Reich seien? Gerade bei katholischen Reichsfürsten verstärkten derartigen Nachrichten ohnehin vorhandene Ängste. Bezeichnend ist der Brief Herzog Maximilians … Weiterlesen

readme.txt: „Mein litauischer Führerschein – Ausflüge zum Ende der Europäischen Union“

Lesen, Schreiben und Publizieren sind die Essenz von „Geisteswissenschaften als Beruf“. In dieser Folge von readme.txt beantwortet uns Felix Ackermann, wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Deutschen Historischen Institut Warschau, vier Fragen zu seinem 2017 erschienenen Buch „Mein litauischer Führerschein – Ausflüge zum Ende der Europäischen Union“.

Vernetzte Wissenschaft in einer globalisierten Gesellschaft

Geisteswissenschaft als Beruf im Ausland – Was kann man sich darunter vorstellen? In „Weltweit vor Ort“, dem Magazin der MWS, geben Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler einen Einblick in das spannende Arbeitsfeld der internationalen geisteswissenschaftlichen Forschung. In diesem Artikel berichten Thomas Kirchner und Marlen Schneider, DFK Paris, von der ersten Frühjahrsakademie für chinesische Promovierende und Postdocs am DFK Paris.