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'Culture(s) of Corruption': Media Representations and Anxieties

Subarno Chattarji
The article analyzes media representations of the anti-corruption movement in India led by Anna Hazare in 2011

Vassanji’s Toronto and Durrell’s Alexandria: The View from Across or the View from Beside?

James Gifford
The British and Canadian authors Lawrence Durrell and M. G. Vassanji do not, at first thought, call out for a comparative study. Neither are typically regarded in criticism through their origins or ethnicity. The focus instead goes to their characters and subject matter, their cosmopolitan experiences. Confusions surrounding both authors have limited biographical studies, and their distinct prose styles limit their immediate affinities—Durrell is known for lush writing and playfulness with textuality while Vassanji’s terse...

Brass Bands of the British Isles 1800-2018 - a historical directory

Gavin Holman
Of the many brass bands that have flourished in Britain and Ireland over the last 200 years very few have documented records covering their history. This directory is an attempt to collect together information about such bands and make it available to all. Over 19,600 bands are recorded here, with some 10,600 additional cross references for alternative or previous names. This volume supersedes the earlier “British Brass Bands – a Historical Directory” (2016) and includes...

The Greater Mysteries of Eleusis at Chauvet

Glen M Golub & Albert A Golub
This is the five image hypothesis for the thesis One Godz which follows.

Doing Digital History: An Institute for Mid-Career American Historians

Sheila A. Brennan & Sharon M. Leon
Historians, as a group, are reluctant and anxious to engage in digital research methods and to integrate those methods and accompanying tools into their teaching. Taking a cue from the most recent Ithaka S+R report, "Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians," the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University (RRCHNM)

Vere Gordon Childe y la Arqueología Social Latinoamericana

Marcelo Vitores
Este escrito trata sobre la vinculación entre la obra de Vere Gordon Childe y los planteos de la Arqueología Social Latinoamericana que tomó explícitamente al primero como referente y estímulo inicial de una arqueología marxista que ligara el pasado y el presente. Se revisan algunas continuidades, diferencias y convergencias entre este arqueólogo y esa corriente teórica para ilustrarnos sobre el modo en que se incorporó su legado. Sobre esta base se plantea el actual potencial...

Infographic: PPJ Formative Peer Review

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This infographic illustrates the PPJ Formative Peer Review process from start to finish.

A Dream Deferred: Nina Simone and the Work of Mourning

Richard Elliott
This talk presents work from Richard Elliott's recent book about the late singer, songwriter, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone. It focuses on Simone's reaction to what she saw as the failure of the civil rights movement and how that reaction was played out in her work from the end of the 1960s onwards, blending into a personal but still critical nostalgia in her late work. The talk also makes reference to the recent...

Why is Extremely Violent or Disgusting Subject Matter Still Inimical to Literature? Notes on Stokoe's Novel Cows

James Elkins
The essays I am posting on Humanities Commons are also on Librarything and Goodreads. These aren’t reviews. They are thoughts about the state of literary fiction, intended principally for writers and critics involved in seeing where literature might be able to go. Each one uses a book as an example of some current problem in writing.

Guest Editorial

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This special issue of Religions of South Asia is born out of this expanding area of study and collaboration between contemporary practitioners and established academic methods of study. Most of articles in this volume were first presented at an international ‘Yoga Darśana, Yoga Sādhana’ conference hosted in Kraków, Poland in May 2016. The Krakow conference was initiated by Matylda Ciołkosz and Robert Czyżykowski of the Institute for the Study of Religions, Jagiellonian University and was...

Directing the Heart: Early Rabbinic Language and the Anatomy of Ritual Space

Rachel Rafael Neis
Neis traces an expression of bodily language (kavvanat halev, literally “directing the heart”) from biblical to early rabbinic sources and demonstrates how it oriented people to the affective, physical, and spatial dimensions of prayer. Rejecting a binary that would treat such language as either mental/subjective (and thus metaphorically) or soley physical/objective , Neis argues that we must unpack the fraught meaning of such corporeal spatial terminology to understand “rabbinic concepts of body-mind, ritual technology, and...

History of North Dakota: Women’s Hockey, Higher Ed & the UND Budget

William Caraher
This is a class on the recent budget cuts at the University of North Dakota. The class has four goals: 1. To become more familiar with the complexities of the modern university and UND, in particular. 2. To encourage critical thinking about the institutional structure of higher education in the U.S. in a historical context and local context. 3. To understand the relationship between the institutional organization and the purpose of the university. 4. To...

Salvage: Macrina and the Christian Project of Cultural Reclamation

Ellen Muehlberger
While many have seen the equation between Macrina and Socrates drawn in the Treatise on the Soul and the Resurrection as Gregory of Nyssa’s attempt to honor his sister, a closer look at Gregory’s attitude about the relative power of Christianity at the end of the fourth century suggests the opposite: that the character of Macrina lends validity to Socrates and, by extension, to non-Christian intellectual traditions. In this article, I argue that the Treatise...

Rynek przekładu literackiego w Polsce po roku 2000

Krzysztof Fordonski
Presentation of Polish literary translation market at the end of 2011, a development of the article published in 2000.

Basilica Function in the Urban Landscape of Late Antique Cyprus

Erin Beatty
Past attempts at determining trends in late antique ecclesiastical architecture have generally focused on stylistic comparisons. This thesis uses data categories relating to basilica size, topography, and architectural features to compare urban basilicas and to identify various functional types of basilicas that existed in the late antique cities of Cyprus.

A Decorated Bone ‘Spatula’ from Göbekli Tepe. On the Pitfalls of Iconographic Interpretations of Early Neolithic Art

Oliver Dietrich & Jens Notroff
In 2011 a special object was discovered at Göbekli Tepe in one of the excavation trenches in the tell´s northwestern depression. The artefact was described preliminarily as a ‘spatula’ made from a rib bone. It measures 5.3 x 1.9 x 0.3 cm and carries a carved depiction that is only partially preserved. The image is unclear, however the upper part features two hatched T-shaped forms, one of which is completely preserved, the other only fragmentarily....

Rags Make Paper, Paper Makes Money: Material Texts and Metaphors of Capital

Jonathan Senchyne
Because nineteenth-century paper was made from rags, the materiality of paper money became a likely ground from which to debate the nature of value in modern capitalism. On one hand, if paper money was backed by nothing but itself, then it was worth little more than itself: a gathering of lowly rags. On the other hand, the process of turning trashed rags into valuable paper modeled how capital could seem to grow out of nothing....

Guildford cathedral: a short history

Peter Webster
An account of the commissioning and building of Guildford cathedral, placing it in its religious and artistic context. The article also includes a description of the art and architecture of the building, both interior and exterior.

Jean-Luc Nancy: a negative politics?

Andreas Wagner
Taking his critique of totalitarianizing conceptions of community as a starting point, this text examines Jean-Luc Nancy’s work of an ‘ontology of plural singular being’ for its political implications. It argues that while at first this ontology seems to advocate a negative or an anti-politics only, it can also be read as a ‘theory of communicative praxis’ that suggests a certain ethos – in the form of a certain use of symbols (which is expressed...

La fonction des niches dans les bibliothèques romaines

Alaya Palamidis
In the libraries of Celsus at Ephesus and of Rogatianus at Timgad, the function of which is attested by inscriptions, bookcases are usually reconstructed in the niches. These examples have been used to identify other buildings which contained niches as libraries. However, Lora Johnson, in her 1984 Ph.D. thesis, rightfully questioned such an interpretation of the niches. The reconstruction of bookcases seems implausible, since the access to them would have been either impossible, or at...

Colonial Entanglements and Cultic Heterogeneity on Rome's Germanic Frontier

Karim Mata
Roman expansion into the Rhineland was followed by centuries of religious entanglements that involved the interactions of individuals and communities with a variety of backgrounds, interests and agendas, and, over time, an array of cultic narratives and practices was maintained, transformed and abandoned. The notion of cultic heterogeneity used in this discussion is informed by the perception that all social constructs are reproduced through continuous affirmation vis-à-vis extent alternatives. Cultic discourse is inherently heterogeneous due...

From Humbl(e)d Beginnings

Patrick McEvoy-Halston
Exploration of how Samuel T. Coleridge creates an un-bullied self, a self that pretends it was never bullied, incrementally through his poetry.

MS Munich, Bavarian State Library, Cod. arab. 1294: A Guide to Zaydī Kalām-Studies during the Ṭāhirid and Early Qāsimite Periods (Mid-15th to Early 18th Centuries)

Gregor M. Schwarb
The article offers a bibliographical aperçu of Zaydī-Muʿtazilī Kalām-studies from the 15th through 18th centuries based on MS Munich, Bavarian State Library, Cod. arab. 1294. This codex contains ʿAbd Allāh b. Muḥammad al-Naǧrī’s as yet unedited K. Mirqāt al-anẓār, a major kalām textbook which for almost three centuries constituted the backbone of Zaydī kalām-studies. The body of the text is surrounded by extensive marginal notes (ḥawāšī) which mostly consist of quotations from a wide variety...

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