Monthly Archive: April 2012

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Herr Sommer und Frau Sonne (macrons forever)

After initiating what turned out to be an animated debate on the TEI-list, we had still not settled on anything yet concerning the Geminationsstriche on the m and the n, which still appear in the form m[m] and n[n] in the edition as it is. There were all in all two valid options: – encoding it as a macron in the form: Som& # 772;er (I had to add a few spaces for html to not transform it into an actual macron…) for Sommer and Son& # 772;e for Sonne; – encoding it as a glyph in the form: So<g...

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a word for the ladies

Almost a year ago – wait, no, I have to go back further in time. Two years ago, the Humboldt University created an award for women junior researchers. The award was to carry the name of the wife of Wilhelm von Humboldt, Caroline. The first year the award was offered was the last possible application year for me: first, because of the age limit (35 seems to be one of those symbolical numbers for which the whole institution wants you to change categories, whether you want it or not), and second, because the application requirements changed completely the year after....

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Mythos and Logos of my Mother Tongue for fr.hypotheses.org

Après dix années passées en Allemagne dont quatre intégrée à un département de littérature allemande, je croyais avoir fini par régler avec moi-même l’usage de mes deux principales langues de communication. Mon allemand professionnel est bien évidemment moins riche que mon francais (désolée, il n’y a pas de cédilles sur mon clavier allemand), mais il est fait de conventions que je maîtrise suffisamment bien pour faire illusion. Et m’étant mise aux humanités numériques, j’avais commencé à réactiver mon anglais, en particulier par l’intermédiaire de ce blog. Autre sphère de langage, autre vocabulaire, là aussi encore plus pauvre (j’estime perdre chaque...

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That’s what I call Digital Intellectuals!

The Berlin Academy of Sciences just launched a digital edition of the minutes of the work sessions that were held there between 1746 and 1786. You can consult it here: it is awesome. Not just because it looks awesome (great design, intuitive orientation, no information overload), but also because it is an actually well conceived resource – and a totally helpful one for my further work too. The originals are in French (French became the official language at the Academy under Frederick 2nd and remained it until 1810), but you can find a selection of German translations. You can search...

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The next step

In one of my favorite movies (“Ma saison préférée”, by André Téchiné, with Catherine Deneuve and Daniel Auteuil), one of the characters says at some point: The problem is not the wrong step, it is the step after. I find this assertion to be true in all kinds of circumstances. The ability to think the next step, to implement the right corrective at the right time and in the right place, is probably just as important as the ability to achieve and finish something. I knew very well that the digital edition was everything but finished when I posted the...