Monthly Archive: June 2012

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Money and Philology

It probably would have been more gentle from me to put it the other way around: Philology and Money. If money comes first and philology comes second, we are actually doomed, aren’t we? Anna and I presented the first Chamisso letters we have online to the Berliner Klassik team this morning, with Markus Schnöpf sitting at the table too. Many of the things I have been posting about these last months were evoked, sometimes only briefly, but I was surprised to see how we managed to talk about all the central aspects and questions of digital editing in such a...

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Awakening

Of course, it is not completely over yet. Neither the book nor my father’s coma. But somehow, sending in the final manuscript on the very day my father shows signs of consciousness again  is too brilliant a day to let it pass unmentioned. “The book”, as I spoke of it and wrote about it these past weeks, contains the papers of the conference I organized in Paris last November on “Les figures de l’intellectuel” in my favorite setting (France and Germany at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century). It was an interdisciplinary conference, beginning...

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Homeward Bound

We are about to apply for German citizenship. We have been living in Berlin for over 10 years now, we both have decent (in my case) to more than honorable (in my husband’s case) positions in the German academic system, our children were born in Berlin. We somehow turned to half Germans. Beyond the political aspect (it will be a relief to vote here at last), this lead me to some thinking concerning my academic identity. Have I really turned into a German scholar? Would I be able to return to France and get a position there? Does it even...

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Dear Patience

Even if personal issues or scholarly setbacks happened in the past year and half (which is how long my group exists), I have – we have – always been able to deal with it and get over it without modifying substantially our work agenda. It has to do with the solidity of the group as such, with psychological factors – and certainly, I notice it now, with the fact that, as bad as it sounded back then, it was possible to deal with it as with marginal events, without modifying the main stream of the workflow. In that sense, it...

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Love Surrogates

In terms of data architecture, we should all love surrogates. Still, they seem to me to be one of the most difficult concept to explain to people who don’t deal with organizing digital data. Today’s post is a first attempt  to explain this (hoping to be as pedagogical as possible!). It seems to be a common point of view amongst traditional humanists that having different entry points (say dates or persons or places) in a database or in a digital edition would mean that there is no underlying order to it. This might even be one major obstacle to conceiving...