Monthly Archive: May 2013

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Perfection is not an option

A series of events seem to be forcing me to ask myself what my scholarly accomplishments are really worth, at least to me. The first opportunity came in the form of the question bluntly asked during the interview for the ProFIL  programme “Would you say you are proud of your accomplishments?” I was on my guard by then, since it was a situation in which I wanted to be hired. And when it is so, you try to be as honest as possible AND to give the interviewers the answer you suppose they want to hear (I guess that it...

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Transcription vs. edition?

There are those times, you know, when you are being dragged from one task to another, day after day, and come evening, are plainly exhausted without understanding why it is so, because you don’t feel like you have achieved anything.  You run from one fire to the other, trying to keep emergencies from burning the whole place down. These phases, I know it now, pass. But they require resilience and faith in their finiteness to be survived to. Yes, summer will come, and we will just drink beers and be a bunch of people that are happy to be gathered...

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Calling – Elvis?

Since the German Ministry of Research issued a call for applications specific to eHumanities with two types of funding (junior research group and center) in January, not a week goes by that I don’t hear of a new application. The call has two deadlines, one by the end on this May and one in May 2014. The fact that so many people are rushing on this call came to me in the first place as a surprise, especially regarding the amount of projects competing for the title of “center”. After two months, some kind of resignation took over the surprise....

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What’s new on the web

I have been announcing it for months, it is there at last: our new interface! There are still a few details to be improved (the rollover with names poping up on the authors’ pictures or the new favicon that seems to have been lost in the process for instance), but this is mostly it. The general idea was to improve the aesthetics of the edition as well as the navigation. Here too, a few improvements still need to be done on the genres, topics and repositories main pages in order for their architecture to be made more obvious than the...

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Quatre jours et les lilas, en mémoire

Il ne reste plus que quatre jours avant le 15 mai. Ce sera le premier anniversaire de l’accident de voiture de mon père et de l’accusation de plagiat. Depuis un mois, l’approche de cette date anniversaire devient de plus en plus oppressante, au point de m’empêcher de travailler. Je réalise que mes souvenirs de l’apparition de certaines fleurs l’année dernière sont inexistants, recouverts par les couloirs d’hôpital, les trajets en train rivée à mon ordinateur pour formuler telle ou telle prise de position pour contrer l’accusation de plagiat. La collusion de l’événement personnel, familial et de l’événement professionnel, a été...