On St John’s Day

There is writing and there is making readable. The difference between both is about the time that elapsed since my last post, in which I fine-tuned the main part of the habilitation document, added bibliographical references, wrote conclusion and introduction, added illustrations, etc. Last week, at long last, I could hand it over  to the institution where I hope to be able to defend it in December.

The end of this effort left me surprised, ajar, almost taken aback. I spent a week wanting to walk and think and do nothing else (needless to say, there were things to do though). It is like if the time that has been compressed for two crazy months is now distending and trying to find back again to its real shape. Continue reading “On St John’s Day”

Laudatio ad “Manifesto Corpus” #dhpreis16

(dies ist der Text meiner Laudatio vom 7. Juni 2016, gehalten an der BBAW aus Anlass der Verleihung des Berliner Digital Humanities-Preises 2016)

Meine sehr verehrten Damen und Herren,

es ist mir ein großes Vergnügen, Ihnen dieses Jahr den Gewinner des 1. Berliner Digital Humanities-Preises vorstellen und ans Herz legen zu dürfen.

Damit Sie die Entscheidung der Jury für das auserwählte Projekt verstehen, möchte ich Ihnen zunächst eine Frage stellen oder besser gesagt, Sie nach Ihrer Einschätzung fragen: Meinen es die Politikerinnen und Politiker wirklich ernst mit ihren Versprechungen? Machen Sie das, was sie angekündigt haben, tun zu wollen? Wissen wir wirklich, was in den Wahlprogrammen steht und was darin nicht steht? Continue reading “Laudatio ad “Manifesto Corpus” #dhpreis16″

A New Year’s Eve

I have dreaded the approach of 2016 for quite some time. I had a nagging feeling about turning 40 in 2016 and having achieved nothing. But something changed, somehow, at some point. While I spent the whole Christmas break working on copy-editing a volume and improving my introduction to it (an activity that has become my personal Christmas ritual over the last few years), I did not feel the weight of results to be achieved – fast – or else – be condemned to doom on whatever Academic doomsday is deciding about our destinies. This is how the previous years ended: not having done all the work, additional work coming, expectations rising higher, and still feeling like having achieved close to nothing. New Year’s Eve was a climax of unachieved things and even more expectations piling up.  Continue reading “A New Year’s Eve”

Turning a page

You all know the reason why I have been such a poor blogger recently. I have been trying to help on an organisational level with the wave of refugees that keeps coming in Berlin. It started with filling the truck of the car at IKEA’s a the end of July, continued with sorting clothes at the donation center and coming back home with a flea in August and Continue reading “Turning a page”

I shall not rest (after the Paris attacks, November 14th)

I am a very lucky person. If things go according to plan, I will be able to submit my habilitation in 2016. It turned out very recently that my research of the last 10 years is rich enough to be submitted as an habilitation à diriger des recherches in France. It even turned out that the one person I would like to have as the supervisor of a work that I wish to handle on a fairly theoretical level agrees to do so. And it also turns out that my articles suffice and I don’t have to reach in an additional unedited monograph. Continue reading “I shall not rest (after the Paris attacks, November 14th)”