Category: #dhiha5

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Battle plan for the winter

First of all and in order to dissipate any misunderstanding that may be involved by the reading of this otherwise fine and informative blog post, I would like to specify that my mind is not made up yet about the Deutsche Bahn, but should be soon. I will have the pleasure to be working at the Stuttgart Research Center for Text Studies this winter and will then be given plenty of opportunities to let you know what I think of the Berlin-Stuttgart connection and especially how rail compares to flight. 

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Of those three languages I live in (a sequel to #dhiha5)

Manifesto, Manifest, manifeste After publishing the English version of the manifesto for young researchers in DH in July, the German translation went online in August and the French one in September. I was part of the elaboration of all three of them. For my personal linguistic formation, the order in which the versions were conceived was strange, considering that it went from the language I know the less good to the one I know best. Conceiving the original English version was complicated by the fact that a vast majority of the task force that conceived and wrote it consisted of...

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DH Too Human?

On my way back from #dhiha5, the airlines on strike combined with the floods that block German trains at Berlin’s doors are offering me plenty of time (too much, really) to think about those two days. What was most important in the end? Was it the manifesto taking a real manifesto-ish shape? Was it the unease at being asked times and again by senior researchers to keep lobbying the decision takers restlessly until they hear us? “How are we in any position to do that?”, echoed the tweets as the conference was about to be concluded. How much politics does...

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Des papillons au plafond

La situation d’attente de l’audition pousse au cauchemar. La nuit passée, j’avais ainsi deux concurrentes préalablement déclarées meilleures que moi avant même l’audition, je levais les yeux et trouvais, au plafond, une multitude de papillons, les uns petits, les autres plus grands, blancs, avec des taches noires. Sans savoir ce qu’ils symbolisent, l’image ne me quitte plus dans mes préparatifs pour cette audition allemande, qui s’avère bien différente de l’audition francaise. Mes auditions à des postes de maître de conférences en France, de 2003 à 2005, avaient été des échecs cuisants non seulement au niveau institutionnel, mais au niveau psychique...

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#dhiha5 Panel 4 on Recognition of persons and performances in DH and career perspectives in France and Germany

Since putting together and polishing the text took me all the time I usually have to write on this blog, I would like to invite you, my dear reader, to have a look at the (longer) blog post I contributed to for the next “DH at the German Historical Institute in Paris” conference. The text is in English – this is just how German-French we all are – Click here!