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Free Audio Book Site

January 28th, 2010 by Michael Winter

Acoustical liberation of books in the public domain.

OULIPO Website

January 26th, 2010 by Michael Winter

Official website of OULIPO, or “Ouvroir de littérature potentielle”; or, roughly translated: “Workshop of potential literature.” Founded in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and Francois Le Lionnais, the organization is a is an informal gathering of largely French-speaking writers and mathematicians which seeks to create literary work based on highly experimental writing techniques.

Zusammenfassung, Hans-Georg Gadamers Hermeneutiklehre

January 25th, 2010 by Michael Winter

Zusammenfassung/Summary of Gadamer’s influential study, “Wahrheit und Methode”/”Truth and Method”. Links to two video clips, “Gadamer im Gespraech mit Ruediger Safranski.”

The Task of the Curator: Translation, Intervention, and Innovation in Exhibitionary Practice

January 21st, 2010 by Michael Winter

This one-day event will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines to discuss the role of the curator in relation to how objects are displayed in museums and galleries. The title, inspired by Walter Benjamin’s theories of translation, brings attention to the often overlooked or naturalized labor of curators, which involves subtle but nonetheless transformative acts of framing and poetic interpretation. Presenters are encouraged to “look outside of the white box” toward new and alternative display methods. Proposals are due on February 5th, 2010 (see instructions in the Call For Papers).


U.S. Congressional Serial Set Digital Edition completed 1817-1980

January 20th, 2010 by

The Digital U.S. Congressional Serial Set 1817-1980 from Newsbank/Readex is now completed.  Fuserialsetll text congressional committee documents and reports in all volumes of the Serial Set from the 15th through the 96th Congresses, Serial Set volumes Serial Set Volumes 1 – 13384, are now available.  This completes a tremendous resource and fills in gaps in holdings of early volumes of  U.S. Congressional publications.  The Serial Set is the bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the Reports and Documents of the U.S. Congress.   The database can be searched in many different ways, including by keyword to find documents or by limiting search criteria to maps or illustrations within the publications.

New Title: Habermas Handbuch. J.B. Metzler (July 2009).

January 20th, 2010 by Michael Winter

Klappentext vom Verleger/Publishers’ blurb: “Von der Schelling-Dissertation bis zu den Europa-Texten Zu Werken und Kontexten, Rezeption und politischen Debatten Die zentralen Begriffe im Überblick: Diskursethik, Erkenntnisinteresse, Öffentlichkeit, Weltbürgergesellschaft etc. Mit Bibliografie und Register/From the Schelling dissertation down to the most recent works on the European Union, and contextualized treatments of the works in between, their reception, political debates, overviews of central concepts: Discourse ethics, knowledge and human interests, the public sphere, global citizenship, and others. With bibliography and indexes.” Click here for the publishers’ page for this title.

Classics and Commercials: Book Review Site

January 20th, 2010 by Michael Winter

Observations about books by Ted Gioia

RESOURCE: Human Security Report Project

January 8th, 2010 by Roberto C. Delgadillo

The Human Security Report Project (HSRP) is based at Simon Fraser University in Canada, and it “conducts research on global and regional trends in political violence, their causes and consequences and presents its findings in a manner that is accessible to the policy and research communities, the media, educators and the interested public.” The “About” section states that the e-resources it provides through its website has effectively changed the way human security issues are understood and managed. The “Publications” link on the left hand side menu provides access to the “Human Security Brief” for 2005-2007, as well as to “Articles”, “Books”, “Book Chapters”, “Workshop Reports” and “Opinion Pieces”. The categories of data used in the HSRP are fleshed out in the “Data Resources” link on the left hand side of the page. The categories of data used are “Armed Conflict”, “Deadly Assault on Civilians”, “Terrorism”, and “Other Human Security Indicators”. The nine “Research Initiatives” of the HSRP can be accessed on the right hand side menu.