Launch events for ERNiE - the book

Joep Leerssen

The Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe has been officially launched on 16 May at Central European University, Budapest. A Round Table was held on the topic of Romantic Nationalism as a historical and a contemporary phenomenon and on its transnational analysis, and a first copy was presented to CEU’s Rector, Michael Ignatieff.

Within The Netherlands, a launch event will be held on 4 June at Spui25 in Amsterdam, with José van Dijck (President, Royal Netherlands Academy of Science), Fred Weerman (Dean, Humanities Faculty, University of Amsterdam) and Michael Wintle (Director, Huizinga Institute).

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Canonicity visualization tool online

Joep Leerssen


The website of the Netherlands Royal Library now shows an interactive tool visualizing the relative canonicity over time of a selected number of historical Dutch figures. The tool was built with nodegoat technology (also used in ERNiE) and the underlying research was done by Joep Leerssen during his tenure as Royal Library Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies. More at http://lab.kb.nl/tool/canot.

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ERNiE website now adding postage stamps

Joep Leerssen


Postage stamps are the ultimate form of “banal nationalism”. Spread in great variety and in huge numbers, they imprinted a national brand on all written communication throughout the 20th century. The European corpus of nationally-branded postage stamps is far too huge to admit full coverage within ERNiE, but a selection will be given under the rubric “CURRENCY”. That rubric used to contain only banknotes but now also accommodates postage stamps; the search bar allows users to choose between the two.
The metadata are hyperlinked and clickable, allowing users to explore the connections to different cultural media. As always, the “label” icon above the samples brings up a searchable/sortable checklist.

The interest of postage stamps for SPIN is threefold. [....]

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