14thJan2017

New ERNiE project: Book Links

In the coming years, SPIN will add a fresh project to its ERNiE strategy: Book Links. It will trace how data from book history can help us map and understand the dynamics of intellectual networks, cultural diffusion and knowledge production in 19th-century history.
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Making use of its trusted Nodegoat technology, SPIN will analyse how book publications function as links in intellectual traffic and in personal networks. This will be done by tracing re-editions (also in re-targeted adaptations, e.g. folklore or mythology for domestic or juvenile reading), translations into other languages, and various forms of textual-visual or textual-performative intermediality. In addition, the use of books as vehicles in networking and knowledge diffusion will be traced by mapping dedications and reviews.

This of course opens up a vast field. SPIN will concentrate, in the coming years, on elaborating proofs of concept in two pilot studies: the 19th-century translations and adaptations of Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley Novels and of the Grimms’ Kind- und Hausmärchen, Deutsche Sagen and Deutsche Mythologie.

These pilot projects will in turn also yield valuable experiences for a Digital Humanities approach to that exciting field where book history, literary history and intellectual history meet.
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SPIN will seek collaboration with other research partners in this venture.

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15thJul2018

ERNiE website now adding postage stamps


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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18thMay2018

Launch events for ERNiE - the book

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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