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Love as a Practice

Pleasure and worry—that well summarizes the ambivalent feelings that take hold of a person trying to choose an essay on love, among the rows of a bookshop. He knows, within his heart of hearts,...

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Shanghai: A Chinese Vision of the Universal

The Universal Exposition Shanghai 2010: Better City, Better Life was a key moment in China’s urbanisation. An ethnographic study of this great ritual founding China’s modernity uncovered the ways in which urban crowds are managed...

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Beliefs about the Geography of Research

In recent years, « academic reorganisation » policies have emerged in various countries. In countries such as Japan, France, and Germany, these initiatives encourage the grouping together of universities, and differentiating them by assigning ‘hierarchical’ roles...

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The Intimate in social networks

In his book Raison, bonnes raisons [Reason, Good Reasons] (2003), sociologist Raymond Boudon examines the « good reasons » that people invoke to explain that their actions are less irrational than they seem. Yet those actions...

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King Arthur: A 21st-Century Hero

The legend of King Arthur exists in a group of written sources and images that is constantly changing. Unlike the great texts of the Abrahamic religions (the Torah, the Bible, or the Koran), there...

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Do we need to read the texts at exhibits?

Exhibitions have become a media, produced by professionals (museographers or exhibit designers) in order to touch the public. Depending on the type of exhibit, there are various kinds of effects desired: esthetic, scientific, social,...

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Can Religions and Sciences Dialogue?

How can we explain the strong resurgence, starting in the 1980s and 90s, of interest in the relationship between religion and science and the appeals to “dialogue” between them, even though they are so...

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Digital History

In recent years, a shared space has become imperative: in our modern world of data, a revolution is underway in the humanities and social sciences. With the digitization of primary sources, historians are not...