Monthly Archives: July 2013

Social network sites as self-portraiture

Larry Friedlander, in his article “Friending the Virgin: Some Thoughts on the Prehistory of Facebook” considers social network sites in terms of historical traditions of self-portraiture in art. The full text and pdf are available as open access, and there’s even a podcast version. Friedlander, Larry. 2011. “Friending the Virgin: Some Thoughts on the Prehistory […]

Open-Access Movement Makes Inroads Beyond Science

As usual, this Jennifer Howard article is a great read, but unfortunately it’s behind the Chronicle paywall (open only to individual or institutional subscribers): “Open-Access Movement Makes Inroads Beyond Science.” Much of the article is based on her interview with Rupert Gatti, “an economist who’s a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, and one of Open Book‘s founders […]

Report on Mali’s presidential election campaign

Re-posted from the Sahel blog (with thanks to WARA): Leo Villalón reflects on this month’s elections in Mali (“written on 20 July during a visit to Bamako in the midst of the presidential electoral campaign”): In the soul-searching mood that characterizes many discussions with Malian intellectuals about the country’s current state, one keen observer told me: “These […]

Records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania

From the British Library: Collecting and preserving the records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania in Moshi, Tanzania Following the creation of the German protectorate in 1885, German missionary societies established themselves in different parts of Tanzania. The Leipzig Mission founded its first station on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1893. By 1939 […]

Obituary for Hans Panofsky

We recently were saddened to learn from the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University that Hans Panofsky died on July 1, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin (US). From 1959 until 1991, Hans served as Herskovits Library curator…. In 1985, Hans was the recipient of the ASA’s [US African Studies Association’s] Distinguished Service to African […]

Library Box 2.0 Kickstarter

Appropriate technology may be useful for readers of this blog…the project will be funded via Kickstarter on July 28. LibraryBox is an anonymous fileserver based on cheap hardware that runs on little power and serves files to any wifi-enabled device with a browser. It is a fork of the Open Source project PirateBox, altered to be […]