Staff publications

CRISPR in Humans? Publication by Darian Meacham

Darian Meacham and Matthias Braun (FAU) have published a commentary in EMBO Reports on the announcement that CRISPR gene-editing tools had been used to modify the genome of babies born in China. They argue that the debate needs to go beyond issues concerning safety and informed consent to include difficult questions about inequality, risk-sharing, and vulnerability.


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New Book by Kiran Patel on Nazi Social Policies in a Global Perspective

Kiran Patel has co-edited an OUP book with Sandrine Kott (Geneva/New York) on Nazi social policies in a global perspective. Ever since the Kaiserreich, Germany had used its social policies as part of its nation branding. How did the Nazis build on that and, more importantly, how did politicians, experts, and citizens around the globe react to this?


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The Over-Extended Mind? New publication from Darian Meacham

New publication from Darian Meacham (Philosophy) and Miguel Prado (UWE, Bristol): The Over-Extended Mind? Pink Noise and the Ethics of Interaction-Dominant Systems

Abstract
There is a growing recognition within cognitive enhancement and neuroethics debates of the need for greater emphasis on cognitive artefacts.


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Erlichman publishes edited collection on post-war Germany

Camilo Erlichman has published an edited collection on ‘Transforming Occupation in the Western Zones of Germany: Politics, Everyday Life and Social Interactions, 1945-55’ (Bloomsbury: London, 2018). The book was launched in the Netherlands with a round-table discussion at the workshop ‘Towards a European History of the 1940s’, organised by Erlichman on 10 October at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam.


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Sonic Skills book by Karin Bijsterveld published in open access

‘Sonic Skills: Listening for Knowledge in Science, Medicine and Engineering (1920s-Present)’, authored by Karin Bijsterveld, has been published by Palgrave in open access format.

About the book

It is common for us today to associate the practice of science primarily with the act of seeing—with staring at computer screens, analyzing graphs, and presenting images.


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New FASoS T&L Blog post on stress among students

Media have been reporting about increased levels of stress and psychological problems among students in Higher Education. While some question to what extent this really is a serious problem, others describe this as one of the biggest challenges universities are currently confronted with.

In our latest FASoS Teaching and Learning Blog post, student advisor Pia Harbers gives her take on the matter and suggests ways in which teaching staff can act.


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‘The Global New Deal’ Goes Italian

Kiran’s prize-winning ‘The New Deal: A Global History’ (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2016) has now come out in Italian.

Il New Deal. Una storia globale was published by Einaudi, one of Italy’s leading publishing houses.

Conceptual Analysis Available in Open Access Formats

Many years ago, Sjaak Koenis and Karin Bijsterveld co-authored a very concise introductory text on Conceptual Analysis for FASoS students, in Dutch. A translation to English followed suit. They have recently updated this English translation with help of Darryl Cressman, and slightly redrafted both the Dutch and English versions of the text.


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Release of English-language edition of Ernő Munkácsi’s How It Happened

McGill-Queen’s University Press has released a critical, English-language edition of Ernő Munkácsi’s ‘How It Happened. Documenting the Tragedy of Hungarian Jewry‘. The critical edition includes an introduction by Nina Munk, a scholarly introduction by Ferenc Laczó, a biographical sketch by Susan Papp, extensive annotations and a glossary by Ferenc Laczó and László Csősz as well as maps and photos. The volume has been edited by Nina Munk.


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New FASoS T&L Blog post on academic research and writing

Academic research and writing are at the core of university studies. Just before the summer break student magazine Mosaïek published an excellent issue on research and writing with contributions by FASoS students and staff. We have just published the contribution by Patrick Bijsmans, highlighting four underestimated ways to become a better academic writer, on our FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog website.


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