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Powerful Bundles: The Materiality of Protection Amulets in Early Modern Switzerland

By Eveline Szarka If you shop around for a protection amulet today, you will most likely stumble upon ornamental jewellery. More often than not these pieces are round in shape, and pieces featuring Kabbalistic or runic symbols are especially popular....
From: The Recipes Project on 24 Sep 2020

The unbook and the library

This last weekend saw a small conference take place on the campus of UEA, entitled ‘Early Modern Matters. Materiality and the Archive’, most ably organised by two graduate students there, Blessin Adams and Anna Wyatt. They had invited me to...

The Revolutionary Roots of Modern ID Cards

By Jose Ragas It is hard to imagine that modern-day identity or ID cards owe their form to revolutionary events, which transpired two centuries ago. During upheavals against Ancien Regime colonial powers, revolutionary leaders implemented internal passports...
From: Age of Revolutions on 26 Sep 2016

Seeing, touching and feeling the divine: materiality and devotion in religious cloisters

“Madonna of the Rosary” by Lorenzo Lotto (1539). Image Courtesy of Wikiemedia Commons.By Julie Hotchin and Claire Walker Monastic cloisters provide fertile ground for exploring how emotions might be learned in a religious space designed and...
From: Histories of Emotion on 17 Mar 2016

Emotion, Memory, Photography

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESGroup activity, For Future Reference, Kelvin Lau (2015 By Penelope Lee, CHE Education and Outreach Office, The University of Melbourne  All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s...
From: Histories of Emotion on 4 Feb 2016

Quantitative Analysis with Question Marks

The fall break started two days ago, and I have had just the leisure to get back to writing a short Python script. I have been working on this project for a while, but as a newbie I just take steps forward pretty slowly. The script I am working on is...
From: Tudor and other studies on 27 Oct 2015

"It belongs in a museum". But... why?

"It belongs in a museum." No one has the same authority as iconic movie star archaeologist Indiana Jones, the heritage super hero par préférence, when he confronts the evil villains who want to sell off historic artifacts for profit. The...

The materiality of textiles and clothing – A workshop

A few weeks ago we organised with our Ph.D. student Vivi Lena Andersen the second workshop associated with early modern textile and clohting reserach programme, Costume, Clothing, Consumption and Culture (CCCC), run between the centre and the National...
From: Global Encounters on 30 Jun 2014

Renaissance Society of America NYC 2014 – Religious Materiality

Prior to the start of this year’s Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in New York, five members of the team engaged in two days of intensive Met-trawling. We had come up with a wish-list of objects and – thanks to the generosity of the Metropolitan...

I Wish You Were Here: The art of displaying a loss

OK, let it be said at once: This post is not a happy piece. It could be blamed on the season, including the beginning of Lent when mortality and vanity is the ever present narrative at least for church attendants, and when my fellow Scandinavians ask...

Domesticating the Medusa

 When working on a long-term creative project such as a PhD, it is fascinating (and also a little scary) to follow the winding trail of one's own thoughts: circling around shifting themes, digging deep in details that might prove useful (or not),...

When did Saint Lucy team up with the Gingerbread Men? How to recycle a Saint.

Being a temporary resident in Rome, not much of mine and my family's everyday life and routines are the same as back home in Sweden. One thing though seems hardly impossible to escape as a Swede, no matter where in the world one reside or travel: the...

What's in a kiss, anyway?

Just at the end of Spring semester this year, I was preparing a paper for a workshop I was co-organizing on Gender, Emotions and Material Culture in Scandinavian History. The workshop was hosted by UGPS Umeå Group for Premodern Studies, UCGS Umeå...

It all started with a headless Jesus

Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus. 15th century sculpture in Strängnäs cathedral (Sweden)Every so often in the enigmatic world of Academia, when confronted with the arduous work of clever colleagues, a question springs to mind: How on earth...

Byproducts of death: Thoughts on the fate of bones

Head of Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) In my department, Culture and Media Studies, a group of likeminded colleagues has started to discuss and write on various topics connected to the research field called Death Studies. It all started...

Authenticity and the irresistible desire to touch

I couldn't resist. I just had to touch the column beside the place where the 9th century Viking Halfdan once carved his name while visiting the by then already 300 year old church of Hagia Sophia. It was mind-boggling.Finally home again after a long journey...

The materiality of a digital edition

In what sense can one talk about the materiality of a digital edition? This question sounds rather odd, as a digital edition, a digital text does not have, is not constituted by matter in the straightforward and simple manner. A digital text is processed...
From: Tudor and other studies on 17 Feb 2013

Journal Special Issue: New Directions in Early Modern Correspondence

Those seeking to balance the port and mince pies this holiday season with some state-of-the-art reflections on early modern epistolarity are in luck: the latest issue of Lives & Letters – the free online journal of UCL’s Centre for Editing...

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This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

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This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

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This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

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In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.