Humanities Commons

Posted in resources by Editor on May 29, 2017

For many of us, summer means catching up on one’s scholarly profiles: filing activity reports, updating CVs, reformatting personal websites, and uploading academic papers. Now you have a new set of options with a new platform: Humanities Commons, a nonprofit, open-access network, built with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

As described on the ‘About’ page for HC:

Humanities Commons was designed by scholarly societies in the humanities to serve the needs of humanists as they engage in teaching and research that benefit the larger community. Unlike other social and academic communities, Humanities Commons is open-access, open-source, and nonprofit. It is focused on providing a space to discuss, share, and store cutting-edge research and innovative pedagogy—not on generating profits from users’ intellectual and personal data.

The network also features an open-access repository, the Commons Open Repository Exchange. CORE allows users to preserve their research and increase its reach by sharing it across disciplinary, institutional, and geographic boundaries. Developed in partnership with Columbia University’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, CORE is underwritten by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities.

In December, Inside Higher Ed noted the launch of the beta version.

In a March posting for ACRLog, the blog of the Association of College & Research Libraries, Lily Troia interviewed Nicky Agate, Head of Digital Initiatives in the Office of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association. The posting provides a useful introduction to Humanities Commons and how it differs from commercial services such as Academia.edu.

CAA is one of four societies currently participating, and the hub, CAA Commons, is scheduled for release in the coming weeks (months?). In the meantime (and at least at this point, it’s not obvious what additional features might be available with CAA Commons), anyone is invited to register, establish a profile, create a website (in cooperation with WordPress), upload papers, and start setting up groups. Groups can be public, private, or hidden. More information is available from the Guides and FAQ sections.

Craig Hanson







New Book | Miniatur-Geschichten: Indian Painting at Dresden

Posted in books by Editor on May 29, 2017

Published by Sandstein Verlag and distributed in the U.S. by ISD:

Monica Juneja and Petra Kuhlmann-Hodick, eds., Miniatur-Geschichten: Die Sammlung indischer Malerei im Dresdner Kupferstich-Kabinett (Dresden: Sandstein Verlag, 2017), 256 pages, ISBN: 978  39549  82714, $28.

Two collections, hitherto all but unknown, of Indian painting from the late 17th and early 18th centuries, which are part of the Dresden Copper Plate Cabinet, are the focus of these miniature stories. An inventory of the art collections of the Saxon Elector August the Strong, drawn up in 1738, lists a number of albums with portraits of Indian rulers and princes. In 1848, this collection was enlarged by a donation of 78 works, more diverse in terms of subject matter, from the estate of the German linguist and Indologist August Wilhelm Schlegel.

The catalog offers a representative selection of the Dresden inventory which was enriched by the recent donation of a Shahnama manuscript from Kashmir. The exhibition presents this inventory in the context of loans from Mumbai, London, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Eleven essays in German and English discuss the background of, and provide insights into, the fascinating world of Indian painting.




with English summaries / mit deutschen Zusammenfassungen

• Petra Kuhlmann-Hodick, Berührungspunkte: Werke indischer Malerei im Dresdner Kupferstich-Kabinett
• Monica Juneja, Sehen, Begehren, Sammeln: Ästhetische Wahrnehmungen in den frühmodernen Bildkulturen Südasiens
• Vandana Prapanna, The Collections of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
• Dipanwita Donde, Portraiture in Mughal Manuscripts: Re-Mapping the Portrait of Akbar between 1600 and 1700
• Ursula Weekes, Medallion Portraits in India and Europe
• Pauline Lunsingh Scheurleer, Indian Miniatures for Europe: The Dutch Market in the 17th and 18th Centuries
• Dirk Syndram, Der »Thron des Großmoguls«: Ein königlicher Traum vom Fernen Osten
• Roger Paulin, August Wilhelm Schlegel und Indien
• Jürgen Hanneder, August Wilhelm Schlegel als Indienforscher
• Olaf Simon, »… wie du hier sehen kannst«: Kunsttechnologische Untersuchungen und Restaurierung der indischen Bestände des Dresdner Kupferstich-Kabinetts
• Neha Berlia, From Timur to the Marathas: Dynasties of India as Represented in Late 17th- to Early 18th-Century Portrait Albums in European Collections


Sammlungsgeschichten. Heucher 1738 – Schlegel 1848

Blicke in die Welt indischer Malerei
Darbar und darshan. Porträtkunst und höfische Repräsentation
Prinzessinnen, Asketen, Helden. Genreszenen und Illustrationen
Zur Praxis der Miniaturmalerei

Die Gegenstandswelt der indischen Malerei
Aus den Rüstkammern indischer Fürstenhöfe
Aus dīwān, mardāna und zenāna
Götterbilder und Gebetsketten
Zahlungsmittel im Mogulreich

Kultureller Austausch
Motiv-Wanderungen zwischen Indien und Europa
Berichte und Reisebeschreibungen der Barockzeit

August Wilhelm Schlegel. Indologe und Sammler





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