• Double America 2 by Glenn Ligon

    CfP GSNAS 2019: American Ambiguities

    As part of the PhD journey at the Graduate School of North American Studies, my cohort gets to organize a conference next year. We just put out the Call for Papers and are excited to read your submissions! For more information, check out our conference website. A M E R I C A N  A M B I G U I T I E S: I S   N O W   T H E   E R A   O F   O U R   D I S C O N S E N T ? Whatever happened to consensus? In the wake of World War II, the United States came to occupy what many proponents…

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    Research tools that make your life easier

    I had some fun over at Real Scientists DE this week and wanted to use this opportunity to ask researchers, which tools they find the most useful to add to my list. GitHub |R Markdown |Unpaywall | Zotero | Overleaf | ORCiD | Google Scholar Alerts and Feedly | Preprint Servers/Repositories | Podcasts | Twitter 1. GitHub What it is: GitHub is “a web-based hosting service for version control using Git” (Wikipedia). An open source alternative would be GitLab (here’s a comparison of the two). Why it’s great for research: It increases research reproducibility and transparency, facilitates collaboration, enables you to get feedback early on (or whenever you’re ready for it). GitHub takes…

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    PhD Application: Statement of Purpose

    It’s part of my daily ritual. My phone lights up, notifying me about the newest Google Scholar Alerts. I open the e-mail and scan through the latest published research articles in political science, and feel a rush of excitement as my curiosity is repeatedly sparked. Digesting article after article, my desire to do research and ask my own questions to better understand the world we live in grows stronger. This is why I want to pursue a doctoral degree at the Political Science department at the John-F.-Kennedy-Institute (JFKI) at Freie Universität Berlin. My primary research interests lie in media framing. In particular, I want to investigate partisan media’s framing of…

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    When is science credible?

    *** This article was originally posted on the OpenAIRE Blog *** The overarching goal of science is to deepen our understanding about the world we live in, and then to use this understanding, for example, to address social or medical problems. However, in order to pursue those goals effectively and efficiently, the scientific findings we base our actions on have to be credible. But how can we assess the credibility of research? Is a going through peer review enough, or being published? What if the study made it into in a “high-ranking” journal? Is that enough to deem findings credible? At best these are proxy indicators, at worst entirely false…

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    The worst of both worlds: Hybrid Open Access

    *** This article was originally posted on the OpenAIRE Blog *** ** Thank you to Mikael Laakso for the excellent feedback ** A couple weeks ago, the European Commission (EC) announced that starting with their new funding programme, Horizon Europe, they will no longer reimburse publication fees for hybrid Open Access. Previously, the EC had excluded hybrid APCs when they first introduced Open Access funds during the FP7 (Post-Grant) Open Access Pilot, but later covered hybrid Open Access in the following funding programme, Horizon 2020 (2014-2020). Hybrid Open Access describes an publishing model where some articles are made openly available, against the payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC), while other…

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    Open Science in Indonesia

    *** This article was originally posted on the OpenAIRE Blog *** *Terima kasih to Afrilya, Surya Dalimunthe, Sami Kandha Dipura, and Dasapta Erwin Irawan from the Open Science Team Indonesia for their valuble input for this post. Last month, the Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education  (IGDORE) hosted their first Open Science Meetup in Ubud, Indonesia. Despite being a small group of participants, many different nationalities, disciplines, and professions were represented. During the 5-day event, open science projects like Conscience, Curate Science, and the Open Science MOOC were presented, more general research-related topics like disclosing scientific misconduct were discussed, and Tim Sains Terbuka Indonesia (Open Science Team Indonesia) provided insight…

  • We Will Not Be Silent by TWLOHA

    Lifting the Bell Jar: Zoloft

    For Mental Health Awareness Month, I thought it was about time that I put my experiences with Zoloft into words. Because to be honest, it was a blog post like this that encouraged me to look into treatment options and make an appointment with my doctor. What is anxiety like? I could write whole books about my anxiety, but I will pin it down in ten points. As with everything in life there are good and bad days, so the following points can occur all at the same time; they can last for days or weeks; they can happen individually; or not be there at all. Everybody experiences anxiety differently,…

  • Super Helpful by Jonas Jacobsson

    Media Cloud: Explorer

    Media Cloud,  jointly run by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Center for Civic Media at MIT, is an open source, open data platform offering a suite of tools for media analysis. Media Cloud is free to use and allows you to analyze media attention and influence for topics you care about, better understand how narratives and ideas spread, and explore media trends. There already is a comprehensive webinar out there, that introduces the platform in ~20mins, so I am not going to explain how to use the tools too much, but rather give you an example of what you can do with it.…

  • Wouldn't it be nice if change took just a moment? Wouldn't it be nice if it were that easy? Midnight and we're new. Midnight and the past erased. Midnight and we're free. #WELCOMETOMIDNIGHT

    Mental Health New Year’s Resolutions

    In all honesty, 2017 tested my courage, perseverance, and hope. After cutting the (false) safety net of my eating disorder in the summer of 2016, “finishing” therapy shortly after, travelling through Southeast Asia half a year, and returning to Western world in spring 2017, I found myself having to face my personal challenges and fears head on without the distractions of foreign cultures and exciting adventures, or self-destructive coping mechanisms. How did that go? Disastrously. I was not prepared to fully experience my insecurities, inner conflicts, and downward spiralling thought loops. I don’t see any shame in openly admitting that I failed in many ways and gave in to the…

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    Mass shootings won’t change gun policies.

    Reading the news yesterday morning, I found out about another shooting in the US – a tragedy that seemingly happens every couple weeks now. When I then looked at different news sources on Twitter and how people responded to the news, all I could think was ‘these people are talking past each other with no chance of reaching their opponents’. The reason for this was, seeing that gun policy is a highly ideological and polarizing topic, that each party made their case from their own perspective based on their personal values. Think of a disagreement you had with a friend. Maybe your friend wanted you to see the new Thor…