found in Yana Moskaluk
Last year, we made ten geopolitical predictions, which we thought would occur over the next decade. This year, we look back on what we believe are the ten most important events of the previous ten years, whose significance is such that they will shape profoundly the rest of the twenty-first century:
9. Turkey repositions itself in the Middle East
The victory of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey in 2002 accelerated Ankara?s shift away from a near-exclusive focus on the European Union and the Atlantic Alliance. The country has an increasingly multi-vector approach to foreign policy, looking east and south as well as west. With seventy-eight million people and a rapidly growing population, the last decade saw Turkey put in place the foundations on which to build up its power in the Middle East.
and a roundup:
from Somatosphere by Eugene Raikhel
In Claude Lévi-Strauss: The Poet in the Laboratory , Patrick Wilcken has written the biography not just of a man, but of an intoxicating intellectual moment. This was the moment of structuralism, a new way of thinking about human culture that emerged in France in the 1950s and enjoyed a worldwide vogue. The literary critic Roland Barthes, the cultural historian Michel Foucault, the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan?all were structuralists of one sort or another, and all declared their indebtedness to Claude Lévi-Strauss, the founder of ?structural anthropology.?
This year conversation about transliteracy has really taken off amongst North American librarians. Bobbi Newman’s work initiated a lot of interest resulting in a great collaborative blog Libraries and Transliteracy and gave rise to many other blog posts and discussions which come through to me almost every day via Google Alerts. Recently Google brought me a discussion on David Rothman’s post Commensurable Nonsense (Transliteracy) which starts “It is entirely possible that I?m just dense, but everything I?ve read recently about libraries and ?transliteracy? seems like nonsense to me.” That post has set off a long argument which seems to involve just about every US-library-related name I’ve come across in the last year, and it continues in the comments to a follow-up post.
College technologists and e-mail providers say that, in the campus context, reports of the death of e-mail have been greatly exaggerated. more
New book collects a range of essays looking at how 9/11 has affected academic freedom. more