I'm reading James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello's The Oil Road at the moment. I fully recommend it for its core story, but this week's events reminded me of this aside they make. In the last week of March 2009, an estimated 1,200 passengers attempted the crossing. Of these only twenty-three suravived. Hundreds of migrants went missing after two boats bound for Italy sank off Libya in separate… [read more →]
I've just come across two seminars on the economy, on equality and the like and am posting them here as much for my own records as anything. 92nd Street Y First, featuring Paul Krugman, Thomas Piketty and Joseph Stiglitz, a seminar on inequality and economics, working off Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century: NYRB seminar Second, featuring Krugman again, and a host of other economists, a… [read more →]
Oh to live in London. I'm increasingly interested in the digital humanities and -- within the limits of my capacities for understanding -- corpus linguistics and so would love to attend the First Annual Susan Hockey Lecture, hosted by UCL's Centre for Digital Humanities.
I have a suspicion that there are lots of things scholars of law could be doing from corpus linguistics, what with the vast corpus of (supposedly) stable judicial texts that we have to hand. I've been playing with some Keyword in Context analyses, on which more when I get a chance, but suspect I could be doing much more.