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Looking at connections between innovation and sport: How sporting cultures identify and manage new technologies

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 15:11
Looking at connections between innovation and sport: How sporting cultures identify and manage new technologies Goldsher-Diamond, Emily The contemporary public perception of sport as heavily regulated by sets of established rules, thanks in part to popular media coverage of binding expedited decisions handed down within a 24 hour timeframe by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) during the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, can perpetuate the view that cultures of sport are orderly and negotiations within them are neat; however, this is far from the case. The view of sporting cultures as beholden to top-down regulation occludes many of the practices that embed techniques and technologies within sporting cultures. This paper seeks to explore the space often concealed by the dominant narratives that privilege governing bodies in sport, spaces that simultaneously deny agency to the multiple actors and artifacts implicated in the history of sporting technology. The project draws examples from preexisting studies on mountain biking, ultimate fighting, pole vaulting and speed skating in order to identify the processes within each sport that end up designating an object as a technology, motivations for management of that technology and the practices that eventually do or do not lead to adoption of the technology within the sport. This exercise will lead to the final section of this paper, a framework-in-progress outlining potential routes through which barefoot running, Vibram FiveFingers and other minimalist running shoes might eventually be adapted by one or more running cultures. This is partially a corrective endeavor, revealing more complicated running cultures that incorporate lived experience, and a speculative project that might aid other scholars in making connections between innovation and sport that attend to and are embedded in deeply social fields of practice.

Catholics, Carter, and the Canal: Transnational Religious Identity and Domestic Activism on Issues of Foreign Policy, 1964 - 1979

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:19
Catholics, Carter, and the Canal: Transnational Religious Identity and Domestic Activism on Issues of Foreign Policy, 1964 - 1979 Prindiville, Peter

Composing Identity: Richard Wagner’s Legacy in Divided Germany

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:18
Composing Identity: Richard Wagner’s Legacy in Divided Germany Markoff, Andrew

Les Mécontentes: Gender and Profession in Third Estate Women's Cahiers de Doléances on the Eve of the French Revolution

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:17
Les Mécontentes: Gender and Profession in Third Estate Women's Cahiers de Doléances on the Eve of the French Revolution Kokensparger, Kathleen

Oil for the Engines of China: The Standard Oil Company and the Early Mechanization of China, 1927-1953

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:14
Oil for the Engines of China: The Standard Oil Company and the Early Mechanization of China, 1927-1953 Xue, Yongle

Women and the Welfare State: Deconstructing Women’s Relationship to the State in Ecuador from 1925-1938 from the Perspective of Carol Pateman’s The Wollstonecraft Dilemma

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 09:52
Women and the Welfare State: Deconstructing Women’s Relationship to the State in Ecuador from 1925-1938 from the Perspective of Carol Pateman’s The Wollstonecraft Dilemma Borowiec, Mary

أميركا، الشرق الأوسط، والخليج نظرة عربية إلى التحديات التي تواجه الإدارة الأميركية الجديده

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 08:39
أميركا، الشرق الأوسط، والخليج نظرة عربية إلى التحديات التي تواجه الإدارة الأميركية الجديده Rami Khouri CIRS Briefs are edited transcripts of lectures hosted by CIRS or concise academic articles. They are designed to make contact with a wider readership and extend CIRS activities towards interested members of the public

استثمارات دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي في الأراضي الزراعية بالخارج: حالة كمبوديا

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 06:50
استثمارات دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي في الأراضي الزراعية بالخارج: حالة كمبوديا Multiple Authors Foreign land acquisition offers the possibility of securing reliable long-term food supplies, but has been criticized as risking exploitation of communities in host countries. This Summary Report examines Cambodia as a case study of Gulf-state land investments in developing country agriculture to develop a long-term prognosis for this going abroad strategy. The report is part of the larger CIRS study on Food Security and Food Sovereignty in the Middle East.

Miron Rezun. Saddam Hussein’s Gulf Wars: Ambivalent Stakes in the Middle East

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 09:25
Miron Rezun. Saddam Hussein’s Gulf Wars: Ambivalent Stakes in the Middle East Kamrava, Mehran

Miron Rezun. Saddam Hussein’s Gulf Wars: Ambivalent Stakes in the Middle East

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:37
Miron Rezun. Saddam Hussein’s Gulf Wars: Ambivalent Stakes in the Middle East Kamrava, Mehran

What Stands Between the Palestinians and Democracy?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:29
What Stands Between the Palestinians and Democracy? Kamrava, Mehran

Rosemarie Zahlan. Palestine and the Gulf: Presence at the Table

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 16:06
Rosemarie Zahlan. Palestine and the Gulf: Presence at the Table Kamrava, Mehran

Do women vote for women? Evidence from the Argentine National Congress

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 14:36
Do women vote for women? Evidence from the Argentine National Congress Spaccarotella, Brittany Whether or not female representation has an impact in legislative bodies across the world has been hotly debated. Much of the research indicates that female representatives have more interest in women, children, and familial issues, which become apparent in voting behavior and bill proposition. Swers (1998) finds in the U.S. that women representatives are more likely to vote for women’s issue bills as opposed to their male colleagues. Jones (1997) finds that Argentine female representatives propose more bills concerning women, children, and familial issues. However, this paper attempts to use recently released roll call voting data in Argentina to show women representatives will (or more likely?) vote for women. I find results consistent with previous literature that gender becomes more significant in bills directly concerning women, but the variable is overwhelmed by party and constituency characteristics in other bills. Women will vote for women more so than their male counterparts.

Library Associates Newsletter: Issue 109

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:12
Library Associates Newsletter: Issue 109 Lauinger Library Panama Canal at 100 Years;From the University Librarian: Designing the Future; Chimes Endowment; Holiday Card; Bioethics and the Coming Revolution; Hamlet; Holiday Party; The Jesuit Restoration; Meet the Georgetown University Library Board; Thomson's Bible; The Perry Photography Collection; Bookplates

Foreign Aid and Corruption

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:11
Foreign Aid and Corruption Lim, Jihyuk John Foreign aid and corruption have received a lot of scholarly attention in the recent decades, but there have only been a few papers empirically examining the causal relationship between the two. This paper uses a unique, large-scale panel dataset and an instrumental variable methodology to show that total foreign aid has a positive impact on the recipient country’s level of corruption, while the effects of the different subcategories of assistance are mixed. Additional specifications of the model also lead to varied results.

I Know Where The Good Grain Grows: Famine, Information, and Institutions in Ancient Empires

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:09
I Know Where The Good Grain Grows: Famine, Information, and Institutions in Ancient Empires Fischer, Michael

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