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Coming back to life : the permeability of past and present, mortality and immortality, death and life in the ancient Mediterranean

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ISBN: 9781770962224 Year: Pages: 475 Language: English
Publisher: McGill University Library & Archives Grant: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Subject: Religion --- History
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The lines between death and life were neither fixed nor finite to the peoples of the ancient Mediterranean. For most, death was a passageway into a new and uncertain existence, and many perceived the deceased to continue to exercise agency among the living. Even for those more skeptical of an afterlife, notions of

Future-Proofing the State

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ISBN: 9781925021516 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_496491 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Social Sciences
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This book focuses on the challenges facing governments and communities in preparing for and responding to major crises — especially the hard to predict yet unavoidable natural disasters ranging from earthquakes and tsunamis to floods and bushfires, as well as pandemics and global economic crises. Future-proofing the state and our societies involves decision-makers developing capacities to learn from recent ‘disaster’ experiences in order to be better placed to anticipate and prepare for foreseeable challenges. To undertake such futureproofing means taking long-term (and often recurring) problems seriously, managing risks appropriately, investing in preparedness, prevention and mitigation, reducing future vulnerability, building resilience in communities and institutions, and cultivating astute leadership. In the past we have often heard calls for ‘better future-proofing’ in the aftermath of disasters, but then neglected the imperatives of the message.&#xD;&#xD;Future-Proofing the State is organised around four key themes: how can we better predict and manage the future; how can we transform the short-term thinking shaped by our political cycles into more effective long-term planning; how can we build learning into our preparations for future policies and management; and how can we successfully build trust and community resilience to meet future challenges more adequately?

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Book title: Energy Poverty and Vulnerability

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ISBN: 9781315231518 9781138294455 Year: Pages: 10 Language: English
Publisher: Routledge
Subject: Geology --- Earth Sciences
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We began this book with the aim of providing the first global and comparative perspective on energy vulnerability, in order to advance debates on the systemic&#xD;processes and conditions that (re)produce domestic energy deprivation. By bringing&#xD;together 13 chapters that cover 14 countries in total, the volume provides&#xD;the first instance where such divergent contexts are brought together to discuss&#xD;energy vulnerability in one common space. In this concluding discussion, we look&#xD;across the range of contributions and draw out some overarching lessons, policy&#xD;implications and future research directions.

Transforming the Future

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ISBN: 9789231002687 9781138485877 9781351048002 Year: Pages: 300 Language: English
Publisher: Routledge
Subject: Social Sciences
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People are using the future to search for better ways to achieve sustainability, inclusiveness, prosperity, well-being and peace. In addition, the way the future is understood and used is changing in almost all domains, from social science to daily life. This book presents the results of significant research undertaken by UNESCO with a number of partners to detect and define the theory and practice of anticipation around the world today. It uses the concept of ‘Futures Literacy’ as a tool to define the understanding of anticipatory systems and processes – also known as the Discipline of Anticipation. This innovative title explores:&#xD;••&#xD;new topics such as Futures Literacy and the Discipline of Anticipation;&#xD;••&#xD;the evidence collected from over 30 Futures Literacy Laboratories and&#xD;presented in 14 full case studies;&#xD;••&#xD;the need and opportunity for significant innovation in human decision-making&#xD;systems.&#xD;This book will be of great interest to scholars, researchers, policy-makers and students, as well as activists working on sustainability issues and innovation, future studies and anticipation studies.

O futuro do trabalho em debate: Simulação da Conferência Internacional do Trabalho na Universidade de Coimbra

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Book Series: Documentos ISBN: 9789892614953 Year: Pages: 268 DOI: https://doi.org/10.14195/978-989-26-1496-0 Language: Portuguese
Publisher: Coimbra University Press
Subject: Social Sciences
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Respondendo ao desafio lançado pelo Diretor-Geral da Organização Internacional do Trabalhado (OIT) de debater “O Futuro do Trabalho” no quadro da preparação do centenário da OIT (em 2019), este livro reúne os principais contributos resultantes da primeira Simulação da Conferência Internacional do Trabalho em ambiente universitário europeu. Além dos discursos institucionais (das entidades organizadoras, dos convidados institucionais e dos representantes dos parceiros sociais), o livro detalha os conteúdos das sessões de trabalho em que os 300 delegados (estudantes da Universidade de Coimbra) estiveram envolvidos ao longo de meses. O corolário dos debates sobre o futuro do trabalho, repartidos por 4 comités – (i) A macro regulação económica do emprego. Do pleno emprego

A Future History of Water

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ISBN: 9781478004516 Year: Pages: 248 Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press
Subject: Ethnology
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Based on fieldwork among state officials, NGOs, politicians, and activists in Costa Rica and Brazil, A Future History of Water traces the unspectacular work necessary to make water access a human right and a human right something different from a commodity. Andrea Ballestero shows how these ephemeral distinctions are made through four technolegal devices—formula, index, list and pact. She argues that what is at stake in these devices is not the making of a distinct future but what counts as the future in the first place. A Future History of Water is an ethnographically rich and conceptually charged journey into ant-filled water meters, fantastical water taxonomies, promises captured on slips of paper, and statistical maneuvers that dissolve the human of human rights. Ultimately, Ballestero demonstrates what happens when instead of trying to fix its meaning, we make water’s changing form the precondition of our analyses.&#xD;

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water --- wonder --- future --- difference --- human rights --- commodification --- ethics

Imagining the Future City

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Book Series: Sustainable Cities Series ISBN: 9781909188181 9781909188198 9781909188204 Year: Pages: 192 DOI: 10.5334/bag Language: English
Publisher: Ubiquity Press
Subject: Geography --- Sociology --- Architecture
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London is one of the world’s leading cities. It is home to an extraordinary concentration and diversity of people, industries, politics, religions and ideas, and plays an important role in our highly globalised and tightly networked modern world. What does the future hold for London? Investigating any aspect of the city’s future reveals a complex picture of interrelations and dependencies. The London 2062 Programme from University College London brings a new, cross-disciplinary and highly collaborative approach to investigating this complexity. The programme crosses departmental boundaries within the university, and promotes active collaboration between leading academics and those who shape London through policy and practice.&#xD;This book approaches the question of London’s future by considering the city in terms of Connections, Things, Power and Dreams.

Viktor Franz Freiherr von Andrian-Werburg

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ISBN: 9783205786122 Year: Pages: 474 Seiten Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund - D 4217
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Viktor Franz Freiherr von Andrian-Werburg (1813-1858) was and still is primarily known as the author of Österreich und dessen Zukunft, the most important programmatic brochure of the estatist opposition in the late Vormärz. But it is almost unknown, that he kept a diary for most of his adult life. These diaries are now presented in a scholarly edition.Between the first entry of 20 October 1839 and the last surviving entry of 10 March 1858 lie 19 years which transformed Andrian from a young subordinate public servant in Northern Italy, Istria and Vienna to the idol of the Vormärz opposition, from a respected member and vice-president of the National Assembly in Frankfurt and German envoy in London to the proscribed demolisher of the pre-revolutionary paradise, from the advisor of the Austrian politicians in the years past 1849 to the member of the boards of capitalist railway companies in the 1850s. Throughout this whole time, Andrian saw himself as an unrecognized genius who could have rescued society from the oppression and stagnancy of the Vormärz and from the chaos of the revolution and lead it towards a better future. During all these years, the diaries show a mixture of private and public events. Reflections on family, friends, and personal developments are blended with statements and reflections on politics and policy and Andrian's own role in public life. While focus and denseness of the entries change along with Andrian's private and political situation, at center stage is always the interest in the developments in Austria and her future constitution in close connection with his personal conditions. It is this interaction between public interest and private experience that make the Andrian diaries one of the most impressive private sources on Austrian history from the Vormärz through the revolutionary years of 1848/49 well into the last years of the Neoabsolutism.Narratives about financial problems and strategies for a solution, for example through a rich marriage, alternate with analyses of internal and foreign politics and plans on the re-creation of Austria. Phases of active political involvement change with periods of voluntary and enforced retreat. Therefore, there are entries on discussions with leading politicians and court dignitaries and on audiences with Emperor Francis Joseph as well as accounts of journeys from Helgoland to Rome, from the French Atlantic coast to the South of Egypt. But the central aspect is always the interplay between private experience and public influence.Viktor Andrian felt to be a born leader, not a subordinate, and believed that he could wait for the moment when he was called to lead. Therefore he remained, with the exception of the revolutionary period of 1848/49 when he got actively involved in politics, an observer, adviser and critic at the fringes, waiting for the moment when the reins of power would fall to him. Although he realized in his later years that this was an illusion, Andrian was complacent with his personal development: "Thank God, I never had to blame myself for wicked, vicious things."This edition in three volumes contains the annotated diary entries, an introduction on Viktor Andrian's life and works, an account of the history of the diaries, and, for the first time, a complete listing of Andrian's publications. Numerous excerpts from Andrian's preserved correspondence in the commentary complement and broaden the diaries. An annotated index refers to more than 2.800 persons mentioned in the entries.

Europa, wie weiter?

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Book Series: Europäische Horizonte ISBN: 9783837630107 9783839430101 Year: DOI: 10.14361/9783839430101 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103334
Subject: Political Science
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Die Einigung Europas ist eine beispiellose Erfolgsgeschichte. Zu ihr gehörten stets auch Krisen, aus denen das europäische Projekt wieder gestärkt hervorgegangen ist. In der gegenwärtigen Finanz- und Staatsschuldenkrise scheint dies anders. Nun steht in den Augen vieler das Projekt selbst auf dem Spiel. Die Beiträge des Bandes rekapitulieren entscheidende Antriebskräfte und Etappen aus der Geschichte des europäischen Einigungsprojekts und beleuchten zentrale Aspekte der gegenwärtigen Lage in Europa. Der Band skizziert zudem Wege der Erneuerung und Weiterführung des europäischen Projekts.

The Talking Heads experiment: Origins of words and meanings

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Book Series: Computational Models of Language Evolution ISBN: 9783944675428 Year: Pages: 390 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_559870 Language: English
Publisher: Language Science Press
Subject: Computer Science --- Linguistics
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The Talking Heads Experiment, conducted in the years 1999-2001, was the first large-scale experiment in which open populations of situated embodied agents created for the first time ever a new shared vocabulary by playing language games about real world scenes in front of them. The agents could teleport to different physical sites in the world through the Internet. Sites, in Antwerp, Brussels, Paris, Tokyo, London, Cambridge and several other locations were linked into the network. Humans could interact with the robotic agents either on site or remotely through the Internet and thus influence the evolving ontologies and languages of the artificial agents. The present book describes in detail the motivation, the cognitive mechanisms used by the agents, the various installations of the Talking Heads, the experimental results that were obtained, and the interaction with humans. It also provides a perspective on what happened in the field after these initial groundbreaking experiments. The book is invaluable reading for anyone interested in the history of agent-based models of language evolution and the future of Artificial Intelligence.

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