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Regions and higher education in difficult times

The concept of the learning region is central to the way of problem-solving. Like 'lifelong learning' the term is used variously and carelessly. This book explores the meaning and importance of the learning region. Not all universities warm to such local-regional engagement. The unwise pride of global forces and nations undermines it; but even the most prestigious and 'global' university has a local footprint and ever-watchful neighbours. The book arises from the work of PASCAL, an international non-governmental network Observatory. Its name exploits echoes of philosophical depth as well as technical modernity of language, taking the concepts of Place, Social Capital and Learning together with the vital connecting conjunctions of And, to define its mission. At the heart of the story is PASCAL's experience of working with multiple regions and their universities on their experience with engagement. The book examines in turn several central strands mainly of policy but also of process that are illuminated by the PASCAL Universities and Regional Engagement (PURE) project. The PURE processes and outcomes, despite limitations and severe disruption by forces located outside the region and often too the nation, show the potential gain from international networking and shared activities. The book also discusses internal arrangements within the administration before turning to external relations: both with the university and tertiary sector and with other stakeholders in the private and third sectors. Regional innovation systems require entrepreneurialism inside government, higher education and training, as well as within industry from small and medium enterprises to multinationals.

Marie-Luce Desgrandchamps
Lasse Heerten
Arua Oko Omaka
Kevin O'Sullivan
, and
Bertrand Taithe

to create an international community of aid workers, alongside new international networks of NGOs. The NGO sector’s reputation was completely transformed by the crisis in the sense that the public came to see those organisations as the key link between them and the Third World. While I think that the phrase that NGOs like Oxfam and Concern used to describe their activities – ‘people to people action’ – is problematic, it nonetheless provides us with a good insight into

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Synchronicity in Historical Research and Archiving Humanitarian Missions
Bertrand Taithe
Mickaël le Paih
, and
Fabrice Weissman

humanitarians who consider a historical perspective grounded in archival work useful for humanitarian practice. The power plays and negotiations these large missions entail, the diversity of social and economic partners, the complexity of engaging with ministries of health (MOH), universities and research institutes, pharmaceutical industries and international networks all add to the complexity of establishing archives which might enable historical thinking in the present and future of these missions

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Local Understandings of Resilience after Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Philippines
Ara Joy Pacoma
Yvonne Su
, and
Angelie Genotiva

international connections proved more useful in sending financial help. This finding supports other studies on post-disaster social capital that found international networks have the potential to foster resilience to climate-related risks because their geographical distance gives them more capacity to give resources like remittances ( Rockenbauch, 2016 ; Su and Mangada, 2017 ; Elliott et al. , 2010 ). Social support in place provides emotional strength and can protect a person from the negative outcomes of psychological distress ( Iacoviello and Charney, 2014

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
From the development of a national surveillance system to the birth of an international network
Roberto Pasetto
Ivano Iavarone

9 Environmental justice in industrially contaminated sites: From the development of a national surveillance system to the birth of an international network Roberto Pasetto and Ivano Iavarone Sites highly contaminated by a variety of hazardous agents are found in almost all countries as contaminants are routinely or accidentally released into the environment either by active industrial sources or as toxic waste from current or past industrial activities. From a public health point of view, contaminated sites can be defined as, “Areas hosting or having hosted

in Toxic truths
Carol Polsgrove

delegation from Sudan. Pan-Africa , a monthly periodical Makonnen put out, reported that Wright urged his listeners to form an international network of ‘cultured progressives’. 24 Such a network in fact already existed, and in these early years after the war, as the movement for independence gathered energy, it stretched this way and that, enlivened by the possibility of

in Ending British rule in Africa
John M. MacKenzie
Nigel R. Dalziel

, museum, garden and observatory were more or less connected with wider international networks of learning, in which Scots can be found working in many other territories of the British Empire. Despite the continuation of forms of autocratic colonial government in the early part of the period, the 1820s were an extraordinary decade in the development of the intellectual, press, educational and scientific

in The Scots in South Africa
Jenny Pickerill

productive forums for communication and interactivity. These debates are explored in this chapter through four key sections. I begin by considering how the interviewees have used CMC to mobilise participation. Next, the use of CMC to assist (international) networking and the organisation of environmental activism are detailed. This is followed by an examination of the impediments of using CMC for mobilisation and networking. The final section draws together the implications of CMC use for the interviewees’ ability to mobilise participation, and concludes that rather than

in Cyberprotest
Tara Williams

-minded religious authorities than those with her female friends. By building different interpretations of their relationship, however, modern drama equips us to re-examine its depiction in the Book . We can recognise how the encounter contributes to the diverse and international networks that Margery builds through her many conversations as well as to the status that Julian carries as a recognised visionary and expert; Margery becomes more strategic and less isolated, and Julian becomes more authoritative. The ‘holy dalyawns’ is no longer singular, but it is no less

in Encountering The Book of Margery Kempe
Nineteenth-century stained glass and the international exhibitions, 1851– 1900

Windows for the world: nineteenth-century stained glass and the international exhibitions, 1851-1900 focuses on the display and reception of nineteenth-century stained glass in an international and secular context, by exploring the significance of the stained glass displayed at ten international exhibitions held in Britain, France, the USA and Australia between 1851 and 1900. International in scope, it is the first study to explore the global development of stained glass in this period, as showcased at, and influenced by, these international events.

Drawing on hundreds of contemporaneous written and visual sources, it identifies the artists and makers who exhibited stained glass, as well as those who reviewed and judged the exhibits. It also provides close readings of specific stained glass exhibits in relation to stylistic developments, material and technological innovations, iconographic themes and visual ideologies.

This monograph broadens approaches to post-medieval stained glass by placing stained glass in its wider cultural, political, economic and global contexts. It provides new perspectives and fresh interpretations of stained glass in these environments, through themed chapters, each of which highlight a different aspect of stained glass in the nineteenth century, including material taxonomies, modes of display, stylistic eclecticism, exhibitors’ international networks, production and consumption, nationalism and imperialism.

As such, the book challenges many of the major methodological and historiographical assumptions and paradigms relating to the study of stained glass. Its scope and range will have wide appeal to those interested in the history of stained glass as well as nineteenth-century culture more broadly.