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Between Being and Nothingness: The Editorial Management of Scientific Journals Today

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The changes that are taking place in the way of making and communicating scientific advances in the Social Sciences and Humanities pose challenges for the editorial projects of journals, create some opportunities, and involve some risks. In the last three decades, but especially in the most recent one, the editorial management models of Social Sciences and Humanities journals have been substantially modified…

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Conmemorando la Reforma

Commemorating a Century of Land and Water Reform

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People celebrated the Constitution’s centennial with theater, music, dance, video, and self-congratulating speeches. One hundred years in, and it was still one of the world’s most progressive. It guaranteed not only civil and political rights but social and economic rights, like the right to unionize, an adequate minimum wage, retirement security, equal pay for men and women, and paid maternity leave…

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Humanidades en la Universidad

The Humanities at the University

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While there is no single classification of the disciplines that comprise what we nowadays know as “the humanities,” it could be generally stated, as Edward Said does in Humanism and Democratic Criticism, that they are reflexive disciplines that propose an interpretation of the world and of the human being, while questioning their own act of interpretation…

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Humanities & Democracy

Are the humanities useful for democracy or should they be?

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When we think about reasons to justify the existence of Humanities departments at universities, one of them has been that they are essential to maintain democracy. This reason, however, could limit the humanities to their practical usefulness, which would leave out the study of some areas whose political or economic usefulness is not so obvious…

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Tarzan's spelling

Tarzan’s Spelling

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Writing is a means of guiding the reader from one idea to another; a barrier gate that closes and opens the way at the same time. This is valid for any language, from the symbolic language of literature or daily uses of speech to the transactional utilitarian language used in expository texts, in both the work environment and personal messages proliferating in social media…

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violencia urbana

The Business of Violence in Latin America

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Ask people in Latin American cities today what most worries them and it is likely that among their top answers will be insecurity. Latin America is experiencing levels of lethal violence that, in countries such as El Salvador, exceed those registered during the civil wars of the late 20th century. From Ciudad Juarez to San Salvador to Caracas to Rio de Janeiro, insecurity amid both crime and violence is a growing concern for policymakers and citizens…

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organizarse y luchar

Unionizing and fighting is also working

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Working is producing goods and services that other people need or not, but goods and services they want and may enjoy. Working is what enables us to build some of our personal capabilities, but fundamentally our relationships with people with which we must cooperate to perform the task entrusted. Working is also conducting part of a productive process that other people manage, even when many times we do not understand quite right what our contribution is and how our small contribution integrates to result in a final product…

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internacionalización de la ciencia

Science is going on a journey

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This brief note, based on the article of my authorship “Internationalization Strategies in Research Groups: A Case Study” published in the journal Memorias, deals with science, but more specifically with its international dimensions or, rather, its journeys. I start from recognizing that science is an international activity by nature. Now, where can we find the international of science? Let’s give some examples extracted from interviews to physicists and historians…

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