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Many a Standard at a Time

The Ottomans' Leverage with Imperial Studies

Marc Aymes

This article aims to explore the consequences of including Ottoman studies in the larger field of imperial studies. It strives to combine a close reading of the Ottoman imperial epithets with considerations of how the Ottomans may contribute to theorizing empire as a model. In particular, the article engages in a discussion of whether the "sublime sultanate" developed into a colonial pattern of empire over its final century of existence. As it turns out, the Ottoman practice of administration did not come down to a simulacrum of European colonialism; the article points instead to a semiotics of empire that took its cue from a multidimensional logic of governmentality. Accordingly, archival idiosyncrasies are taken to imply the contrary of an Ottoman exceptionalism. They serve rather to highlight that concepts carry with them a vast repertoire of meanings to be activated in practice.

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Home and Away

The Politics of Life after Earth

Micha Rahder

human mastery over nature. Space programs are increasingly privatized, with tech entrepreneurs leading the way to extraterrestrial futures. I refer to these projects, often framed as a necessary step in human social and evolutionary history, as in search

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Paul Taberham and Kaitlin Brunick

of Survival as a driving force in our evolutionary history, and the idea that all decision-making by present day humans can be “related, closely or distantly, to [the question] “Will It Kill Me or Can I Mate With It?” (120). The key phrase here is

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The Past as a Foreign Country

Bioarchaeological Perspectives on Pinker’s “Prehistoric Anarchy”

Linda Fibiger

’s book is presented as a unifying expression mainly used to refer to nonstate societies and the “anarchy of the hunting, gathering and horticultural societies in which our species spent most of its evolutionary history to the first agricultural

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Rethinking Adaptation

Emotions, Evolution, and Climate Change

Debra J. Davidson

serves as a means of coping with the dynamics of our social, technical, and biological environments ( Dietz and Burns 1992: 189 ). Combined with this, people do develop a personal identity, but, as has been the case throughout our evolutionary history

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“[W]hat Beauty in Oriental Art Means”

Asian Arts, Soft Diplomacy, and New Zealand Cultural Nationalism—The Loan Exhibition of Oriental Art, Christchurch, 1935

James Beattie and Louise Stevenson

growing nationalist sentiment through their selection of particular kinds of exhibitions and narratives. “Objects in New Zealand's new national institutions,” she noted, “were to be embedded in a story or narrative that would provide an evolutionary

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Decoupling Seascapes

An Anthropology of Marine Stock Enhancement Science in Japan

Shingo Hamada

-constituting evolutionary histories of herring fisheries and fisheries science in Japan. As is the case with the economic-rational models of fisheries management, marine science and stock enhancement programs require that the fish in tanks and pens and those at sea be

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Pascal Wallisch and Jake Alden Whritner

allows them to override the bottom-up signals from sensory cortices, telling them what they are seeing is “just a movie.” However, there might be some a priori arguments in favor of Torben Grodal’s thesis: for most of the evolutionary history of the brain

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Dan Flory

’s complicated evolutionary history means that its employment in enforcing social and moral boundaries is far from perfect and tends to exaggerate the potential dangers detected, so unlike thinkers such as philosopher Jesse Prinz (2007) and legal theorist

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Humanosphere Potentiality Index

Appraising Existing Indicators from a Long-term Perspective

Takahiro Sato, Mario Ivan López, Taizo Wada, Shiro Sato, Makoto Nishi, and Kazuo Watanabe

. Genetic diversity that has accumulated over the course of the biosphere’s evolutionary history is also taken to be an essential resource for future generations. Biological resources use was also identified as a burden on biospheric potentiality. Human