DepositEnclosure, Writing, and Resistance: Revisiting the Prose of Daniil Kharms

The author argues that discipline—operating through the distribution of individuals by means of enclosure and surveillance—is crucial to understanding Daniil Kharms’s prose of the 1930s. The author focuses on three of his mini-stories, first looking at mechanisms of surveillance in “Dream,” examining their effects upon the psyche that have material impacts on the body of the individual. Then he turns to a trajectory of enclosure that operates from the urban commons (“Trial by Lynching”) to the home (“An Unexpected Drinking Party”). The centripetal trajectory of enclosure ends in all cases at the body as the endpoint of discipline and, ultimately, the site of Kharms’s “grotesque resistance,” challenging the enclosure of the body from the point of its confinement. He also takes a look at how paper—as theme in and medium of Kharms’s work—operates within these spatial dynamics. He draws upon Harold Innis, who associated the rise of print in the United States with the “space bias” of communication. Reading Foucault and Innis together, Kharms’s short prose works can be understood as a contestation of the space bias associated with the explosion of print media in the Stalinist era, prompting Kharms’s retreat to the contours of the body as a site of struggle.

MemberDr. Mohammad Mizanur Rahman

Rahman has completed his MBA (2010) and BBA (2008) degrees from a reputed public university named Rajshahi University, Bangladesh. In 2019, he also completed his PhD degree from a research based public university named Universiti Putra Malaysia. Currently, he is working as an academician in department of business administration at Metropolitan University, Sylhet, Bangladesh. The research interest areas of Rahman are management, Organisational Behaviour (OB), Human Resource Management (HRM), strategic management, Total Quality Management (TQM), higher education systems and Information technology. Rahman is usually more focusing in quantitative techniques using three main statistical software which are SPSS, CB-SEM and PLS-SEM.

DepositInto the Lion’s Den: Helmut Lachenmann at 75

In April 2010, the Guildhall School of Music recognized German composer Helmut Lachenmann’s expertise in extended instrumental techniques, inviting him to give the keynote speech at a research day dedicated to contemporary performance practice; in May, he had a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music conferred upon him for his achievements as a composer; in June, the London Symphony Orchestra performed Lachenmann’s Double (Grido II) for string orchestra, in doing so becoming the first non-BBC British orchestra to have performed his music; and in October, the Southbank Centre presented two days of Lachenmann’s music including performances by the Arditti String Quartet and a much expanded London Sinfonietta, the latter broadcast on Radio 3. Outside London, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group gave a performance of his most recent work, Got Lost for soprano and piano, and the University of Manchester presented a mini-festival dedicated to his music. This roll call of events might be seen then as the celebration to be expected as a noted composer passes a milestone, but Lachenmann is a composer who – despite his age – could until recently have escaped such attention in Britain. In 1995, Elke Hockings wrote in these pages that, while enjoying ‘an exalted reputation among a small circle of English contemporary music enthusiasts, […] to the wider English music public he [Lachenmann] is little known’ and critical reception has been mixed, often extremely negative. Introducing Lachenmann to an audience at the Southbank Centre in October, Ivan Hewett described him as ‘a composer we don’t know well in this country, an omission we are gradually repairing’.

MemberAbbey Elder

I am the Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian for Iowa State University. For my work, I do a variety of activities related to outreach and education on open access, open education, copyright, and other scholarly communication topics. In addition, I also teach Iowa State University’s Information Literacy course, Library 160, and provide liaison support for the Anthropology and Sociology departments at the university. My main job duties at this time are related to open educational resources (OER). I have created guides and tools for users to learn more about OER, including a recent handbook, The OER Starter Kit, and a series of Youtube videos intended to introduce faculty to the world of open education. I have also coordinated the Iowa State Open Education Mini-Grants and participate on our university’s Open & Affordable Education Committee. My personal and professional interests lie in open access in the humanities, open education across disciplinary lines, and the very broad category of “open science.” If you have a research project you are seeking collaborators for, feel free to reach out ( and I will let you know if I’m interested.

Topic#HCSummerRefresh 2: Sites

It’s day four of the second Humanities Commons Summer Refresh Workshop session, and we’re focusing on updating and creating HC sites! Why should you build and maintain a site through HC?  Humanities Commons allows users like you to build wordpress sites that are linked directly to their HC profile page. Once you create a site, […]

Topic#HCSummerRefresh: Sites

It’s day four of the first Humanities Commons Summer Refresh Workshop, and we’re focusing on updating and creating HC sites! Thanks again for the conversations happening in the previous days’ threads… let’s keep it going! Before I get into the activities for today’s focus, I wanted to introduce @cgleek, our sites mentor! He was a member of […]

MemberJanet Croft

Janet Brennan Croft is Head of Access and Delivery Services at Rutgers University libraries.  She earned her Master of Library Science degree at Indiana University in 1983.  She is the author of War in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (Praeger, 2004; winner of the Mythopoeic Society Award for Inklings Studies) and several book chapters on the Peter Jackson films; has published articles on J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold, and other authors, and is editor or co-editor of many collections of literary essays, the latest being Baptism of Fire: The Birth of British Fantasy in World War I (Mythopoeic Press, 2016). She has also written widely on library issues, and is the author of Legal Solutions in Electronic Reserves and the Electronic Delivery of Interlibrary Loan (Haworth, 2004). She edits the refereed scholarly journal Mythlore and serves on the board of the Mythopoeic Press.

MemberNarasimhananda Swami

Name                                                                   : Swami Narasimhananda Specialisation:  Indian Studies, Indian Philosophy, Sociology of Religion, Translation Studies, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion. Present Address                                          : Advaita Ashrama PO Mayavati, Via Lohaghat Dt Champawat, Uttarakhand India. Pincode 262524 Mobile: 9330526514 Email: Present Work: Monk of Ramakrishna Order since May 1997. Editor of the journal Prabuddha Bharata or The Awakened India since August 2014. Languages Known (Expert Knowledge): English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, and Bengali  Other Current Involvements: Visiting Faculty, Department of Sociology, Jadavpur University. Editor, H-Celebration on H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online. Member, Editorial Board, Reading Religion. Member, International, Interdisciplinary and Interreligious Research Group on ‘Consciousness Studies’, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, Roma, Italy. Member, American Academy of Religion (AAR).