August 2008

I read this with a little bit of surprise at the chronicle of higher education news blog. Reading the article the apparent ‘unpopular’ degrees that mention are not in the humanities . In this case,  it appears that instead of reducing fees, universities are paying students directly into their bank accounts as incentive to enroll then in those degree programs.

From the Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, by Aisha Labi, August 17, 2008:

Several British universities apparently are offering cash incentives to students to induce them to enroll in unpopular degree programs, according to an investigation by London’s Sunday Times in which undercover reporters posed as students seeking spots.

A female reporter was offered £1,000, or $2,000, to enroll in Leicester University’s undergraduate physics program and was told “that she was a strong candidate for the money partly because women were ‘underrepresented’ on the course,” the Times reported. About a third of the undergraduates in the university’s physics department are women, which the Times notes “is above the national average.”



The Nationalism Project is a great website with an impressive collection of nationalism studies resources


“In an anthropological spirit, then, I propose the following definition of the nation: it is an imagined political community – – and imagined as both inherently limited and sovereign….” (Benedict Anderson)

From The Nationalism Project:

The Nationalism Project is one of the most widely used nationalism studies resources on the Internet and provides users with a clearinghouse of scholarly nationalism information including: leading definitions of nationalism, book reviews, web links, subject bibliographies, a bibliography of more than 2,000 journal articles, and much more. The site was createdin 1999 by Eric G.E. Zuelow, currently Assistant Professor of Modern European History at West Liberty State College. The Nationalism Project is loosely affiliated with the Association for Research on Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Americas (ARENA), an informal association of international scholars dedicated to the study of nationalism in both Northand South America.

Euratlas – Nüssli is a Swiss business specialist in historical digital cartography. The Website contains a number of free available maps of Europe from 4th century BC to the present. A useful place that can be used to exemplify the ‘artificial’ spatial construct of nations and the ever changing borderlines of states through time.



Europe is presented as a cultural area delimited north by the polar circle, but limited here to degree 60, east by the Ural – Caspian – Zagros line, south by the Sahara and west by the Atlantic Ocean. Thus, on the Euratlas website you will find:

  • A physical atlas of Europe which makes it possible to easily locate the geographical position of the main mountains, rivers, cities and borders. These online maps are interactive finders: you simply need to click a name and its location will appear on the general map.
  • A historical atlas of Europe: history of the European area in 21 maps. These maps are designed as a tool of reference and offer a general historical vision of the last two millennia in Europe, North Africa and Near East.
  • An online collection of antique maps of the 18th and 19th centuries, selected for the practical information provided like place names, roads, etc.
  • The Photos section offers more than 1000 pictures of European and Mediterranean towns, landmarks and landscapes. These images are freely distributable provided that the euratlas logo remains in place.
  • A clickable world atlas allowing the display of the 194 independent countries in the world with their main characteristics: long and short name in English and local language, area, population, capital etc. A separate page shows the special status territories, like Gaza, Transnistria, Karabagh, Puntland etc.