About E.H. Kern

Historian and writer. PhD. Contributor at Book Riot. Blogger at Quirk Books. Affiliated as Visiting Scholar with University of Miami and adjunct instructor at Florida International University, both in Miami, FL.

Interview on Book Riot’s podcast Annotated

Curious to hear my voice? I am being interviewed on Book Riot’s podcast Annotated today about the scandal surrounding the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Swedish Academy. I had such a great time doing this interview. Yet another example of the awesomeness of Book Riot and the Book Riot community

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

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The Nobel Prize in Literature: Where Do We Go From Here?

On May 11, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

The Nobel Prize in Literature: Where Do We Go From Here?

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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 has been cancelled. Instead, two prizes will be awarded next year, while the Swedish Academy, who appoints the annual recipient of the prize, reconstitutes itself in an effort to survive the fallout of the scandal it has been embroiled in over the past several months.

The Nobel Prize in Literature is arguably the most prestigious literary award in the world. The decision to postpone the 2018 award has given rise to more questions than answers. Is the prize in jeopardy? Will the Nobel Foundation allow the Swedish Academy to continue awarding the prize? Is the Nobel Prize in Literature at all needed?

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 Cancelled in the Wake of #MeToo

On May 4, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 Cancelled in the Wake of #MeToo

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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 has been cancelled in the wake of #metoo allegations, criminal investigations, conflicts of interest, and resignations by nearly half of the members of the Swedish Academy.

The decision was made during the Swedish Academy’s weekly Thursday meeting on May 3, and was made public through a press release on the morning of May 4.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Book Review for International Network for Theory of History

I have published my first book review for the International Network for Theory of History, based at Ghent University in Belgium. With this book review, I am taking yet another step in my endeavor to branch out into the sub-discipline of historiography, while at the same time continuing as an interdisciplinary historian with an interest in archaeology.

Enjoy!

In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

 

The Swedish Academy Collapses. Two Additional Members Have Resigned

On April 13, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

The Swedish Academy Collapses. Two Additional Members Have Resigned.

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The internal collapse of the Swedish Academy is complete. What everyone feared would happen has happened, and it is even worse than expected.

As of yesterday, two more members of the Swedish Academy have resigned, leaving the prestigious institution paralyzed by its own bylaws.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

The Disintegration of the Swedish Academy: Is This the End for the Nobel Prize in Literature?

On April 10, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

The Disintegration of the Swedish Academy: Is This the End for the Nobel Prize in Literature?

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The Swedish Academy is disintegrating. In the wake of the #metoo movement having reached Sweden in the fall of 2017, the Swedish Academy has been shaken to its core, jeopardizing the continued existence of the 232 year-old institution.

Internationally, the Swedish Academy is mostly known for awarding the Noble Prize in Literature every year. But if the Swedish Academy falls apart, what will happen to one of the world’s most famous and prestigious literary awards?

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

10 Things You Need to Know about the Sarajevo Haggadah

Passover is just around the corner, so on March 26, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

10 Things You Need to Know about the Sarajevo Haggadah

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Page from the Sarajevo Haggadah. Notice the wine stains and handwritten doodles, which indicate that this haggadah has been in extensive use throughout the years. (Source: Wikipedia)

Every year on Passover Jewish families all over the world gather ’round to celebrate and commemorate the Exodus from Egypt. At the center of this annual celebration is taking turns reading from a book called a haggadah. The word haggadah comes from the Hebrew root HGD, which means “to tell,” which is exactly the purpose of the Passover celebration–to tell the story of the Jews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt, also known as the Exodus.

Because haggadot are not considered holy texts, but rather instruction materials, over time they have developed into beautiful artifacts of book art. And nowhere were such beautiful haggadots made as in the Spanish city of Barcelona during the Middle Ages. And of these Barcelona haggadots, few can compare to the wonder and splendor of a book today known as the Sarajevo Haggadah.

Here are ten things you need to know about the Sarajevo Haggadah.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.