Archive: January, 2011

The Smartpen Experiment

Monday, January 17th, 2011

I recently received a Livescribe Smartpen for my birthday (thanks Marc!). As an ethnographer / oral historian, I’d been aware of the smartpen for a few years, and was interested in exploring its potential for my research. However, I  wasn’t sure I could justify the expense ($170-$200) for what might turn out to be a fancy, but ultimately overrated new toy. I already own an Edirol R-1 digital audio recorder, which I love. It accompanied me every step of the way during my fieldwork in Rwanda and Bosnia – fourteen months of various travel-related torture tests – and aside from a few growing pains that were entirely due to my not having read the instructions manual thoroughly, it has never failed me. As a result, I saw no reason to replace my Edirol.


New Resource: CUNY’s Program on States and Security Website

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Susan Woodward’s Program on States and Security at the City University of New York (CUNY) recently launched a new online resource aimed at connecting academic researchers and policy makers who are interested in state-building, state capacity, and state failure. The site includes a scholars database, pages dedicated to recent research, workshops at CUNY, and field research, a community discussions board, and a list of relevant resources.



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