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See detailChronophage, le design empathique?
Elsen, Catherine ULg

in Findeli, Alain; Borja de Mozota, Brigitte; Froehlicher, Thomas (Eds.) et al Actes des 9èmes Ateliers de la Recherche en Design (2015)

Cet article envisage la dimension chronophage de l’approche empathique, une des dimensions fondamentales du design d’expérience. Quels efforts investir dans le raisonnement « centré-utilisateurs », et ... [more ▼]

Cet article envisage la dimension chronophage de l’approche empathique, une des dimensions fondamentales du design d’expérience. Quels efforts investir dans le raisonnement « centré-utilisateurs », et pour quels résultats ? L’examen des données récoltées au fil de quatre protocoles (un empirique et trois expérimentaux) révèle comment une “créativité disciplinée” peut outiller une approche plus agile des besoins-utilisateurs. [less ▲]

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See detailThe enfranchisement of citizens abroad: variations and explanations
Lafleur, Jean-Michel ULg

in Democratization (2015)

Today, a large majority of states allow at least some of their emigrants to take part in home country elections from abroad. This article first looks at the diffusion of external voting laws and shows ... [more ▼]

Today, a large majority of states allow at least some of their emigrants to take part in home country elections from abroad. This article first looks at the diffusion of external voting laws and shows that over the past 25 years they have become widely-adopted and are no longer limited to specific professional categories of citizens. Second, the article explains the international diffusion of external voting by discussing the “norm- internationalization hypothesis” and the “electoral-competition hypothesis.” Third, the article attempts to demonstrate that these hypotheses cannot explain why, in a democratic context, states continue to implement a series of hurdles that deter emigrants from using their newly gained rights. Looking at recent developments in Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa, it concludes that the diffusion and variations of external voting laws result from transnational negotiation processes in a context of democratic transformation among various actors whose interests are strongly affected by the inclusion or exclusion of these new voters. [less ▲]

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See detailERRA-KIBRI, ŠABRA D’IDDIN-ILUM ET SES COLLEGUES
Colonna d'Istria, Laurent ULg; Beyer, Dominique

in Journal of Cuneiform Studies (2015), 67

In an article entitled “Wer war Tarâm-Mari?” K. Hecker (2008) published two private contracts from the Old Assyrian Karum II level at Kültepe-Kaniš (Kt m/k and Kt 102 m/171 k). These contracts bore the ... [more ▼]

In an article entitled “Wer war Tarâm-Mari?” K. Hecker (2008) published two private contracts from the Old Assyrian Karum II level at Kültepe-Kaniš (Kt m/k and Kt 102 m/171 k). These contracts bore the impression of the seal of someone who was a dependent of Iddin-Ilum, the ruler (šakkanakku) of the Syrian city of Mari. In this study we propose to read the name of the original owner of the seal as Erra-kibrī rather than as of Tarâm-Mari as had been previously proposed, and to identify him as a ŠABRA official. This seal also provides another example of representation of the goddess who wields a knife, one who occurs frequently on seals of ŠABRA’s and other officials during the reigns of Iddin-ilum and Isi-Dagan of Mari. [less ▲]

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See detailAvoiding misidentification of bands in planetary Raman spectra
Harris, Liam; McHugh, Melissa; Hutchinson, Ian B. et al

in Journal of Raman Spectroscopy (2015)

Raman spectroscopy has been identified as a powerful tool for astrobiology and remote robotic planetary exploration. It can be used to identify and characterise rock matrices, mineral inclusions and ... [more ▼]

Raman spectroscopy has been identified as a powerful tool for astrobiology and remote robotic planetary exploration. It can be used to identify and characterise rock matrices, mineral inclusions and organic molecules and is demonstrablyeffective at identifying biomarkers, or indicators of biological activity. The ExoMars rover, jointly operated by the European and Russian Federal Space Agencies, will carry the first Raman spectrometer into space when it launches in 2018 and two further Raman instruments have recently been announced as part of the payload onboard the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Mars 2020 rover. Each of these spectrometers however will, by necessity, have poorer resolution than the most sophisticated laboratory instruments because of mass, volume and power constraints and the space readiness of the requisite technologies. As a result, it is important to understand the minimum instrument specification requiredto achieve the scientific objectives of a mission, in terms of parameters such as spectral resolution and laser footprint size. This requires knowledge of the target minerals and molecules between which there may be ambiguity when identifying bands in spectra from geological samples. Here, we present spectra from a number of Mars analogue samples that include a range of such molecules, highlighting where such confusion may occur and identifying the most useful bands for differentiation. It is recommended that a Ramanspectrometer achieves a resolution of at least 3 cm-1 and covers a spectral range from 100 to 4000 cm-1 in order to differentiate between all of the target molecules presented here. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Anthropocene and the Global Environmental Crisis. Rethinking modernity in a new epoch.
Hamilton, Clive; Bonneuil, Christophe; Gemenne, François ULg

Book published by Routledge (2015)

The Anthropocene, in which humankind has become a geological force, is a major scientific proposal; but it also means that the conceptions of the natural and social worlds on which sociology, political ... [more ▼]

The Anthropocene, in which humankind has become a geological force, is a major scientific proposal; but it also means that the conceptions of the natural and social worlds on which sociology, political science, history, law, economics and philosophy rest are called into question. The Anthropocene and the Global Environmental Crisis captures some of the radical new thinking prompted by the arrival of the Anthropocene and opens up the social sciences and humanities to the profound meaning of the new geological epoch, the ‘Age of Humans’. Drawing on the expertise of world-recognised scholars and thoughtprovoking intellectuals, the book explores the challenges and difficult questions posed by the convergence of geological and human history to the foundational ideas of modern social science. If in the Anthropocene humans have become a force of nature, changing the functioning of the Earth system as volcanism and glacial cycles do, then it means the end of the idea of nature as no more than the inert backdrop to the drama of human affairs. It means the end of the ‘social-only’ understanding of human history and agency. These pillars of modernity are now destabilised. The scale and pace of the shifts occurring on Earth are beyond human experience and expose the anachronisms of ‘Holocene thinking’. The book explores what kinds of narratives are emerging around the scientific idea of the new geological epoch, and what it means for the ‘politics of unsustainability’. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation research presence protects: a case study of great ape abundance in the Dja region, Cameroon
Tagg, Nikki; Willie, Jacob; Duarte, Jesus et al

in Animal Conservation (2015)

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See detailTowards an Archaeological Information System: Improving the Core Data Model
Van Ruymbeke, Muriel ULg; Carré, Cyril ULg; Delfosse, Vincent ULg et al

in Giligny, F.; Djindjian, F.; Costa, L. (Eds.) et al CAA 2014 21st century Archaeology : Concepts methods and tools : Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (2015)

The use of Geographic Information Systems within the field of archaeology has been demonstrated through numerous scientific studies in the past. However, such systems do not usually encompass all the ... [more ▼]

The use of Geographic Information Systems within the field of archaeology has been demonstrated through numerous scientific studies in the past. However, such systems do not usually encompass all the characteristics of the archaeological data. Since 2009, the Geomatics Unit of the University of Liège works on the development of a robust, flexible and dynamic Archaeological Information System. The interdisciplinary research group focuses on the development of a conceptual data model based on the general characteristics of archaeological data namely its spatio-temporal, heterogeneous, multimodal and imperfect character. The following paper exposes latest output and especially the integration of archaeological data ambiguity [less ▲]

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See detailA Role for APPL1 in TLR3/4-dependent TBK1 and IKKe activation in macrophages
Chau, Tieu-Lan ULg; Göktuna, Serkan ULg; Rammal, Ayman et al

in Journal of Immunology (2015)

Endosomes have important roles in intracellular signal transduction as a sorting platform. Signaling cascades from TLR engagement to IRF3-dependent gene transcription rely on endosomes, yet the proteins ... [more ▼]

Endosomes have important roles in intracellular signal transduction as a sorting platform. Signaling cascades from TLR engagement to IRF3-dependent gene transcription rely on endosomes, yet the proteins that specifically recruit IRF3-activating molécules to them are poorly defined. We show that adaptor protein containing a pleckstrin-homology domain, a phosphotyrosine-binding domain, and a leucine zipper motif (APPL)1, an early endosomal protein, is required for both TRIF- and retinoic acid–inducible gene 1–dependent signaling cascades to induce IRF3 activation. APPL1, but not early endosome Ag 1, deficiency impairs IRF3 target gene expression upon engagement of both TLR3 and TLR4 pathways, as well as in H1N1-infected macrophages. The IRF3-phosphorylating kinases TBK1 and IKK« are recruited to APPL1 endosomes in LPS-stimulated macrophages. Interestingly, APPL1 undergoes proteasome-mediated degradation through ERK1/2 to turn off signaling. APPL1 degradation is blocked when signaling through the endosome is inhibited by chloroquine or dynasore. Therefore, APPL1 endosomes are critical for IRF3-dependent gene expression in response to some viral and bacterial infections in macrophages. Those signaling pathways involve the signal-induced degradation of APPL1 to prevent aberrant IRF3-dependent gene expression linked to immune diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailCionodendron and related lithostrotionid genera from the Mississippian of eastern Australia: systematics, stratigraphy and evolution
Denayer, Julien ULg; Webb, Gregory E.

in Alcheringa : An Australasian Journal of Paleontology (2015), 39

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See detailUpper Frasnian (Upper Devonian) bryozoans in proximal facies of southern Belgium
Ernst, Andrej; Tolokonnikova, Zoya; Denayer, Julien ULg

in Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia (2015), 121(2), 3-20

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See detailOn the nature of cosmological time
Magain, Pierre ULg; Hauret, Clémentine ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

Time is a parameter playing a central role in our most fundamental modeling of natural laws. Relativity theory shows that the comparison of times measured by different clocks depends on their relative ... [more ▼]

Time is a parameter playing a central role in our most fundamental modeling of natural laws. Relativity theory shows that the comparison of times measured by different clocks depends on their relative motions and on the strength of the gravitational field in which they are embedded. In standard cosmology, the time parameter is the one measured by fundamental clocks, i.e. clocks at rest with respect to the expanding space. This proper time is assumed to flow at a constant rate throughout the whole history of the Universe. We make the alternative hypothesis that the rate at which cosmological time flows depends on the dynamical state of the Universe. In thermodynamics, the arrow of time is strongly related to the second law, which states that the entropy of an isolated system will always increase with time or, at best, stay constant. Hence, we assume that time measured by fundamental clocks is proportional to the entropy of the region of the Universe that is causally connected to them. Under that simple assumption, we build a cosmological model that explains the Type Ia Supernovae data (the best cosmological standard candles) without the need for exotic dark matter nor dark energy. [less ▲]

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See detailA l'ombre des guillotines en fleurs. Robert Desnos, la Liberté ou l'Amour (1927)
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Dubois, Jacques (Ed.) Sexe et pouvoir dans la prose française contemporaine (2015)

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See detailLa Wallonie entre le coq et l'aigle. Regards croisés, XIXe-XXIe siècles
Lanneau, Catherine ULg; Balace, Francis ULg

Book published by Province de Liège - Musée de la Vie wallonne (2015)

Il en est de la vie des peuples comme de celle des individus : le voile d’un commode oubli s’étend souvent sur leurs passions passées et leurs engouements défunts. Le choc de la guerre et des massacres ... [more ▼]

Il en est de la vie des peuples comme de celle des individus : le voile d’un commode oubli s’étend souvent sur leurs passions passées et leurs engouements défunts. Le choc de la guerre et des massacres d’août 1914 a fait tomber dans les oubliettes de l’Histoire le souvenir des débats et revirements continuels jusqu’à la Grande Guerre entre une francophilie prépondérante au Pays de Liège, renforcée par l’engouement d’une partie de l’opinion pour "les immortels principes de 89", et l’admiration professée dans de nombreux milieux pour le Reich né en 1871, l’ordre qui y règne, ses savants renommés, ses réalisations économiques et sociales. Les auteurs s'emploient à faire revivre en nuances un temps où, comme l’écrivait en 1911 un journaliste français, "le coq gaulois fait la roue devant la Belgique sans se préoccuper des grattements impatients du bec arrogant de l’aigle allemand, impérial et royal". Ils prolongent l’analyse jusqu’à nos jours pour tenter d’approcher une identité culturelle wallonne multiple et toujours à redéfinir. [less ▲]

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See detailDispositifs de visibilité : le Selfie et les indices de son auto-production
Hagelstein, Maud ULg

Conference (2015)

La proposition que je ferai aujourd’hui s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une réflexion plus large sur l’image photographique commune (celle qu’on appelle encore photographie populaire, amateur, familiale, privée ... [more ▼]

La proposition que je ferai aujourd’hui s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une réflexion plus large sur l’image photographique commune (celle qu’on appelle encore photographie populaire, amateur, familiale, privée, vernaculaire ou même domestique – pour reprendre l’appellation de Bourdieu). Je voudrais envisager ici un dispositif visuel spécifique (celui du selfie) dans lequel la construction de l’image (agencement, organisation, esthétique propre) produit des effets narratifs. Pour le dire une première fois : le selfie travaille à la mise en scène d’une action contextualisée et indique l’implication du sujet dans celle-ci (le sujet étant ici à la fois l’opérateur de l’image et une partie de son contenu). La participation du sujet à la scène représentée s’expose généralement sur le mode temporel de la spontanéité – spontanéité de la prise de vue qui renforce l’authenticité de l’image, spontanéité dont on pourra montrer qu’elle est parfois fabriquée. Pourquoi accorder de l’attention à cet objet apparemment anecdotique du point de vue de sa qualité (même si omniprésent), objet qui est aujourd’hui augmenté d’un effet de mode indéniable (sans doute dérangeant), et souvent considéré comme vulgaire (au sens étymologique du latin vulgus, le « bas peuple » - la vulgarité caractérisant les modes d’expression et de comportement des couches populaires aux yeux de ceux qui estiment ne pas en faire partie) ? Précisément, cet objet me permet de continuer à investiguer (modestement) du côté des usages sociaux de l’image photographique commune. Ou pour être plus précise : le problème qui m’intéresse est celui du rapport entre les usages sociologiquement déterminés de l’image (que Bourdieu ou Heinich me permettent de décrire) et les effets d’indétermination provoqués par certains types d’images : ces effets d’indétermination (auxquels le philosophe J. Rancière a pu nous rendre attentifs) sont toujours provisoires (les images ne restent pas neutres et indéterminées) – mais ils permettent que les choses soient déterminées autrement. [less ▲]

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See detailAlain au prisme de l’ontologie phénoménologique. Relectures croisées d'Alain et de Sartre
Cormann, Grégory ULg

in Depraz, Natalie (Ed.) Alain philosophe rouennais (2015)

Parmi les grands représentants de la « génération 1905 », selon l’expression de J.-F. Sirinelli, Sartre passe pour celui qui a refusé l’enseignement d’Alain alors que des penseurs aussi différents qu’Aron ... [more ▼]

Parmi les grands représentants de la « génération 1905 », selon l’expression de J.-F. Sirinelli, Sartre passe pour celui qui a refusé l’enseignement d’Alain alors que des penseurs aussi différents qu’Aron, Canguilhem ou Hyppolite acceptaient, au moins pour un temps, l’enseignement du maître. Cette appréciation expéditive ne fait droit ni à ce qu’on sait aujourd’hui des premières tentatives philosophiques de Sartre ni au travail inlassable de relecture d’Alain que Sartre aura mené, en sous-main, tout au long de sa trajectoire intellectuelle. Dans cet article, on procédera dès lors, d’une part, au repérage de l’influence d’Alain dans une série de textes, souvent posthumes, qui passent pour des textes préparatoires aux grandes œuvres. On montrera, d’autre part, que cette influence d’Alain s’insinue jusqu’au cœur de l’ontologie phénoménologique de Sartre, dans L’être et le néant, puis dans les prolongements que Sartre y a donnés dans ses psychanalyses existentielles. Au total, on montrera que la plupart des interprétations récentes de Sartre (Coorebyter, Breeur, Gély, Giovannangeli, J. Simont, etc.), depuis une dizaine d’années, se resserrent autour de la relation largement insoupçonnée que l’ontologie phénoménologique sartrienne entretient avec la pensée d’Alain. [less ▲]

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