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See detailRewriting History in the Time of Late Capitalism: Uses and Abuses of Built Heritage : introduction to the session
Houbart, Claudine ULg; Dawans, Stéphane ULg

Conference (2016, June 05)

With his expression ceci tuera cela, Hugo established almost two centuries ago a strong link between words and stones as transmission vehicles of human memory. We heritage experts would be inclined to ... [more ▼]

With his expression ceci tuera cela, Hugo established almost two centuries ago a strong link between words and stones as transmission vehicles of human memory. We heritage experts would be inclined to consider stones as more reliable than words, what semiology seems to confirm : stones are clues, and clues are, according to Roland Barthes, tangible proves of “what has been”. But the inspector Columbo has often shown how we can play with these clues, and Umberto Eco would easily forgive us this incursion into mass culture to agree on the idea that we can rewrite history using false justified clues, that is also, tangible heritage. Since the emergence of the restoration discipline, experts have been aware of the danger of falsification : Ruskin’s texts, Boito’s philological restoration, Brandi’s historical instance or the Venice charter are so many illustrations of this concern. But since the 1990’s in Europe, a growing number of restoration and reconstruction projects very clearly depart from this fundamental idea. Of course, the collapse of the Soviet bloc has created a particular political context in which (re-)emerging nations attempted to (re-)build their identity through architectural symbols (leading to the writing of the Riga charter). But more generally, this phenomenon is closely linked to the cultural context : on the one hand, the postmodern movement has deeply questioned the idea of “sincerity”, with a tendency to blur the limits between true and false and, as a consequence, between original and copy. And on the other hand, in the heritage sphere, the globalisation of the debate progressively rattled european certitudes about concepts as essential as authenticity, leading to the replacement of the self-confidence expressed by the Venice charter by a careful relativism, illustrated by the Nara document thirty years later. These contemporary phenomenons have important side effects. In the context of late capitalism, heritage has become a major economic issue, especially as many cities have well understood its potentialities in terms of city branding. This could of course be seen as a positive opportunity for heritage conservation ; nevertheless, a rich scientific literature has shown that tourism can deeply transform our representation of the past. The tourist is a client rather than an amateur, and his quest of authenticity is often satisfied by what the French philosopher Yves Michaud has called “adulterated authenticity”, the one from over-restored monuments, reconstructed city centres, eco-museums, and, why not, theme parks. More than authentic built remains, the “tourist gaze” shapes more and more our representation of “what has been”, and the arguments developed by heritage experts in response to globalisation and identity issues are seized upon by city marketing specialists willing to meet a mostly commercial demand, sometimes tinged with dubious political motivations. What we intend to question in this session is the limit between uses and abuses of heritage and heritage discourse and more particularly whether, as suggested by Theodore Scaltsas’ inspiring paper “Identity, origin and spatiotemporal continuity” (1981), the intentions underpinning restoration and reconstruction projects affect the very essence of restored or reconstructed objects. Besides architectural history and conservation theory, we welcome contributions in the fields of sociology, anthropology, philosophy, history, political sciences, geography, tourism economy and even psychology. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cadre et l'oubli : Mallarmé après Mallarmé
Durand, Pascal ULg

Conference (2016, June 04)

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See detailHydrogeological assessment of non-linear underground enclosures
Pujades, Estanislao ULg; Jurado Elices, Anna ULg; Carrera, Jesus et al

in Engineering Geology (2016), 207

Excavations below the water table are usually undertaken by combining the protection of retaining walls with dewatering by pumping wells. Severe difficulties may arise if the retaining walls have defects ... [more ▼]

Excavations below the water table are usually undertaken by combining the protection of retaining walls with dewatering by pumping wells. Severe difficulties may arise if the retaining walls have defects. Therefore, their state must be determined and, if needed, the defects repaired or the dewatering system redesigned. The state of underground retaining walls can be evaluated using hydrogeological methods, but these methods are well-established only for linear excavations. The objective of this work is to propose a procedure to evaluate the state of non-linear underground enclosures by analyzing the groundwater response to pumping inside the enclosure. The proposed method, which is based on diagnostic plots (derivative of drawdown with respect to the logarithm of time), allows (1) determining if an underground non-linear enclosure has isolated openings or numerous defects and (2) computing its effective conductance or effective hydraulic conductivity. The methodology is tested with data collected during the excavation of a shaft required for the construction of the high speed train (HST) tunnel in Barcelona, Spain. The procedure can be applied using the wells drilled for dewatering. Although a test before the excavation is recommended to evaluate the underground retaining walls (Watertightness Assessment Test), the method can be applied using data collected at the beginning of the dewatering stage. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure Characterization and Properties of K‑Containing Copper Hexacyanoferrate
Ojwang, Dickson O.; Grins, Jekabs; Wardecki, Dariusz et al

in Inorganic Chemistry (2016), 55

Copper hexacyanoferrate, CuII[FeIII(CN)6]2/3·nH2O, was synthesized, and varied amounts of K+ ions were inserted via reduction by K2S2O3 (aq). Ideally, the reaction can be written as CuII[FeIII(CN)6]2 ... [more ▼]

Copper hexacyanoferrate, CuII[FeIII(CN)6]2/3·nH2O, was synthesized, and varied amounts of K+ ions were inserted via reduction by K2S2O3 (aq). Ideally, the reaction can be written as CuII[FeIII(CN)6]2/3·nH2O + 2x/3K+ + 2x/3e− ↔ K2x/3CuII[FeIIxFeIII1−x(CN)6]2/3·nH2O. Infrared, Raman, and Mössbauer spectroscopy studies show that FeIII is continuously reduced to FeII with increasing x, accompanied by a decrease of the a-axis of the cubic Fm3̅m unit cell. Elemental analysis of K by inductively coupled plasma shows that the insertion only begins when a significant fraction, ∼20% of the FeIII, has already been reduced. Thermogravimetric analysis shows a fast exchange of water with ambient atmosphere and a total weight loss of ∼26wt % upon heating to 180 °C, above which the structure starts to decompose. The crystal structures of CuII[FeIII(CN)6]2/3·nH2O and K2/3Cu[Fe(CN)6]2/3·nH2O were refined using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data. In both, one-third of the Fe(CN)6 groups are vacant, and the octahedron around CuII is completed by water molecules. In the two structures, difference Fourier maps reveal three additional zeolitic water sites (8c, 32f, and 48g) in the center of the cavities formed by the −Cu−N−C−Fe− framework. The K-containing compound shows an increased electron density at two of these sites (32f and 48g), indicating them to be the preferred positions for the K+ ions. [less ▲]

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See detailUnveiling the Room-Temperature Magnetoelectricity of Troilite FeS
Ricci, Fabio ULg; Bousquet, Eric ULg

in Physical Review Letters (2016), 116

We report on a first-principles study of the troilite phase of iron sulfide (FeS). We show that even if, a few decades ago, this material was thought to be ferroelectric, the structural transition from ... [more ▼]

We report on a first-principles study of the troilite phase of iron sulfide (FeS). We show that even if, a few decades ago, this material was thought to be ferroelectric, the structural transition from the high P63/mmc to the low P6¯2c symmetry phase does not involve polar instabilities, though the space inversion center symmetry is broken. Our calculations and symmetry analysis nevertheless reveal that FeS is magnetoelectric at room temperature with a response larger than the prototypical room-temperature magnetoelectric crystal Cr2O3. We also show that the spin channel decomposition of the polarization exhibits nonzero values in the opposite direction in FeS, which is actually a general hint of the presence of a magnetoelectric monopole in diagonal magnetoelectrics. [less ▲]

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See detailAlternative Investments
Platania, Federico ULg; Lambert, Marie ULg

Scientific conference (2016, June 03)

This paper examines the dynamic trading strategies implemented by hedge fund managers using a Kalman filter of hedge fund betas across styles. We further investigate the risk drivers of dynamic trades ... [more ▼]

This paper examines the dynamic trading strategies implemented by hedge fund managers using a Kalman filter of hedge fund betas across styles. We further investigate the risk drivers of dynamic trades, examining which conditioning/macroeconomic variables strongly lead the time variation in fund trades. We report the significance of macroeconomic factors such as interest rates, dividend yield, GDP growth and US unemployment. We show that hedge fund managers do control the intensity of their exposures according to economic uncertainty and that differences between up- and down-market regimes can be observed. Commonly, Hedge funds tend to dislike high-dividend paying stocks. Besides, all hedge fund styles are shown to display pro-cyclical exposures towards directional equity factors as well as credit and liquidity risks. Small growth stocks, however, are revealed to be crisis investments whose allocation increases with unemployment, inflation or volatility. As volatility increases, the value of growth options embedded into growth stocks indeed increases. Growth stocks are shown to hedge market reversals and volatility. The outperformance of growth companies in recessions might also relate to their cost flexibility. Allocation to small stocks embed strong micro risks and might also constitute a hedge in economic slowdowns. This might explain why some funds with such a particular investment focus appear to be countercyclical. [less ▲]

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See detailL’iconologie face aux signes (Warburg, Panofsky, Gombrowicz, Ginzburg)
Hagelstein, Maud ULg

Conference (2016, June 03)

Dans son article intitulé « Traces. Racines d’un paradigme indiciaire » (1979), Carlo Ginzburg actait l’émergence progressive d’un modèle épistémologique « apparu silencieusement » à la fin du XIXe siècle ... [more ▼]

Dans son article intitulé « Traces. Racines d’un paradigme indiciaire » (1979), Carlo Ginzburg actait l’émergence progressive d’un modèle épistémologique « apparu silencieusement » à la fin du XIXe siècle, mettant l’examen des détails au centre des exigences du champ des sciences humaines. Loin d’être insignifiants ou distrayants, loin d’être considérés comme écarts ou faits marginaux, les détails ont ainsi pu acquérir un rôle central pour la description, l’interprétation et l’attribution (quel que soit le domaine d’investigation privilégié). Autrefois largement sous-estimés par l’observation, dont ils constituaient en quelque sorte les rebuts devant être abandonnés au profit d’une vision d’ensemble, les détails se sont – pour les défenseurs de ce paradigme – mués en indices permettant de reconstituer et de révéler une situation absente. À suivre ces analyses, les historiens de l’art seraient nombreux à avoir inscrit leurs travaux dans la perspective de ce paradigme indiciaire – le connaisseur d’art Giovanni Morelli étant, aux yeux de Carlo Ginzburg, l’une des figures les plus emblématiques de la priorité accordée aux détails dans l’effort d’attribution d’une œuvre à un artiste. Morelli avait pour projet de défaire les assignations trop rapides et les liens interprétatifs déjà établis par le passé, pour reprendre le travail d’identification à son tout début, concentrant son effort sur des traits sous-estimés, et faisant par là apparaître des erreurs d’attribution parfois dommageables (en dépit des moqueries dont il faisait les frais à cause de sa propension à étudier les oreilles ou les ongles). Fondée sur la sémiotique médicale (Morelli, comme Freud, comme Conan Doyle, avait une formation de médecin), la capacité de diagnostic pouvait alors servir à « remonter, à partir de faits expérimentaux apparemment négligeables, à une réalité complexe qui n’est pas directement expérimentable » . Enraciné dans les moments inauguraux décrits par Ginzburg, le paradigme indiciaire est devenu le lieu de croisement « de disciplines basées sur le déchiffrement des signes en tout genre, allant des symptômes aux écritures » . Or, parmi ces disciplines, il faut compter à n’en pas douter l’iconologie, à laquelle Ginzburg fait très peu référence dans l’article de 1979, si ce n’est à travers la citation d’ouverture, qu’il attribue à Aby Warburg : Dieu est dans les détails. Car en effet, en tant que méthode d’interprétation des artefacts visuels (essentiellement concentrée sur la peinture), l’iconologie cultive un contact rapproché avec ses objets et défend une « lecture » attentive des marques matérielles renvoyant à un contexte symbolique précis, qu’il s’agit de dégager. Le travail de l’iconologue s’inscrit par définition dans le registre du déchiffrement ; les œuvres d’art étant régulièrement assimilées à des rébus dont il faut pouvoir résoudre l’énigme . Dans cette perspective, la peinture est considérée comme accumulation de signes indiquant une valeur symbolique définie. En tant qu’approche spécifique (et volontairement limitée) de l’œuvre d’art, l’iconologie pose le problème de la signification, et interroge ce qui nous met sur la piste de la signification. [less ▲]

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See detailSur le théorème de Vaschy-Buckingham
Debongnie, Jean-François ULg

Report (2016)

This is a critical review of various proofs of the Vaschy-Buckingham theorem. The analysis tends to be as rigorous as possible, with clear definitions of physical quantities, unities and measures.

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See detailDoes formal 0-3 years old child care availability boost employment rate of mothers ? Panel data based evidence from Belgium
Dujardin, Claire; Fonder, Muriel; Lejeune, Bernard ULg

Conference (2016, June 03)

In 2003, a new multi-annual program aimed at increasing the availability of formal child care for 0-3 year old children was launched in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. This paper is ... [more ▼]

In 2003, a new multi-annual program aimed at increasing the availability of formal child care for 0-3 year old children was launched in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. This paper is interested in evaluating if this increased availability of formal child care resultedin a higher employment rate for women with at least one child under 3. To this end, we use a difference-in-differences approach based on municipality-level panel data, taking advantage of the fact that the increase in availability of formal child care differed greatly across municipalities. We find that the raise in child care availability significantly increased the maternal employment rate, but to a lesser extent than expected, most likely because of a substantial crowding-out effect. [less ▲]

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See detailDes médecins enquêtent sur le travail ouvrier: terrains et pratiques, Belgique, France, États-Unis, c. 1840-1940
Geerkens, Eric ULg; Rainhorn, Judith

Scientific conference (2016, June 03)

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See detailUn portfolio de traces pour démontrer la compétence de l'étudiant
Poumay, Marianne ULg

Conference (2016, June 03)

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See detailTensions in nascent social enterprises: Looking beyond the social-economic duality
Dufays, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2016, June 03)

Hybrid organizations, social enterprises in particular, have often been described as crystallizing tensions due to the institutional pluralism they seek to integrate internally. This paper aims to ... [more ▼]

Hybrid organizations, social enterprises in particular, have often been described as crystallizing tensions due to the institutional pluralism they seek to integrate internally. This paper aims to identify, locate and explain the organizational tensions faced by nascent social entrepreneurial teams through a multiple-case study. The findings show that the types and patterns of tensions differ according to team size and to the strength of ties binding team members. In the specific context of social enterprises, the research discriminates between mutual interest and general interest social mission, which is identified as a factor influencing tension development. Further, the analysis suggests that tensions tend to be located within a particular logic (social welfare in this case) rather than between logics, as often suggested in the literature. As such, it contributes to the literatures on hybrid organizations and social enterprises by portraying more complex interplays between and within plural – particularly social and commercial – logics. [less ▲]

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See detail« Analyse de l’implantation d’un protocole d’entraînement de la vitesse da ns une équipe de football »
Lombard, Gilles ULg

Master's dissertation (2016)

L’organisation défensive des équipes de football et la densité des joueurs ont significativement augmenté depuis 40 ans (Wallace et Norton, 2014). Ceci influence les qualités physiques des joueurs qui se ... [more ▼]

L’organisation défensive des équipes de football et la densité des joueurs ont significativement augmenté depuis 40 ans (Wallace et Norton, 2014). Ceci influence les qualités physiques des joueurs qui se doivent d’être plus rapides pour faire la différence. Aujourd’hui, la filière anaérobie alactique, bien que minoritaire au niveau quantitatif (Mohr et al., 2003), est la déterminante principale de la performance sur le plan physique (Cometti et al., 2001). Etant donné l’importance de cette qualité physique, nous avons voulu examiner si l’introduction d’un travail spécifique de la vitesse durant 8 semaines aurait un impact significatif sur la performance fonctionnelle du joueur de football. Méthodologie L’échantillon de 18 joueurs est réparti dans des groupes contrôle et expérimental. Trois tests de terrain sont utilisés pour mesurer l’évolution du paramètre anaérobique avant et après le protocole de 8 semaines : un test de vitesse sur 10 mètres (Wilson et al., 1993), un test de zigzags sur 20 mètres (Little et Williams, 2005) et un counter movement jump avec les bras (Slinde et al., 2008). Durant 8 semaines, le groupe expérimental bénéficie, en plus de l’entraînement normal, de deux séances hebdomadaire de 30 minutes visant le développement de la vitesse. A la fin de l'étude, aucun résultat significatif n'a été trouvé que ce soit au niveau de la vitesse sur courte distance, en course brisée ou de la détente en squat jump et counter movement jump. [less ▲]

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See detailA week at JEOL USA, Boston
Giri, Anupam ULg; Okuda, Koji; Dane, John et al

Scientific conference (2016, June 02)

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See detailVOC monitoring by GCxGC-HRTOFMS
Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg; Perrault, Katelynn ULg; Dubois, Lena ULg et al

Scientific conference (2016, June 02)

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See detailSome ongoing work based on GC×GC-HRTOFMS with soft ionization
Focant, Jean-François ULg

Scientific conference (2016, June 02)

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See detailStatistical comparisons of beer types using GC×GC-HRTOFMS
Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg; Dubois, Lena ULg; Perrault, Katelynn ULg et al

Scientific conference (2016, June 02)

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