Welcome to the most serious room of my cyberhome. Here you'll find the online
versions of various papers I wrote during my studies at the universities of Zurich
and Paris Sorbonne.
This is the German translation of Chinese writer Yu Dafu's
short story Luo Ri (Sunset). As far as I know, this is the
first translation of this particular text by Yu Dafu. The writing
of Yu, who played an active role in China's tumultuous May Fourth Movement,
is strongly influenced by European romanticism and, to a certain degree,
by Japanese Shishôsetsu. Yu's protagonists are almost always
lonely and bitter individuals, hypochondriac and full of self-contempt, lost in a chaotic
world looking for love, understanding and the right
ideology, unable to believe in the old values and wary of new ones.
Yu's straightforward prose is of a disturbing actuality today,
the more it is astonishing that only very few translations of his texts
are readily available in the West (there is, on the average, one "Collection of Short
Stories" per language, almost always out of print). Yu, probably one
of the most important modern Chinese writers, sure would deserve
more attention outside of China.
This is the big Kahuna: my masters thesis on attitudes
towards foreigners. Eleven qualitative interviews are analyzed
according to Grounded Theory methodology. The
attitudes towards foreigners of the interviewed individuals
are examined in a broader context of their thinking, their conception
of the world and their conception of self.
As the title says: a comparison of rule-based and statistical parsing
strategies is given, with an emphasis on the statistical approach.
With MUDs as an example, this text tries to illustrate, how
complex cultural and social systems are emerging in cyberspace.
These systems provide the
individual with partially novel sets of cultural elements to choose from
when constructing a virtual identity.
Virtual identities are viewed as consciously constructed, multiple,
ever-changing and unstable.
The relationship between anomia and rigorism (viewed together
as reasonably close to the phenomenon of authoritarianism as
described by e.g. Theodor W. Adorno or Bob Altemeyer), political preferences
(left-right) and xenophobia are examined on the basis of empirical
data representative of the population of Zurich, Switzerland.
A relatively high explanation (35%) of the variance in xenophobia
is achieved with anomia, rigorism and political left-right as
Some details about Richard Wagner's much-discussed relationship
with anti-Semitism are examined.
A book review (in French).
Another book review (also in French).