UNI NOVA – Research Magazine of the University of Basel
Judeo-Spanish: An almost forgotten language
Text: Olivia Poisson / In the late Middle Ages, many Jews who had been exiled from Spain or Portugal migrated to the Ottoman Empire. Their language, Judeo- Spanish, survives in a few pockets. Research on it is shedding a light on how languages in general develop.
Natural diversity between asphalt and concrete
Text: Yvonne Vahlensieck / The Canton of Basel-Stadt contains numerous woodlets, many of them in the city. Now, for the first time, a conservation biologist at the University of Basel is studying the ecosystem functions of these green islands in urban space.
White specks on the map of life
Text: Katrin Bühler / How are signals processed and building blocks produced inside cells? How do diseases develop? Resolving structures of complex proteins enabled researchers at the Biozentrum to answer such questions.
What is life sciences law?
Text: Herbert Zech / Different areas of law work together in the field of life sciences to provide a framework that promotes the development and spread of new technologies, minimizes the risks associated with their use, and sets boundaries where necessary.
The art of ethnography
Text: Samuel Schlaefli / Silvy Chakkalakal is studying the photographs and films of the American ethnologist Margaret Mead. Mead’s fieldwork in Samoa and Bali was not simply academic research, but artistic practice.
The Aesthetics of Resistance
Text: Prof. Alexander Honold / My book: Literary scholar Alexander Honold recommends Peter Weiss’s epic of resistance, flight, and bearing witness
Immunotherapy – A revolution in cancer treatment.
Interview: Matthias Geering / Professor of Oncology Alfred Zippelius conducts research at the University Hospital of Basel in the field of immunotherapy as a means of treating cancer. As deputy director of medical oncology, Professor Zippelius applies this new therapy in treating patients. He is convinced that we are about to experience a revolution in dealing with certain types of cancer.
The concept of “Eastern Europe” in past and present.
Professor Thomas Grob / It may be a convenient term, but its meaning is fuzzy: “Eastern Europe” is an idea that is continually being redefined.
National heroes from the photo studio
Till Hein / In her current research project, Martina Baleva is investigating historic carte-de-visite photography – “Facebook of the 19th century.” She has found that, much like today, the “users” were often misled.