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Volume 8 of The New Collection is available as a PDF download from here. Links to individual articles can be found below.


Evgenia Ivanova Gender and Disaster Studies
Alice McCallum Putting the Tryst on Trial: An analysis of the lovers’ relationship in Béroul’s Le Roman de Tristan after the elapsing of the love potion
Benjamin Merle A Regional Approach to a Global Challenge
Bhavin Siritanaratkul Artificial Photosynthesis: Creating Fuel from Sunlight

Gender and Disaster Studies
Evgenia Ivanova
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Reading, listening or watching the news may make one believe that the modern world is a world of disasters. ‘Natural’ or ‘man-made’, disasters seem to equally affect anybody who happens to be in a wrong place at a wrong time. This paper argues that disaster is a social phenomenon, its effects are not random, and they impact unevenly on different social groups. Drawing attention to the connection between vulnerability to disasters and age, race and class, this essay particularly focuses on the significance of gender in how disasters impact individuals and communities. Finally, it is suggested that disaster studies is a valuable approach and context for understanding how a particular society works and that, despite being incredibly destructive, disasters can create a space for positive social and political changes.

Putting the Tryst on Trial: An analysis of the lovers’ relationship in Béroul’s Le Roman de Tristan after the elapsing of the love potion
Alice McCallum
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The folkloric tale of Tristan and Yseut was recounted in different ways in the French literature of the 12th century. In this paper, I outline Broul’s presentation of the lovers in Le Roman de Tristan, in order to examine the debates surrounding their relationship, which mainly centre around the extent to which they are exculpated (or not) by the influence of the love potion, or lovendrins.

A Regional Approach to a Global Challenge
Benjamin Merle
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Over the last decade academics publishing on economic impacts of climate change have engaged in a vigorous discourse on the appropriate discount rate. The models are highly sensitive to the rate and any choice implies a stance on issues of interand intra-generational justice. Most studies have based their cost-benefit-analyses on the assumption of a global discount rate. As more funds become available for regional adaptation or mitigation projects, the question arises whether the notion of a global rate results in the most realistic representation of regional costs and benefits. This essay argues that applying regional discount rates can lead to a more ecient allocation of funds among regions. The UNFCCC Green Climate Fund is presented as an example of this issue’s relevance to policy-makers. Based on the Ramsey equation, the essay argues for regional discount rates and methods for their implementation into the Green Climate Fund framework.

Artificial Photosynthesis: Creating Fuel from Sunlight
Bhavin Siritanaratkul
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There is an urgent need to secure an energy source that is both renewable and clean. Solar energy can potentially satisfy all of our energy needs, but current solar cell technologies face the problem of electricity storage. An alternative is to use solar energy to create fuel directly by mimicking nature’s photosynthesis. Our main target is the water-splitting reaction, producing hydrogen and oxygen in a clean process involving only water, sunlight, and materials called photocatalysts. This article covers the principles of artificial photosynthesis on semiconductor photocatalysts, various research directions, and the outlook of the field.