Our search for cohesion can sometimes prevent a very open and inclusive exchange of individual research. In considering the papers in this current Open Issue, we have not sought to elicit links by subject, geography, or historical period. This does not mean that overlaps, convergences, or oppositions will not be read into the set of papers, but these are made more by the readers, their interest, and their manner of browsing through each issue as it arrives in the letterbox or on the desk. An “openness” to read about fields outside of our own research scope is possibly rare as each of us confront the instrumental research era and its monitoring institutional bureaucracies. But perhaps reading widely is also a forgotten pleasure. Read more here.