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Introducing Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest
In 2011 a global wave of protest changed the way in which people saw contention. January saw two revolutions: first, in Tunisia culminating in the overthrow of then president Ben Ali; and second in Egypt with protests that would end the Mubarak regime within eighteen days. This wave of protest spread to Libya, Syria, Yemen […]
Promoting ‘self-reliance’ for refugees: what does it really mean?
The following is a post by Naohiko Omata, author of The Myth of Self-Reliance: Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp. Promotion of ‘self-reliance’ for refugees has occupied a central seat in the policy arena of the international refugee regime in recent years. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) broadly defines self-reliance as ‘the social […]
SIMULATED SHELVES: BROWSE JULY 2017 NEW BOOKS
We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Film Studies, Gender Studies, History, and Media Studies, along with our New in Paperback titles. EMPTINESS AND FULLNESS Ethnographies of Lack and Desire in Contemporary China Edited by Susanne Bregnbæk and Mikkel Bunkenborg Volume 2, Studies in Social Analysis As critical […]
Recreating universities to help revive democracy
The following is a post by Davydd J. Greenwood, Goldwin Smith Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, Cornell University The following are some management verities that abound in current university administrations: Good universities require highly-paid leaders hired by Boards of Trustees through executive search services. Good universities have large administrative staffs, often outnumbering the faculty. Good university […]
Book Launch for Stories Make the World
The following is a post about the book launch for Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary by Stephen Most. It’s odd to see the result of years of work contained within a small object, whether it is a book, a DVD, or a phone on which films are streaming. Stories Make the […]
Happy Bastille Day
Celebrated on July, 14, Bastille Day is the French national day and one of the most important bank holidays in France. The day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille on the 14th July 1789, a medieval fortress and prison which was a symbol of tyrannical Bourbon authority and […]
At the Threshold of Modernity: Vienna’s pivotal years in the 1870s
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If you steal from one author it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many it’s research. —Wilson Mizner ... Continue reading on Tumblr
New Featured Article!: “From a Blind Spot to a Nexus”
The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article—”From a Blind Spot to a Nexus: Building on Existing Trends in Knowledge Production to Study the Copresence of Ecotourism and Extraction”—comes from Volume 3 (2012). In her ... Continue reading →
Chris Hann: Hayek versus Polanyi in Montréal: Global society as markets, all the way across?
The workshop “Geographies of Markets”—hosted over three days in mid-June 2017 by the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy at Concordia University, Montréal—gave scholars from a wide range of countries and disciplines an opportunity to assess the continued relevance of the Polanyian ... Continue reading →
Blog: Museum Worlds
The Black Lives Matter Movement in the National Museum of African American History and Culture
by Rod Clare, Elon University
It has been over forty years since the mostly successful conclusion of the Civil Rights movement in the United States. While some may have thought the election of an African-American president in 2008 heralded a “postracial” America, continued ... Continue reading →
New in Paperback
The Holocaust in Czech and Slovak Historical Culture
“Overall, this is an informative book [that]… may be especially useful for readers interested in the ongoing development of historical narratives in Europe generally, and in the Czech and Slovak Republics in particular.” · Holocaust and Genocide
New in Paperback
Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century
“What makes the book so important is that in investigating why the third generation hands on the knowledge of the Holocaust in the way that it does, and why it hands on the knowledge it does, Silverstein offers us an examination of what it is to be Jewish today, to live one’s everyday life in the lengthening shadow of the Holocaust and the trauma handed on through the generations… I strongly recommend this book.” · Australian Historical Studies
New in Paperback
Stories Make the World
Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary
“Stories Make the World is an insightful look into the craft of documentary filmmaking that should be required reading for media students. Story and honesty are needed now more than ever in an era of ‘fake news,’ half-truths, and technical virtuosity.” · John de Graaf, Director of Affluenza and fifteen other national PBS documentaries
Transborder Media Spaces
Ayuujk Videomaking between Mexico and the US
“This important book is a welcome contribution to anthropological studies of media and should be carefully examined by scholars and students interested in indigenous media, film production as a technology of knowledge, and audiovisual decolonization.” · Ulla D. Berg, Rutgers University
The Myth of Self-Reliance
Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp
“Excellent in every respect… The work fills a major gap in the refugee studies literature, as there has been no previous book-length account of this particular refugee population or the topic under review (how refugees cope in the absence of humanitarian assistance). Unlike some anthropological accounts of refugee situations, the study is a delight to read, bereft of unnecessary theory and maintains a consistent focus on the refugees themselves.” · Jeff Crisp, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Indigeneity and the Sacred
Indigenous Revival and the Conservation of Sacred Natural Sites in the Americas
Edited by Fausto Sarmiento and Sarah Hitchner
“This volume has multidisciplinary implications, and includes geographers, cultural anthropologists, and archaeologists, as well as the leader of an indigenous group as authors. This book will be an excellent complement to other existing texts in the field of ecological anthropology.” · William Balée, Tulane University
European Conceptual History
Conceptual History in the European Space
Edited by Willibald Steinmetz, Michael Freeden, and Javier Fernández-Sebastián
The result of extensive collaboration among leading scholars from across Europe, Conceptual History in the European Space represents a landmark intervention in the historiography of concepts. It brings together ambitious thematic studies that combine the pioneering methods of historian Reinhart Koselleck with contemporary insights and debates, each one illuminating a key feature of the European conceptual landscape.
Memory and Change in Europe
Edited by Małgorzata Pakier and Joanna Wawrzyniak
Foreword by Jeffrey Olick
In studies of a common European past, there is a significant lack of scholarship on the former Eastern Bloc countries. While understanding the importance of shifting the focus of European memory eastward, contributors to this volume avoid the trap of Eastern European exceptionalism, an assumption that this region's experiences are too unique to render them comparable to the rest of Europe. They offer a reflection on memory from an Eastern European historical perspective, one that can be measured against, or applied to, historical experience in other parts of Europe. In this way, the authors situate studies on memory in Eastern Europe within the broader debate on European memory.
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Topographies of Suffering
Buchenwald, Babi Yar, Lidice
Commentary on memorials to the Holocaust has been plagued with a sense of "monument fatigue," a feeling that landscape settings and national spaces provide little opportunity for meaningful engagement between present visitors and past victims. This book examines the Holocaust via three sites of murder by the Nazis: the former concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany; the mass grave at Babi Yar, Ukraine; and the razed village of Lidice, Czech Republic...
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- We will be attending the following conferences with our own booth. Please stop by for a chat and to browse our books on display.
- August 29-September 1, 2017 Royal Geographical Society (RGS) London, UK Attending: Leigh Waite http://bit.ly/JFB39g
- October 11-15, 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair Frankfurt, Germany Attending: Rupert Jones-Parry and Leigh Waite http://bit.ly/1kQjI9y
- October 5-8, 2017 German Studies Association (GSA) Atlanta, GA Attending: Marion Berghahn and Chris Chappell http://bit.ly/1M9fixT
- November 29-December 3, 2017 American Anthropological Association (AAA) Washington, DC Attending: Marion Berghahn, and Vivian Berghahn http://bit.ly/2m4GuVj
- Berghahn Titles will be on display at the following conferences:
- August 12-15, 2017 American Scoiological Association (ASA) Montreal, QC, Canada http://bit.ly/2ruidHy
- August 31-September 3, 2017 5th European Congress on World and Global History (ENIUGH) Budapest, Hungary http://bit.ly/1VWNYq0
- November 2-5, 2017 Symposium of the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA) Galloway, NJ http://bit.ly/2smZh1U
- November 16-19, 2017 National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) Baltimore, MD http://bit.ly/2szC6ln
- November 18-21, 2017 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Washington, DC http://bit.ly/2t0Goj0
- November 18-21, 2017 American Academy of Religion (AAR) Boston, MA http://bit.ly/2tkBNYc
- If you have any questions or want to make an appointment, please write to one of the attendees or email SalesUK@berghahnbooks.com (UK & Europe) or SalesUS@berghahnbooks.com (US & Rest of the World).
An Interdisciplinary Journal of Experience, Perception, and DisplayNew in 2016!
Screen Bodies is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the intersection of Screen Studies and Body Studies across disciplines, institutions, and media. It is a forum promoting research on various aspects of embodiment on and in front of screens through articles, reviews, and interviews. The journal considers moving and still images, whether from the entertainment industry, information technologies, or news and media outlets, including cinema, television, the internet, and gallery spaces. It investigates the private experiences of portable and personal devices and the institutional ones of medical and surveillance imaging. Screen Bodies addresses the portrayal, function, and reception of bodies on and in front of screens from the perspectives of gender and sexuality, feminism and masculinity, trans* studies, queer theory, critical race theory, cyborg studies, and dis/ability studies.
An Interdisciplinary Journal
Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is a peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for the discussion of boyhood, young masculinities, and boys’ lives by exploring the full scale of intricacies, challenges, and legacies that inform male and masculine developments. Boyhood Studies is committed to a critical and international scope and solicits both articles and special issue proposals from a variety of research fields including, but not limited to, the social and psychological sciences, historical and cultural studies, philosophy, and social, legal, and health studies. More Information...