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An Interview with Nafisa Shah, Author of Honour and Violence

The following is an interview with Nafisa Shah about hew new book Honour and Violence: Gender, Power and Law in Southern Pakistan. 1) When did you begin working on Honour and Violence? Can you briefly tell us about your journey as a journalist, scholar, and politician following honor killings in Pakistan? Honour and Violence is […]

Remembering Forgetting: A Monument to Erasure at the University of North Carolina

by Timothy J. McMillan The following essay originally appeared in Silence, Screen and Spectacle: Rethinking Social Memory in the Age of Information. This book is now available in paperback. In 2001, I began teaching a first-year seminar titled “Defining Blackness.” My journey with that class and its descendants is intertwined with my relationship with the memorial landscape, concrete […]

Berghahn Journals: New Issues Published in July

           Sibirica Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies Volume 16, Issue 2 This issue explores a wide range of topics, including: Russian tobacco exporting to indigenous communities, Siberia migration in the eighteenth century, the semantic structure of domestic deer herd names and more.        French Politics, Culture & Society Issue 2: […]

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. Making up 5% of the world’s population there are an estimated 370 million indigenous people living across […]

Portrait of a Storyteller

The following is a post by Stephen Most, author of Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary. Two portraits of the young man I once was, one oil-painted, the other shaped in clay, watch over my study. More than half a century after they were made I portrayed the painter, Pedro […]

World Breastfeeding Week 2017

Celebrating it’s 25th year in 2017, World Breastfeeding Week is held yearly from 1st to 7th of August in more than 120 countries. Being organized by WABA, WHO and UNICEF, the goal is to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life which yields tremendous health benefits, providing critical nutrients, protection from deadly diseases […]

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Salt, Seeds, and Flamingos: On the Politics of Infrastructural Ecology in Turkey

In June of 2017, as I prepared to leave Izmir, my friend Esra gave me, as a gift, two jars of sea salt mixed with herbs and finely ground sun-dried vegetables. Handmade labels indicated this was salt from the Gediz Delta (a large river delta on the Bay of Izmir) and that “Zeytinci” Fadime had ... Continue reading →

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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 →

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Anxious Histories

Anxious Histories

Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century

Jordana Silverstein

“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

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Protest in Hitler's “National Community”

Protest in Hitler's “National Community”

Popular Unrest and the Nazi Response

Edited by Nathan Stoltzfus and Birgit Maier-Katkin

“This is a solid book and a welcome addition to the literature. It should find a place on the reading lists of any course dealing with dictatorships, totalitarianism, or twentieth-century German history.” · HISTORY: Reviews of New Books

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Mass Media and Historical Change

Mass Media and Historical Change

Germany in International Perspective, 1400 to the Present

Frank Bösch

“…readers will appreciate Bosch’s insights in comparing Nazi and GDR media, and underscoring common government interventions that emerged across fascist and democratic regimes, as well as his attempts to be inclusive with regard to Asian, African, and Latin America media formations.  While the Internet age appears only in an epilogue, readers will profit from Bösch’s framing and breadth, and from his comprehensive bibliography and reviews of German sources and issues.” · Choice

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Transborder Media Spaces

Transborder Media Spaces

Ayuujk Videomaking between Mexico and the US

Ingrid Kummels

“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

“This study is based on in-depth research involving a good analysis of the articulation of national identities, sense of belonging and local labour markets with the social and bodily intimacies related to care for the elderly in Japanese institutions… It is an essential contribution to the understanding of the cultural, personal and social relations in care work.” · Ratna Saptari, Leiden University varied political forces at work in a small Alpine region of Italy of which she has deep knowledge as a “native” critically distanced by long years abroad and by her calling as an anthropologist.”
 · Michael Herzfeld, - See more at: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/GrasseniHeritage#sthash.CUZx2Kfr.dpu
“The book is meticulously researched with great detail on the production, naming, localization, politics, and marketing of cheese in the Bergamo area of the Lombardy region of Italy.” · Carole Counihan, Millersville University - See more at: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/GrasseniHeritage#sthash.CUZx2Kfr.
“Grasseni writes with a confident hand, deftly analyzing the interplay of the richly varied political forces at work in a small Alpine region of Italy of which she has deep knowledge as a “native” critically distanced by long years abroad and by her calling as an anthropologist.”
 · Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University
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“Grasseni writes with a confident hand, deftly analyzing the interplay of the richly varied political forces at work in a small Alpine region of Italy of which she has deep knowledge as a “native” critically distanced by long years abroad and by her calling as an anthropologist.”
 · Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University
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“Grasseni writes with a confident hand, deftly analyzing the interplay of the richly varied political forces at work in a small Alpine region of Italy of which she has deep knowledge as a “native” critically distanced by long years abroad and by her calling as an anthropologist.”
 · Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University
 - See more at: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/GrasseniHeritage#sthash.CUZx2Kfr.dpuf
“Grasseni writes with a confident hand, deftly analyzing the interplay of the richly varied political forces at work in a small Alpine region of Italy of which she has deep knowledge as a “native” critically distanced by long years abroad and by her calling as an anthropologist.”
 · Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University
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Travel and Representation

Travel and Representation

Edited by Garth Lean, Russell Staiff, and Emma Waterton

“This is a collection of beautifully written chapters coalescing around a set of mutually illuminating themes: the visual, the poetic, imagination, the post-representational, travel, and self/world making. Moving from film to the Internet, from photography to music, and from travel writing and poetry to television commercials, Travel and Representation puts this debate over representation into terms that are amenable to tourism studies and research.” · Jennie Germann Molz, College of the Holy Cross

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Mad Mädchen

Mad Mädchen

Feminism and Generational Conflict in Recent German Literature and Film

Margaret McCarthy

Mad Mädchen tells an original and important story about contemporary feminisms, one that moves beyond received (teleological, and often reductive) accounts of feminist waves, to argue for an understanding of the contradictions in feminism today as aesthetically and politically generative. McCarthy’s arguments emerge powerfully over the course of this book.” · Hester Baer, University of Maryland

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European Regions and Boundaries

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European Conceptual History

Volume: 3

European Regions and Boundaries

A Conceptual History

Edited by Diana Mishkova and Balázs Trencsényi

“Hart’s human economy paradigm is changing the terms of debate in economic anthropology. This volume, which contains essays by the world’s leading experts on new ways of thinking about money, explores fundamental questions about the human condition in today’s unequal world.” · Chris Gregory, Australian National University

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Witches and Demons

Memory and Change in Europe

Eastern Perspectives

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

Topographies of Suffering

Buchenwald, Babi Yar, Lidice

Jessica Rapson

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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Screen Bodies

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Experience, Perception, and Display

New 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.

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Boyhood 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...

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