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A Tribute to Heather Hopfl, 1948-2014 12 December 2014

It was with great sadness that Cambridge Scholars Publishing learned of the death of Professor Heather Höpfl in early autumn. Heather died of cancer on 3rd September 2014 and is survived by her second husband, political theorist Professor Harro Höpfl, and her two sons, George and Max.

A leading expert and inspiring pioneer in Management Psychology, Heather brought an enormous range of theoretical understanding to her field, from Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, Theology and Sociology, incorporating dramaturgical, psychoanalytic and feminist perspectives. She was also a valued and respected member of our Editorial Advisory Board, and those who were honoured to have had the opportunity to get to know her were immediately struck by her intelligence, warmth and pragmatism.

In recent years, much of Heather’s research focused on women’s writing, embodiment, and the relationship between gender and leadership. One of her publications recalls the time when she arrived at a London gentleman’s club to receive a prize for a paper she had written on women in management, only to be told that she could not enter unless she was signed in by a male member.

At Cambridge Scholars Publishing, we have dedicated our final communication of 2014 to commemorate Heather’s life, her academic success and the significant legacy she leaves behind.

To mark her contribution to her field and the wider academic community in general, we have named our dedicated author space, the Heather Höpfl room.

Our Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board, Professor Emeritus David Weir, shares his personal reminiscence…

“My first meeting with Heather was at Lancaster University in 1976. Gibson Burrell had invited me to be the External Examiner for the exciting department he was heading. The other speaker was Hugh Wilmott. I was woefully underprepared having driven down from Glasgow, straight from a heavy round of meetings. Hugh Wilmott was knowledgeable and scholarly and my ramblings paled into mutterings faced with his rigorous and seamless eloquence. Gibson had asked if “one of his brighter doctoral students” could act as rapporteur of my paper. Heather meticulously and kindly picked the few kernels of sense in my argument and repackaged them into a coherent flow that represented the sense of the argument that I wished I could have said first.

As a research fellow and then senior research fellow Heather spent the next few years at Lancaster University where she established a reputation as a scholar with eclectic interests and a strong command of the European philosophical and aesthetic traditions.

When Heather moved to Bolton Institute, her energies of knowledge and involvement could be united in a major project: she became the centre of a school in which concern for the student was paramount and deemed no less worthy than the scholarly enterprise, which saw no need for national boundaries or rankings of preferred research styles.

Heather was by now naturally functioning as a leader in our trade, becoming a pivot for the displays of others, a reason for their practice, and a tireless support for their careers. Her writing was always ‘critical’ but never sectarian; measured but always powerful.

When I moved to Northumbria as Dean and Director of the Business School, Heather was the person I wanted to lead one of the three major divisions of the School (Operations, Analysis and Human Resource Management) to integrate, organise, motivate and lead us in the right way. Heather was a magnificent leader, efficient, inspirational and nurturing, as well as deeply empathetic to those who wanted to learn, grow and contribute, while rightly, but silently, contemptuous of those who thought that high titles and corridor influence alone were the ways of the scholarly world. Heather would certainly have hated several aspects of this role, but she would have made a wonderful Vice Chancellor. 

Later, Heather came on board as a visiting scholar to Liverpool Hope University where she was respected for her theological scholarship as she trod with great poise the boards of an institution based on a former seminary and a merger of a Catholic and an Anglican College of Education: she knew the inwardnesses of these traditions and respected their tensions and deep rhythms, and her giggle and astute judgements of people always enlivened these encounters.

Heather Höpfl was a light that lit up the often grey bureaucratic terrain of University life, a free thinker who refused to be corralled by the tedious regiment of rankings, status and condescension. She was a real star and an inspiration, a role model and a nurturer. There are very few like her in our business and none better. At Essex she was accepted rightly as a world-leading scholar. Her work on women’s roles in organisations trod easily over ferocious turbulent waters. She wrote that in much of our theorising “the lady vanishes”; this was no simplistic gender-political rant, but a grounded argument that respected historical evidence and para-cultural tradition. 

The Catholic mystic Hildegard of Bingen wrote a short prayer that says “Grant me O’ Lord, the energy of wisdom.” Heather Höpfl had the energy of wisdom and the calm of empathy, based on a genuine love of her craft, and a deep and wide knowledge of books, plays, ritual and symbols that enabled her critique to supervene posturing and ranting, and above all, to  exemplify a respect for others of all conditions, without diminishing the strength of her judgements. She will be very much missed.

‘Cover her face. Mine eyes dazzle. She died young’.”

October 2014 

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ARSC Award of Excellence for Cambridge Scholars Publishing 03 December 2014

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce that Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Discography of Vintage Recordings 1889 – 1955 has received an Award for Excellence 2014 from The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC).

The ARSC presents awards to authors and publishers of books, articles, liner notes, and monographs, to recognise outstanding published research in the field of recorded sound. In giving these awards, ARSC recognises outstanding contributions, encourages high standards, and promotes awareness of superior works.The award of Best Historical Research in Classical Music (Certificate of Merit) was given to Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Discography of Vintage Recordings 1889 – 1955, for the ‘exceptionally high quality’ of this work. This book presents a discography of recordings made from the works of Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791–1864) – from the inception of recording techniques in 1889 until the dominance of the long-playing record in 1955. It is a testimony to the once-universal fame of the composer and the esteem in which in his works were held. Covering more than 150 different pieces, the whole of this recorded legacy makes Meyerbeer one of the most popular classical composers of any age. This discography is integral to the history of opera, the nature of lyric recording, and the story of song and vocal technique.

The co-author, Robert Ignatius Letellier, said:

2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864), one of the most significant figures in operatic history, who used to be as famous as Verdi and Puccini until the First World War. Since then his reputation has been overshadowed by ideological and sociological factors, as well as changes in musical attitudes. In recent years, however, there has been resurgence in interest in Meyerbeer's life and work, and critical engagement in research has dramatically increased. The work of Cambridge Scholars Publishing has played a key role in this process.

The year of Meyerbeer's anniversary has seen the appearance of several new recordings of his works and some new books about him too. Not least among these is the Discography of Vintage Recordings (made between 1889 and 1955), a golden age of song that featured so many legendary artists. This book presents a painstaking catalogue of all known recording made during that period, the process facilitated by critical introductions and addenda, making this a research tool for the history of opera, music-making, performance and acoustic recording. It is tribute to the late Richard Arsenty who died in 2013, and to the fruitful collaboration he shared with me in so many aspects of Meyerbeer research.

It is therefore gratifying on so many levels to have this detailed work of discography acknowledged internationally by the Association of Recorded Sound Collections who awarded their 2014 Certificate of Merit in Classical Music to the joint authors Richard Arsenty and Robert Letellier, and also to Cambridge Scholars Publishing whose dedication to research in Romantic music made this possible. The book is beautifully produced, with its complex sequences of chronological and matrix tables, cross-referencing, and iconographic gallery of singers. It is a worthy tribute to authors, to Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and to the great composer to whom it is devoted.”

To celebrate this award, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Discography of Vintage Recordings 1889 – 1955. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code AWARDDEC14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 4th January 2015.

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War Child and Charles Dickens 03 December 2014

Nearer and closer to our hearts be the Christmas spirit, which is the spirit of active usefulness, perseverance, cheerful discharge of duty, kindness and forbearance! (Charles Dickens, 'What Christmas Is as We Grow Older', 1851)

For many people, especially the young, Christmas is a very exciting time. However, millions of children in conflict-hit countries are in the midst of increasingly volatile situations. This December, Cambridge Scholars Publishing will be supporting the international charity, War Child – an international charity that protects children from the brutal effects of war and its consequences. The charity works in many conflict zones, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Uganda, Afghanistan, Iraq, and with the Syrian refugees in Jordan.

We hope you will join us in showing your support for this important cause. We are offering our readers a 60% discount on Charles Dickens’s Christmas works, and donating the proceeds to the excellent work of War Child.

Christmas Stories

A Christmas Carol (and other works)

The Major Works of Charles Dickens in 29 volumes

For those of us of British origin, Dickens, more than anyone else, embodies the spirit of a traditional Christmas. Indeed, one of the founding fathers of Dickens scholarship, F. G. Kitton, published an article on the author entitled “The Man Who ‘Invented’ Christmas.” More importantly, the values and moral messages of his Christmas works still resound today. In A Christmas Carol, the primary value of Christmas is shown to be altruism; those who have “more” than they “need” are expected to share their wealth in order to know true happiness.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code DICKENS14 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 4th January 2015.

To learn more about the work of the charity, War Child, please click here.

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Book of the Month - December 2014 03 December 2014

Our December ‘Book of the Month’ is The Disappointed Bridge: Ireland and the Post-Colonial World by Richard Pine.

An original study, this is the first major appraisal of Ireland’s post-colonial experience in relation to that of other emergent nations. This recently released title has received critical acclaim, with an endorsement of the author by the late Seamus Heaney, and a presentation of the book to H.E. Michael D Higgins, the President of Ireland (see photo on left).

The book draws parallels between Ireland, India, Latin America, Africa and Europe, and explores the master-servant relationship, the functions of narrative, and the concepts of nationalism, map-making, exile, schizophrenia, hybridity, magical realism and disillusion. The author offers many incisive answers to the question: What happens to an emerging nation after it has emerged?

To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMDEC14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 4th January 2015.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:

“Pine’s strength as a commentator comes from his meditative, associative, habit of mind. His readings constantly deepen our sense of complexity and modernity.”

—Seamus Heaney

“A thoughtful, nuanced interrogation of Irish contemporary culture and Ireland’s cultural and historical links to Europe and farther afield, reflecting on music, drama, literature and political identity from a particular angle to the universewidely-read, sometimes astringent, and always well worth paying attention to.”

—Professor Roy Foster, Hertford College, University of Oxford

“In The Disappointed Bridge, Richard Pine has given us a sweeping reflection on Ireland’s place in the post-colonial world.  As he tells us in the opening pages, the ideas here began percolating in the 1980s, and have evolved over the past three decades.  As such, what we have in The Disappointed Bridge can be read as an archaeology of Irish post-colonial criticism, beginning in the first excitement of the explanatory power of what was once a new critical paradigm, and then mutating in increasingly interesting ways as the place of Ireland in the post-colonial world developed in complexity and nuance.   Indeed, underpinning The Disappointed Bridge is a spatial logic; it begins in a series of seminars in Berkeley, California, but it spirals outwards to take in Greece, Africa, India, Latin America and Transylvania, with Ireland always somewhere in the reckoning.  As a map of the concerns of one of the most engaged scholars in Irish Studies, The Disappointed Bridge does not disappoint.”

—Professor Chris Morash, Trinity College, Dublin


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Editorial Advisory Board's 'Recommended Read' - December 2014 03 December 2014

This December, our Editorial Advisory Board member, Professor Emeritus Simon Coke, has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Simon’s expertise lies in the field of international business and commerce. He co-founded The University of Edinburgh’s first Management School, was Dean of the Scottish Business School, at the University of Glasgow, and was previously on the Board of Edinburgh University Press.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Simon’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABDEC14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 4th January 2015.

Professor Simon Coke’s ‘Recommended Read’:

The Aftermath of the Global Crisis in the European Union

Editor: Beáta Farkas

Subject: Business, Finance and Economics

“In the thirteen well-researched papers, the authors recommend possible solutions to the problems faced by the EU following the global financial crisis of 2008. Will this collective analysis continue to be relevant tomorrow, given that the global political and economic situation has changed, to the detriment of the EU? Take, for example, the hostile stance of Putin’s Russia, the uncertainties of the Chinese economy and the festering opposition to the Union by nationalist politicians among its key member states. Yes, this volume will be of value in assisting interested readers to compare fresh threats to those of the past, hence permitting the recalibration of earlier solutions to new realities.”

For further information on Professor Emeritus Simon Coke, please click here

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