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Remembering the Slave Trade and its Abolition - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 30 July 2015

This month, join Cambridge Scholars Publishing on 23rd August in commemorating UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. The day is one of the events coordinated by the Slave Route Project, also administered by UNESCO, which, for the last 21 years, has sought to break the silence surrounding the slave trade and slavery across the world, and to highlight the global transformations and cultural interactions that have resulted from this history.

The importance of the Slave Route Project and of the remembrance day of 23rd August lie in their continuing promotion of cultural pluralism, and the promotion of human rights and intercultural dialogue. Unfortunately, the abolition of the slave trade did not put a definitive end to slavery or the exploitation of workers—according to the International Labour Organisation, around 21 million men, women and children around the world are still kept in a form of slavery.

UNESCO designated 23rd August to be the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition as an answer to the growing interest to and expectations generated by the launch of the Slave Route Project in 1994.

The date symbolises the fact that slaves were the principle instigators of their freedom, as the insurrection that occurred in Saint-Domingue during the night of 22nd August 1791 irremediably affected the slavery system, played a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, and eventually led to the creation of the Republic of Haiti.

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is not only a commemoration of past events, but also provides an opportunity to develop international solidarity and to promote tolerance and human rights by mobilising UNESCO member states, international organisations, and non-governmental organisations.

To mark the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on three of our related titles on slaves and slavery, particularly in relation to the modern era. To find out more about each title, please click on the image.

This book offers an overview of the complexities of the lives of Black people over various periods of history as they struggled to build lives away from Africa in societies that, in general, denied them the basic right of fully belonging. Another Black Like Me presents scenes from the long history of Blacks in Latin America, such as runaway slaves seen through official documentation; the memoirs of a slave who still dreamt of his homeland; demands for citizenship and kinship by Black immigrants; the fantasies of Blacks in the United States about the lives of Blacks in Brazil; a case study of some of those who returned to Africa and had to build a new identity based on their experiences as slaves; and the abstract representations of race and colour in the Caribbean. The studies all share the common element of living in societies where the definition of blackness was flexible, there were no laws of racial segregation, and where the culture, on one hand, tolerates miscegenation, but, on the other, denies full recognition of the rights of Blacks.

While distinguished academies of higher learning, governments, politicians, and the media struggle to find solutions to the imminent dangers posed to the Middle East and the world at large, a devastating human rights war has unfolded, with precious few warriors to combat it, let alone stem its brutal injustice. If there is any scourge that puts Civilization at Risk, it is the malignant disregard for the human rights of the millions of people who suffer slavery and inhumane treatment at the hands of fellow human beings. With 30 million people in slavery today, 30 million seeds of strife have been sown, as the souls of these victims are seared beyond recognition. Human trafficking cannot be combated by indifference or ignorance, but, rather, by the education of people world-wide, to awaken them to this 21st century scourge, as well as by instilling in them the courage and determination to stand and fight this evil, as Augustine, Wilberforce and Lincoln did, centuries ago.

This book presents an analysis of the slavery and manumission practiced in the Persian Gulf region in the first half of the 20th century. It is unique as it exposes the life stories of several hundred slaves, using their own voices. A striking aspect of the majority of studies on slavery is that they provide the reader with excellent statistics and describe the mechanism of enslavement, the routes of slave trading, and the economic and social conditions of enslaved people, but slaves themselves generally remain anonymous. As such, this book gives voice directly to the slaves by presenting, in full, their statements made at the British Agencies in Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Sharjah, and Bushire. Altogether around 1,000 statements were made by slaves asking for manumission certificates, and these statements shed light on various aspects of social, economic and political life on the Arabian shore of the Gulf. Given that it uncovers new aspects of the every-day life of the Arabian Peninsula, this book will also be of help to people of this region who are researching their roots.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code SLAVERY15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2015.

To find out more about the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, and other commemorative days organised by the Slave Route Project, please click here.

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Book of the Month - August 2015 30 July 2015

Our August Book of the Month is The End of Meaning: Studies in Catastrophe by Matthew Gumpert.

The spectre of the apocalypse has always been a semiotic fantasy: only at the end of all things will their true meaning be revealed. Our long romance with catastrophe is inseparable from the Western hermeneutical tradition; our search for an elusive truth, one that can only be uncovered through the interminable work of interpretation. Catastrophe terrifies and tantalises to the extent that it promises an end to this task.

9/11 is this book’s beginning, but not its end. Here, it seemed, was the apocalypse America had long been waiting for; until it became just another event. Indeed, the real lesson of 9/11 may be that catastrophe is the purest form of the event.

From the poetry of classical Greece to the popular culture of contemporary America, The End of Meaning demonstrates that catastrophe, precisely as the notion of the sui generis, has always been generic. This is not a book on the great catastrophes of the West; it offers no canon of catastrophe, no history of the catastrophic. The End of Meaning asks, instead, what if meaning itself is a catastrophe?

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 BOMAUG15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2015.

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

The End of Meaning is a brilliant, disturbing, and important book in which Matthew Gumpert dares to deprive us of one of Western culture’s most cherished (and soothing) pieties: that catastrophe is a rare disruption, something to absorb and assimilate. Gumpert demonstrates that, in fact, the opposite is the case. In powerful, often witty prose, he convinces us that the catastrophic is a commonplace. A classics scholar widely trained in philosophy, psychoanalysis, and literary theory, Gumpert is also completely at home in the realm of popular and mass culture. He reads Sophocles and Kant comfortably alongside the six o’clock news and the shopping mall. The result is a wide-ranging, erudite and potentially transformative rethinking of much of contemporary life and our lamentable political paralysis.”

—Rhonda Garelick, Professor of English and Performing Arts and Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Masterful and erudite, The End of Meaning is a fascinating exploration of the Western concept of catastrophe from Aristotle and Genesis to contemporary American popular culture and political rhetoric. Taking 9/11 as his starting point, Gumpert unravels a central paradox: that the unprecedented nature of catastrophe is always already scripted by preceding cultural narratives; that the sense of apocalyptic rupture repeats itself within historical time. With theoretical acumen, he analyses a rich philosophical tradition to help us better understand our own moment in history.”

—Amy Kaplan, Edward W. Kane Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - August 2015 30 July 2015

This August, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Jon Nixon has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our most noteworthy and best-selling titles in its field. Jon is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and is an Honorary Professor of the University of Sheffield. He currently co-edits the Bloomsbury Perspectives on Leadership in Higher Education series.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Jon’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAUG15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2015.

Professor Jon Nixon’s ‘Recommended Read’:

About the Boys: Stories from the Urban Community

Author: Lynn Maddern.

This book focuses on seven Somali and African Caribbean boys in primary and secondary education, who are referred into a Year 6 social skills group run by the author. Five years later, she meets the boys again, and at home with their mothers, grandmothers and siblings, she hears stories of exclusion, disappointment, success and ambition.

About the Boys is a moving and deeply thoughtful study of a group of Somali and African Caribbean boys working their way through primary and secondary education. It will be of interest to community workers, educational professionals, and those working in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

As a detailed account of how the author developed a highly original and innovative methodological approach to the gathering and interpretation of qualitative data, it will also be of interest to those working in the area of social science research. Doctoral students in particular will find the insights it offers into what it means to be a researcher both useful and inspiring.” 

For further information on Professor Nixon, please click here.

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Cambridge Scholars Delighted to Reward Authors under Royalty Scheme 30 July 2015

In 2014, Cambridge Scholars Publishing introduced a new and improved royalty structure that aimed to provide fairer and more beneficial payments for our authors and editors. At Cambridge Scholars, we put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and as such we have been paying out to our authors from the very first sale of their books under the new royalty scheme. It has been a little over a year since the implementation of this initiative, and we wanted to take this opportunity to inform our authors and readers that the new structure has been a thorough success.

We are delighted to have paid out a significant amount in royalties so far, rightly rewarding our authors and editors for the hard work that goes into publishing their manuscripts. Not only do we pay royalties on copies from the first sale onwards, but, as more books are sold, so the amount we pay out increases. This sliding scale has provided a more equitable and rewarding system for our authors, which we were very happy to implement. Since the introduction of the new royalty structure, we have seen a marked increase in the number of monograph proposals from both new and returning authors.

Together with our growing international reach in the promotion and distribution of our titles across the globe, this has resulted in establishing valuable links with new authors and reaffirming our pre-existing partnerships. We always welcome proposals for new titles, whether from first-time authors or established scholars, and offer an author-based approach which sees your work published efficiently and promoted widely. For more information, see our guidance on Publishing Your Work.

If you are an author or editor and would like more information about our royalty structure, or are interested in exploring new publishing opportunities with Cambridge Scholars, please contact a member of our team at; we would be very happy to hear from you.

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Meet our Authors: Vanessa Guignery - July 2015 13 July 2015

Vanessa Guignery is Professor of Contemporary English Literature and Postcolonial Literature at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France, having previously taught at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is a member of the Institut Universitaire de France, has been a Fellow and University Affiliate at the Harry Ransom Humanities Centre in Austin, Texas, on several occasions since 2006, and was an invited Professor at the Department of English at the University of Texas in Austin in the spring of 2011.

She is the author of a number of books and essays on the work of Julian Barnes, as well as a monograph on B.S. Johnson and a French translation of Jonathan Coe’s biography of the same writer. Vanessa is the author of Seeing and Being: Ben Okri’s The Famished Road, and is the editor of numerous collections of essays on contemporary English and postcolonial literature. She has also published articles on several British and Indian contemporary writers, and is currently editing a special issue of the journal Callaloo on Ben Okri. Vanessa has recently published The Inside of a Shell: Alice Munro’s Dance of the Happy Shades with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and has also edited volumes including The B. S. Johnson - Zulfikar Ghose Correspondence, The Famished Road: Ben Okri’s Imaginary Homelands, and Voices and Silence in the Contemporary Novel in English, with another title forthcoming.

A returning author with Cambridge Scholars, Vanessa explains why she has published on several occasions with us:

Since 2009, Cambridge Scholars Publishing has published four of my books and a fifth is underway. I greatly appreciate working with my various interlocutors, who are always receptive, diligent and professional. I particularly enjoy the quality of communication with the commissioning editors, the typesetting manager and the dust jacket designers who take my suggestions and queries into account, but also offer their own input. The books themselves are beautiful objects to behold and testify to the meticulous care the team takes to achieve the finest results.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Vanessa’s most recent publication, The Inside of a Shell: Alice Munro’s Dance of the Happy Shades. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUL15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th August 2015.

To find out more about Vanessa, click here.

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Meet our Authors: Tina Eftekhar - July 2015 13 July 2015

Dr Tina Eftekhar is a spiritual leader of professional development specialising in gender, human rights, women’s empowerment and spirituality. She has over five years of experience at both national and international universities and in the non-profit sectors, working to serve women affected by all forms of violence, including trafficking and domestic violence, in a variety of roles, including those of researcher, lecturer, author, educator and advisor.

Her research interests include gender, law and women’s rights; violations against women; gender and new religious movements; and women’s empowerment in spirituality. She is the founder and director of the Institute for Transforming Women’s Self-Other Relationships, and has formed innovative training programs to help create and promote women’s self-empowerment through Inter-Universal Mysticism (IUM) and change in social and cultural norms, both locally and globally, in order to eliminate forms of violence against women, particularly domestic violence.

Tina has authored The Birth of a Celestial Light: A Feminist Evaluation of an Iranian Spiritual Movement Inter-universal Mysticism with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This is her first book.

Tina describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars, emphasising the professional and helpful communication she had throughout:

I am very pleased with my working relationship with Cambridge Scholars Publishing and their supportive staff, who made my journey into publishing my first book so incredibly rewarding. I had a vision for my first book, and Cambridge Scholars was the only publisher that could make my vision come true without compromise. Their team was helpful and enthusiastic throughout the entire process, and they were there whenever I had a question or needed advice. I was amazed at the speed and efficiency of the whole service. When I think of my experience, compassionate communication, proficient service, and professional quality are three terms which come to mind.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Birth of a Celestial Light: A Feminist Evaluation of an Iranian Spiritual Movement Inter-universal Mysticism. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUL15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th August 2015.

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