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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - February 2019 07 February 2019

For February's Recommended Read, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Martina Tanga has chosen: Museums and Public Art?: an assemblage of essays that exhibit the connections and collaborations between museums and public art. 

Martina is a contemporary art historian and curator, specializing in Italian 20th century art. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, her research interests focus on art that engages with social concerns, feminism, the built environment, and audience participation. She has published widely, having written several exhibition reviews for publications like Art Papers, penned art object entries for museum catalogues, and authored several essays based on her research that have appeared in a number of academic anthologies.

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Dr Martina Tanga's ‘Recommended Read’:

Museums and Public Art?

Editors: Cher Krause Knight, Harriet F. Senie

This is the first book to contextualize the collaborations between museums and public art through a range of essays marked by their coherence of topical focus, written by leading and emerging scholars and artists. It represents a major contribution to the field of art history in general, will be of significant interest to those studying and working in the domain of public art and museums.

"While the question mark in the book’s title might lead readers to believe that museums and public art are antithetical, the compilation of essays point, instead, to the many instances when museums and public art projects have found common ground, shared the same space, developed the same audiences, sought the same goals, or settled on a mutual benefit. Moreover, many of the case studies examined blur the boundaries between public art—defined as art located in open, often urban, spaces—and museums—described as enclosed institutions whose function is the display of art—so that distinctions constructively, and productively, break down.

At the center of the book is a discussion of what is public; how might we reconcile, for example, the public-ness of museums and the private-ness of public space? Public art consistently engages with the politics of space, how democratic is the street, and what intangible barriers there may be to audiences. Many authors address the issue of inside and outside, and the gray space in between, in this anthology. Just as location is important, so are audiences, and what, or better, who is the public in museums and for art outside is another grounding theme of this compendium. A highlight comes from thinking about the collaboration between the museum’s educational mission and its alignment with the tenets of public art. They are both concerned with engaging audiences, building communities, and challenging power. Another critical strain is the tension between public good and private interests, which in reality, affect both museums’ operations and the sphere of public art. Unfortunately, today, this is one of major—at times inconspicuous—questions regarding the production of culture, of which museums and public art are both embroiled within. On a positive note, the book suggests that an avenue ripe for future exploration is the integration of the museum and public art through the nexus of social practice, a dialogical model of art making that centers on audiences. This approach would dismantle the distinctions of site and foreground the public, bringing people together in an enriching experience." 

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210th Birthday of Charles Darwin - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 07 February 2019

This February, join Cambridge Scholars Publishing as we voyage into the literature on Charles Darwin. Still one of the most original concepts in modern thought, Darwin’s Theory of Evolution has continued to evolve and adapt not only within the field of Life Sciences, but within the Physical, Health and Social Science realms also.

Darwin’s ‘tree of life’ concept applies well to our ethos. As outlined in our Author Promises, a core value of Cambridge Scholars Publishing is diversity, which, like biodiversity, enriches rather than dilutes the tree of knowledge. Naturally, we have selected titles that fit into a broad taxonomy: ranging from nutrition to philosophy.

To celebrate his 210th birthday, we are offering a 50% discount on the below books.

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This book is about evolution, and what each of us, our self and our consciousness, really are. It highlights how evolution influences the human self and what we think of as our individual personalities, our souls. The theory of evolution, first conceived by Charles Darwin, has been described as the best idea ever conceptualised, and there is quite some truth in this! Still, there is much to discover in relation to evolution, including the scope of this theory for shedding light, often in unexpected ways, on some of the major questions of life. Are humans just another animal species? Are we really more intelligent than our forefathers? What is the connection between Nietzsche, Shakespeare, Hamlet and syphilis? Evolution and I discusses and sheds light on human knowledge and evolution from a range of perspectives including morals and ethics, sex and gender, religion, artificial intelligence, and microorganisms, with often surprising conclusions.

Numerous scholarly articles and books have been written about biologic and social evolution, compassion, life’s meaning, violence and predictions of future outcomes. However, what is not often addressed, but is increasingly desperately needed, is the realization of the evolutionary survival value of caring for others. Evolution of Evolution: The Survival Value of Caring strives to link our humanities and religious philosophies to a scientific understanding of human destiny, and provide a key to meaning in our lives. Though this idea has incubated for over two decades, recent extremism in Charlottesville and global threats of inhumanity and violence make this more timely than ever for all who care about who we are and our children’s future. Furthermore, our capacity for benefit or destruction of Homo sapiens or civilization as we know it sets a ticking timer on the urgency of this realization and focused action; we don’t have ‘forever’ to ‘get it!’

Nature Alive: Essays on the Emergence of and Evolution of Living Agents pays homage to Alfred North Whitehead’s (1861-1947) profound lecture and essay entitled “Nature Alive,” which was one of his most mature expressions of his process-relational metaphysics – a holistic conceptual framework that renders vivid the dynamic character of the natural world and the intrinsic purposiveness, selective agency, and creativity of living organisms. Inspired by, but not beholden to, Whitehead’s process metaphysical “lens,” the contributors to this volume bring a multiplicity of philosophical orientations to the table in challenging the mechanistic and reductionistic neo-Darwinian paradigm that is still dominant today in the life sciences.

Nutrition and Science: A Darwinian Perspective on Nutritional Medicine offers a completely up-to-date summary of nutritional medicine as it applies to frontline medical professionals, medical students and the interested layperson. Newspapers often give contradictory and confusing reports on issues such as alcohol intake, dietary sugars versus fats and the value (or lack thereof) of taking supplements. In addition, many GPs are as confused as their patients on these matters as they get very little education in nutrition either at medical school or afterwards. However, nutritional medicine is not really that confusing. There is some disagreement among experts, but there is a consensus on the most important issues, albeit with slight variations. The book summarises these generally agreed opinions, but explains where there are differences of opinion, detailing the reasons for these.

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Meet our Authors: Nathan M. Szajnberg - January 2019 14 January 2019

Nathan M. Szajnberg was the Sigmund Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis at the Hebrew University.  He was also the Wallerstein Research Fellow in Psychoanalysis (2005-2016) and has received two NIMH awards, the first in adolescent psychiatry and the second in infant psychiatry, as well as the Ticho Award.  His work concentrates on development, attachment and psychoanalysis, including its aesthetic aspects.  A graduate of the University of Chicago College and Medical School, he also completed training in General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and later in Psychoanalysis. His major personal influences include Bruno Bettelheim, Peter Giovacchini, and Robert Wallerstein.  

He has published across a wide variety of genres including biographies, empirically researched original work, and novels. His first book published with us, Jacob and Joseph, Judaism’s Architects and Birth of the Ego Idealstudies the ancient Hebrew story of Joseph and Jacob through the lens of modern psychology, and in doing so presents a study which not only tackles the past but grapples with its relevancy for the present.

Nathan describes his first experience publishing with Cambridge Scholars as such:

“Cambridge Scholars Publishing has been a refreshing experience.  From the moment they accepted my manuscript, I have been impressed with their professionalism, concern for accuracy, and the demanding quality of their copyediting and overall design. They also have been open to my participation in designing the book cover.  Their peer review has been efficient, yet to the highest scholarly standards.  Scholarly publishing is challenging. Yet Cambridge Scholars makes the experience lively and with a dedicated group of professionals from the acquisitions editor to the designer to marketing. 

I am grateful to Cambridge Scholars and hope to continue to work with them. I believe that readers expect the highest intellectual, scholarly standards and accuracy from them.  As a psychoanalyst, I am honoured to join their ranks.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Nathan’s latest book, Jacob and Joseph, Judaism’s Architects and Birth of the Ego Ideal. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on the 15th February 2019.

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Meet our Authors: Dr Mayako Shimamoto - January 2019 14 January 2019

Dr Mayako Shimamoto is a Visiting Fellow at the Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University, Japan. After receiving a PhD in American History from Osaka University in 2012, a summary of her dissertation was published in the Journal of American Studies from the American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK) in 2013. As a historian, she also co-authored the Historical Dictionary of Japanese Foreign Policy, published in the US in 2015. Her current research focus is Japan’s nuclear policy in the context of US-Japan relations.

Henry A. Wallace’s Criticism of America’s Atomic Monopoly, 1945-1948 is the first book Dr Shimamoto has published with Cambridge Scholars. This book presents a biographical account of one of the most important individuals of the 20th century and emphasises both his commitment to peace and his influence on the outcome of the fraught post-war era.

Here is Dr Shimamoto on her first experience of publishing with us:

“When I received an email from Cambridge Scholars Publishing, it was an amazing surprise. This gave me great joy and encouragement, as my dissertation, a full description and criticism of America’s atomic policy, was neglected by a US publisher, but CSP did not. How generous and fair! The process of formatting and editing the manuscripts has been smooth, and moreover, the CSP artistic designer produced a wonderful dust cover for me. Thanks to CSP’s efforts, I have recently found that libraries of US universities are holding my book, including Amazon Japan which has started to market the book on their website!”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Henry A. Wallace’s Criticism of America’s Atomic Monopoly, 1945-1948. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on the 15th February 2019.

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Meet our Authors: Francis Etheredge - December 2018 13 December 2018

Francis Etheredge is a lecturer, poet, philosopher, and influential Catholic writer. Throughout his long and distinguished life he has contributed articles to a number of journals on the intersection of ethics and Catholicism, and he is a writer for Catholic publications such as The Catholic Times and The Catholic Universe.

In 2016, Francis published his magnum opus with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, the culmination of a lifetime of thinking and writing about religion and philosophy. Released in three volumes, From Truth and truth is an exhilarating tour through philosophy, reason, experience, faith, and numerous other themes both ancient and modern.

Prior to this, Francis also published Scripture: A Unique Word with us, a multifarious exploration of the nature and meaning of scripture today.

Francis outlines his experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars on these projects, and how his own approach to thinking and writing has developed as a result:

“The first book I published with Cambridge Scholars was Scripture: A Unique Word, and reflecting on the process the various people with whom I worked were very responsive and, altogether, helped me to establish a ‘book style’ which has been foundational for subsequent work. As the book included a dedicated exploration of the opening lines of the Hebrew text, a marvellously literary work communicating a wonderful combination of analogy and mystery, I offered my own Hebrew-word design for the cover. This resulted in a highly interactive process of suggestions and refinements with Cambridge Scholars’ design team, which, in due course, culminated in a book that I am more than pleased with.

“I then began writing full time, and we eventually collaborated on another book, my From Truth and truth. It was originally supposed to be a single book, but as I assembled the material it evolved into a trilogy. Cambridge Scholars were very flexible and positive towards these changes, and we developed a strong marketing campaign for the trilogy including posters and book advertisements.

“Now, two years on, Cambridge Scholars continue to support the marketing and publicity of my books. We are developing a ‘Christmas package’ with reviews and blog posts, with a view to benefitting writer and publisher alike. This is testament to their approach to their authors, and I am delighted that they continue to support me in these ways.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on all of Francis’ books with Cambridge Scholars; his Scripture: A Unique Word, and Volume I, Volume II, and Volume III of From Truth and truth. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOADEC18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th January 2019.

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Meet our Authors: Takesure Taringana - December 2018 13 December 2018

Takesure Taringana is an economic historian and a Lecturer in the Department of Economic History at the University of Zimbabwe. He obtained his BA Honours degree in Economic History and his MPhil in African Economic History in 2008 and 2015 respectively. He has a sharp interest in agricultural commodities and development in Africa, and focuses primarily on coffee production in both colonial and post-colonial Zimbabwe. His research is also concerned with water and development, gender, language, climate change and community development.

In June 2018, Takesure published his first research monograph with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, entitled Agrarian Capitalism and the Development of the Coffee Industry in Colonial Zimbabwe 1900-1980. The book is an important touchstone for economic historians, political economists, and anyone who is interested in the dual logics of capitalism and colonialism as they have played out in Africa over the past 100 years.

Takesure explains why he chose to publish his first book with Cambridge Scholars:

“A major attraction to working with Cambridge Scholars Publishing was their strong reputation and the wide range of subjects that they cover. This offered me a timely and convenient entry into the world of distinguished scholarship. These virtues were further enhanced by Cambridge Scholars’ publicity drive, which enabled my book to reach a wide global readership and, therefore, make a significant impact on global scholarship.

“I also really enjoyed the efficiency of the publication process, which was the result of a highly interactive relationship between the publisher and me. They managed to live up to their expectations of an author-orientated publishing process – this meant my involvement at every stage of the process, ensuring that my book is exactly what I wanted it to be!

“As a junior scholar, publishing with Cambridge Scholars was my breakthrough in the scholarly world. It has boosted my confidence and encouraged me in my efforts to make a substantial and ongoing impact in the world of scholarly publishing.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Agrarian Capitalism and the Development of the Coffee Industry in Colonial Zimbabwe 1900-1980. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOADEC18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th January 2019.

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Meet our Authors: Clara Sarmento - November 2018 14 November 2018

Clara Sarmento holds a PhD in Portuguese Culture and an MA in Anglo-American Studies, and is Director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal, where she develops her research on intercultural theories and representations. She is a tenured Professor and the Director of Master’s programs in Specialized Translation and in Intercultural Studies for Business at the same university, and is the recipient of the American Club of Lisbon Award for Academic Merit and the Portuguese Centre for Social Studies Award for Young Social Scientists.

Clara is one of Cambridge Scholars’ most prolific and active authors. She is the author or editor of six books, and her seventh book, provisionally entitled Cultural Tourism and Heritage in Northern Portugal, is expected to be released in 2020.

Not only this, Clara is a frequent contributor to our Recommended Reads campaigns, and is a trusted reviewer and member of our Anthropology Editorial Advisory Board. For more information about her, please click here.

Clara outlines her reasons for, and experiences of, working with Cambridge Scholars:

“As the founder and director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic of Porto, Cambridge Scholars Publishing was my natural choice for the international dissemination of scientific outputs while, back in 2006, working to establish what is now a reputed research centre.

My personal experience of having books published with Cambridge Scholars, both as a single author and as the editor of volumes with contributions from all over the world, is excellent, and I strongly recommend them to anyone wishing to have their work distributed, sold and reviewed worldwide, as has happened with all of my six books. Other leading authors in the blooming field of Intercultural Studies also publish with Cambridge Scholars, particularly because they welcome groundbreaking approaches that actually defy and transform conservative, patriarchal and Eurocentric academia. This is a publisher that pushes limits, brings about epistemological changes, and opens up new spaces for free discussion and independent research. 

I consider Cambridge Scholars to be one the most influential and innovative counter powers in the academic publishing world. Their books are placed worldwide on virtual bookstores within a couple of days of their publication, and I also emphasise the aesthetical quality of the books themselves, especially the attention given to the design of the cover. And last but not least, their employees, with their remarkable kindness and professionalism, guide us, the authors, in every stage of the publishing process and beyond.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Clara’s latest book, The Imagery of Writing in the Early Works of Paul Auster: From Stones to Books. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOANOV18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th December 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Myrna Santos - November 2018 14 November 2018

Myrna Santos has taught English, ESOL, and writing at Nova Southeastern University and Florida Atlantic University, both in the USA. With Cambridge Scholars, in 2015 she published An Introvert in an Extrovert World: Essays on the Quiet Ones, a book which was one of the first to take seriously the challenges faced by introverts in an increasingly extroverted world. Following her academic career, she is now the owner and director of English Made Easy, a school of language and culture in Coral Springs, Florida.

Three years after the publication of her first book, Myrna has now returned to Cambridge Scholars with her second book, entitled Handmaids, Tributes, and Carers: Dystopian Females’ Roles and Goals. This book places a spotlight on the place of women in various dystopian and futuristic popular media, with The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Happiness Patrol all featuring.

Myrna explains her reasons for first working with Cambridge Scholars, and why she returned to publish her second book:

“I believe in the power of the written word.  I believe in its ability to stimulate and generate feelings in people that can be achieved in no other way.  So, I imagine it follows that I have always wanted to be a writer; I express my feelings best through writing. When it came to publishing my first book, I selected Cambridge Scholars Publishing from among several offers, and I am very pleased that I did so.

From the beginning the whole process, from my author liaisons to my editors, advisors, and cover designers, has been amazing. I cannot imagine the procedure being smoother or more pleasant, and it is purely because of the people with whom I have worked. Everything works as a well-oiled machine; when one process is completed, the staff at Cambridge Scholars immediately move you forward to the next one. There were never agonising delays when you, the author, would have to wait endless amounts of time to try and figure out what was going on. This uncertainty has never happened to me with either of the books that I have published with Cambridge Scholars.

I would absolutely recommend Cambridge Scholars Publishing to any aspiring author, and I hope to work with them again in the future.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Handmaids, Tributes, and Carers: Dystopian Females’ Roles and Goals. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOANOV18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th December 2018.

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Meet our Authors - Jun Zhou and Gail Taylor 25 October 2018

Professor Jun Zhou is a member of the Expert Committee of the China Fashion and Color Association, an Honorary Director of the China Fashion and Color Association Council, and Director of the Zhenjiang Textile Industry Research Institute. He is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Encyclopedia of China Third Edition (Color Roll), a consultant at the Color Center of the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, and Honorary Professor of the Beijing Institute of Fashion. He has been engaged in research on traditional Chinese color culture, popular color, and color design for more than 40 years, and has published dozens of papers in leading journals at home and abroad, such as Clothing Guide, Textile Report, and Jiangsu Textile.

In 1990, he was the only Chinese contributor to The Color Compendium with a chapter on traditional Chinese color, and he published Visual Communication Color Design with China Youth Publishing House in 2008. In 2016, he was invited by the Chinese Academy of Art to give a special lecture on Chinese traditional color research, and his paper on the modern applications of Chinese traditional color languages was included in the proceedings of the 2016 Chinese Traditional Color Theory Research Symposium, published by the Literature and Art Publishing House in November 2016. He has also contributed to the Chinese encyclopedia Color Roll. More recently, Professor Zhou has been invited to give lectures on Chinese traditional color culture and fashion by the Jilin Academy of Art and the Organizing Committee of the Central Plains Fashion Week. 

For his newest book with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Professor Zhou partnered with Professor Gail Taylor, resulting in the release of The Language of Color in China in August 2018. Dr Taylor is Adjunct Professor at Donghua University, China, and specializes in the fields of culture and costume studies, the practice of fashion design, innovative strategies, and fashion communication. She has decades of experience in fashion and textile design, and is both editor of the Research Journal of Textile and Apparel and regional editor of the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management. Her publications explore fashion, textiles, ecology and sustainability, e-business and contemporary issues.

Together, Professor Zhou and Professor Taylor reflect on their experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

“Publishing our book The Language of Color in China with Cambridge Scholars was both an active and dynamic experience for us, and it was clear to us that they were committed to providing a forward-thinking publishing service that champions original thinking. This was especially so since our book is the first to introduce and explain Chinese traditional color culture from a period of over 5000 years of world history. This was a new research topic in the global arena and in the language of color use worldwide, and our work is of particular interest for those involved in the exchange of colors and cultures between East and West.

Cambridge Scholars’ editorial team and management staff were consistently professional, highly supportive, and efficient throughout the entire process. Particularly in the editing and typesetting of illustrations, the pre-press team worked closely with us to obtain exquisite color visual effects in our images. We greatly admire their courage to explore new research fields, to test new research findings, and to give readers more options in different fields of academic research. In this regard, Cambridge Scholars is truly a leader in new disciplines and in new research. It is therefore not surprising that they have become the preferred publishers for some of the world’s leading scholars in various fields.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering a 50% discount on The Language of Color in China. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOACHINA18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th November 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Santiago Sia - October 2018 11 October 2018

Santiago Sia was Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Milltown Institute at the National University of Ireland prior to his retirement. Author and editor of several books and articles, and an international lecturer, he was previously Professor of Philosophy and Director of Ethical Studies for several years at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA. His specialised fields are the philosophy of religion, ethics, and interdisciplinary studies. In addition, he has been closely associated with the academic and research programmes of various universities and professional institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Santiago is one of Cambridge Scholars’ most prolific and renowned authors, with titles such as Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society (2014), This Deep Pierian Spring: An Account of the Human Quest for Meaning (2016), and most recently The Christian Message as Vision and Mission: Philosophical Considerations of its Significance (2017). His books eschew traditional divides between philosophy, fiction, poetry, and academic writing, and are consistently and positively reviewed in journals around the world.

Santiago reflects on his ongoing experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars:

“Publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing has been, for me, a most positive and highly energising experience. The editorial team and administrative staff have always been thoroughly professional, highly supportive and invariably efficient. One can always rely on their prompt attention to queries and requests. While insisting on the traditional high standards for scholarly publications and on rigorous peer review they have also been encouraging of innovative methods and in the imaginative content of one’s academic output. Scholarship demands selective productivity, but it also expects courage to forge into new territories, to test less familiar fields, and to gather together one’s findings so as to share them with others.  In this respect, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, living up to their name as publishers of scholarship, have shown themselves to be reliable guides and intrepid leaders. Not surprisingly, therefore, they have continued to be the publishers of choice for a number of established scholars in various fields throughout the world.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on both the hardback and paperback variants of Santiago’s latest book, The Christian Message as Vision and Mission: Philosophical Considerations of its Significance. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2018.

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