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Meet our Authors: Jarmo Valkola – January 2018 12 January 2018

Jarmo Valkola is a Professor and Doctor of Philosophy, having received his doctorate from the Department of Art Education at the University of Jyväskylä. He is Docent at Aalto University in Helsinki, Docent Professor at the University of Lapland, and Docent at the University of Jyväskylä. He is also Associate Professor of Film History and Theory at Baltic Film, Media, Art and Communication Institute of Tallinn University, Estonia. From time to time, he also works at Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, and the University of Vienna.

His research interests are wide-ranging, and include cognition, cognitive science, phenomenology, art, visual arts, audiovisuality, perception, pictorialism, media, cognitive media theory, media education, philosophy of the image.

He has written 17 books and 50 scientific articles on cinema, art, and aesthetics in various languages, including Finnish, English, French, Italian, Turkish, Greek, Estonian and Hungarian.

Jarmo is currently working on his next book, with the working title of Cognitive Analysis of Cinema, which integrates psychological and phenomenological approaches to understanding the complexity of media.


He is currently engaged in Tallinn as a Professor in two international programs called Kinoeyes and Viewfinder. The former is a joint project with the Lusófona University, Lisbon, and Screen Academy Scotland, Napier University, while Viewfinder is a collaboration with the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest (SZFE) and the National Film School at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.  In 2017, he was involved in a symposium on Péter Forgacs's films and in 2018 will be involved in another symposium on Arab cinema.

Jarmo is the author of Pictorialism in Cinema: Creating New Narrative Challenges, which explores the unique phenomenon of pictorialism and its connection with other arts in film and media studies. He describes the process of publishing the title with Cambridge Scholars:

The publishing process started with my letter to Cambridge Scholars, and I was pleased to get information about their publishing policies. I sent them a copy of the manuscript, and I got positive feedback about my research. After a while I received the answer that they had accepted my manuscript, after which there was a quite long period during which the manuscript, especially the language, was checked very carefully. After all this work, it was ready for printing. There were, of course, other issues like the cover image, which I got from my son who was making a short film up north. At the top of Finland there is a small piece of land, which belongs to Norway, called Finnmark, which is where the cover image was taken. I was very pleased with the whole publishing process, and I appreciated the thoroughness that the publisher and the people who work at Cambridge Scholars took with their jobs.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Pictorialism in Cinema: Creating New Narrative Challenges. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2018.


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Meet our Authors: Laura González – January 2018 12 January 2018

Laura González is an artist, writer, and an Athenaeum Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is also a faculty member at the Transart Institute. When she is not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with her camera, she teaches art and psychoanalysis at various institutions in Europe and the US, and creates performances for galleries and festivals. She has written on the seductive qualities of Philippe Stack’s Juicy Salif (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and co-edited a collection of essays titled Madness, Women and the Power of Art (Inter-disciplinary Press, 2013) to which she contributed a work, written with Eleanor Bowen.

She is also an Ashtanga and Pranayama yoga teacher and has performed with various dance companies, including Michael Clark, Barrowland Ballet and the Scottish Dance Theatre. Together with Penny Chivas, she co-directs @TheGlasgowJam, a multidisciplinary arts organisation. Her current work explores knowledge and the body of the hysteric through text, voice, dance performance and video.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Laura has authored Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces, of which Valerie Walkerdine, Distinguished Research Professor at Cardiff University, said: “both deeply erudite and wonderfully playful, this book stole my heart. Quite brilliant.”

Laura describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

Publishing with Cambridge Scholars was a rigorous, thorough and supportive experience. Being a fine artist, I had both guidance and freedom to create the visual aspects of my work and I managed to publish the book as I had envisaged it. I produced my own images and designed the cover, both of which are key to the book, with advice from the creative teams at Cambridge Scholars. I won’t deny it, the process was stressful and hard, because writing a book is hard, but Cambridge Scholars made it calmer and more enjoyable than I remembered from previous experiences. The support and clarity of communication before, during and after publishing made a difference to the quality of the book and I am very grateful for all I learned. It has made me want to write another book with them!


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2018.


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