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Meet our Authors: Young Scholars - July 2014 23 July 2014

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is committed to offering an equitable and rewarding publishing experience to academics across the spectrum of professional experience. We truly believe in the importance of nurturing and developing talent in academic publishing, as the wider academic community will benefit from an expanded pool of leading edge research.

Our CEO, Graeme Nicol, explains further:

“We recognise the difficulties facing young academics in their early career: the notion of ‘publish or perish’ is widespread, and PhD candidates are acutely aware that their publishing record will have a crucial impact on their professional prospects. Certainly, a Catch-22 situation can often arise where academics need a publishing record to be considered for post-doctoral publications, but struggle to get their foot on the publishing ladder. Some of these individuals are producing leading-edge research, and demonstrating great future potential. I do believe that the publishing industry should try to give the brightest young scholars a helping hand if their work is of an exceptional academic standard. We currently have a policy of dedicating 10% of our annual publication output to the work of aspiring academics who might be taking their first steps into the world of publication. With this in mind, I am delighted to announce the Meet our Authors campaign, as it offers other young academics an insight into the type of research we are publishing at this level and what they can expect from our publishing service.”

This month’s ‘Young Scholars’: 

Dr Wojciech Drąg

Lecturer, Department of English Studies, Wrocław University, Poland.

Revisiting Loss: Memory, Trauma and Nostalgia in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro

“My experience of working with Cambridge Scholars has been exciting and rewarding throughout the entire publishing process. Prior to delivering the final manuscript, I was offered a number of insightful tips regarding the substance of my book – the overall structure and the areas that needed developing – as well as its form. At various stages of our collaboration, the Cambridge Scholars team have provided me with a courteous, prompt and highly professional service. I owe a great debt of gratitude to all of them.”

Dr Julio Peiró Sempere

Lecturer, Department of English, International University of La Rioja (UNIR), Spain

The Influence of Mikhail Bakhtin on the Formation and Development of the Yale School of Deconstruction

“Publishing my book with Cambridge Scholars Publishing has been an extremely rewarding experience. They made every step of the process look very simple. It was very reassuring to know that for every question I had, I would always get a quick and professional response. I remember when they asked me about the cover design of the book. I said I had none, yet they created a wonderful one for the book in a very short time. The final product looks great! I just want to express my deepest gratitude to Cambridge Scholars for making one of my dreams come true.”

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Nelson Mandela Day 2014 02 July 2014

On 18th July, Cambridge Scholars will be proudly celebrating Nelson Mandela Day to recognise the late Mr Nelson Mandela’s dedication to the values that promote conflict resolution, improved race relations, human rights and gender equality. The Mandela Day campaign was inaugurated as a vehicle to create a ‘dynamic’ legacy of Mandela’s life. Its message is simple – that each individual has the ability and responsibility to impact positive change every day.

Mandela gave 67 years of his life to the struggle for social justice. On the 18th July, individuals, businesses, NGO’s and government departments will be donating 67 minutes of their day to doing something good for the local community in any way they can.

Cambridge Scholars will be promoting the love of books and literature in our local community by donating books from our back catalogue to the region’s libraries, here in the United Kingdom. The lifelong education of the public is a worthy cause, close to our hearts, not least because of our love of the printed word, but also in light of the sweeping local government budget cuts, which have resulted in the closure of many of our local libraries throughout the UK.

Are you planning to participate in Nelson Mandela Day? If so, we would love to hear your stories about how you will be commemorating his legacy. Please drop us a line.

For further information on Nelson Mandela Day, please click here.

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Post-Apartheid Dance 02 July 2014

This July, Cambridge Scholars are proudly supporting Nelson Mandela Day to recognise the late Mandela’s outstanding contribution to the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic South Africa. To see how we are planning to get involved, click here.

The objective of this day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so, to build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities worldwide.

As part of this celebration, we are also offering our readers a 50% discount on one of our best-selling titles related to apartheid in South Africa, which has received critical acclaim for its invaluable contribution to dance studies, as well as its uncomplicated, reader-friendly tone.

Post-Apartheid Dance: Many Bodies Many Voices Many Stories

Editor: Sharon Friedman

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code APARTHEID14 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 4th August 2014.

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

“Post-Apartheid Dance: Many Bodies Many Voices Many Stories is the first – and long overdue – volume to grapple with the legacies of apartheid in dance. The voices gathered by editor Sharon Friedman address a multitude of issues – from the contentious identity embedded in the word ‘African’ to questions of aesthetic choice, the role of the European exotic gaze, the assimilation of Euro-American forms, and the goal of social transformation. With essays by nearly a dozen representatives of today’s South African dance world, this exciting volume celebrates the diversity of that world while spotlighting its continuing quest for full artistic enfranchisement.”

– Professor Lynn Garafola, Barnard College, New York, USA

“Post-Apartheid Dance: Many Bodies Many Voices Many Stories offers an excellent navigation of the complex landscape of dance in South Africa. These essays provide an invaluable contribution to dance studies, juxtaposing embodied experiences with critical reflections, which shift perspectives of dance practices in a global context.”

– Professor Christy Adair, York St John University, UK

For further information on Nelson Mandela Day, please click here.


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Book of the Month - July 2014 02 July 2014

Our July Book of the Month is a critically acclaimed analysis of the themes of authority and gender from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance. With contributions by fourteen authors, ‘Authority and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles’ spans medieval and early modern Europe, from England and Scandinavia, to Byzantium and the Crusader Kingdoms; embraces a variety of media and methods; and touches evidence from diverse branches of learning such as language and literature, history and art, to name just a few. This is an important collection, which will be of great utility for students and scholars of language, literature, and history.

To find out more about this book, 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 BOMJUL14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 4th August 2014.

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

“The contributors tackle big questions – sovereignty, power, loyalty, gender determinacy and representation – in essays spanning nine centuries of chronicles and many languages. But there’s plenty here to entertain enthusiasts as well as specialists – great princes, male and female, damsels in distress, hussies, and hapless kings’ consort.”

– Professor Jane Roberts, University of London

“I recommend this collection of essays, Authority and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles, as a ‘must be read book’ in order to understand how men and women used the writing of the past to express notions of power and authority for the audiences they addressed. It is a pioneering book that is innovative and interdisciplinary. I hugely enjoyed reading it.”

– Professor Elisabeth van Houts, University of Cambridge

“This collection squarely faces questions of authority and authorisation, while moving beyond the narrow definition of gender as the feminine. It is strong on visual imagery as well as the written word, and full of refreshing surprises, from the symbolism of sideboards to the contested authority of male consorts. Anyone interested in chronicle studies will want to read it.”

– Professor Pauline Stafford, University of Liverpool


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Editorial Advisory Board's Recommended Reads - July 2014 02 July 2014

This July, three of our Editorial Advisory Board members, Professor Pierpaolo Andriani, Professor Sylvia van de Bunt-Kokhuis, and Professor Jonathan Winterton, have chosen their ‘Recommended Reads’: a handpicked selection of our best-selling titles, which are noteworthy for the contribution they make to their field.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on the Board’s picks. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJUL14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 4th August 2014.

Professor Pierpaolo Andriani’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Innovations and Entrepreneurs in Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies

Authors: Jouko Nikula and Ivan Tchalakov

“This book offers a rich and unbiased source of material for scholars interested in the transition from socialist to market-oriented economies in Eastern Europe. Departing from conventional thinking, the authors show that under the apparent homogeneity imposed by communist parties, local institutional diversity enabled experiments in entrepreneurship. The book discusses the chaos that followed the collapse of the socialist order, with the sometimes senseless destruction of valid organisations and technological competencies. It also discusses new organizational forms that are being created in the former socialist countries. This study is an important tool in making sense of one of the most important socio-economic transformation of the last decades.”

Professor Sylvia van de Bunt-Kokhuis’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Leading for the Future

Author: Steve Lambert

“This book gives an innovative view on sustainable leadership for Further Education, providing an in-depth analysis on the required management qualifications and recruitment of principals. It also offers a toolset for professionals working on the sustainable future of Further Education, although primarily focused on the UK. In a follow-up study, the emerging field of online learning and online leadership would be a natural step to enhance sustainability of principals in 21st century Further Education. Worldwide linkages with academic networks e.g. the International Leadership Association (ILA), the Greenleaf Foundation, WCCES, EURAM, and the Academy of Management, would give this valuable study global wings.

Professor Jonathan Winterton’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Working

Editors: Malcolm Sargeant and Martina Ori

"This collection of papers from a 2012 conference in London offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of vulnerable workers and precarious work, usefully interpreted both in terms of labour market insecurity and exposure to unsafe working conditions. These debates are increasingly relevant in the unfolding crisis and associated restructuring, where precarious work is becoming the norm. Further studies of these important issues are needed, particularly action research seeking to limit insecurity and eradicate dangerous work. Until we make progress in this area, the Lisbon Strategy and Europe 2020 slogan of 'more and better jobs' will continue to have a hollow ring."

For further information on Professor Pierpaolo Andriani, please click here.

For further information on Professor Sylvia van de Bunt-Kokhuis, please click here.

For further information on Professor Jonathan Winterton, please click here.

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Editorial Advisory Board Meeting - May 2014 06 June 2014

The Cambridge Scholars Editorial Advisory Board Meeting was hosted at The Groucho Club in London and included an inspirational presentation from our guest speaker, David Worlock. David is a respected thought leader with over 25 years’ experience of digital publishing marketplaces. The founder of Electronic Publishing Services Ltd, a research and consultancy company based in London and New York, he has delivered advisory services for the European Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Cabinet Office, The Department for Education and Skills, the British Library, and the Soros Foundation. In 2013, David received the George Henderson Award for lifetime achievement from the PPA for his work in publishing and information marketplaces. 

David's presentation at the Cambridge Scholars Board meeting was about the future of digital communication in academic publishing, and stimulated a lively debate amongst the members of the Board about the direction in which we will be taking the Press in the forthcoming year. When asked to summarise the essence of his presentation, David said: 

“We now have thirty years’ experience of building digital publishing models in the UK, and over twenty years of internet distribution. This means that no publisher, traditional or otherwise, can avoid the need to be data-ready in order to face the demands of readers and learners whose mode of access is smartphone or tablet, and who think that digital publishing means something much more sophisticated than an eBook version of print.”

The Board Meeting also offered a valuable opportunity for the senior academics who represent the Press to discuss the ways in which we can be more innovative in offering a forward-thinking and author-centric publishing experience. We hope to be launching some new initiatives in the coming months, the first of these being the introduction of several Book Series, exploring topical issues and exciting new areas of research. Please watch this space.

For further information on David Worlock, please click here.

For further information on our Editorial Advisory Board, please click here.

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FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 04 June 2014

This June, the FIFA World Cup gets underway in ‘five-times World Cup winner’ Brazil, which will also play host to the Summer Olympics in 2016. There is no question that the spiritual home of ‘the beautiful game’ is here, but with so much attention (and controversy) being placed on the South American country around these events, the clichés that are represented in the media are still strong: football, carnival, samba and violence. To reach the true cultural complexity of such an enormous country one has to cut through the stereotypes, and look beyond the purpose-built sports venues.

To celebrate the cultural, social and economic diversity of the world’s fifth largest economy, Cambridge Scholars is offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles related to South America. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BRAZIL14 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 6th July 2014.

Cases of Exclusion and Mobilization of Race and Ethnicities in Latin America

Editors: Marc Becker

Twenty-First Century Latin American Narrative and Postmodern Feminism

Editors: Gina Ponce de León

Masks of Identity: Representing and Performing Otherness in Latin America

Editors: Přemysl Mácha, Eloy Gómez-Pellón


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Book of the Month - June 2014 04 June 2014

For more than 140 years the United States has consistently been the world’s largest economy, but according to new numbers from a World Bank project (the International Comparison Project), China is poised to overtake the US this year, earlier than expected. With the growing economic and social importance of China in global affairs, our June Book of the Month could not be timelier. Xiangqun Chang’s book ‘Society Building: A China Model of Social Development’ has been receiving wide academic acclaim since its publication last month, as it offers a greater understanding of the social and political structures that underpin China’s economic advance.

The essays in this volume showcase the latest research of non-Chinese scholars relating to China’s social development in a global context. They consider the following topics: the social impact of infrastructure projects; China’s reforms and its changing political system; whether or not the Singapore model is suitable for China to follow; soft power through education; and boundaries, cosmopolitanisms and spaces in Chinese and international cities. The book will be of interest to academics, professionals, practitioners, university students and the general public seeking a comprehensive understanding of China

To find out more about this book, 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 BOMJUN14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 6th July 2014.

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

“Modernity in China's histories over the last 150 years has been a complex, often painful process. This continues, and aspects of it are looked at in this clear, hybrid and scholarly book. […] This is a timely book, because the notion of a specific China Model was in danger of retreating into rhetoric. These essays show that there is much about the Chinese experience of its reform in the last thirty years that was borrowed, but also much that was due to indigenous innovation. Armed with the detailed frameworks and the information from the essays in this book, we can think about the Model much more profitably, and put into practice one of the great implication of the Reform process when it started in the late 1970s, to make practice the criterion of truth.”

—Professor Kerry Brown, University of Sydney, Australia

“Xiangqun Chang has assembled an excellent team of contributors to discuss the idea of ‘society building’ in China. The term was coined by Sun Yat-Sen in 1917, but it could not be more contemporary – as China wrestles to reconcile the demands of population, resources, democracy and social welfare. This book gives us considerable insights into the alternative visions of social development now being discussed in China.”

—Professor Emeritus Robin Cohen, University of Oxford, UK

“This book tackles one of the most important tasks for social science research in the 21st century, understanding the Great Transformation that is occurring in China. Inspired by the late Professor Lu Xueyi, Society Building probes the many models interpreting and guiding the process of change. I highly recommend the book.”

—Professor Gary Hamilton, University of Washington, USA

“As China’s rapid economic progress fluctuates, with global repercussions, it is becomes imperative that we get a better understanding of the socio/political structures that underpin and interact with this advance. This collection of papers is a valuable addition to this discussion. Contributors explain the various social and economic ‘models’ that China has experimented with, putting them in both historical and comparative perspectives. Highly recommended reading.”

— Professor Emeritus Christopher Howe, SOAS, University of London

“Drawing on the expertise and insights of scholars from eight countries, this book illuminates the meaning of the ‘China model’ and the implications for China’s societal development and political system. The book tackles this significant issue from a variety of interesting angles. It is well worth reading, especially in light of China’s importance in the world.”

— Professor Jonathan Unger, Australian National University

"Lu Xueyi’s name is known for his work in China on building a harmonious society. Fei Xiatong, whose work is the key for Western sociologists to understand China’s Society Building, explains in his chapter Chaxugeju that “Chinese social patterns… lack organizations that transcend individual personal relationships” (From the Soil, 1992:160). As a result, public virtues dedicated to serving organizations could not develop in China. The present collection of essays shows how Lu’s projects were designed to follow Fei’s insight."

— Professor Emeritus Horst J. Helle, University of Munich, Germany

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Editorial Panel's Recommended Reads - June 2014 04 June 2014

This June, our Editorial Panel have chosen 3 ‘Recommended Reads’: a handpicked selection of our best-selling titles, which are noteworthy for the contribution they make to their field.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on these best-selling titles. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJUN14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 6th July 2014.

Our Editorial Panel’s selection for June includes:

The Communicative Mind: A Linguistic Exploration of Conceptual Integration and Meaning Construction

Author: Line Brandt

“Brandt brings together a remarkably diverse set of methodologies to elucidate the ways in which language depicts conceptualizers and enunciation. This work shows us new and useful directions in analyzing literary texts as complex subjective networks of mental spaces – and challenges psychologists and neuroscientists to tackle cognitive complexities which are at present beyond them.”

– Professor Eve Sweetser, University of California, Berkeley

The Design Collective: An Approach to Practice

Editors: Harriet Edquist and Laurene Vaughan

“The early twenty-first century has seen the death of the ego-centric ‘designer-hero’ and the birth of a new approach to design practice that is rooted in collective values. This book is the first to unpack that exciting form of practice and to evaluate its successes. Focusing on its historical roots, and its links with activism, craft, and curating, among many other things, it will open your eyes to the breadth of possibilities that flow from the idea of the ‘design collective’ and its multiple benefits.”

– Professor Penny Sparke, Kingston University, UK

Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture and Urbanism of India

Authors: Vinayak Bharne and Krupali Krusche

“What this extraordinary book reveals is the power of a new attitude. Instead of looking at the Hindu temple with the eyes of historians or anthropologists, it espouses the mind-set of the technician laying bare the workings of a well-functioning machine. Bharne and Krusche do not use or teach traditional techniques of planning and building for restoration and conservation purposes but more importantly as disciplines to design modern buildings and cities. This study is not only relevant for the sub-continent but contributes importantly to the general re-evaluation of traditional values globally.”

– Leon Krier, Architect and Urbanist

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing New Royalty Scheme 30 April 2014

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce a new and improved royalty structure, which will allow our authors and editors to share much more generously in the success of the press. Best of all, they can start reaping the rewards from day one!

Over the past couple of years, the issue of book royalty payments has been hotly debated within the book publishing industry and the academic community alike. Increasing numbers of Cambridge Scholars authors have been asking for a more equitable and user-friendly system that acknowledges the smaller volume of sales per title in academic vs. mainstream publishing, and begins rewarding the author from the very first sale.

Cambridge Scholars CEO, Graeme Nicol, said: “We are very excited to be introducing this significant transformation of our royalty structure. Our publishing house is committed to putting our authors at the heart of everything we do, as well as offering innovative solutions that look beyond the traditional confines of the publishing community. This new model will benefit authors and editors from the onset, with a sliding scale of royalties as sales increase. We have thoroughly surveyed the academic publishing marketplace and I am delighted that this model rewards our authors through a more generous and transparent scheme than many of the available alternatives.”

If you are an author/editor and would like to learn more about how this new structure will affect you, or if you are keen to explore publishing opportunities with Cambridge Scholars, please feel free to contact a member of our team:

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