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Festival of Archaeology 2015 - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 29 June 2015

This July, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is delighted to be supporting the 25th Festival of Archaeology. Coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), this annual celebration of archaeology offers more than 1,000 events across the UK, providing everyone with a way to discover, experience, explore and enjoy the past.


This year’s Festival of Archaeology takes place between 11th and 26th July and will give an estimated quarter of a million people the chance to get hands-on with their heritage.

The Festival is made up of events hosted and run by museums, heritage sites, local societies, community groups, national heritage bodies, national parks, and volunteers right across the UK. The resulting event is a two week celebration of everything archaeological.

Events are mostly free to attend and are bookable through the Festival of Archaeology website.

We are also pleased to be able to offer readers a special 25% discount on an annual membership of the CBA, using the promotional code CAMSCH15. To find out more about membership, visit the CBA website.

As part of our celebration and to mark Cambridge Scholars Publishing’s increasing number of books focusing on archaeology and cultural heritage, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on three of our best-selling related titles. To find out more about each title, click on the respective images.

This book examines existing experiences in various parts of the world in order to offer solutions and new ways of both managing the protection of cultural heritage and sustaining the preservation of archaeological remains in times of economic crisis, which represent a major threat facing archaeological heritage worldwide. Themes addressed in this volume include: environmental harmonization; management and best practices in sustainability; management action plans; risk mitigation and confrontation; research in conservation; preservation and technologies; shelter protection; restoration, coordination and site use; illicit excavations and trafficking; protection of collections and movable finds; preservation of intangible heritage at sites and monuments; and heritage and the economy. The book offers useful documentation for maintaining high standards in the field of archaeological heritage, while searching for new ground for synergies and fresh initiatives in order to confront the new challenges archaeology is currently facing.

This volume is a collection of current work in medieval archaeology, adopting a comprehensive view rather than a local or regional perspective, allowing scholars from different regions access to research from across the medieval world. The majority of the papers were presented at the First Annual Conference in Medieval Archaeology, held at the State University of New York at Cortland in 2013. This conference gave those located in North America with an interest in medieval archaeology, both of Europe and the Mediterranean world, a chance to see what the latest developments were in the discipline. This volume includes both methodological and theoretical approaches, such as integrating remote sensing with laser scanning or exploring the definition of ethnicity. Chapters include Viking Vinland, castles in Ireland and England, several Byzantine and Islamic-era sites in the eastern Mediterranean, and various other topics, ranging from a church in Hungary to the social construction of the medieval diet.

In recent years, heritage has grown exponentially, beyond the reach of the conservation of monuments and into the realms of economic growth, community development, and human rights. But how have shifts in the meaning of “heritage” changed its study? And how will heritage continue to evolve in the future? Heritage Studies: Stories in the Making responds to these questions by charting developing trends over decades of heritage scholarship. This volume presents a snapshot of the field today, addressing the influence of new thinking on heritage, and its current and future trajectories. Should heritage be viewed as a “resource” to be cashed in on, or a “tool” for political engagement and representation? Or should heritage be seen as it first was, as the significant remains of the past? At a turning point in the study of this topic, this volume explores the complex ways in which we use the past to construct meaning in the present and arms readers—both theoretically and methodologically—to participate in the much-needed debates facing the heritage world today.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code ARCHAEOLOGY15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd August 2015.

To find out more about the Festival of Archaeology, please click here.

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Post-intercultural Communication and Education - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 29 June 2015

As part of our commitment to showcasing the best collections of academic research and writing, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is delighted to be featuring another successful series this month.

Earlier this year, we announced the establishment of our specialist series team and the creation of a dedicated section on our website as part of our expansion of our series portfolio. We recognise the growing demand for leading-edge, peer-reviewed research amongst our author community, and are eager to develop and promote both new and existing series.

Post-intercultural Communication and Education is now a well-established series and will appeal to an international readership interested in new insights into interculturality, including practitioners (teachers/consultants), policy makers, scholars and advanced students. Edited by Fred Dervin, the series challenges previous ways of interpreting the ‘intercultural’, and encourages the exploration of new and creative research methods that move beyond methodological nationalism and imaginaries.

This series extends and revitalises scholarship on intercultural communication and education by publishing innovative, interdisciplinary and critical analyses of intercultural encounters. Its primary objective is to challenge concepts including differentialism, culturism and neocolonialism in research on the ‘intercultural’.

Series editor Fred Dervin explains why this series is breaking new ground in its explorations:

I created the Post-Intercultural Communication and Education book series with Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2012, in the hope of ‘shaking up’ the market. Many series are published on the ‘intercultural’ with many global publishers, but very few genuinely attempt to propose coherent and critical perspectives on such a central issue of our times. By breaking down the boundaries between the fields of education and communication, this book series aims to contribute to create fruitful and much needed dialogues between researchers in these fields.

“The process of publishing a volume in the book series is straightforward. The book proposals are first reviewed by the series editorial committee, which is composed of world-class scholars. If approved, the authors work in close cooperation with me to make sure that the book meets the aims and excellence of the book series. Once the volume is ready, it is reviewed for final approval. Working with Cambridge Scholars has been a real privilege and six excellent volumes have already been published. Cambridge Scholars’ support has always been tremendous.”

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering our readers a 50% discount on the titles in the Post-intercultural Communication and Education series. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code SERIES15 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd August 2015

If you would like to learn more about the Cambridge Scholars Publishing Series portfolio, please feel free to browse the new and improved “Series” section on our website: or contact a member of our Marketing team with any queries:

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Book of the Month - July 2015 29 June 2015

Our July Book of the Month is Culture, Trauma, and Conflict by Nico Carpentier. Nico’s study, now in its second edition, makes for essential reading as war remains one of the world’s most destructive forces and continues to affect the lives of millions of people on a daily basis.

Cultural War Studies has an important role to play in furthering our understanding of the pervasiveness and destructiveness of the institution of war. It utilises the critical vocabulary of Cultural Studies by analysing the constructions that push us towards a glorified killing of fellow human beings and then try to make us forget the intensity and durability of the trauma. The first part of this book focuses on the diversity of media that generate meanings and definitions of past and contemporary wars. The second part of the book moves away from media representations, and focuses on torture and incarceration. Although in this part the materiality of war and conflict is very present, these analyses again show the importance of the constructions of enemy identities and (the acceptability of) violent practices. The third and final part of the book is related to memory and trauma. A series of 20th century conflicts and wars are revisited to demonstrate the cultural durability of war and the interconnection of these wars with present-day discourses and practices through the dialectics of remembering, commemorating and forgetting.

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 BOMJUL15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd August 2015.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book’s first edition received:

“The value of this edited collection lies in its focus on questions of ideology, discourse and representation in relation to war. Nico Carpentier has assembled a useful collection that applies the critical tools of cultural studies to the complex and varied media representations of interstate war and military conflict.”

—European Journal of Communication

Culture, Trauma, and Conflict is a prime example of how the concepts of Cultural Studies can be successfully applied to War Studies, thus overcoming some of Cultural Studies’ and War Studies’ shortcomings. Without wanting to advocate another ‘grand theory’, this is very promising for both fields. Most of the authors—no doubt thanks to the skilful guidance of the editor—manage not to lose themselves (and readers unfamiliar with Cultural Studies jargon) in high theory and terminology. The book is recommended for anyone interested in the history and actuality of war and the discursive practices surrounding it.”

—Leen Engelen, Media & Design Academy (KHLim), Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol. 28, No.3, 2008

“In Culture, Trauma and Conflict, editor Nico Carpentier provides readers with a wide-ranging series of essays directed toward understanding the role of media and culture as they are related to conflict and especially trauma.”

—Dr Mark Finney, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications, Adams State College, The Journal of International Communication, 15:2, 2009

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - July 2015 29 June 2015

This July, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Richard Cogdell has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Richard holds the Hooker Chair of Botany at the University of Glasgow, and is also the Director of the Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre, the Director of the Research Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, and the Deputy Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Richard’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJUL15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd August 2015.

Professor Richard Cogdell’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Environment and Ecology in the Mediterranean Region II

Editors: Recep Efe and Munir Ozturk.

Ecology and its relationship with the environment are taking on an increasingly important role in today's world, and this book examines this relationship from a number of different aspects including: social changes in new life environments, recreation and tourism based on natural resources, and water scarcity and adaptation in agriculture.

“It is clear that mankind’s activities are affecting our environment, often adversely. The first step in trying to mitigate these problems is to be able to document what is changing. This very interesting book is an important contribution in this regard. It has a collection of chapters that cover a detailed description of the environment in the Mediterranean region, including its geology, ecology, plant diversity and water resources, and how these have been and continue to be influenced by such human related factors as agriculture, tourism and, indeed, the development of human civilisations and more general socioeconomic factors. I found chapters 23 and 24 particularly interesting and disturbing. The problem of maintaining sufficient clear water supplies is one of the major environmental challenges facing the sustainability of our species. These two chapters describe this problem vividly. I hope they will stimulate the appropriate political responses to begin to restore water quality to a satisfactory level. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and can strongly recommend it to readers interested in environmental and ecological issues.” 

For further information on Professor Cogdell, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Eleni Pavlides - June 2015 12 June 2015

Eleni Pavlides received her PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2011, and currently works as a University Associate with the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. She is a playwright, performer and literary critic who enjoys book reviewing, and has published in the field of Australian studies with the aim of furthering cross-cultural understanding.

Eleni is the author of Un-Australian Fictions: Nation, Multiculture(alism) and Globalisation, 1988-2008. This is her first book, and she explains her reasons for choosing to publish it with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

“As this was my first foray into academic publishing, I sought the advice of my colleagues. Cambridge Scholars surpassed my colleagues’ recommendations. Consequently, my first academic publishing experience was richly rewarding. In every instance of my dealings with them, Cambridge Scholars “walked the talk”they delivered what they said they would, when they said they would. I never felt as if I was an early career researcher, as every query and request for help was treated supportively and respectfully. Expertise and guidance was always at hand. From manuscript to final publication, my book was produced in an impressively short turnaround time and the publishing quality was impressive. I could not have asked for more from my editor. In the light of others’ experiences, I am so grateful that my colleagues encouraged me to publish with Cambridge Scholars. Thank you to everyone who worked with me!”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Un-Australian Fictions: Nation, Multiculture(alism) and Globalisation, 1988-2008. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUN15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 14th July 2015.

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Meet our Authors: Mutaz Qafisheh - June 2015 12 June 2015

Dr. Mutaz M. Qafisheh is Dean and Professor of International Law, College of Law, Hebron University, Palestine. He received a PhD in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, and is a practicing international lawyer, advising a number of global organizations, including the UN and the PLO.

He has formerly worked as Human Rights Officer at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Beirut and Ramallah; Regional Director of Penal Reform International, Middle East and North Africa, Amman; Director of Security Sector Reform, Birzeit; Director of Legal Education at Palestinian Law Schools, Al-Quds; Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Parliament; and Co-Founder of the Human Rights Program at Al-Quds-Bard Honors College, Jerusalem-New York. Mutaz has authored and edited seven books, including Palestine Membership in the United Nations: Legal and Practical Implications with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and twenty refereed journal articles published across the globe. Global Legal Education Approaches: Special Reference to the Middle East is due for publication with Cambridge Scholars later this year.

Mutaz explains why he chose to publish with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

“In my extensive publishing experience over the past 16 years, working with Cambridge Scholars has been unique, productive and enjoyable. Thanks to Cambridge Scholars’ wide distribution list, my book has reached a number of major libraries throughout the world. Cambridge Scholars’ editors and staff are professional, flexible and understanding. Those who work in academia often face conflicting deadlines due to teaching, writing, conferences, and administrative tasks, and we do expect extra time to finish our writings. Whenever I needed a justifiable extension, the staff at Cambridge Scholars were ready to cooperate.

This book has been cited and reviewed by a considerable number of scholars across the globe, and I have been invited to give talks about the book in India, Palestine/Israel, France, the UK, the USA, and Canada. Now there is almost no conference on Palestine/Israel in most parts of the world to which I am not invited, mainly as a result of publishing this work. For these reasons, I have agreed with a co-editor from the University of California, Berkeley, to submit another book titled “Global Legal Education Approaches: Special Reference to the Middle East” for publication with Cambridge Scholars in 2015.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Palestine Membership in the United Nations: Legal and Practical Implications. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUN15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 14th July 2015.

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