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World Tourism Day - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 28 August 2015

This month, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is delighted to be supporting World Tourism Day on 27th September. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlines the importance of tourism as “a powerful and transformative force that is making a genuine difference in the lives of millions of people”, and World Tourism Day aims to highlight the global potential of tourism for socio-economic development across the world. Mexico, Iran, China and Qatar are just some of the countries that have hosted the official celebrations, which this year take place in Burkina Faso, emphasising tourism and tourists’ major roles in all areas of the globe.

World Tourism Day is an annual celebration organised by the World Tourism Organisation on 27th September, the purpose of which is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals. Burkina Faso will host the official celebration this year; for more information please click here, or get involved on Twitter using the hashtags #1billiontourists and #WTD2015.

To mark World Tourism Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on three of our best-selling titles on travel and travel writing. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

A Bengali Lady in England by Krishnabhabini Das (1885) is a translation from Bengali to English of the first ever woman’s travel narrative, written in the late nineteenth century when India was still under British imperial rule. Krishnabhabini Das was a middle-class Bengali lady who accompanied her husband on his second visit to England in 1882. It is not a travel narrative per se as Das was also trying to educate fellow Indians about different aspects of British life, such as the English race and their nature, the English lady, English marriage and domestic life, religion and celebration, British labour, and trade. Until then, Hindu women had remained largely invisible, confined within their homes and away from the public gaze. This self-ordained mission of educating people back home on the ground realities in England is what makes Krishnabhabini’s narrative unique. It offers a brilliant picture of the colonial interface between England and India, and shows how women travellers from India to Europe worked to shape feminised personae characterised by conventionality, conservatism and domesticity, even as they imitated a male-dominated tradition of travel and travel writing.

Global Safari is a memoir-travelogue, offering an account of the author’s intercontinental travel experiences from his local village to the more global “village”, from Africa to Europe, the Americas, and Asia. This book is a story about courage, international friendship, hope, survival, procrastinated return and homecoming to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It explores the process of achieving international competency and cosmocitizenship, or global citizenship, through “world-ready” education, working, networking, and immersion into world cultures and languages. Its distinguishing features include its willingness to tell real-life stories, share lived travel-based experiences, and draw lessons for personal, professional, and community benefit. Its effective use of wonderful photographs will also provoke in the reader a desire to discover some of the cultural heritage sites and wonders of the world. In a nutshell, Global Safari is the account of the quest for, and conquest of, a new self through transits, transitions, and translations.

This book revisits images of the Balkans in twentieth-century travel writing that vividly mirror the turbulent changes that the region went through. As such, it provides a vital basis for research into the variety of possibilities, or obstacles, present on the region’s path to accession, when its unique heritage will have to be reconciled with a more European identity. This volume explores the work of well-known authors, such as Rebecca West, Paul Theroux and Robert D. Kaplan, and also contributes to travel writing theory by addressing less-known travellers who recorded their thoughts on the social dynamics of the region. The corpus offers divergent and often contradictory views, ranging from moral and political criticism to a delight in the rich heritage and the still “undiscovered” Balkan paths. Its narrative style comprises striking variations, from objective and well-researched approaches to quick impressionist sketches. Being a multi-generic form, travel writing is observed from a multidisciplinary perspective, encompassing fields such as literature, linguistics, history, sociology, anthropology, ethnology, the political sciences, and geography.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code TOURISM15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th September 2015.

To find out more about World Tourism Day, please click here.

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Featured Review: Language Education and the Challenges of Globalisation: Sociolinguistic Issues 28 August 2015

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Professor Tim Connell’s review of Martin Solly and Edith Esch’s edited volume Language Education and the Challenges of Globalisation: Sociolinguistic Issues. Tim is not only Professor Emeritus at City University but also Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, Honorary Life Fellow of Gresham College and a member of Cambridge Scholars’ Editorial Advisory Board.

“This collection comprises peer-reviewed papers from international scholars with an eclectic range of qualifications from all over the world. The case studies are equally broad, ranging from Cameroon to Mexico, and so provide some interesting perspectives on language policy and provision based on both research and practical experience. The articles demonstrate that monolingualism is increasingly not the norm, but there is also the danger of over-concentration on English, which may move emphasis away from local and regional languages, and fail to take into account local realities. This title will be of interest to people working in global education or who have an interest in sociolinguistics in an educational context.”

—Professor Tim Connell, The Linguist, 53:5

To find out more about Language Education and the Challenges of Globalisation: Sociolinguistic Issues, click here. For more information about Tim, please click here.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

For more information on the post-publication process, please visit our dedicated Post-Publication page by clicking here or email

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Book of the Month - September 2015 28 August 2015

Our September Book of the Month is The Communicative Mind: A Linguistic Exploration of Conceptual Integration and Meaning Construction by Line Brandt.

Integrating research in linguistics, philosophy, semiotics, neurophenomenology, and literary studies, The Communicative Mind presents a thought-provoking and multifaceted investigation into linguistic meaning construction. It explores the various ways in which the intersubjectivity of communicating interactants manifests itself in language structure and use, and argues for the indispensability of dialogue as a semantic resource in cognition.

The author introduces Cognitive Linguistics to the notion of enunciation, demonstrates the centrality of subjectivity, and engages the reader in critical discussions of cognitive-linguistic approaches to semantic construal. The book engages the reader in critical discussions of cognitive-linguistic approaches to semantic construal and addresses the philosophical implications of the identified strengths and limitations. With its constructive criticism of the “general mechanism” hypothesis, according to which “blending” can explain everything from the origin of language to binding in perception, Brandt’s book brings the scope and applicability of Conceptual Integration Theory into the arena of scientific debate.

The book contains five main chapters, entitled “Enunciation: Aspects of Subjectivity in Meaning Construction”; “The Subjective Conceptualizer: Non-actuality in Construal”; “Conceptual Integration in Semiotic Meaning Construction”; “Meaning Construction in Literary Text”; and “Effects of Poetic Enunciation: Seven Types of Iconicity”.

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 BOMSEP15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th September 2015.

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

“This is a significant book. It begins by making a claim for an interdisciplinary collision of linguistics (especially semantics and pragmatics), literary studies, neurophenomenology, cognitive psychology, and philosophy. The result is an assertion that all of these related dimensions can be resolved into a single over-arching discipline: that of cognitive semiotics. This is an ambitious project, but over 600 pages of surprisingly readable and clear argument, it is exactly what emerges. Brandt develops the argument from everyday spoken and written discourse to literary discourse. The book thus moves into cognitive poetics, and addresses in turn fiction and poetry. The analyses here are in themselves worth the price of the book. Indeed, chapters 4 and 5 could stand alone as required reading for all literary scholars. The book stands as an example of a communicating mind, and its success as an act of communication seems to me to be evident from the first page to the last.”

—Professor Peter Stockwell, University of Nottingham

“The Communicative Mind represents an extensive and highly original contribution to a cognitive theory of meaning within the emerging paradigm of cognitive semiotics by articulating a synthesis of hitherto unconnected traditions in linguistics and semiotics: enunciation theory and cognitive linguistics, as well as bringing in insights from phenomenology and neuroscience. It resituates meaning construction in its actual, social or intersubjective contexts, and thus avoids the limitations of a reductive analysis focusing on the processing of ‘linguistic stimuli’. The theoretical framework is applied to investigations of fictive interaction, fiction and poetry, thereby showing its value for cognitive poetics. In sum, the book is an excellent illustration of the present ‘cognitive turn’ in the humanities, without falling into the reductionist pitfall, since it highlights the essential roles of human subjectivity and sociality.”

—Jordan Zlatev, Professor of General Linguistics, Lund University

“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 analysing literary texts as complex subjective networks of mental spaces—and challenges psychologists and neuroscientists to tackle cognitive complexities which are at present beyond them.”

—Eve Sweetser, Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

The Communicative Mind presents the semiotics community with one of the most original investigations into the relationship between cognition and language in recent memory. Brandt’s study covers topics as diverse as syntactic constituents, fictivity and other non-actual construal of events, acts, and relations, as well as enunciation in literature and poetry. Her treatment of these topics is so rich and provocative that it will influence generations of scholars and researchers working at the intersections of cognitive science, phenomenology, and linguistic pragmatics.”

—Todd Oakley, Professor and Chair of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - September 2015 28 August 2015

This September, 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 EABSEP15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th September 2015.

Professor Jon Nixon’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Contemporary Issues in Equity in Education

Editors: Susanne Gannon and Wayne Sawyer.

Contemporary Issues of Equity in Education argues that equity and social justice must be brought back to the centre of discussions about education. It demonstrates collaborative and inclusive approaches for researching schooling in disadvantaged communities, and offers strategies and practices for reimagining schools and universities in ways that enable young people in diverse communities to effectively engage with education.

Contemporary Issues in Equity in Education is an authoritative and wide-ranging collection of research-based papers thatwhile focusing specifically on the Australian contextaddresses issues of general concern and contemporary relevance. All the papers are theoretically grounded, clearly focused and accessible. The contributors include internationally recognised researchers and scholars whose work has been influential in guiding national and international policies relating to education, equality and schooling. It is a book that will be of interest to educational professionals, policy makers working within the field of education, and educational researchers and scholars whose work focuses on equity issues.” 

For further information on Professor Nixon, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Hervé Picton - August 2015 14 August 2015

Hervé Picton received his PhD in English from the University of Paris X, and currently teaches British Studies as Professeur agrégé at the University of Compiègne, France.

Hervé's research focuses on Victorian religious and intellectual history, and he has published numerous articles, in both French and English, on Anthony Trollope, William Morris, and R. H. Froude, as well as, more generally, issues concerning the Church.

His books include Histoire de l’Église d’Angleterre (2006), A Handbook of British Civilization (2008) and Trollope and the Church: a Reassessment (2013).

He received the prestigious Ordre des Palmes Académiques, an award that recognises service to French education and active contribution to the prestige of French culture, from the French government in 2014.

Hervé’s title A Short History of the Church of England: From the Reformation to the Present Day is his first publication with Cambridge Scholars, and, after publishing with us once, he is eager to return in the future:

My publishing experience with Cambridge Scholars has been more than positive. I elected to work with Cambridge Scholars because some colleagues in my field had published with them and the result seemed of a high standard. I had previously worked with other publishing houses before, and I can say that not only are the Cambridge Scholars team extremely reliable, competent and responsive, but they are also very friendly and pleasant to work with – the perfect mix in other words! I appreciated their professionalism, and I must say that the finished book far exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend Cambridge Scholars to any colleague in search of a publisher, and they will be my first choice again whenever I publish a book in the future.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on A Short History of the Church of England: From the Reformation to the Present Day. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAUG15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 14th September 2015.

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Meet our Authors: Aleksandra Piasecka - August 2015 14 August 2015

Aleksandra Piasecka, PhD, is sworn translator of English and a graduate from the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, where she obtained her Master’s degrees in Art History and English Philology and her PhD in Literary Studies. She has received scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Education, the BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt, and DAAD, in addition to having participated in the Erasmus Programme in Rome, Italy, and a two-semester student exchange in Konstanz, Germany.

Her publications include “From an Uninvolved Flâneur to a Lonely Prisoner: The Impressionistic Roots of Arthur Symons’ Conception of a Poet and its Evolution” in Literary Liaisons: Text-Culture-Society, and “Two Lessons in Reading the Picture: John Ruskin vs. Roger Fry” in Exploring Visual Literacy Inside, Outside and through the Frame.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Aleksandra has authored Towards Creative Imagination in Victorian Literature, which Professor Zofia Kolbuszewska of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin describes as “meticulous” and a “must-read”. Aleksandra describes the experience of publishing her first book with Cambridge Scholars:

Once I opened the package from Cambridge Scholars Publishing and saw my book, so carefully and beautifully printed, I knew that choosing this press was the best idea ever. The whole process leading up to that unforgettable moment far exceeded my expectations, as it turned out surprisingly smoothly thanks to their genuinely helpful and professional editors. Their clear remarks and prompt replies, as well as a remarkably short time between the manuscript submission and its publication, all made our cooperation pleasant and effective. If I was going to publish my book again, I would definitely choose Cambridge Scholars. Thank you for the great job done!

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Towards Creative Imagination in Victorian Literature. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAUG15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 14th September 2015.

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