Meet the Publisher: Adam Rummens
18 February 2020
While we strive to keep our authors at the heart of everything we do here at Cambridge Scholars Publishing, it's nice, every once in a while, to spare a thought for our unsung heroes who silently plug away behind the scenes. For this edition of Meet the Publisher, that honour goes to our resident Commissioning Editor, Adam Rummens.
A native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Adam joined Cambridge Scholars straight out of university in March 2014, and has gone on to become one of the longest-serving members of our editorial team, overseeing Social Sciences. A man of few words but many talents, Adam's calm, care-free demeanour brings regular welcome respite during the hectic day-to-day activities of the publishing world. On top of that, he's also the undisputed office champion for typing speed!
Adam holds a degree in English Language from Newcastle University, and takes a particular interest in the etymologies of place-names, along with a fascination in how new words enter into common usage, 'an extended study I did in my final year explored the extent to which new words are introduced to the language community through explanation, and how long after their coinage this process of explanation lasts. It was interesting using linguistics corpora to examine new words in context, mostly in newspapers.'
Quite naturally then, one of Adam's personal highlights at CSP was the work he did on the recently published edited collection Naming, Identity, and Tourism, which studies the origins of place-names and how these come to influence the identity and culture of the surrounding area and communities.
In terms of literature, Adam names his favourite book as Kurt Vonnegut's classic anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse 5, remarking that he is 'captivated by Vonnegut's style of writing - I think it's incredibly thought-provoking too, in terms of the damage war does, of course, but also philosophically in the way it explores and questions the linearity of time.'
An avid rambler, in his spare time Adam loves exploring the great outdoors, being a former member of Newcastle University's fellwalking society, in addition to being a keen mountaineer, having last year climbed to the summit of Helvellyn in the Lake District, an impressive feat indeed!
Adam is a long-suffering (and patient) supporter of Newcastle United FC, getting to games whenever he can, and still lives happily in the city in which he grew up.
Meet Our Authors: Per Aage Brandt
17 February 2020
Per Aage Brandt is retired a Danish professor of cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio. Per’s most recent work, the co-authored essay collection The Music of Meaning: Essays in Cognitive Semiotics, was published by Cambridge Scholars in late 2019.
During his hugely successful career Per founded the Center for Semiotics at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, as well as the journal Cognitive Semiotics.
Listing all of Per’s numerous accomplishments is a task that falls far beyond the parameters of this article - this prolific scholar is the author of over 20 books and 300 articles across multiple disciplines including philosophy, semiotics, general linguistics, philology, literature, aesthetics, and music. As well as all this, he is also a recognized poet, translator, and an active jazz pianist and composer.
In 2002 he was awarded the Grand Prix de Philosophie of the French Academy. Of his many studies and projects, he considers the unification of cognitive and semiotic studies of meaning to be his most important.
Here’s what Per had to say on his time working with Cambridge Scholars:
"I was invited to publish at the Cambridge Scholars, and as my daughter Line Brandt very successfully had published her great work The Communicative Mind: A Linguistic Exploration of Conceptual Integration and Meaning Construction here, I was immediately convinced that this would be the right place for these essays.
I had seen how carefully the Cambridge Scholars editors managed to handle even extremely complicated texts, including its complicated graphic illustrations, and now I was again to experience an impressively smooth, competent, professional and even very quick process of production involving good human contact and cooperation. I must say I am very happy with this experience and ready to recommend this dynamic academic publishing company to anyone who appreciates solid editorial performance."
As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Per’s The Music of Meaning: Essays in Cognitive Semiotics. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BRANDT50 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on the 17th March 2020.
Meet our Authors: Antonio Fontana
14 February 2020
Our first featured author this month is independent scholar Antonio Fontana.
An emerging scholar with an incredibly bright future, Antonio holds an MA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Modern Intellectual History from CUNY Graduate Center, USA, in 2012. His primary area of research concerns 19th and 20th century German Romantic and English Victorian literature. He is especially interested in the aestheticisation of political violence and political terror in Germany and Europe during World War II, and processes of political, social, and cultural dehumanization and their relation to aesthetics, aesthetic theory, and art. He is also interested in post-colonial theory and critical race theory, as well as neo-and post-Marxian analyses of literature and art.
Cambridge Scholars were delighted to publish Antonio’s debut monograph, Nietzsche and the Critique of Revolution, late last year. The work combines genealogical and historical investigation with analysis of Nietzsche’s life-long philosophical and ideological struggle against the forces of modernity.
Antonio has kindly shared his thoughts on his experience while working with Cambridge Scholars, which you can read below:
“In the course of my online research for scholarly publishing outlets that would be suitable for publishing my work, Nietzsche and the Critique of Revolution, I stumbled upon Cambridge Scholars Publishing. As a consequence of further research and a thorough review of the works it has published, I decided to publish my work under its aegis.
My experience in publishing with Cambridge Scholars has been nothing short of wonderful. The editorial team were an immense help in facilitating the process, and were extremely kind, helpful, and considerate throughout. Specifically, they were instrumental in providing me with a workable framework within which I was able to submit and resubmit my manuscript, and to make the necessary editorial corrections.
Cambridge Scholars have also successfully been able to secure my work for notable universities, scholarly institutions, and libraries all around Europe and the U.S. In fact. I hope that Cambridge Scholars will continue to promote and circulate my work with even more scholars, academics, and institutions of higher learning, and scholarly research. I intend to continue to work with Cambridge Scholars in the future.”
As part of the ‘Meet our Authors’ campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Nietzsche and the Critique of Revolution. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code FONTANA50 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 17th March 2020.