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Meet our Authors: Iside Carbone – January 2016

With a solid background in Chinese language and culture, Iside Carbone graduated from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, and further specialised in Chinese Art and Archaeology at Nankai University, Tianjin, and SOAS, University of London. She received a PhD in Anthropology from University College London (UCL) in 2010. Her research interests and publications focus on museum ethnography, art and anthropology in general, and Chinese art in particular.

For some years, she has been part of the teaching team for the World Art and Artefacts Programme at Birkbeck, University of London. She is Assistant Editor for the Anthropological Index Online, published by the Royal Anthropological Institute in cooperation with the Anthropology Library and Research Centre at the British Museum, and Asian Art Specialist for a regional auction house. She is also a member of the Anthropology of Art Committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute, an Associate at the Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies, UCL, and a member of the Museum Ethnographers Group.

Iside is the author of China in the Frame: Materialising Ideas of China in Italian Museums with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This is her first book.

China in the Frame has been described as “a timely and comprehensive study” by Dr Stacey Pierson of SOAS, University of London and “unique” by Professor Emeritus Michael Rowlands of UCL.

Iside describes her experience of publishing her title with Cambridge Scholars, and expresses her satisfaction with both the pre- and post-publication phases:


China in the Frame is my first book and I could not have hoped for a smoother and more satisfying publication process. When I approached Cambridge Scholars with my proposal, they were very welcoming and reassuring, making me feel more confident about the successful outcome of this project. Throughout, I have been supported by professional and efficient assistance. I also found their graphics experts particularly helpful when it came to designing the dust jacket. Thanks to the committed and concerted effort of all parties, the deadlines were met with no major impediments, and the book was published exactly as scheduled. A remarkable result, indeed.

The pre-publication phase is undoubtedly very important, but what happens after publication is no less crucial in determining whether or not the project has been worthwhile. Once again, Cambridge Scholars have provided essential support. Through their effective marketing campaigns and dissemination strategies, I have seen my book reach unexpected audiences worldwide. What is most important, the circulation of the book has made it possible for scholars with similar interests to come across my research and to contact me for a stimulating and constructive exchange of information and ideas. This is ultimately the core purpose of academic publishing. It is thanks to a dedicated editorial team, such as that at Cambridge Scholars, that the publication of a book does not mark the end of the story, but paves the way to the possibility of new scholarly enterprises.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on China in the Frame: Materialising Ideas of China in Italian Museums. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2016.


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