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Fine Arts


Beyond Boundaries: East and West Cross-Cultural Encounters

Michelle Ying Ling Huang, 978-1-4438-3294-6


Beyond Boundaries: East and West Cross-Cultural Encounters is a collection of essays which span several countries, centuries and disciplines in their exploration of East-West cultural exchanges and interactions. The chapters are arranged in chronological and thematic order, and encompass the cutting edge research of a diverse group of international scholars. The subjects range from archaeology, art history and photography, to conservation, sociology and cultural studies, with cross-disciplinary examples of classical, modern and contemporary periods. The book seeks to inspire new ideas and stimulate further scholarly debate on the convergence, dissimilarities and mutual influences of the visual arts and material culture of Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.


The volume will be of interest to scholars and students working in the fields of art and cultural history as well as intercultural studies. It will be equally useful to collectors, artists and curators of global art and world cultures.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Beyond-Boundaries--East-and-West-Cross-Cultural-Encounters1-4438-3294-4.htm


Compelling Form: Architecture as Visual Persuasion

J. Donald Ragsdale, 978-1-4438-3286-1


Compelling Form: Architecture as Visual Persuasion is an assessment of the visual persuasiveness of buildings. It demonstrates that architecture is as capable of social influence as speeches or advertisements are and that an awareness of this influence provides an insight into buildings’ cultural roles. The book considers a diverse array of structures ranging from museums, to performance halls, to universities, to cathedrals, to governmental buildings, to palaces, and to skyscrapers.


Compelling Form is an important extension of theories of persuasion and visual communication to architecture and engineering. The book bases its assessments on the elements of visual literacy and then on the elements of architectural design to demonstrate that buildings, monuments, and even such means of commerce as bridges affect the viewer in such a way as to have social impact.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Compelling-Form--Architecture-as-Visual-Persuasion1-4438-3286-3.htm


Theorising the Project: A Thematic Approach to Architectural Design

Michael Tawa, 978-1-4438-3296-0


Theorising the Project aims to explore a thematic approach to architectural design. It conceptualises the design process in a general sense through seven key phases: developing a thematic framework and a line of inquiry to situate the project; investigating the project brief and mapping the project site to unravel potential themes and questions; situating technology as a formative condition for design; analysing precedents from the arts, literature and architecture to elaborate implications for design and considering representation as equally constitutive of the design undertaking. Key themes which are unpacked using extensive etymologies and metaphorical associations include theory, mapping, the makeshift, potentiality and agency. The concepts of assemblage and emergence are developed to contextualise the design process and architectural settings as enabling infrastructures for thinking and practice. The book contends that design is a matter of setting up strategic and productive thematic assemblages that are not directed to the translation or formal expression of meaning, but to the framing of strategic and enabling conditions for emergent sense realised within the existential and material conditions of architecture. Succinct analyses of precedents across several disciplines are used to foreground tectonic and compositional characteristics with adaptational capacity for space, time, materiality and architectural narrative. The thematic framework of the book engages theoretical material by Giorgio Agamben, Gilles Deleuze, Martin Heidegger, Francois Jullien, Manuel De Landa and Jean-Luc Nancy. Illustrated with drawings and photographs by the author, the book will be of interest to practitioners and students of art, design and the built environment who wish to expand the foundational premises for design, widen the creative scope of their practice and exploit the thematic and metaphorical capacities of their project work.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Theorising-the-Project--A-Thematic-Approach-to-Architectural-Design1-4438-3296-0.htm


General


An EU Innovative External Action?

Ludovica Marchi Balossi-Restelli, 978-1-4438-3216-8


An EU Innovative External Action? discusses both the EU’s growing challenges from its near and far neighbourhood and the developments within the EU that seek to meet them. The European Security Strategy (2003) and its updating (2008) have pointed out some of the growing external problems. These documents have outlined the goals for the EU’s future activity in terms of general principles and policy rather than of specific actions, adopting a holistic approach covering a wide range of civilian responses as well as the military dimension of security. This book is an empirical investigation which reflects these different aspects and pressures, exploring the interaction between resources and capacities, policies and processes, and influences from within and outside the EU. Its main argument is the need for the EU to work towards meeting its external challenges by developing innovative action.


The crucial challenges that this volume explores include the EU’s approach to the European External Action Service; the EU’s handling of Russia, China, and Iran; the legal aspects of the Common Security and Defence Policy’s (CSDP) military operations; legal issues regarding the EU’s combating of piracy and armed robbery in the CSDP Operation Atalanta; the influences and issues inherent in the EU’s coordination of the above military marine operation; the political control and strategic direction on decision-making by the Political Security Committee; the establishment of the EU’s rapid reaction force within the CSDP framework and its present (in)action; and the CSDP’s experimentation in the promotion of peace and security on the African continent. This volume examines EU behaviour in the above policy areas and issues, and how the Union is dealing with the risks it faces today.


This book aims to promote an interdisciplinary debate. The contributions to this volume originated from a workshop concerned with the European Union Facing External Challenges held at Pembroke College, Cambridge, in October 2009, organised with the support of Geoffrey Edwards (POLIS, University of Cambridge). These reflect the views of experts from various nations and institutions, operating in diverse cultural realities and fields. The rationale for employing interdisciplinary resources is in line with the way in which the European Union and the European Commission are encouraging a dialogue about EU policies. The authors are academics, political analysts from think tanks, and officials from the European Commission and the European Council, all involved, at various levels, in European affairs. They are Laure Delcour, Gérard Dejoué, Andrea deGuttry, Elina Dzalbe, Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Ludovica Marchi Balossi-Restelli, Jing Men, Antonio Missiroli, Frederik Naert and Alex Vines. Jolyon Howorth (Yale University) contributed to the workshop as a discussant, and this is noticeable in the building up of the book’s argument. An EU Innovative External Action? will be of interest to students and scholars of European studies focused on EU’s external challenges, policy-makers involved in European affairs, and the wider public.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/An-EU-Innovative-External-Action-1-4438-3216-2.htm


History


Beyond Boundaries: East and West Cross-Cultural Encounters

Michelle Ying Ling Huang, 978-1-4438-3294-6


Beyond Boundaries: East and West Cross-Cultural Encounters is a collection of essays which span several countries, centuries and disciplines in their exploration of East-West cultural exchanges and interactions. The chapters are arranged in chronological and thematic order, and encompass the cutting edge research of a diverse group of international scholars. The subjects range from archaeology, art history and photography, to conservation, sociology and cultural studies, with cross-disciplinary examples of classical, modern and contemporary periods. The book seeks to inspire new ideas and stimulate further scholarly debate on the convergence, dissimilarities and mutual influences of the visual arts and material culture of Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.


The volume will be of interest to scholars and students working in the fields of art and cultural history as well as intercultural studies. It will be equally useful to collectors, artists and curators of global art and world cultures.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Beyond-Boundaries--East-and-West-Cross-Cultural-Encounters1-4438-3294-4.htm


Diefenbaker and Latin America: The Pursuit of Canadian Autonomy

Jason Zorbas, 978-1-4438-3276-2


John Diefenbaker’s Latin American policy was based on his vision of Canada’s national interest, which placed a strong emphasis on the achievement of greater autonomy in foreign policy for Canada vis-à-vis the US and the expansion of Canadian exports to the region. Though Diefenbaker was often accused of being driven by anti-Americanism, instead his Latin American policy was based on his vision of Canada’s national interest.


For Diefenbaker, an enhanced relationship with Latin America had the potential to lessen Canada’s dependency on the US, while giving Latin American countries an outlet for their trade, commercial and financial relations other than the US. This new approach implied that Canada would formulate and implement policy that focused more on Canadian political interests and goals. It was not a matter of charting a totally independent policy from the US in Latin America – true policy independence was impossible to achieve. Nor was it the case that Canada would necessarily set itself in opposition to the US when it disagreed with its policies. For Diefenbaker the goal was to pursue a foreign policy that was aligned with, but not subservient to, the US.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Diefenbaker-and-Latin-America--The-Pursuit-of-Canadian-Autonomy1-4438-3276-6.htm


Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century Europe

Marius Rotar and Adriana Teodorescu, 978-1-4438-3208-3


This book features a selection of the most representative papers presented during the international conference Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century Europe (ABDD). It invites you on a fascinating journey across the last three centuries of Europe, with death as your guide. The past and present realities of the complex phenomena of death and dying in Romania, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Serbia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Italy are dealt with, by authors from varying backgrounds: historians, sociologists, priests, humanists, anthropologists, and doctors. This is yet more proof that death as a topic cannot be confined to one science, the deciphering of its meanings and of the shifts it effects requiring a joint, interdisciplinary effort.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Dying-and-Death-in-18th-21st-Century-Europe1-4438-3208-1.htm


In Memoriam: Commemoration, Communal Memory and Gender Values in the Ancient Graeco-Roman World

Helène Whittaker, 978-1-4438-3290-8


References to the past play a significant role on many levels in both modern and ancient societies. What societies choose to remember and how they do it can be seen in relation to their social, religious, and moral world view. Ancient societies invested heavily in remembrance, and the memory of remarkable individuals and significant events was deliberately perpetuated through both literature and material culture.


The papers in this volume discuss the topic of the deliberate creation of memory in relation to both literary and material evidence from the Graeco-Roman world. They range in time from the Greek Archaic period to Late Antiquity. A major aim of the collection as a whole is an attempt to cast light on the relationship between an individual’s gender and social status and the existence of opportunities for ensuring that he or she would be remembered after death.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/In-Memoriam--Commemoration--Communal-Memory-and-Gender-Values-in-the-Ancient-Graeco-Roman-World1-4438-3290-1.htm


Transatlantic Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century

Kamille Stone Stanton and Julie A. Chappell, 978-1-4438-3288-5


In 1789, before the abolition of slavery in Great Britain or the United States of America, poet William Blake quietly appealed to the public’s sense of humanity in Songs of Innocence with the poem, “The Little Black Boy.” In that same year, a former slave named Olaudah Equiano was catapulted to fame as a sympathetic face for the abolitionist movement with the publication of his autobiography. Olaudah Equiano became an internationally sought after public speaker and enjoyed the remarkable success of nine editions of his book within the five year span between 1789 and 1794, making him the wealthiest black man in the English-speaking world.


Transatlantic Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century, edited by Kamille Stone Stanton and Julie A. Chappell, contributes to that growing body of nuanced textual criticism seeking to prove that the progress of the anti-slavery movement was actually no single-authored sensation but rather part of a broader transatlantic discourse spanning the entirety of the long eighteenth century.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Transatlantic-Literature-of-the-Long-Eighteenth-Century1-4438-3288-X.htm


Language and Literature


Byron’s Romantic Politics: The Problem of Metahistory

Peter Cochran, 978-1-4438-3283-0


Byron exists in two incompatible dimensions: as fully-documented history, and as romantic myth. Often the myth predominates, describing him as a passionate lover, a staunch friend, a great romantic poet, a champion of the working man, a loyal author to his publisher, and a fighter for democracy who sacrificed his life for the Freedom of Greece.


This book attempts to prove that the verifiable truth often proves him to be the opposite. Using letters from Byron’s family, friends, and associates which have never been transcribed, collected and sequenced before, Peter Cochran argues that the poet was an unscrupulous sponger on his relatives and friends, that he harboured a horror at the idea of empowering the working man, had no time for democracy, and despised his publisher. His contempt for the Greeks is clear from everything he writes about them, and his motives for going to Greece at the end of his life (which Cochran analyses in more depth than they have ever been analysed before), were a disturbing mixture of self-indulgent fantasy and death-wish.


Using large amounts of manuscript evidence, Cochran further argues that almost all editions of Byron’s writing do his style very poor service, constituting not contributions to knowledge of him, but additions to the obfuscating myth.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Byron-s-Romantic-Politics--The-Problem-of-Metahistory1-4438-3283-9.htm


Censorship across Borders: The Reception of English Literature in Twentieth-Century Europe

Catherine O’Leary and Alberto Lázaro, 978-1-4438-3218-2


This volume brings together twelve essays which explore European censorship of English literature in the last century. Taking into consideration the various social, political and historical contexts in which literary controls were imposed and the extent to which they were determined by national and international concerns, these essays comment on political and moral censorship, self-censorship, and the role of the translator as censor. Besides systematic state control, other hidden and insidious forms of censorship are also surveyed in the essays. This study considers why certain works and authors, many of them now regarded as canonical, were targeted in various states and often under opposing ideologies, such as those dominated by conservative Catholic morality and those governed by communism or socialism.


The essays contain previously unpublished material, cover a wide range of authors – including Beckett, Eliot, Joyce and Orwell – and analyse diverse censorship systems operating across Europe, thus serving as a useful comparative resource. Despite the variety of structures of suppression, the study shows that certain common practices can be discerned across national borders and that general conclusions can be drawn about the complex and ambiguous nature of the state’s relationship with culture and about the immediate and long-term impact of censorship, not only on the author and publisher but on society as a whole. Finally, the essays are also significant for what they tell us about the survival of literature, despite the best efforts of the censors.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Censorship-across-Borders--The-Reception-of-English-Literature-in-Twentieth-Century-Europe1-4438-3218-9.htm

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