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Archaeology


Chronology and Evolution within the Mesolithic of North-West Europe: Proceedings of an International Meeting, Brussels, May 30th-June 1st 2007

Philippe Crombé, Mark Van Strydonck, Joris Sergant, Mathieu Boudin and Machteld Bats, 978-1-4438-1421-8


Since its development in 1949, radiocarbon dating has increasingly been used in prehistoric research in order to get a better grip on the chronology of sites, cultures and environmental changes. Refinement of the dating, sampling and calibration methods has continuously created new and challenging perspectives for absolute dating.


In these proceedings the focus lies on the contribution of carbon-14 dates in current Mesolithic research in North-West Europe. Altogether 40 papers dealing with radiocarbon dates from 15 different countries are presented. Major themes are the typo-technological evolution of lithic and bone industries, changes in settlement patterns, burial practices, demography and subsistence, human impact on the Mesolithic environment and the neolithisation process. Some papers also deal with more methodological aspects of carbon-14 dating (e.g. calculation of various reservoir effects, the use of cumulative calibrated probability distributions), and related techniques (e.g. stable isotope analysis for palaeodiet reconstruction).


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Chronology-and-Evolution-within-the-Mesolithic-of-North-West-Europe-Volume-1--Proceedings-of-an-Inte1-4438-1421-0.htm


Taking Archaeology out of Heritage

Emma Waterton and Laurajane Smith, 978-1-4438-1442-3


Archaeology has, on the whole, tended to dominate the development of public policies and practices applicable to what is often referred to as “heritage”. This book aims to examine the conflation of heritage with archaeology that has occurred as a result. To do so, it asks whether archaeology can usefully contribute to critical understandings of heritage, which, the volume contends, must consider heritage both in terms of what it is and the cultural, social and political work it does in contemporary societies. Archaeologists have been very successful in protecting what they perceive to be their database—a success that owes much to the development and maintenance of a suite of heritage management practices that work to legitimize their privileged access to, and control of, that database. However, is archaeological data actually heritage? Moreover, does archaeological knowledge offer a meaningful reflection of “the historic environment”, in terms of the uses, values and associations it carries for the various and different communities or publics that engage with that environment/heritage? The volume brings together academic and field archaeologists, academics from heritage studies and community activists from the UK and Europe more generally to debate these issues.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Taking-Archaeology-out-of-Heritage1-4438-1442-3.htm


Bibliography, Library Science, Information Resources


Burridge’s Multilingual Dictionary of Birds of the World: Volume XXII Russian (Русский)

John T. Burridge, 978-1-4438-1427-0


Uniquely, the present work will present in one place the vernacular names of the almost ten thousand birds of the world in about fifty languages. It should thus serve as a valuable reference work and source of information that has been scattered through field guides, scientific journals, coffee-table volumes and across the internet, often buried under all sorts of other data.


The compilations draw on official or other generally recognized authority wherever possible, and alternates are given where space permits. While the very fact that such extensive lists may, just by their existence, in future carry some authoritative weight in standardization of bird names, that is not its primary purpose, which is to present in a more useful format the nomenclature that is already in use.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Burridge-s-Multilingual-Dictionary-of-Birds-of-the-World--Volume-XXII-Russian---1-4438-1427-X.htm


Business, Finance and Economics


Agile Development in the Irish Software Industry: Models for Change

Sineád Hayes, 978-1-4438-0578-0


This book is based on an innovative research study which devised a suitable change management framework for Irish software development companies seeking to make the transition from a more “traditional” software development process to one which is more agile and responsive. Utilising Kotter’s eight-step technique for organisational change as a basis, this research demonstrates how the incorporation of agile software techniques using the Scrum process effected successful changes within one of the world’s leading Electronic Design Automation (EDA) companies.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Agile-Development-in-the-Irish-Software-Industry--Models-for-Change1-4438-0578-5.htm


Experience and New Venture Performance: An Exploration of Founder Perceptions

Gregor Toohey, 978-1-4438-1418-8


Is an entrepreneur’s previous experience relevant in predicting the success or otherwise of a new business venture? Common sense would suggest that this undoubtedly be the case. Current research suggests otherwise, however. As elucidated in this volume, a business founder’s prior experience can have either a positive or a negative impact on the performance of any given start-up venture. This book aims to explore these inconsistencies through in-depth case studies of six diverse entrepreneurs. The research conclusions drawn during the course of this book differ significantly from much contemporary theory in the subject area that is entrepreneurial research. This book serves to shed new light on the importance of previous business-founder experience while also underlining the importance of context in the application of same within new business ventures.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Experience-and-New-Venture-Performance--An-Exploration-of-Founder-Perceptions1-4438-1418-0.htm


Classics


A Lucian for our Times

Adam Bartley, 978-1-4438-1433-1


Lucian of Samosata, the prolific Greek-speaking satirist of the 2nd century AD, left us a wide range of works ranging from harsh invective against cult-leaders and philosophers to playful pastiche of Herodotus' Histories. Art and artists, teachers of rhetoric, inconsistent myths, parasites in rich households, authors seeking imperial patronage and the rich and powerful themselves all provide rich material for his wit and humour. In this volume the focus is not on the literary values of Lucian's works, but rather on what they show us about the intellectual, political, religious and everyday life of the Imperial period. The articles address themes such as the importance of Latin in the Greek-speaking eastern Empire, rituals of death and mourning, attitudes towards the lands beyond the empire and the role of politics in comedy and satire, both in Lucian's own time and in the 5th and 4th centuries BC. While Lucian's own distinctive personality is impossible to ignore, the picture that emerges is one of both the high intellectual life and everyday behaviour in this vibrant period in the history of the Mediterranean region.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Lucian-and-His-Time1-4438-1433-4.htm


Rising from the Ruins: Roman Antiquities in Neoclassic Literature

Bruce C. Swaffield, 978-1-4438-1400-3


The neoclassic tendency to write about the ruins of Rome was both an attempt to recapture the grandeur of the “golden age” of man and a lament for the passing of a great civilization. John Dyer, who wrote The Ruins of Rome in 1740, was largely responsible for the eighteenth-century revival of a unique subgenre of landscape poetry dealing with ruins of the ancient world.


Few poems about the ruins had been written since Antiquités de Rome in 1558 by Joachim Du Bellay. Dyer was one of first neoclassic poets to return to the decaying stones of a past society as a source of poetic inspiration and imagination. He views the relics as monuments of grandeur and greatness, but also of impending death and destruction.


While following most of the rules and standards of neoclassicism—that of imitating nature and giving pleasure to a reader—Dyer also includes his personal reactions and emotions in The Ruins of Rome. The work is composed from the position of a poet who serves as interpreter and translator of the subject, a primary characteristic of “prospect” poetry in the eighteenth century. Numerous other writers quickly followed Dyer’s example, including George Keate, William Whitehead and William Parsons.


The tendency by these poets to write about the ruins of Rome from a subjective point of view was one of the strongest themes in what Northrop Frye has called the “Age of Sensibility.” Although the renewed interest in Roman ruins lasted well into the nineteenth century, influencing Romantic poets from Lord Byron to William Wordsworth, the evolution of this type of verse was a gradual process: it originated with Du Bellay’s poem, continued through seventeenth-century paintings by Claude Lorrain and Salvator Rosa (along with the later art of Piranesi and Pannini), and reached maturity with the poetic interest in the imagination in the eighteenth century.


All of these factors, especially the tendency of poets to record their subjective feelings and insights concerning the ruins, are elements that proved to be instrumental in the eventual development of Romanticism.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Rising-from-the-Ruins--Roman-Antiquities-in-Neoclassic-Literature1-4438-1400-8.htm


Cultural Studies


Digital Technologies of the Self

Yasmine Abbas and Fred Dervin, 978-1-4438-1419-5


Inspired by the “technologies of the self” theorized by Michel Foucault in the early 1980s, this volume investigates how contemporary individuals fashion their identity/identities using digital technologies such as ambient intelligent devices, social networking platforms and online communities (Facebook, CouchSurfing and craigslist), online gaming (SilkRoad Online, Oblivion and World of Warcraft), podcasts, etc. With high-speed internet access, ubiquitous computing and generous storage capacity, the opportunities for staging and transforming the self/selves have become nearly limitless.


This book explores how technologies contribute to the expression, (co-)construction and enactment of identities. It examines these issues from various perspectives as it brings together insights from different disciplines – design, discourse analysis, philosophy and sociology.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Digital-Technologies-of-the-Self1-4438-1419-9.htm


Friends Watching Friends: American Television in Egypt

Katherine Dillion, 978-1-4438-1426-3


Friends Watching Friends: American Television in Egypt is a media study on the impact and influence of American television in Egypt. Based on personal and small group interviews and research from 2004–2006, the work includes ways that Egyptian women view the influence of American television in their daily lives as well as showing ways that Egyptians use the media to develop their ideas about Americans. Using the sitcom Friends as a focal point, the study probes commonalities about humor between Egyptian and American women that make Friends particularly appealing as an international text. Additionally, using an ethnographic approach, the research examines relevant social trends in employment, relationships, and the economy. It celebrates a diversity of opinions among Egyptian women and gives voice to those who want to share their views with others internationally and who have a strong tie to their own culture and heritage.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Friends-Watching-Friends--American-Television-in-Egypt1-4438-1426-1.htm


Performing Technology: User Content and the New Digital Media: Insights from the Two Thousand + NINE Symposium

Franziska Schroeder, 978-1-4438-1445-4


This volume emerged out of the discussions during the 2009 edition of the Two Thousand + symposia series at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast. In 2009 the symposium focused on user-generated content and it is the refined and reworked writings that have been included in this volume. The texts in this book cover the development of design strategies for addressing rich media environments that incorporate user-generated, locative content. Chapters cover areas such as choreography/dance, virtual worlds, music performance, network music and computer games.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Performing-Technology--User-Content-and-the-New-Digital-Media--Insights-from-the-Two-Thousand---NINE1-4438-1445-8.htm


Education


Embodying an Image: Gender and Genre in a Selection of Children’s Responses to Picturebooks and Illustrated Texts

Sarah Toomey, 978-1-4438-1413-3


Drawing upon a diverse range of theoretical perspectives, and the rich resources of feminist cultural analysis hitherto little applied to the study of picturebooks and illustrated texts, Embodying an Image offers fresh and original insights into the gendered politics of identity and the sexual politics of looking in contemporary visual culture. In a fascinating collection of case studies, Toomey successfully combines an analysis of the way in which artists and writers convey gendered representations through character, theme, setting and story, with a detailed investigation into the child’s perspective of meaning. This book is a first in its field and is a must for all those interested in new ways of thinking about the power of visual imagery to embody and make real the fantasies and desires of young children.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Embodying-an-Image--Gender-and-Genre-in-a-Selection-of-Children-s-Responses-to-Picturebooks-and-Illu1-4438-1413-X.htm


Landscapes of Aesthetic Education

Stuart Richmond and Celeste Snowber, 978-1-4438-1396-9


This book brings together two experienced educators from the fields of teacher education and arts education. The authors Richmond, a photographer, and Snowber, a dancer and poet, see aesthetic education as aiming to extend creativity, appreciation of the arts and nature, and the sensuous qualities of everyday life, to gain a more intimate understanding of the self and the world. They include poetic, narrative, philosophical, and artistic ways of writing to support a more embodied and holistic aesthetics. Landscapes of Aesthetic Education has significance for educators, scholars, students, and artists, and for all who would like to explore the connections between the arts, aesthetics, and transformation.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Landscapes-of-Aesthetic-Education1-4438-1396-6.htm


Subject to Reading: Literacy and Belief in the Work of Jacques Lacan and Paulo Freire

Eugene Henry de Klerk, 978-1-4438-1423-2


The book explores what it means for a human organism to be a “subject” and responds to what it sees as the contemporary ablation of subjectivity in favour of an impoverished “biopolitics” (a concept borrowed from Foucault). It is preoccupied with questions of ethics and education, arguing that Lacanian psychoanalysis, like Freirean literacy, constitutes first and foremost an education in responsible subjecthood. It identifies such an education as a very necessary intervention in what appears to be a global double bind between fanatical certainty and capitalist abstraction. The book asserts that, contrary to most trends concerning the appropriation of psychoanalysis or Freirean techniques for teaching, Freirean pedagogy and Lacanian psychoanalysis are not purely “toolboxes” but profound epistemological and philosophical arguments. These arguments also combine to suggest a new socio-political conception of theology.

In addition the book draws on examples from literature and popular culture to explicate certain ideas. In this regard the book primarily undertakes a reading of selected works by J.M. Coetzee.


http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Subject-to-Reading--Literacy-and-Belief-in-the-Work-of-Jacques-Lacan-and-Paulo-Freire1-4438-1423-7.htm

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