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Pierides - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 30 September 2015

This month, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to be showcasing another of our highly regarded Series. Whilst our Series have always been an integral part of our publishing programme, we appreciate that there is a growing demand amongst our author community to expand our current portfolio, and publish leading-edge, peer-reviewed research that supports all scholars, from early career researchers to eminent senior academics, as well as practitioners.

A cornerstone of our Series programme is leveraging the expertise and networks of our Editorial Advisory Board, many of whom are experienced Series Editors themselves, and who ensure that our portfolio continues to have relevancy and impact.

With five published titles to date, Pierides is an established and acclaimed Series, co-edited by leading Latinist Professor Philip Hardie of Trinity College, Cambridge (left, above) and Stratis Kyriakidis, Emeritus Professor of Latin Literature at the University of Thessaloniki (left, below).

This series publishes studies on Ancient Greek and Latin literature in the form of monographs, edited collaborative volumes, and commentaries. The editors encourage new approaches in familiar fields, as well as studies of neglected texts and topics. Quality is assured by strict peer review, and rigorous editorial control.

Many noteworthy academics from the fields of Classics and Ancient History have contributed to and edited volumes, which will appeal to scholars not only of these fields, but also of subjects including literature and philosophy.

To find out more about each title, click on the image below:


The importance of this series in filling a notable lacuna in these subject areas is highlighted by David Konstan, Professor of Classics at New York University, who co-edited the third title in the series:

“At a time when scholarly publishing can be painfully slow, and editorial standards sometimes wanting, the Pierides series of Cambridge Scholars Publishing fills a real need.  The volumes in the series (one of which I was privileged to co-edit) cover a broad range of subjects, from catalogues and comedy to characterization and philosophical poetry, but all combine rigorous philology with imaginative new approaches. I congratulate the series editors for their good work”.


Stephen Harrison, Professor of Latin Literature at Oxford University and author of Pierides’ most recent volume, underlines the high standard of the series and of its editors:

“Cambridge Scholars Publishing’s series Pierides has already produced five excellent books on a range of topics, including both monographs and collective volumes. The international connections of its prestigious editorial team mean that it can draw in a number of high-grade projects world-wide, presenting outstanding work at the cutting edge of contemporary work in classics. It is an excellent resource which is much valued by the world of classical scholarship”.


Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering our readers a 50% discount on the titles in the Pierides series. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code SERIES15 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd November 2015.

If you would like to learn more about the Cambridge Scholars Publishing Series portfolio, please feel free to browse the new and improved “Series” section on our website: www.cambridgescholars.com or contact a member of our Marketing team with any queries: marketing@cambridgescholars.com.


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Book of the Month - October 2015 30 September 2015

Our October Book of the Month is Citizenship in Transition: New Perspectives on Transnational Migration from the Middle East to Europe, edited by Annemarie Profanter and Francis Owtram. This book is particularly timely and relevant given the current refugee crisis in Europe, which, according to the UN Refugee Agency, has seen half a million people cross the Mediterranean since the start of 2015.

The revolutions and protests arising from the Arab Spring, combined with the establishment of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, challenged dominant ideas about what people in the Middle East expect from their governments. At the same time, a new wave of migration has been created, once again showing how the local, regional and global are connected in the identity of citizens and concepts of citizenship.

This turmoil and its human cost—tragically captured in the image of drowned toddler Aylan Kurdi—have called into question prevailing modes of thinking about the Middle East, as well as the policy of EU governments towards refugees and immigration. These seismic events have compounded underlying changes in the internal composition of contemporary liberal democracies, which, together with the challenges imposed by globalization on the state, are demanding a rethink of theories of citizenship, particularly in a transnational sense.

By bringing together new perspectives on these critical issues, this timely and thought-provoking book deconstructs the processes that are shaping and reshaping debates on migration and integration in Europe, and illuminates emerging patterns in key areas such as citizenship and cultural identity, education, and second generation networks.

Introduction: Celebrating Difference: In Search of Paradigms Addressing Barriers to Transnational Migration. Chapter One: The Impact of the Arab Spring on Issues of MENA: Europe Migration in the Context of Globalization. Chapter Two: Modernity and Islamic Immigration: Examining the Historical Roots of Identity and Difference. Chapter Three: The Burgeoning of Transnationalism: Narrowing the Transitional Gap from Emigrant to Citizen. Chapter Four: Citizenship and Education: Economic Competitiveness, Social Cohesion and Human Rights. Chapter Five: Acquiring and Losing Turkish Citizenship Under the New Turkish Citizenship Act. Chapter Six: Xenophobia, Alienation, Heterotopias and Cultural Limits: Fictional Boundaries of the Athens Pakistani and Afghani Communities. Chapter Seven: Arab Diasporas in the UK: Yemeni Citizenship still in Transition? Chapter Eight: Muslim Society Trondheim: The Dialectics of Islamic Doctrine, Integration Policy and Institutional Practices. Chapter Nine: Yalla, Lombards! Second Generations in Lombardy: Looking for a Model.


To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract. 

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 BOMOCT15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd November 2015.

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


“As Europe is struggling with an unprecedented wave of refugees especially from the Middle East, this edited volume on the migration from the latter to the former region is a timely book. Most of the articles focus on factors which may foster or hinder the successful integration of migrants, whether through traditional or transnational citizenship. Principally, this points to deficiencies within Europe which could be rectified. However, somewhat more sobering perspectives are provided by the first two contributors, and, by pointing out the hypocritical and contradictory features of Europe’s liberal hegemonic ideology, the article of Greaves might make one conclude that integration through citizenship is not easy as one would like to think. Naturally, reading this collected volume opens up questions rather than providing answers. However, the articles contained therein provide a multitude of useful insights that may contribute to finding these answers. As current events show, the issue of Muslim migration into Europe will remain with us for the foreseeable future. At a time when Europe’s policies towards migration appear to be rather helpless, hectic and uncoordinated, this well-researched and balanced book helps to clarify some of the issues at stake and thus deserves a wide readership.”

—Dr Christian Lekon, Department of International Relations, European University of Lefke


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Editorial Advisory Board's 'Recommended Read' - October 2015 30 September 2015

This October, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Jonathan Winterton has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’, a title noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Jonathan is Professor of Work and Employment and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Humanities at Curtin University Sarawak, Malaysia. He was formerly Professor of Employment at Toulouse Business School, where he served ten years as Director of Research and five years as Director of International Affairs.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Jonathan’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABOCT15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd November 2015.


Professor Jonathan Winterton’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Work and the Challenges of Belonging: Migrants in Globalizing Economies

Editors: Mojca Pajnik and Floya Anthias.

This book engages with migrant work in globalizing economies, both in the EU and worldwide, to explore the relationships between work and the complexity of migrant belonging in transnational spaces. It is cross-disciplinary and comparative, engaging with theoretical, empirical and policy approaches.

This edited collection approaches migration in the wider context of economic globalization and from a perspective that focuses on the lived experience of migrant workers. The strong representation of transition economies in this collection is particularly welcome. In this analysis, migrants’ mental maps serve to redefine geo-political space around the economies of origin and destination. Such contributions greatly enhance understanding of the complexities of migration around the EU and the former Soviet Union. This collection offers an inspirational, transnational, and multi-disciplinary analysis of some of the complexities of migration in the global era, and in so doing sets new directions for further research. Migration in search of work is already at an unprecedented level and affecting every region of the world, and policy responses are largely inadequate to the task of providing adequate protection. Policy makers in international bodies like the ILO and OECD, supra-national regional bodies like the EU and APEC, as well as representatives of governments, employers and trade unions would do well to read this book to better understand the issues they will need to address.” 


For further information on Professor Winterton, please click here.


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National Arts and Humanities Month - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 30 September 2015

This month, we are pleased to support National Arts and Humanities Month, which runs in the USA throughout October. As our focus at Cambridge Scholars is on publishing original academic work in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and as many of our authors and readers are based in the United States, we are delighted to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month with them. As Barack Obama wrote in the Presidential Proclamation for last year’s event, “we rely on the arts and humanities to broaden our views and remind us of the truths that connect us”.


National Arts and Humanities Month is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. Every year since 1993, October has been designated as National Arts and Humanities Month with the aims of creating a national, state and local focus on the arts and humanities through the media; encouraging the active participation of individuals, as well as arts, humanities and other interested organisations nationwide; providing an opportunity for business, government and civic leaders to declare their support for the arts and humanities; and establishing a highly visible vehicle for raising public awareness about the arts and humanities. In towns and communities across America, arts organisations are planning and developing events, celebrations and innovative programming to highlight National Arts and Humanities Month throughout October.


To celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling related titles. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

Aspects of Transnational and Indigenous Cultures addresses the issues of place and mobility, aesthetics and politics, and identity and community, which have emerged in the framework of Global/Transnational American and Indigenous Studies. The volume conceptualizes a comparative/trans-national paradigm for crossing over national, regional and international boundaries and, in so doing, imagining a shared world of poetics and aesthetics in contemporary transnational scholarship. Professor Shelley Fisher Fishkin of Stanford University describes the book as a “ground-breaking volume [that] brings together prominent scholars to explore the ways in which transnational American studies, ethnic studies, global studies, and indigenous studies can productively complicate and inform each other. Every chapter bristles with unexpected juxtapositions, fresh comparative perspectives, and generative insights. A transformative contribution to scholarship.

Searching for the American Dream is a theoretical and practical exploration of genius loci. Beginning with John Dewey and an investigation into the importance of experiential learning, the book invites a range of scholars, curators, teachers and students to distil their experiences into a series of essays on the importance of ‘place’. From visiting the tenement museum in the Lower East Side in New York, to watching live history in the form of the Trial of Bridget Bishop in Salem, to having a private audience with state department officials, to attending an AFL-CIO meeting and taking classes with scholars in American studies, animal rights and education, Searching for the American Dream ‘takes you there’. At a time when university teachers are looking for ways to energise students who all too often are questioning the relevance of their degrees, this is a timely study. It explains the theory of experiential learning, and outlines the rewards available to the lecturer brave enough to take students out of the classroom and expose them to real world experiences. The ground-breaking feature of the book, however, is that it offers practical advice on how to plan, organise and conduct an international study tour.

As our social values (including race, gender, religion, sexuality, and class) change, our commemorations do, too. We Are What We Remember: The American Past Through Commemoration analyses current trends in the study of historical memory that are particularly relevant to our own presentour biases, our politics, our contextual momentand strive to name forgotten, overlooked, and denied pasts in traditional histories. Race, gender, and sexuality, for example, raise questions about our most treasured myths: where were the slaves at Jamestowne? How do women or lesbians protect and preserve their own histories, when no one else wants to write them? Our current social climate allows us to question authority, and especially the authoritative definitions of nation, patriotism, heroism, and belonging. How do we “un-commemorate” things that were “mis-commemorated” in the past? How do we repair the damage done by past commemorations? The chapters in this book examine these modern questions that entirely reimagine the landscape of commemoration as it has been practiced, and studied, before.


To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code HUMANITIES15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd November 2015.


To find out more about National Arts and Humanities Month, please click here.


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Peter Cochran, 1944-2015: A Tribute 14 September 2015

It was with great sadness that Cambridge Scholars learned of the death of Dr Peter Cochran in May this year. Peter died of a brain haemorrhage after suffering from ill health for some time, but passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He is survived by his daughters Emily and Abi, and his grandchildren Lewis and Leila.

Peter was one of the world’s leading authorities on Lord Byron and Byron studies, and was one of Cambridge Scholars’ most prolific authors. He wrote extensively and insightfully on many aspects of Byron and his work, lectured on him across the globe, and edited the poet’s works and correspondence for the website of the International Byron Society. He also received the Elma Dangerfield award in 2005 for his edition of Mihael Rees's translation of Teresa Guiccioli's Lord Byron's Life in Italy.

Peter wrote 19 books on Byron for Cambridge Scholars, editing the complete works of Byron in 13 volumes, in addition to Byron and Orientalism“Romanticism” – and ByronByron and Italy, and, most recently, Byron, Napoleon, J.C. Hobhouse, and the Hundred Days.

Peter had extensive experience on stage as both an actor and director, not only of Byron’s plays, but also of the works of Shakespeare. He was in Sir Trevor Nunn’s first ever Shakespeare production in 1959, and later joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. His experience on stage combined with over 25 years of teaching English and Drama gave him a professional theatre practitioner’s perspective shared by few other writers.

In the words of Dr Christine Kenyon Jones, Research Fellow at King’s College London, “All of us will have our own memories of his ebullience, his wit and humour, his enthusiasm, his strong likes and equally strong dislikes, and the powerful sense of his presence in a room, which was perhaps related to his abilities as an actor and director. He was at his most stimulating when often also at his most combative, and the individuality of his ‘take’ on Byron (which was often painfully critical for many of us) gave an edge and excitement to what otherwise might be bland or over-academic debates.

“I have sometimes thought the effect of Peter’s presence may have been a little like that of Byron himself—intelligent, generous, funny, enthusiastic, challenging and always interesting and exciting, although sometimes also a little alarming. Through his scholarship, energy, friendship and exceptional generosity, Peter has helped to bring countless people into the Byron ambit, and to make us all better Byron scholars and critics, and his work and his memory will live on through the Byron community in that most positive of ways.”

A memorial will be held at Clare College, Cambridge in October. Please contact his daughters through petercochran.wordpress.com if you would like to attend.

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