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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - February 2019 07 February 2019

For February's Recommended Read, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Martina Tanga has chosen: Museums and Public Art?: an assemblage of essays that exhibit the connections and collaborations between museums and public art. 

Martina is a contemporary art historian and curator, specializing in Italian 20th century art. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, her research interests focus on art that engages with social concerns, feminism, the built environment, and audience participation. She has published widely, having written several exhibition reviews for publications like Art Papers, penned art object entries for museum catalogues, and authored several essays based on her research that have appeared in a number of academic anthologies.

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Dr Martina Tanga's ‘Recommended Read’:

Museums and Public Art?

Editors: Cher Krause Knight, Harriet F. Senie

This is the first book to contextualize the collaborations between museums and public art through a range of essays marked by their coherence of topical focus, written by leading and emerging scholars and artists. It represents a major contribution to the field of art history in general, will be of significant interest to those studying and working in the domain of public art and museums.


"While the question mark in the book’s title might lead readers to believe that museums and public art are antithetical, the compilation of essays point, instead, to the many instances when museums and public art projects have found common ground, shared the same space, developed the same audiences, sought the same goals, or settled on a mutual benefit. Moreover, many of the case studies examined blur the boundaries between public art—defined as art located in open, often urban, spaces—and museums—described as enclosed institutions whose function is the display of art—so that distinctions constructively, and productively, break down.

At the center of the book is a discussion of what is public; how might we reconcile, for example, the public-ness of museums and the private-ness of public space? Public art consistently engages with the politics of space, how democratic is the street, and what intangible barriers there may be to audiences. Many authors address the issue of inside and outside, and the gray space in between, in this anthology. Just as location is important, so are audiences, and what, or better, who is the public in museums and for art outside is another grounding theme of this compendium. A highlight comes from thinking about the collaboration between the museum’s educational mission and its alignment with the tenets of public art. They are both concerned with engaging audiences, building communities, and challenging power. Another critical strain is the tension between public good and private interests, which in reality, affect both museums’ operations and the sphere of public art. Unfortunately, today, this is one of major—at times inconspicuous—questions regarding the production of culture, of which museums and public art are both embroiled within. On a positive note, the book suggests that an avenue ripe for future exploration is the integration of the museum and public art through the nexus of social practice, a dialogical model of art making that centers on audiences. This approach would dismantle the distinctions of site and foreground the public, bringing people together in an enriching experience." 


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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - January 2019 21 December 2018

For our first ‘Recommended Read’ of 2019, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Spiros Paramithiotis has chosen a new book that breaks fresh ground in the study of the links between health, food science, and society. Spiros graduated from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition of the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, in 1996, and has worked at the Laboratory of Food Quality Control and Hygiene within the Agricultural University of Athens' Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition as a member of their scientific personnel since 2003.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Spiros’ pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJAN19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st February 2019.


Dr Spiros Paramithiotis' ‘Recommended Read’:

Dying to Eat: Health, Heresy and Hysteria

Author: Michael David Trevan

This book examines our oft emotional relationship with food; the way science has been used and misused by those who govern, provide advice to the public, or try to sell food; and why we tend to believe the statements about healthy eating that we wish were true, rather than those which are true.


This is not an ordinary food science textbook. Professor Trevan, with an amazing ability for narration, guides the reader through every aspect of contemporary food science. From food chemistry and microbiology, human nutrition and physiology, to government agencies and the media, he depicts the links between health, food, and society in a delightful way. In addition, by providing historical perspectives and discussing numerous scientific publications in a critical and unique way, Professor Trevan facilitates an understanding of the current state of knowledge in the field and identifies further gaps that are worth researching. Reading this book feels like attending a lecture that you do not want to end. It is a highly informative and enjoyable text, necessary for anyone that studies or is merely interested in food science.”


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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - December 2018 04 December 2018

For the last ‘Recommended Read’ of 2018, Dr Jean-d'Amour Twibanire has chosen one of the most exciting books that we have published in the entirety of the year. Jean-d’Amour obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 2013 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He has worked at Dalhousie University for several semesters as an Instructor in the Department of Chemistry, and is currently a Research Scientist with CanAm Bioresearch Inc. in Winnipeg, Canada.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Jean-d’Amour’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABDEC18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd January 2019.


Dr Jean-d'Amore Twibanire’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Evolution of Evolution: The Survival Value of Caring

Author: Richard Littleton Guerrant

This book strives to link our humanities and religious philosophies to a scientific understanding of human destiny, and provide a key to meaning in our lives. Though this idea has incubated for over two decades, recent extremism in Charlottesville and global threats of inhumanity and violence make this more timely than ever for all who care about who we are and our children’s future


This book, written by Professor Richard Guerrant, takes a closer look at the value of caring and its evolution to the present day. The seven chapters are well written and cover an array of different topics and questions – in Chapter Two, for example, the author discusses a question of paramount importance: “Can traits that were once helpful become more harmful than helpful with changes over time”? The issue of whether spiritual philosophies, religions, or indeed the humanities can join with the sciences to complement and reinforce one another is dealt with in Chapter Three. Overall, the book reaffirms the fact that we are ‘in it together’, and that isolation in its various forms may not be possible in the long run. Caring for others, even those we may not know, is rooted in our humanity, and those who have nothing to care about cease to exist in so many ways.

I firmly agree with Guerrant that the evolution of evolution is critical for all of humanity, and that we cannot afford to ignore it. We are interdependent, often more than we realise. Whether we like it or not, we are connected, and what we do very much affects what others do too. Caring and love, Guerrant successfully suggests, is what will give meaning to our existence and our evolutionary future.”


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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - November 2018 31 October 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Amir Al-Azab has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: a book that breaks new ground in linguistics and translation studies. Amir is a lecturer in the Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Qatar University. He is the author or translator of more than 30 books on language, with research interests across pragmatics, lexicography, simultaneous interpreting, and applied linguistics.  

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Amir’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABNOV18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st December 2018.


Dr Amir Al-Azab’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Business and Institutional Translation: New Insights and Reflections

Editors: Éric Poirier and Daniel Gallego-Hernández

This book analyses the growing volume of economic, financial, and institutional translation that takes place every day, bringing together a group of interdisciplinary scholars to discuss future trends, practical suggestions, and new avenues of business translation. 


"Business and Institutional Translation: New Insights and Reflections is a unique publication that spotlights how businesses are dealing with the challenges of translating information and data across multiple languages. It tackles some sensitive issues in the translational arena: quality assurance, professionalism, competence criteria for market requirements, the standardization of translation and interpreting, and numerous other aspects of translation-mediated business communication. Furthermore, it sheds light on the methodologies and techniques behind business translation, and how these methodologies and their outcomes are assessed. In recent years scholars have been preoccupied with what could be termed other taxonomies of translation, such as the literary, legal, technical, and medical implications of moving between languages.

This book will likely open a window of future research in the area, and it will also provide a guide to translation institutions and individual translators in an increasingly interconnected and fluid linguistic world."


For more information on Dr Al-Azab, please click here. His full review of the book was published in the latest issue of the Translation Journal, and can be read open-access here.


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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - October 2018 27 September 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Michele Fontefrancesco has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’ – a very special autobiographical reflection published in 2015 by Gerald Mars. Michele is a social anthropologist who currently serves as a Research Fellow at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Italy. His research analyses local development in rural and urban communities, with a particular interest in the relationship between the global economy and local areas. He has argued for the importance of cultural heritage, crafts, and local production specialisation as fundamental elements in the definition of local resilience. In 2013 he published The End of the City of Gold? Industry and Economic Crisis in an Italian Jewellery Town with Cambridge Scholars, a culmination of many years work into these topics.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Michele’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2018.

Dr Michele Fontefrancesco’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Becoming an Anthropologist: A Memoir and a Guide to Anthropology

Author: Gerald Mars

Mars’ graphic and often vivid narrative can be read simply as the anecdotal memoirs of an anthropologist. The experiences he recounts are sometimes hilarious, touch occasionally on the dangerous, and are always sensitively and expertly explored.


"This book is the story of a life and a brilliant career that proceeds from a simple question, which many students ask when they start their studies in anthropology: ‘how can a person become an anthropologist?’

Each of us who work in academia and who lead new cohorts of students in the exploration of anthropology struggle to form a decent and straightforward answer to this question. We know it is not a matter of academic degrees, erudite readings, or sitting on a comfortable armchair. As Gerald Mars shows, it is primarily the result of everyday practice and experience churned with deep reflexivity. Mars’ autobiographical narration shows the experience gained after youth, and how it creates the fertile ground on which anthropological thought can mature.

The book also offers a number of examples for better appreciating the application of anthropological analysis in the contemporary world. The autobiography, in fact, becomes a form of self-ethnography, within which Mars discusses his upbringing and lived social contexts – from the streets of Manchester and Blackpool, to the Army, to different academic institutions on both sides of the Atlantic.

The book will suit the tastes of less experienced readers and students, those who want to better understand what anthropology is and how it can be useful in comprehending our contemporary societies. It will also be of use to trained scholars who want to deepen their own anthropological educations." 


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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - September 2018 30 August 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Sukanchan Palit has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: the second of a two volume set published in November of last year by Carole LeBlanc entitled Demystifying Climate Risk Volume II: Industry and Infrastructure Implications. Sukanchan is a chemical engineer by training and profession, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India.

Sukanchan obtained his BChE in Chemical Engineering in 1992 and his MChE in 1994 in chemical engineering, both from Jadavpur University, India. He has 23 years of experience in the fields of industry, teaching and research. His research areas are primarily in environmental engineering, advanced oxidation processes, multi-objective optimization, genetic algorithms, and other branches of chemical engineering.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount not only on Sukanchan’s choice, but also on Volume I of LeBlanc’s two volume set, Demystifying Climate Risk Volume I: Environmental, Health and Societal Implications. To redeem your discount on both books, please enter the promotional code EABSEP18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st October 2018.


Sukanchan Palit’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Demystifying Climate Risk Volume II: Industry and Infrastructure Implications

Editor: Carole LeBlanc

This book is a distillation of the First Annual International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk held in 2016 in Wells, Maine, USA. The volume’s premise is that, long before the 2015 Paris Agreement, many professionals from diverse fields were working to solve the problems of human-caused climate change.


"The world of environmental engineering and environmental protection today stands in the midst of deep scientific fortitude and vast scientific introspection. Water purification, drinking water treatment, and industrial wastewater treatment are the utmost needs of scientific progress today. In this book, edited by Carole LeBlanc, the authors deeply and poignantly depict the devastation caused by climate change and global warming. They pointedly focus on the necessity of demystifying climate change risk as part of the wider project of furthering global science and engineering. As a whole, the book thus reviews and contributes to the necessity of developing sound engineering tools to tackle climate change, unfolding the intricacies of global warming, climate change, and ecological biodiversity loss as it does so. Globally, developing countries are at a critical juncture – suffering immense devastation due to climate change, water shortages, and a lack of sustainable development. The challenges of this juncture, as well as possible paths out of it, are depicted in detail in this book."


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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - August 2018 31 July 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Clara Sarmento has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: a book published in December of last year by Soňa Šnircová. Clara is currently the director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, where she is a Full Professor with tenure, member of the Consulting Board, and director of the MA programs in Specialized Translation and Interpreting and in Intercultural Studies for Business. She is the author or editor of six books with Cambridge Scholars, including Popular and Visual Culture: Design, Circulation and Consumption (2014) and The Imagery of Writing in the Early Works of Paul Auster: From Stones to Books (2018).

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Clara’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAUG18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st September 2018.

Professor Clara Sarmento’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Girlhood in British Coming-of-Age Novels: The Bildungsroman Heroine Revisited

Author: Soňa Šnircová

The book discusses a selection of coming-of-age narratives that offer a revisiting of the classic Bildungsroman heroine – the young white middle-class woman – and present her developments in postwar and postmillennial British literature. It will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of literary and girls’ studies, particularly those who want to see new trends and issues in young adult fiction in the context of a literary tradition.

Soňa Šnircová develops a remarkable, much needed and exciting overview of the literary representations of growth, under the perspective of gender, class, ethnicity, race and sexuality, as opposed to – and criticizing – the once exclusively masculine, white and middle-class idiosyncrasies that sustained trivial definitions of the Bildungsroman. The book discusses a selection of eight novels by female authors, published between 1949 and 2014, that shed light over three different periods of postwar British literature: the pre-second wave feminism, the decades dominated by feminist debate and the postfeminist turn-of-the-millennium ‘chick-lit’ period. Snircova employs close reading techniques to examine the heroines’ development in the framework of their individual coming-of-age stories, while paying attention to the influence of cultural and historical impulses. Admirably, Snircova sees the contemporary female coming of age novel as another genre that too often reflects the media-induced constructions of the female identity, echoing the same signs of utopian liberation and antifeminist backlash that have been identified in popular chick-lit, because the process of emancipation invariably depends on the girl’s ability to participate in masculine forms of power.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - July 2018 29 June 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Edith Bruder has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: a book published in December 2016 by Tudor Parfitt and Netanel Fisher. Edith is a research associate at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and a research fellow at the University of South Africa. A French ethnologist with a multi-disciplinary background in the history of art and clinical psychology, she has researched and published widely on the history and the contemporary phenomena of Jewish practices across sub-Saharan Africa, Judaising movements, forgotten diasporas, contemporary diasporas and particular Jewish identities. Her books include Black Jews, Les Juifs noirs d’Afrique et le mythe des Tribus perdues (Albin Michel, 2014), co-editor of African Zion, Studies in Black Judaism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012) and African Journeys to Judaism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2018)

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Edith’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJUL18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st August 2018.


Dr Edith Bruder’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Becoming Jewish: New Jews and Emerging Jewish Communities in a Globalized World

Editors: Tudor Parfitt and Netanel Fisher

Traditionally, few non-Jews converted to the Jewish faith, but today millions are converting to Judaism. In this volume, leading scholars of issues related to conversion, Judaising movements and Judaism as a New Religious Movement discuss and explain this global movement towards identification with the Jewish people, from Germany and Poland to China and Nigeria. 


Tudor Parfitt and Netanel Fisher’s captivating book on the emergence of new Jewish identities in the globalized world is resolutely looking forward to the future. The book is a courageous adventure in transnational histories, cultural crossbreeding, and the development of Jewish identity in the twentieth century. It refers to a remarkable phenomenon that has been taking place over several decades:  in various countries, a vast number of individuals or groups have chosen to become part of the Jewish people and have acquainted themselves with Jewish tradition and legends in diverse circumstances and contexts.

In their chapters, leading scholars from social and religious sciences delineate the various profiles of ‘joiners’ to Judaism. In the vast scope of their methodological approach, one of the distinguishing features of the book, they rise unavoidable questions about identity, “authentic” Jewishness, and citizenship in Israel: Who is a Jew… versus a non-Jew? What is Judaism?

This book constitutes a very valuable and worthwhile resource. What it demonstrates clearly is that Judaism and Jewishness are going through very profound changes in our time. It is not surprising that different disciplines based on different criteria and methods of interpretation may reach different conclusions on the same subject—it appears that the story is just beginning to unfold.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - June 2018 31 May 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Rustam B. Rustamov has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our most recent titles in the physical and mathematical sciences. Rustam is currently senior scientist at Institute of Physics of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, having previously served as the Acting Director General of the Azerbaijan National Aerospace Agency. He graduated with a PhD from the Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg, Russia, and has also worked at the European Space Agency within the framework of the United Nations Program on Space Applications at the European Space Research and Technology Center in the Netherlands.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Rustam’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJUN18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st July 2018.


Dr Rustam B. Rustamov’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Kinematics and Dynamics of Galactic Stellar Populations

Author: Rafael Cubarsi

This book is a contribution to the interdisciplinary field of stellar dynamics. It offers a statistical study according to the moments and cumulants of a population mixture, and a dynamical approach based on a superposition of Chandrasekhar stellar systems. It will be of significant interest to those working in mathematics, statistics, physics, and astronomy. 


Many years ago, a concept of practical stellar dynamics was developed in which the main target was the search for the fixed structures of stellar systems using observational data and theoretical rations. The main method of stellar dynamics is the development of models of the investigated objects, while practical stellar dynamics aims to develop the most representative models in which syntheses of diverse observational data using the stellar system theory are carried out. The problems of stellar dynamics are related to researching the evolution of the stellar system.

In this monograph, the stellar system has been interpreted as a mass of particles with a mutual gravitational interaction, which makes it possible to determine the orbit of those particles. This concept opens up the possibility of considering the condition of analytical stellar dynamics as a fluid of the stellar system. The author expresses his opinion that this is due to the unavoidable collisions that take place in small globular clusters, and rapid fluctuations of the gravitational fields are produced in the process of violent relaxation.

This book successfully integrates different disciplines for the clarification and description of kinematics and dynamics of stellar systems, and opens up possibilities for new ideas and insights in future research. 


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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - May 2018 27 April 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Clara Sarmento has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: one of our most exciting publications from 2017. Clara is currently the director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, where she is a Full Professor with Tenure, member of the Consulting Board, and director of the MA programs in Specialized Translation and Interpreting and in Intercultural Studies for Business. She is a world renowned expert in the fields of Anglo-American and Portuguese literature and culture, anthropology, cultural and intercultural studies, and gender studies.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Clara’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABMAY18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st June 2018.


Professor Clara Sarmento’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Space, Gender, and the Gaze in Literature and Art

Editors: Ágnes Zsófia Kovács and László B. Sári

This volume probes how space and gaze are tied in with social constructions of gender relations. It considers the gendered body, the queer gaze, the relationship between body and memory, the memory of war, monstrosity, and also domestic and hybrid spaces as key concepts.

This book compiles 14 thought-provoking essays on concepts tightly related to particular social constructions of gender and gender relations, in line with de Certeau’s groundbreaking ‘Walking in the City’ and Anzaldúa’s borderlands/fronteras. It opens up new pathways for research and analysis of the diverse intersections between female and masculine territories (both canonical and alternative), and respective hybrid spaces, which have been created by cultural, geographical and racial boundaries (among others) ranging from 18th century fiction to 21st century art. Throughout the book, space and gender are conceptualized in literature and art, and related in terms of the theories they employ or criticize. Overall, the book displays an embodied cognitive approach to multimodal narrative spatiality and temporality, offering a new conceptualization of embodiment and narrative representation. Employing a systematic queering process, fixed meanings are challenged as illusory outcomes of Foucault’s ideological mechanisms of production of truth, while readers are reminded that there are actually a multitude of alternative perspectives to be explored.” 


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