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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - February 2020 31 January 2020

Our ‘Recommended Read’ for February has been chosen by Professor Clara Sarmento. One of our most prolific writers, she has authored or co-authored 6 books with Cambridge Scholars, with her seventh due for release later this year. In addition to being a regular contributor to this section, she is also a valued and trusted member of our Anthropology Editorial Advisory Board

Her choice is Folkloric Aspects of the Romanian Imaginary and Myth by Claudia Costin (Ştefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Romania), published in August 2018, which seeks to shed new light on the mythical-ritualistic aspects of Romanian folkloric traditions, a topic which has been steadily returning to popular cultural consciousness in the country after much of it was suppressed during the communist era. The book has plenty to offer not only to those specifically interested in Romanian cultural history, but to anthropologists and general readers with in interest in cultural interaction and dissection.

As explained in the Foreword, the book “addresses more than just specialists but people from all walks of life, it can be seen as a “bridge” between cultures, between people willing to discover, beyond the elements that reveal identity and aspects that configure or reconfigure the similarities in the grand diversity.”

Cambridge Scholars are offering a 50% discount on Clara’s choice throughout February. You can redeem the discount by using the code ‘EABFEB20’ on our website when purchasing the book.

Here’s what Clara had to say about the book:

“Claudia Costin challenges the times and spaces of globalization, by combining the study of national identities with the classical synthesis of myth and reality, in the peculiar realm of Romanian culture, strategically located at the crossroads of East and West, as well as in the margins of the Ottoman, the Tsarist, and the Austro-Hungarian Empires.

The author addresses the diversity of Romanian popular culture and folklore – from music and dance to gastronomy, fairy tales, and rituals – as keepers of the spiritual structure of the Balkans. The cultural identity of Romania is revealed through traditions and collective memories, creating a sense of unity within the wider search for reconstruction and national identity of this former communist state.

In fact, resistance to the impositions of globalization is marked by the way local communities preserve and transmit their oral traditions, myths and precepts of common knowledge, whose cultural symbolism, ethics and aesthetics function as educational tools for intercultural competence. Such manifestations of memory as part of identity, both individual and collective, are also a key factor for the continuity, coherence and (re)construction of communities. In this book, narratives of local culture allow to analyze critically the discourses that guide the logic of identity and the practices that move (and are moved by) current and retrospective representations of reality.

 Costin successfully manages to describe such diversity as an ontological dimension, where self and other are no longer hostile opposites but examples of effective intercultural communication. A universe of challenging symbols, employed for regulating and protecting the community, sheds light on the practices and representations that infuse the cultural codes of the Romanian imaginary.”

To learn more about the volume and its author, to read a sample extract from the text, or to purchase the book with your 50% discount you can follow this link. For more information on our reviewer, you can click here.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - December 2019 02 December 2019

December’s ‘Recommended Read’, Communicating Specialized Knowledge: Old Genres and New Media, was chosen by the Polish professor and researcher Dr Anna Szczepaniak-Kozak.

Anna is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Applied Linguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland and has been a valued member of our Language and Linguistics Editorial Advisory Board since 2017.

She is the author of three books, the co-editor of six collections – including Discourses in Co(n)text: The Many Faces of Specialised Discourse ­– and has published more than 40 scientific papers. She has been a guest lecturer at universities across Europe and is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Glottodidactica. An International Journal of Applied Linguistics, an international journal that focuses on applied linguistics and the aspects vital for foreign language learning and teaching. 

Until January 5th, we’re offering a 50% discount on her ‘Recommended Read’: Communicating Specialized Knowledge: Old Genres and New Media edited by Marina Bondi, Silvia Cacchiani, and Silvia Cavalieri. You can claim your discount by using the code ‘EABDEC19’ when purchasing the book on our website.

The chapters in the volume take the reader on a journey through the knowledge communication and (re)presentation strategies that allow us to successfully disseminate and communicate information. The domains under scrutiny include medicine and health, corporate communication, cultural heritage, and tourism.

You can read Anna’s review of the book below:

“There are significant aspects which distinguish this collection from previous books on specialized communication. First of all, a definite merit of this publication is that the editors and authors organized the volume around the topic of differences between communication strategies/techniques in specialized texts (targeting experts in a particular area) and in texts written for lay audiences.

Secondly, I found very insightful the chapters which are devoted to the textual mechanisms enabling the transfer of high-quality information to peer professionals in a way that guarantees knowledge proliferation and ensuring professional or scientific standing.

However, the chapters analyzing how experts communicate with non-experts deserve special attention. Since they all attempt to answer the question of how to create a more appealing and less ambiguous specialized message (i.e., the happy medium between informativeness and attractiveness), these chapters should be useful for linguists interested in genres and texts disseminating specialized knowledge. The book also includes texts delving into the role of specialized texts in empowering lay people, especially enabling them to make informed decisions, jointly with building up mutual understanding and social inclusion.

Finally, I sincerely recommend reading it due to the subject domains which its editors chose: particularly communication in and about health and medicine, business and finance, together with how museums brand their public image and ensure public engagement. Throughout the whole volume we become familiarized with the use of negativity, hedges, and adjuncts to maintain expert authority, the use of questions to disseminate art knowledge, and techniques of branding a positive public image.”

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - November 2019 31 October 2019

For November’s 'Recommended Read', two distinguished colleagues from our Archaeology Advisory Board provide their thoughts on a comprehensive collection of essays released in 2017, The Exploitation of Raw Materials in Prehistory: Sourcing, Processing and Distribution. Between them, Dr Vladimir Doronichev and Dr Liubov Golovanova have around 75 years of experience in the study of Prehistoric Archaeology.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on their choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABNOV19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th November 2019.

Vladimir has worked as Director of the Laboratory of Prehistory, an autonomous non-profit organisation in St. Petersburg, since 1999. He has co-directed fieldwork with Liubov at numerous sites in the Caucasus, and has been the Principal Investigator in research projects supported by grants from the Russian Humanities Scientific Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and the National Geographic Society, amongst others. The results of his research have been reported at Harvard University, the University of California in Berkeley, the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Since defending her PhD thesis in 1986, Dr Liubov Golovanova’s career has followed a similar trajectory. In 1999, she became the Deputy Director and Researcher at the Laboratory of Prehistory, where she has worked ever since. She has published more than 200 papers in Russian, English and French in a number of prestigious journals such as ScienceNature, the Journal of Human Evolution, the Journal of World Prehistory, and L’Anthropologie.

The volume they’ve chosen to review, The Exploitation of Raw Materials in Prehistory: Sourcing, Processing and Distribution, edited by Telmo Pereira, Xavier Terradas, and Nuno Bicho, merges archaeology, anthropology, geology, geography, physics and chemistry to reconstruct the complexities of past human behaviour.

The multidisciplinary reach of the collection is highlighted in Vladimir and Liubov’s review, which you can read below:

“The Exploitation of Raw Materials in Prehistory is of interest not only for experts in prehistory, but will be stimulating as a kind of guide for all academics and scholars involved in studying the primitive societies and human survival strategies of the past, as well as for all readers who are interested in the lives of people in the Stone Age. The expansive collection of forty-three essays written by a large corpus of specialists from different countries in Europe, America and Africa, and studying various periods of prehistory affords the reader an in-depth view on the exploitation of stone and other non-organic raw materials in the Stone Age, providing details for a comprehensive understanding of specific scientific issues of this large research field.

The innovative approach that was applied by the editors is based on an intimate merging of archaeological, anthropological, geological, geophysical, and geochemical data to reconstruct human social behaviour, economy, technology, and ecology, and ultimately show the social and mental complexity of various human populations and cultural groups in the Stone Age. The book gathers original, up-to-date research results in the field of human exploitation of stone and other non-organic raw materials in prehistory, starting from the Middle Palaeolithic of Israeli and Russian plains, up to the Iron Age in Europe and the Near East, and ending with the late prehistoric people of North and South America.

Most of the chapters in the collection present modern methodological and analytical approaches that are applied to the study of issues related to human procurement and exploitation of stone used for manufacturing of stone tools and producing blanks for tools. In addition, some of the essays presented are devoted to the investigation of ochre used by prehistoric people as mineral pigments, to the techniques of bead making from various kinds of stone, and to the technology and manufacture of stone cooking slabs, grinding stones, and Neolithic pottery. The book ultimately shows how the data acquired from studies of various non-organic raw materials help to identify traits of past human behaviour, such as cognition, territoriality, social organisation, adaptation to natural environments, and technology.”

You can purchase the text or learn more about it by clicking here.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - October 2019 26 September 2019

Michele Filippo Fontefrancesco is a social anthropologist specialising in the field of economic anthropology. Currently, he is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, having studied at the University of Eastern Piedmont (Italy), Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland), and Durham University (UK).

Michele published the monograph The End of the City of Gold? with Cambridge Scholars in 2013 and has written several books in Italian, as well as numerous articles in journals such as Social AnalysisProgress in Development Studies, and Anthropological Notebooks.

His research analyses local development in rural and urban communities, with a particular interest in the relationship between the global economy and local areas. This specialism positions him perfectly as an authority on this month’s ‘Recommended Read’: Encountering Entrepreneurs. An Ethnography of the Construction Business in the North of Italy

Encountering Entrepreneurs. An Ethnography of the Construction Business in the North of Italy 

The book, by Elena Sischarenco (Lancaster University, UK), shows the daily life of businessmen in Lombardy, providing insights into their entrepreneurialism and revealing their plans, ideas, hopes, and failures during a time of economic recession. In Michele’s words, the work “explores what entrepreneurship means in terms of lived experience” and makes “a novel contribution to a complex debate that has animated the social sciences since the nineteenth century.”

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Michele’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABOCT19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st October 2019.

Read Michele’s review below:

“The book is based on Sischarenco's fieldwork in Lombardy, carried out among entrepreneurs in the building sector between 2013 and 2014. The ethnography challenges the idea, rooted in social sciences, of the entrepreneurs as rational market actors committed to finding the best use of the means of production. The ethnography shows how entrepreneurial activity is shaped by feelings, social relationships, personal knowledge, and fortuitous circumstances.

The narration and ethnographic analysis focus on the inevitable contradictions experienced in everyday life by Lombard entrepreneurs. In so doing, the book cracks the fulgid image of the entrepreneur as a post-modern hero of security and determination, showing the profound human nature of the work and role.

The volume is a good starting point for better understanding entrepreneurship in its complexity and opens questions concerning the role of gender, class and the impact of socio-economic change in how the profession is embodied and enacted. In particular, it contributes to a better understanding of the impact of the 2009 global economic crisis, and how it affected the very way in which entrepreneurship is understood by society in post-Credit Europe.”

For further information on Michele, please click here. Click here to purchase Encountering Entrepreneurs. 

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - September 2019 16 September 2019

For September, our Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ comes from Dr Julia Fischer, Assistant Professor of Art History at Lamar University (USA). Julia is an art historian who specialises in Greek and Roman art; currently, her research focuses on the iconography, reception, and propaganda of Roman Imperial cameos.

Julia is the author of the introductory art appreciation textbook How to Speak Art: Understanding Its Language, Issues, and Themes. She is also the editor of More Than Mere Playthings: The Minor Arts of Italy and Breaking with Convention in Italian Art, which were published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016 and 2017 respectively. She contributed chapters to both books, most notably "A Woman's Weapon: Private Propaganda in the Imperial Cameos of the Early Roman Empire" in More Than Mere Playthings and “Establishing an Augustan Date and Interpretation for the Tazza Farnese” in Breaking with Convention in Italian Art.

In 2016, Julia was named Lamar University's Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon a Lamar University faculty member and one that is reserved for outstanding teachers and scholars.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Julia’s choices. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABSEP19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th October 2019.

Dr Julia Fischer’s ‘Recommended Reads’: 

Patterns in the Production of Apulian Red-Figure Painting by Edward Herring

Most of the previous scholarship on Apulian red-figure pottery has focused on the cataloguing of collections and stylistic matters. Herring takes a different approach by identifying patterns in the decoration of Apulian vases that cast light on the choices made by vase-producers.

Dr Fischer notes how this approach separates the book from its predecessors:

“Previous scholarship of Apulian vase-painting tends to concentrate on cataloguing, attribution to specific painters and potters, iconography, or the study of the shapes of the vessels. Having no provenance or archaeological context for these Apulian red-figure vases has made it difficult to do more than these types of studies, though most of the vessels were discovered in tombs. But Herring utilizes a different methodology in his new book, in which he first creates a database of over 13,500 South Italian vases. By doing so, his goal is ‘to examine certain issues around the production, design and use of the Apulian red-figure across its entire history.’ Consequently, Herring arrives at a more nuanced understanding of the ways in which the ancient people of South Italy commemorated their dead.

Herring’s book is a valuable resource for scholars of Greek art, especially those who specialize in vase-painting. Using a holistic methodology and approach, Herring tracks the patterns of production of Apulian red-figure vases and is able to cite the changes that occur in the iconography, which leads to a better understanding of the tastes of the South Italian consumers of these vases and the ways in which they utilized these vessels in a funerary context.”

Political Religions in the Greco-Roman World: Discourses, Practices, and Images edited by Elias Koulakiotis and Charlotte Dunn

As with Edward Herring’s volume, the aspects which distinguish this collection from previous scholarship are also significant.

“Koulakiotis and Dunn are doing something different here: they and the contributors are trying to ‘diversify our understanding of political religions by assembling new, original research that investigates the political conceptualizations and implementations of religious practice.’

The volume, which has the work of fourteen leading scholars in various areas, from linguistics to political science to art history, investigates the intimate connection between religion and politics in Greece and Rome from the 7th century BCE to the 4th century CE.

The book is a valuable contribution to the study of religion, politics, and the ancient world. Unlike other recent compendia like The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Mediterranean Religions and The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion, Political Religions in the Greco-Roman World encompasses both Greece and Rome and focuses exclusively on expanding the scholarship of political religions.”

For further information on Dr Fischer, please click here.

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