Book Presentation: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage

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Boštjan Videmšek will be presenting his new work Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage at The Hague Humanity Hub on Wednesday September 25th at 17:00 in an event organised by the Slovenian Embassy. Peter Heintze, coordinator of KUNO, the Platform for Humanitarian Knowledge Exchange in the Netherlands, will be moderating the conversation.

Videmšek recently took part in an event at the New York bookstore McNally Jackson in which he said his book “aimed to ruin the reader’s day” through awakening in them a sense of shame and guilt. Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity contains in-depth reportage on some of the most defining issues of our time, namely the global refugee crisis, the conflicts displacing these masses of humanity, and the causes behind them. In facing up to these dialogues with commitment, expertise, and a profound humanism, Videmšek and his work will engender at Wednesday’s event a conversation which promises to be both fascinating and valuable. To book your place at the event or to learn more about it, please click here.

Praise for Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage:

“Boštjan Videmšek is much more than one of the leading journalists and reporters of his generation: in his texts, he artfully combines direct witnessing to today’s conflicts (mixing with refugees, etc.) with the profound reflection on the global context of such events.  His new book Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage is an absolute gem – hopefully not a hidden one – and a must read for anybody who simply wants to find his or her way in today’s global mess. The deep engagement of his writing makes Videmšek a kind of living fossil: they simply do not produce journalists and non-fiction writers like him anymore. Read his book and you will not only see new unknown aspects of our reality, you will also see the reality you thought you know well in a new way.”

Slavoj Žižek

“This chronicle of the brutal underside of globalization is a bloody valentine to the golden era of the foreign correspondent. Videmšek’s lucid prose provides a sombre reminder of the power of committed journalism, whose final flame flares brightest in his hands against the tide of online hype, commercial tripe, and “fake news” unleashed by the new captains of media. He takes the reader to places they may not want to go but need to see if they are to get a sense of the contemporary pathologies of xenophobia, capitalism, and war. The prose is unembellished and unsparing: there is no promise of hope to sugar-coat the suffering described here, only a gesture toward the common humanity invoked by sharing the pain that vibrates through every page. The book is essential reading for any university lecturer, undergraduate or graduate student in humanities and social sciences.”

Zala Volcic, Monash University, Australia

“Only very few us has the courage and the talent to look human kind straight in the eye and tell the story of real people when human kind is reducing its own story to statistics and figures. And even fewer tell the stories of tragedies in the way that celebrates the resilience and the joy of being a human. Bostjan does exactly that in this book and creates a symphony of pain and hope.”

Ece Temelkuran

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Book Stories: Promised End

KING LEAR
Howl, howl, howl, howl! O, you are men of stones:
Had I your tongues and eyes, I’d use them so
That heaven’s vault should crack. She’s gone for ever!
I know when one is dead, and when one lives;
She’s dead as earth. Lend me a looking-glass;
If that her breath will mist or stain the stone,
Why, then she lives.
KENT
Is this the promised end?

(King Lear Act 5, Scene 3)

Every book has its story. We will feature some of the stories behind our books in future posts. In this one, we tell the story behind Promised End: The Last Scene of King Lear, by Sherman Hawkins, with Seth C. Hawkins, Katherine L. Hawkins and Daniel H. Hawkins.

Promised End is very much a family affair. Retired Professor Sherman Hawkins taught English for many years at Princeton, Rochester and Wesleyan University, where he served as Kenan Professor of the Humanities. A widely respected Shakespeare scholar and teacher, he was also a frequent stage actor. Notably, the famously challenging role of King Lear book-ended his academic career, with a first performance at Princeton University in 1959, early in his first academic post at Princeton, and with the Gamut Theatre Group in Harrisburg, PA, in 2006 after his retirement.

In 2012, the three children of Sherman Hawkins, Seth, Katherine and Daniel, found a completed manuscript; a written repository of decades of their father’s research, previously only shared through his various teachings, documented by their mother. Despite a number of distinguished journal papers over the years, Professor Hawkins had never published his research and insights, particularly around the final, cathartic scene of King Lear, as a book. Seth, Katherine and Daniel, wanted to share their father’s passion and scholarly expertise with the world. After a little persuasion, and various drafts, Promised End was ready to submit as a book, which was sent to Cambridge Scholars Publishing early in 2019. Dr Seth Hawkins, a physician and academic at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, acted as corresponding author. Seth’s accompanying note to the proposal stated: “The Cambridge Scholars statements to authors makes us think this is truly perfect publishing house for this project…it remains a compelling piece of work that we think offers very important contributions to the field, and is in need of a publisher with a commitment to more marginalized voices.”

This led us to a 4th of July conference call to the Hawkins family, just ahead of the book’s publication, to find out a bit more of the detail behind this family collaboration. Seth, Katherine and Daniel, all pursuing careers related to the Humanities, described learning from their father as “a joy and a privilege”. Each sibling had been taught by the professor throughout their lives, from home-schooling and university lectures to, they fondly recall, being “dragged to the dining room table” to discuss literature. Katherine, who herself has a Master’s in Shakespearean studies, says her father influenced their perspective of the relationships between ideas and language. Whilst a medical practitioner by trade, Seth’s love of the humanities informs his own work, referring to ‘patient-centred care’ and asserting that lessons from the social sciences can and should help drive medicine. Daniel, a musician, is studying for a PhD in Musicology at Cornell.

Sherman described having been brought up on Romance novels. His interest in Shakespeare began when, as a junior in high school, his teacher, a well-remembered Ms Newcombe, introduced him to four of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Sherman’s life took him from an undergraduate degree at Harvard, through a period of military service, and to a scholarship to Oxford, including a reminiscence about telephoning J.R.R. Tolkien, who was a Fellow at Merton College at the time. While he was working on the themes of this book throughout his teaching career, it was the Harrisburg production in 2006 in which Professor Hawkins acted again as Lear that really compelled him to write the book. So although some of the ideas date back many years – Seth Hawkins stated that part of the work is derived from a lecture his father gave at Princeton in the late 1950s – the book writing properly began in 2006.

We are very much looking forward to the publication of Promised End, as we know are the Hawkins family. We will leave the last words of the story of this book to Dr Seth Hawkins:

“We can’t express enough how delighted we are with the opportunity to work with Cambridge Scholars, how welcoming the whole team has been, and how ‘author-centered’ our experience has been. I know for my Dad, despite a meteorically successful career as a Shakespearean, he had reconciled himself to the fact that his work would not ever be shared in book form. To see that be proven wrong has, as he himself has said, been ‘life-changing’. Thank you for being in the business not only of publishing books, but of changing lives.”

 

Book Launch Announcement: Innovative Solutions for Creating Sustainable Cities

On September 21st one of our authors, Sylvie Albert will be launching her book Innovative Solutions for Creating Sustainable Cities at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

How do we prepare for and manage the challenges and the transformations that are increasingly confronting cities? Solutions are necessary for the impacts expected from the global population movement toward urban centres; the evolution of technologies and its influence on the economy; the evolving socio-cultural fabric of our cities and what it means for citizen engagement and happiness; and for the increasing need to protect and better manage the environment. The series of essays presented here will help governments, organizations, and concerned citizens think differently about ways we can improve the places we call home. It will stimulate local stakeholders to move away from silo-thinking and work collaboratively toward innovative solutions to make cities more liveable and sustainable. The volume brings together international experts on development, innovation, education, health, digitalization, and planning to provide stimulating new ideas and successful examples of tools and systems being used worldwide to improve the future of cities.

A consultant, researcher and author in the smart/intelligent/networked community movement for over 25 years, Dr Sylvie Albert is a Professor of Strategy and outgoing Dean of Business and Economics at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. In a previous role, her management consulting firm assisted communities in the establishment of broadband networks and digital projects. Dr Albert was the Chief Jurist of the Intelligent Community Forum in New York and a Special Advisor to the Canadian Government Smart Cities Challenge, where she devised evaluation mechanisms for awards and demonstration projects. She is also part of the Scientific Committee of the Global Forum on Digitalization, and a member of the Information and Communications Technology Council of Canada special taskforce on smart cities.

For more information about the book launch click here.

To read a thirty-page extract of the book please click here.

Press Release: Ethical Infrastructure: The Road to Moral Management

Ethical Infrastructure: The Road to Moral Management 

By Jana Nadoh Bergoč, Dana Mesner Andolšek 

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 

Release Date: 19th June 2019

This book deals with the field of organization management and is based on the scientific discoveries of business ethics, which introduce concepts in organization research that traditionally did not merit a place in managerial theories. These include the issues of organization ethics, ethics management, and the development and implementation of ethical infrastructures within organizations. The book analyses the impact that all of the above have on the moral behaviour of managers and other members of organizations. It shows the presence and development of ethical infrastructures in organizations, the relationship between individual elements of the existing ethical infrastructures, and their effect on the moral behaviour of managers in companies.

The subject of ethical infrastructures is a unique and under-researched area. This book will serve to diminish this gap by providing a clear overview of a variety of subjects that influence the way ethics is institutionalized in organizations and by stimulating not just knowledge, but also an understanding of the concept of ethical infrastructure and the place it has within each individual organization.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Jana Nadoh Bergoč is an entrepreneur and holds a PhD in Human Resource Management. Since 2009, she has worked as a consultant for several business consultancies, and is currently employed as a project manager at the Regional Development Agency Green Karst, Ltd., dealing with local, regional, national and international projects, mostly in the area of human resources and entrepreneurship. Since 2014, she has also been a directress of her own company, PRO PER. She has published several scientific and professional articles on the subjects of human resource management, business ethics and organizational communication.

Dana Mesner Andolšek was awarded a PhD from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1992. In 2016, she was awarded the status of Full Professor in Organizational Sociology at the same institution. She has published 12 books, and has written over 40 scientific and professional articles. Her latest book, co-authored with Robert Šumi, The Integrity of the Servant Leader, was published in 2017.

For ordering: orders@cambridgescholars.com

For further information on the book contact CSP at:

e: antonia.bowler @cambridgescholars.com

Press Release: Basel Accords, Bank Capital and Portfolio Risk Behavior

Basel Accords, Bank Capital and Portfolio Risk Behavior 

By Samina Riaz, Venus Khim-Sen Liew, and Rossazana Ab. Rahim 

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 

Release Date: 28th August 2019

With the endorsement of the Basel III contracts on the supervision of the banking industry, management of capital buffers throughout the business cycle have attained crucial importance for the reinforcement of financial stability in the banking system. This book departs from previous studies through its focus on developing countries and their assessment of the behavior of capital and risk.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Dr Samina Riaz is Associate Professor of Finance, and holds an MBA in Finance, MPhil in Banking and Finance, and PhD in Finance from Malaysia. Her research interests are banking, risk management, Fintech, crypto-currency, and green finance. She has published articles in a number of national and international journals.

Dr Venus Khim-Sen Liew focuses on international economics, financial economics, technical analysis, nonlinear study, and forecasting. He is the author of Monetary Model of Exchange Rate: Nonlinearity Matters.

Dr Rossazana Ab. Rahim obtained her MSc in Economics from Surrey University, UK, in 1998 and her PhD in Industrial Economics from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2011. She is currently Associate Professor and Deputy Dean of Research in the Faculty of Economics and Business.

For ordering: orders@cambridgescholars.com

For further information on the book contact CSP at:

e: antonia.bowler @cambridgescholars.com

Nicolas Laos Interviewed for the HEROparanormal Podcast

One of our authors, Nicolas Laos, has been interviewed by Las Vegas-based poscaster and investigative journalist Ryan Burns, director of the HEROparanormal podcast in Nevada.

Dr Nicolas Laos is a philosopher, religious visionary, mathematician, noopolitics expert and consultant. He is also a Freemason (regularly installed Grand Hierophant–97ο of the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis–Misraim), and the Founder and World Grand Master of the Scholarly and Political Order of the Ur-Illuminati (SPOUI).

In the interview he was talking about his book The Meaning of Being Illuminati. This book articulates a new research program, called “Ur-Illuminism,” which consists in an integrated and systematic study of humanity’s quest for “illumination,” namely, for the highest and noblest possible mode of being. Thus, it takes on the challenge of revising widely accepted ways of understanding and interpreting the ontological underpinnings of civilization and the ontological potential of humanity. It allows the reader to delve into a creative “rediscovery” of Platonism, medieval Christian mystics’ and scholars’ writings, and various “illuminist” systems, from the Orphic mystical cult to the European Enlightenment and thence to the eighteenth-century Illuminati fraternities and beyond. Moreover, the book studies major issues in the history of philosophy, politology, and esoteric systems (such as Hermeticism, the Kabbalah, alchemy, the Rosicrucian movement, Freemasonry, and the Bavarian Illuminati). It maintains that a postmodern “rediscovery” of premodern metaphysics, specifically, a postmodern esoteric theocracy (as distinct from old sacerdotalism and religious formalism), is the best bulwark against oppression and the ontological degradation of humanity, as well as the best path to the attainment of that wisdom and spiritual self-knowledge which constitute the existential integration and completion of the human being. In this context, it proposes a peculiar and intellectually fecund synthesis between Tory Anarchism, Libertarianism, Platonism, and Byzantine Hesychasm, as they are elucidated here.

To watch the interview click here.

To read a thirty-page extract of the book click here.

Nicolas Laos interviewed by Miguel Conner for Aeon Byte

On the 26th August, one of our authors Nicolas Laos was interviewed for a podcast called The Quest for Inner Illumination by Miguel Conner for Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. Nicolas was talking about his book The Meaning of Being Illuminati.

Dr Nicolas Laos is a philosopher, religious visionary, mathematician, noopolitics expert and consultant. He is also a Freemason (regularly installed Grand Hierophant–97ο of the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis–Misraim), and the Founder and World Grand Master of the Scholarly and Political Order of the Ur-Illuminati (SPOUI).

This book articulates a new research program, called “Ur-Illuminism,” which consists in an integrated and systematic study of humanity’s quest for “illumination,” namely, for the highest and noblest possible mode of being. Thus, it takes on the challenge of revising widely accepted ways of understanding and interpreting the ontological underpinnings of civilization and the ontological potential of humanity. It allows the reader to delve into a creative “rediscovery” of Platonism, medieval Christian mystics’ and scholars’ writings, and various “illuminist” systems, from the Orphic mystical cult to the European Enlightenment and thence to the eighteenth-century Illuminati fraternities and beyond. Moreover, the book studies major issues in the history of philosophy, politology, and esoteric systems (such as Hermeticism, the Kabbalah, alchemy, the Rosicrucian movement, Freemasonry, and the Bavarian Illuminati). It maintains that a postmodern “rediscovery” of premodern metaphysics, specifically, a postmodern esoteric theocracy (as distinct from old sacerdotalism and religious formalism), is the best bulwark against oppression and the ontological degradation of humanity, as well as the best path to the attainment of that wisdom and spiritual self-knowledge which constitute the existential integration and completion of the human being. In this context, it proposes a peculiar and intellectually fecund synthesis between Tory Anarchism, Libertarianism, Platonism, and Byzantine Hesychasm, as they are elucidated here.

To listen to the podcast click here.

To read a thirty-page extract of the book click here.