Review of A Pacifist’s Life and Death (Evi Gkotzaridis) by William Mallinson

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Παρακαλώ (please) see below for excerpts from William Mallinson’s review of A Pacifist’s Life and Death: Grigorios Lambrakis and Greece in the Long Shadow of Civil War: a daring historical biography of of Grigoris Lambrakis: defender of Greek democracy during the post-Civil War period.


“This is not a book for the faint-hearted goody-goody ‘draw-a-line-under-it’ brigade, since it deals with a subject that the gung-ho extreme right-wing part of the Greek Establishment would like to be forgotten, namely the murder of Grigoris Lambrakis, a Left-inclined Olympian athlete and medical doctor and teacher who became a Member of the Greek Parliament in 1961, despite widespread electoral fraud and intimidation by the Trumanesque Greek authorities.

The author’s passion is clear: her grandfather was murdered in the Greek Civil War, while her father went into self-imposed exile in Paris to avoid being forced to become an informer for the Greek Junta’s police. Yet she manages to detach herself sufficiently to have undertaken wide-ranging research into the environment that led to the brutal killing of Lambrakis.”

“This is a painstakingly written book, in a positive sense, with a wide range of sources consulted, as befits a serious historian. A list of abbreviations and a summary of key dates and events would have made it more reader-friendly, but that does not detract from this brave attempt to deal with a subject still considered taboo by much of the Greek Establishment, and to remind us of the importance of being vigilant to protect the flawed democracy that still exists in Greece. Serious students of Greece should read the book.”

– Professor William Mallinson, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 2018


The full review can be seen at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19448953.2018.1493862

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – 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.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Martina’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABFEB19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 11th March 2019.


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.”


For further information on Dr Martina Tanga, please click here.

210th Birthday of Charles Darwin – Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This February, join Cambridge Scholars Publishing as we voyage into the literature on Charles Darwin. Still one of the most original concepts in modern thought, Darwin’s Theory of Evolution has continued to evolve and adapt not only within the field of Life Sciences, but within the Physical, Health and Social Science realms also.

Darwin’s ‘tree of life’ concept applies well to our ethos. As outlined in our Author Promises, a core value of Cambridge Scholars Publishing is diversity, which, like biodiversity, enriches rather than dilutes the tree of knowledge. Naturally, we have selected titles that fit into a broad taxonomy: ranging from nutrition to philosophy.

To celebrate his 210th birthday, we are offering a 50% discount on the below books.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code DARWIN19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on the 7th March 2019.


9781527519282This book is about evolution, and what each of us, our self and our consciousness, really are. It highlights how evolution influences the human self and what we think of as our individual personalities, our souls. The theory of evolution, first conceived by Charles Darwin, has been described as the best idea ever conceptualised, and there is quite some truth in this! Still, there is much to discover in relation to evolution, including the scope of this theory for shedding light, often in unexpected ways, on some of the major questions of life. Are humans just another animal species? Are we really more intelligent than our forefathers? What is the connection between Nietzsche, Shakespeare, Hamlet and syphilis? Evolution and I discusses and sheds light on human knowledge and evolution from a range of perspectives including morals and ethics, sex and gender, religion, artificial intelligence, and microorganisms, with often surprising conclusions.

 

9781527514522Numerous scholarly articles and books have been written about biologic and social evolution, compassion, life’s meaning, violence and predictions of future outcomes. However, what is not often addressed, but is increasingly desperately needed, is the realization of the evolutionary survival value of caring for others. Evolution of Evolution: The Survival Value of Caring 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. Furthermore, our capacity for benefit or destruction of Homo sapiens or civilization as we know it sets a ticking timer on the urgency of this realization and focused action; we don’t have ‘forever’ to ‘get it!’

 

Nature_AliveNature Alive: Essays on the Emergence of and Evolution of Living Agents pays homage to Alfred North Whitehead’s (1861-1947) profound lecture and essay entitled “Nature Alive,” which was one of his most mature expressions of his process-relational metaphysics – a holistic conceptual framework that renders vivid the dynamic character of the natural world and the intrinsic purposiveness, selective agency, and creativity of living organisms. Inspired by, but not beholden to, Whitehead’s process metaphysical “lens,” the contributors to this volume bring a multiplicity of philosophical orientations to the table in challenging the mechanistic and reductionistic neo-Darwinian paradigm that is still dominant today in the life sciences.

 

9781527519299Nutrition and Science: A Darwinian Perspective on Nutritional Medicine offers a completely up-to-date summary of nutritional medicine as it applies to frontline medical professionals, medical students and the interested layperson. Newspapers often give contradictory and confusing reports on issues such as alcohol intake, dietary sugars versus fats and the value (or lack thereof) of taking supplements. In addition, many GPs are as confused as their patients on these matters as they get very little education in nutrition either at medical school or afterwards. However, nutritional medicine is not really that confusing. There is some disagreement among experts, but there is a consensus on the most important issues, albeit with slight variations. The book summarises these generally agreed opinions, but explains where there are differences of opinion, detailing the reasons for these.


Exciting New Publications

As evidenced by the current debates around Brexit, the politics of today can often appear impersonal and isolating. In stark opposition to this, Cambridge Scholars, is proud to announce the publication of two sterling books that approach the modern political situation through the prism of compassion. Both authors draw on a wealth of experience in their respective fields.

A countermeasure to some of the immaturity displayed by our ‘right honourable’ members over the long durée of Brexit, stands The Mature Corporation: A Model of Responsible Capitalism, co-authored by Paul Kearns and Stuart Woollard (founding members of The Maturity Institute and experts in the world of business). Throughout modernity, capitalism has been maintained as the lesser of two evils: a system that, whilst heavily flawed, works on a pragmatic basis. Whilst ethical capitalism may seem an oxymoron to many, Paul and Stuart outline how this could be achieved. Dr Joe Zammit-Lucia summarises it best: ‘Rather than merely putting sticking plasters on to a broken construct…they focus on practicable ways to achieve system change’.

Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage, on the other hand, takes a wide angle shot across the defining political and social issues of the modern era through the medium of reportage. In an era of ‘fake news’ and armchair journalism, Boštjan Videmšek (one of the leading journalists and war-correspondents of this generation and a playwright to boot!) pays homage to the grassroots of investigative journalism. It is, according to Zala Volcic (Monash University, Australia), ‘a bloody valentine to the golden era of the foreign correspondent’ and ‘an absolute gem – hopefully not a hidden one’ in the words of Slavoj Žižek. At the heart of this book, most importantly, is humanity; it never loses sight of the people involved.

Both books are available for purchase on the Cambridge Scholars website:

https://www.cambridgescholars.com/the-mature-corporation 

(Discount Code: CORPORATION20)

https://www.cambridgescholars.com/dispatches-from-the-frontlines-of-humanity

(Discount Code: HUMANITY20)

New Delhi World Book Fair 2019

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We are excited to share the goings-on at New Delhi World Book Fair 2019 (held between the 5th and the 13th of January), one of India’s most prestigious book fairs and a huge event in the world of academic book publishing. Participation was high (with over 550 people involved) but what really made the event come to life was the degree of enthusiasm brought by the delegates.

The favourite titles of this year’s book fair include:

Urban governance in Karnataka and Bengluru

Public Participation in Planning in India

The Urban Environmental Crisis in India

Rethinking Philosophers’ Responsibility

The Contemporary Arab Contribution to World Culture

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Above all, a huge thanks to our partners, Sara Books, who displayed these (as well as a number of our other titles) at their stall in Hall No. 8-11. This stall garnered a “very good response from the Indian distributors and visitors” and drew in a large audience with interest from students, professors and librarians from a number of institutions across India.

MetFridays—Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art: Gillian Alban

During this talk at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gillian Alban presents her book: The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive – a vindication of the oft-maligned Medusa character. Through her writing and speech, Alban offers multiple interpretations of Medusa, enabling us to view her as a multidimensional character rather than an archetype. The ‘Gorgon’ is reclaimed as a warrior woman with a “defiant gaze”, a mother, an empowered victim (as opposed to a villain), a force of healing as well as harming and perhaps even a feminist icon. Importantly, she is the subject, not the object.

To use Alban’s concept of the apotropaic ‘mirror gaze’ (which she explains much better than here in the video below) she uses Medusa as a looking glass: Medusa’s gaze reflects far more poorly upon the fragile masculinities and objectifying tendencies that persist in ancient historical and contemporary thought than Medusa herself. In doing so, Alban  also uses her as an apt allegory for the vilification of women today: whereby women that pose a threat to the established order are both incriminated and stripped of their agency in the dominant patriarchal narrative.

As an antidote to these narratives, please click below to see Gillian Alban herself presenting a far more nuanced portrayal:

https://players.brightcove.net/911432378001/Sys8aolzg_default/index.html?videoId=5849472892001

The Medusa Gaze is now available to purchase at the Cambridge Scholars website, for more information please click here.

New review of Robert Letellier’s new book Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète, by Robert Gibson

We are delighted to share a new review of one of Robert Letellier’s latest books with us, the brilliant Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète: A Parable of Politics, Faith and Transcendence. Please see below for the full review, authored by Robert Gibson, and don’t forget you can grab 60% off Letellier’s The Bible in Music for the duration of January by clicking here. Continue reading