Meet our Authors: Carol L. Shansky – July 2017

Dr Carol L. Shansky is Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, USA, where she teaches a broad range of courses in music and is the Director of the Iona College Instrumental Ensemble and the music program. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Boston University and her Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College, USA.

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Book Announcement: The Humanities and the Dynamics of African Culture in the 21st Century

The Humanities and the Dynamics of African Culture in the 21st Century now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443856263
Hardback, pp495, £76.99 / $129.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Humanities and the Dynamics of African Culture in the 21st Century, edited by John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji, Kenneth W. Harrow, Eunice E. Omonzejie and Christopher E. Ukhun.

That Africa is at a crossroads in an increasingly globalised world is indisputable. Equally unassailable is the fact that the humanities, as a broad field of intellection, research and learning in Africa, appears to have been pigeonholed in debates of relevance in the development aspirations of many African nations. Historical experiences and contemporary research outputs indicate, however, that the humanities, in its various shades, is critical to Africa’s capacity to respond effectively to such problems as security, corruption, political ineptitude, poverty, superstition, and HIV/AIDS, among many other mounting challenges which confront the people of Africa. The vibrancy and resilience of Africa’s cultures, against these and other odds of globalisation episodes in the course of our history, demand the focused attention of academia to exploit their relevance to contemporary issues.
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Book Announcement: Cognitive Approaches to Specialist Languages

Cognitive Approaches to Specialist Languages now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443855150
Hardback, pp465, £74.99 / $127.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Cognitive Approaches to Specialist Languages, edited by Pavlina Radia.

Specialist languages, such as the languages of law, business, aviation, football, and politics, can be perceived as highly conventionalized, semi-natural and not fully autonomous communication codes limited to specific, and predominantly formal, situations. A large number of them can be best characterized by subject matter and semantic content, but the most important distinctive element in their make-up is the frame of context in which they are embedded. This volume discusses various ways of approaching the problems associated with the very broad phenomenon of specialist languages by means of the analytical mechanisms and theoretical conceptions developed within the framework of Cognitive Linguistics. The volume includes research carried out by world-renowned experts in the field.
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Book Announcement: The Witches of Selwood Forest: Witchcraft and Demonism in the West of England, 1625-1700

The Witches of Selwood Forest: Witchcraft and Demonism in the West of England, 1625-1700 now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443851886
Hardback, pp310, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Witches of Selwood Forest: Witchcraft and Demonism in the West of England, 1625-1700 by Andrew Pickering.

The ancient forest of Selwood straddles the borders of Somerset and Wiltshire and terminates in the south where these counties meet Dorset. Until now, a comprehensive study of its exceptionally rich history of demonological beliefs and witchcraft persecution in the early modern period has not been attempted. This book explores the connections between important theological texts written in the region, notably Richard Bernard’s Guide to the Grand-Jury Men (1627) and Joseph Glanvill’s Saducismus Triumphatus (1681), influential local families such as the Hunts and the Hills, and the extraordinary witchcraft episodes associated with Shepton Mallet, Brewham, Stoke Trister, and elsewhere. In particular, it focuses on a little-known case in the village of Beckington in 1689, and shows how this was not a late, isolated episode, but an integral part of the wider Selwood Forest witchcraft story. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Essays on Unfamiliar Travel-Writing: Off the Beaten Track

Essays on Unfamiliar Travel-Writing: Off the Beaten Track now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443831697
Hardback, pp260, £52.99 / $90.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Essays on Unfamiliar Travel-Writing: Off the Beaten Track by John Butler.

This book comprises a number of essays on travel-narratives which are somewhat unknown to the general reader. They include writing by people who travelled from the East to the West, as well as those going the usual way. The travellers include a seventeenth-century accountant, a Persian shah, an Indian rajah and a Hawaiian king, as well as an Irish doctor, an American journalist and a Japanese poet. The book presents these travellers in an informal manner, although there are discussions about identity, “otherness” and stereotyping as they are displayed in the narratives. The book will appeal to students and academics, as well as the general reader. Continue reading

Book Announcement: The a priori in the Thought of Descartes: Cognition, Method and Science

The a priori in the Thought of Descartes: Cognition, Method and Science now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443817004
Hardback, pp408, £57.99 / $98.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The a priori in the Thought of Descartes: Cognition, Method and Science by Jan Palkoska.

It has been acknowledged that, while Descartes’s usage of the term “a priori” is at odds with the now-current Kantian meaning, it also fails to correspond to the standard Aristotelian notion. However, there is, as yet, little agreement as to the exact positive meaning Descartes associates with the term. As such, this book offers a clear and historically adequate account of this disputed issue. Descartes’s concept of apriority is interpreted as resulting from an interplay of two trends: development of a universal method of discovery based upon Descartes’s ground-breaking reinterpretation of heuristic procedures in mathematics, and a substantial transformation of the Renaissance-Aristotelian conception of scientific reasoning.
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Book Announcement: Smartphone-based Learning in the Japanese ESL Classroom: A Case Study Report

Smartphone-based Learning in the Japanese ESL Classroom: A Case Study Report now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443816939
Hardback, pp350, £68.99 / $117.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Smartphone-based Learning in the Japanese ESL Classroom: A Case Study Report by Nicolas Gromik.

Mobile Assisted Learning emerged from Computer Assisted Learning, with researchers extending computer-based activities to mobile platforms, but differs from the latter in many ways. First, it is obviously mobile, but, second, smartphones have converged many features and software that were previously accessible through a range of digital tools. Thirdly, Mobile Assisted Learning allows interaction with social media.

Educators are well-advised to consider smartphone video-based learning and to understand the many possibilities it affords. This book provides an account of the integration of smartphone video recording in the language classroom. It outlines and reports on the implementation process and the practical issues related to this learning method. Using simple digital storytelling, and mini-documentary filmmaking, students are able to learn to speak in a foreign language, while at the same time exploring and experimenting with video production. Continue reading