Two Reviews: Dictionary of Education and Assessment in Translation and Interpreting Studies (TIS)

This book is the first and only dictionary on education and assessment in the context of translator and interpreter training. It offers the reader in-depth and up-to-date knowledge regarding key issues of the education and assessment of translators and interpreters, including how best to train translators and interpreters and how best to assess their performance in pedagogical settings. For two glowing reviews of this book, please read below:

“Overall, the dictionary is rich in content and offers entries in a vast range of areas, including: teaching and learning theories, approaches to teaching and learning, concepts in educational psychology, forms of instruction, curriculum design, certification in education, teaching techniques, strategies for interpreter training, classroom management, errors, test types and forms of assessment, test validity, computer assisted translation tools, ICT-enhanced instruction, and macro-/micro-strategies in translation and interpreting, to name but a few.”

Although the entries are not discussed in-depth, as a reference source, the dictionary delivers what it is intended for. It may serve well as a quick reference guide to TIS education and assessment or an extensive bibliography list, which makes it a useful addition to the resource collection of TIS researchers, educators, practitioners and students.”
Mariusz Marczak, The Journal of Translator Education and Translation Studies (TETS), 2019 (click the link for full review)

“Overall, this new reference work makes a valuable contribution to the field. It contains 116 entries selected out of 245 terms retrieved from the subject indices of dictionaries, encyclopaedias, research monographs, journal articles, and doctoral theses. The dictionary has the distinctive merit of drawing on a vast bibliography containing more than 1600 references, of which 45 published in languages other than English. This new reference book is a useful addition to existing reference works, since it provides up-to-date subject entries in the domains of translator and interpreter training, education and assessment.”
Sara Laviosa, inTRAlinea (online translation journal), 2019 (click the link for full review)


Book Launch: The Impact of Overbuilding on People and the Planet

On Wednesday 15th May 2019, in Adelaide Town Hall, Australia, David Ness held a hugely successful launch for his new book The Impact of Overbuilding on People and the Planet.

This book challenges the status quo where profligate building and urban development is described as ‘green’ and ‘low carbon’, exposing a number of ‘elephants in the big green room’ that severely impact upon society and the environment. It questions the ethics, equity and sustainability of continued growth of the building stock in industrialized contexts amid diminishing demand, whilst the developing world is deprived of basic resources and infrastructure. Even a ‘circular’ built environment may not go far enough, when dramatic reduction in consumption of resources is required to meet ‘sufficient’ service levels. More socio-economic value may be derived from built resources by their stewardship, adaptation, reuse and equitable sharing, while ameliorating the adverse impacts of overconsumption. By taking a wider perspective of a sustainable built environment, the text—illustrated by case studies from the Olympics and nine countries—reframes the policy debate and reforms current approaches through a new theory and manifesto. It will appeal to policy makers, architects, urban designers, educators, students and green building practitioners.

Please see below for some photos of David at the event:

Book Review: ‘Bombay Novels: Some Insights in Spatial Criticism’ by Rohan Shivkumar

The city of Bombay/Mumbai is the archetypal city of the 20th century in South Asia. It seems to represent the metropolitan realities and desires in the minds of us living in the subcontinent. It houses both the dreams and the nightmares of urbanity. Its spaces have become the landscape for the mythologies of modernity.

Filmmakers, artists, poets and novelists have all tried in their work to try and make sense of this city. As a space from where these artists worked and as the muse that shaped their work, the city has loomed large in the stories that we told each other over the last 175 years. In each of these through the characters we created and read about, we vicariously lived all those lives. The city was not only the spaces we inhabited in our everyday lives, but also this city that we lived, loved and died in, in our imagination. But what is this city that emerged between the real and the imaginary. What are its contours? Over the past few years there has been an increasing interest in trying to understand and analyze this city. Academics and cultural theorists have tried to, through their disciplines, attempted to come to terms with the city. However, in this attempt the city has often slipped out of their grasp. Disciplinary boundaries and strictures seem to constrain the understanding of the turbulent landscape of the metropolis. The city challenges the discipline and refuses to be tamed. Disciplines themselves have had to break open and embrace other ways of seeing.

Mamta Mantri’s book ‘Bombay Novels: Some Insights in Spatial Criticism’ is a brave and pioneering attempt to splice together urban history, urban theory and literary analysis to speak of the city of Bombay, hoping that, in collapsing these boundaries, new knowledge might emerge. This, it is hoped will allow us to evolve new frameworks through which we can understand what it means to be an urban citizen in the globalized metropolis. In the book, Mamta chooses four novels on the city of Bombay/Mumbai for analysis. They are Kiran Nagarkar’s ‘Ravan and Eddie’ (1995), a story of a friendship set in the archetypical industrial housing or the chawls of the city, Daya Pawar’s semi-autobiographical ‘Baluta’ (written in Marathi in 1978 and translated into English by Jerry Pinto in 2015) a tale of a Dalit man finding freedom and repression in the city, Anita Desai’s ‘Baumgartner’s Bombay’ (1988), the story of a German Jew who flees the Holocaust by coming to India, and ‘Shantaram’ (2003) by Gregory David Roberts, another story of an outsider coming to the city to find himself. All the stories are largely located in the island city, or the historic core of the city and characters inhabit very particular geographies and go through incidents that are typical of those landscapes. In a very informative chapter, Mamta places these texts within the history of writings on the city of Bombay/Mumbai, that begin with early colonial impressions of the city, to writings in vernacular languages, to poetry that emerged from and coincided with political movements.

Mamta uses the twin discourses of urban history and urban theory to analyze the novels. By sketching out the history of Mumbai, she describes the larger changes that have shaped the spaces within which these stories are to take place. These include the monuments of the colonial core, the lanes and neighbourhoods of the inner city, the industrial and port lands with their housing colonies and the colonial suburbs. By historicising these spaces, she is able to pull these texts out of the contexts within which they reside, and inhabit them through the journeys of the characters in the novels. The novels become a way for us to read a history of the city through inhabitation, through the subjective experiences of the characters in the book.

To be able to make sense of this inhabitation, she turns to urban philosophers like Henri Lefebvre, Walter Benjamin and Michel Foucault who provide her with theoretical frameworks and tools. These include Lefebvre’s propositions on the production of spaces, Benjamin’s figure of the flaneur and Foucault’s concept of the heterotopia. She uses these tools to tease out the themes of modernity and urbanity as represented by the authors in the text. With this move, she analyses not the experience of the ‘real’ city (whatever that might be) but the fictional city as real. This allows us to see the city as a constantly shifting site of imaginations and subjectivities, as a series of four distinctly disparate journeys in which the same space mutates into another.

In collapsing different natures of text upon one another, the city as a historic and spatial text, the novel as the journey of a character within the landscape of the city, literary analysis and urban theory, Mamta presents us with an argument that emerges in kaleidoscopic mirrorings, within overlaps and interstices.

Rohan Shivkumar

Architect and Film maker

Dean, Research and Academic Development

Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai

Meet our Authors: Maria Vodenska – May 2019

Prof. Maria Vodenska received her Master’s degree in Geography of Tourism from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Geology and Geography, in 1974, and her PhD from Moscow Academy of Sciences in 1978. She has worked at the “Geography of Tourism Department” of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” from 1979-2017 and was heading the department in the period 1994-1999. In 1994-2003 she was consecutively Deputy Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Geology and Geography. From 2011 to 2015 Prof. Vodenska was the Deputy Chairperson of the Sofia University’s General Assembly. Now she is a Professor at the International Business School-Botevgrad in Bulgaria. She has over 100 research papers and books, mainly in Bulgarian and English.

In 2018 she was a part of the Editorial team and also a contributor to a book published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing under the title Traditions and Innovations in Contemporary Tourism. This book presents significant theoretical and empirical approaches towards various hospitality and tourism aspects concerning both traditions and innovations in tourism development.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Maria has most recently edited Hospitality and Tourism in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparative Analysis.

Maria explains her reasons for choosing to publish with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, emphasising the efficient nature of our work, and the special attention given to her as an author and editor:

Cambridge Scholars contacted our Tourism Department at Sofia University in 2017 and offered to publish selected papers of our international 50 anniversary conference. The reason we decided to accept the offer was that it promoted itself as an ‘upmarket’ niche publisher and that was what we were looking for for our contributorsThe process of handling the legal side (contracts, agreements, etc.) was extremely quick and efficient and the production process was conducted in an efficient and pleasantly friendly manner. The editorial guidance given to us has always combined with support and encouragement. In the earliest stages the editorial team put me on the right track, and provided assistance that was valuable. I especially appreciated the prompt replies whenever we had any queries concerning the manuscript, e.g. its layout, scope, or any other particular section like the cover design.

As a result of our joint and good productive work I was invited by CSP to become a member of the Advisory Board of Travel and Tourism Management and the Advisory Board of Sociology of Leisure and Tourism and Travel books.

Later in 2018 I offered another international book for publication by CSP. The proposal was gladly accepted and we enjoyed the same satisfactory process of going through all publication stages. Texts were checked very thoroughly, and often sent back to authors with explicit comments to make sure they meet the highest standards of publication. Questions were answered promptly and special concerns of mine were adequately handled.

I am really glad I chose to publish with Cambridge Scholars and I plan to continue this fruitful collaboration. I am pleased and would recommend them to other scholars without hesitation!

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Hospitality and Tourism in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparative Analysis. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAY19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th June 2019.

Meet our Authors: Galina Weinstein – May 2019

Dr Galina Weinstein specializes in the work of Albert Einstein and in the history and philosophy of the Special and General Theories of Relativity. She is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Haifa, Israel. She has received several prestigious awards in recent years, including a GIF (German Israeli Foundation for Research) grant to conduct extended research in the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Haifa, and several post-doctoral fellowships. She worked as an invited Guest Research Associate in REHSEIS at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, and in the Center for Einstein Studies at Boston University, USA.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Galina has authored Einstein’s Pathway to the Special Theory of Relativity (2nd Edition).

Galina describes her experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

“It is my pleasure to write this recommendation on behalf of Cambridge Scholars. I believe any scholar will enjoy publishing their book with Cambridge Scholars. They showed kindness from the very first contact with me shortly after I was in search of a publisher for my first book. For my second manuscript, it was clear to me that Cambridge Scholars would be the right publisher, capable of creating a perfect academic book (book manuscripts were already reviewed before signing the contract). Cambridge Scholars’ workers have impressed me with their flexibility and understanding of the marketing process. Future writers should feel confident that their manuscripts will be published on time and with consistent quality. In the typesetting process, the workers were thorough but prompt, clean and sharp in their execution. They have paid close attention to details and were ready to reformulate until the desired effect was achieved.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Einstein’s Pathway to the Special Theory of Relativity (2nd Edition). To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAY19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th June 2019.

Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG 2019) – Call for Papers

Second Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG 2019) Call for Abstracts

The Faculty of Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Fisheries, Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan, Nepal in collaboration with International Goat Association (IGA) is organizing the second Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG 2019). The theme of conference is ‘goats for food, nutrition and economic security in developing world’. The conference will be held on 20-23 October 2019 in Chitwan, Nepal in support of Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Department of Livestock Services; Nepal Agricultural Research Council; Heifer International Nepal and University Grants Commission. The main aim of the conference is to gather researchers, academics and development entities to exchange knowledge and technologies generated in the field of goat research and development across the globe.

Thematic areas

  • Goat as a source of food and economic security in the developing world
  • Goat production policies, socio-economics, and value chain development
  • Goat husbandry management
  • Goat feeding and nutrition management
  • Phenomics, genomics and biotechnology for enhanced goat production
  • Health management and disease control
  • Advancement in goat product processing

For contact information and to read more about the conference please click here.


A Sporting New Publication: Edward Thring’s Theory, Practice and Legacy: Physical Education in Britain since 1800

As the changing season ushers in the changeover from playground to playing field and we race towards the famous, or infamous, (for the less physical among us) ‘Sports Day’ within our schools, we’d like to share with you a book recently published with us on the 1st of May. This book celebrates a key figure, not only within the history of the highly renowned Uppingham School, but the history of British formative education: Edward Thring.

A scion of Thring’s legacy, the author, Malcolm Tozer, is also a former headmaster and has used this experience alongside thorough scholarly research to author Edward Thring’s Theory, Practice and Legacy: Physical Education in Britain since 1800. This book examines how the progressive education ushered in by Edward Thring served as a corrective measure to the cutthroat ‘cult of athleticism’ that pervaded public schools at the time. In the spirit of the modern sports day: that is to say ‘it is not the winning but the taking part that counts’, Thring spearheaded a movement in schools that enabled every student to find his own personal best both within the classroom and on the playing field.

To celebrate the commencement of summer and all the sporting events it brings with it, we are offering a 20% discount on this book for the entirety of the summer term (that is, until the end of July!) To redeem your discount, please enter the code THRING20 on our website when purchasing the book.

To further educate yourself about the legacy of Edward Thring and to access the page for the book on our website, please click this link.