Book Review: Film Festivals and Anthropology

To the best of my knowledge, to date no book has seriously undertaken an analysis of the history, current challenges and future outlook of the so-called ‘ethnographic film festivals’, rather unique gatherings that have historically had an ambiguous – and sometimes problematic – relationship with mainstream, text-based anthropology. For this reason alone, the publication of Film festivals and anthropology, an extensive and remarkable collection of some of the most relevant scholars in the field, should be warmly welcomed.

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Book Annoucement: Contemporary Identity and Memory in the Borderlands of Poland and Germany

Contemporary Identity and Memory in the Borderlands of Poland and Germany now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp572, £70.99 / $119.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Contemporary Identity and Memory in the Borderlands of Poland and Germany by Aleksandra Binicewicz.

The book analyses issues associated with the contemporary and memory in the Polish-German borderlands – a complex, multidimensional cultural and geographic area. The first section of the book, which focuses on contemporary issues, is divided into three parts: namely, a theoretical body, records of conversations with the inhabitants of the borderlands who are engaged in social activities, and records of workshops and conversations that brought together teenage inhabitants of the borderlands. Close cooperation with the inhabitants of two borderland towns resulted in several interesting perspectives on the borderlands, which are seen as a physical space, as well as a mental, intimate, close, and sometimes frustrating space subject to micro- and macro-scale transformations. In this book, the borderlands are viewed from these two perspectives. The micro-scale, is marked out by the individual experience of the inhabitants of the borderlands, and the macro-scale by the institutional framework established for the purpose of constructing an integrated community on the border. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Arctic Modernities: The Environmental, the Exotic and the Everyday

Arctic Modernities: The Environmental, the Exotic and the Everyday now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp362, £64.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Arctic Modernities: The Environmental, the Exotic and the Everyday, edited by Heidi Hansson and Anka Ryall.

Less tangible than melting polar glaciers or the changing social conditions in northern societies, the modern Arctic represented in writings, visual images and films has to a large extent been neglected in scholarship and policy-making. However, the modern Arctic is a not only a natural environment dramatically impacted by human activities. It is also an incongruous amalgamation of exoticized indigenous tradition and a mundane everyday. The chapters in this volume examine the modern Arctic from all these perspectives. They demonstrate to what extent the processes of modernization have changed the discursive signification of the Arctic. They also investigate the extent to which the traditions of heroic Arctic images – whether these traditions are affirmed, contested or repudiated – have continued to shape, influence and inform modern discourses. Sometimes the Arctic is seen as synonymous with modernity itself. Sometimes it appears as a utopian space signalling a different future. However, it still often represents the continued survival within modernity of the past as nostalgia, longing, dream and myth. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Tourism in Bali and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

Tourism in Bali and the Challenge of Sustainable Development now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp200, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Tourism in Bali and the Challenge of Sustainable Development, edited by Sylvine Pickel-Chevalier.

This work offers a cross-analysis of the development of tourism in Bali, combining international and intercultural (from Indonesian, French, Australian and English researchers), transdisciplinary and inter-generational research. It questions the capacity of tourism, to be a vector of sustainable development, by analyzing its various social, economic and environmental effects within Balinese society. As such, it represents not only a great research tool, but a fantastic teaching aid. Each chapter comes with its own bibliography, and thus acts as a standalone case study, while making a contribution to the overall thrust of the book. Continue reading

Book Announcement: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (paperback)

Paperback edition of An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Paperback, pp269, £46.99 / $79.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the paperback release of An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology by C. Nadia Seremetakis.

This book engages young scholars, teachers and students in a critical dialogue with past and present directions in cultural-historical studies. More particularly, it prepares prospective anthropologists, as well as readers interested in human cultures for understanding basic theoretical and methodological ethnographic principles and pursuing further what has been known as cultural anthropological perspectives. The book discusses key, field-based studies in the discipline and places them in dialogue with related studies in social history, linguistics, philosophy, literature, and photography, among others.
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Conference Announcement: Powering the Planet – Why the world needs Anthropologists, 28-29 October, 2017

Powering the Planet – Why the world needs Anthropologists

Durham, 28th to 29th October

The fifth edition of the annual symposium Why the World Needs Anthropologists explores how energy professionals and anthropologists can cooperate to design and deploy energy innovations that alter the world for the better.

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Book Announcement: The Outback Within: Journeys into the Australian Interior (paperback)

Paperback edition of The Outback Within: Journeys into the Australian Interior now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Paperback, pp210, £29.99 / $50.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the paperback release of The Outback Within: Journeys into the Australian Interior by Mark Byrne.

What is it about the Australian outback? For nearly two centuries, narratives of outback journeys have been suffused with the aura of death. Why? It is not just that the desert is big, dry, hot and apparently empty. The outback is Australia’s “mythological crucible,” and journeys there have become rites of passage. It is where settler Australians go to die and perhaps be reborn. This book explores the landscape of this evolving national mythology. It argues that a more conscious engagement with the process of symbolic death and rebirth is needed for Australians to enter into a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship to the land and its Indigenous people.
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