Book Announcement: Samuel Beckett and Europe: History, Culture, Tradition

Samuel Beckett and Europe: History, Culture, Tradition now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443896306
Hardback, pp193, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Samuel Beckett and Europe: History, Culture, Tradition, edited by Michela Bariselli, Niamh M. Bowe and William Davies.

Drawing on the diverse critical debates of the ‘Beckett and Europe’ conference held in Reading, UK, in 2015, this volume brings together a selection of essays to offer an international response to the central question of what ‘Europe’ might mean for our understandings of the work of Samuel Beckett. Ranging from historical and archival work to the close interrogation of language and form, from the influences of various national literary traditions on Beckett’s writing to his influence on the work of other writers and thinkers, this book examines the question of Europe from multiple vantage points so as to reflect the ways in which Beckett’s oeuvre both challenges and enlivens his status as a ‘European writer’. With a full introductory chapter examining the challenging implications of the term ‘Europe’ in the contemporary period, this volume treats Europe as a recognition of the multiple ways that Beckett’s poetry, criticism, prose and drama invite new understandings of the role of history, culture and tradition in one of the most significant bodies of writing of the twentieth century. Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Alternative Educational Methodologies

Alternative Educational Methodologies now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895187
Hardback, pp309, £67.99 / $114.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Alternative Educational Methodologies, edited by Ion Albulescu and Horaţiu Catalano.

This volume brings together a number of papers presented at the international conference on “Specific Methodologies in Educational Alternatives” held in June 2016, at the Bistriţa University Extension of the Educational Sciences Department of Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The event served to promote the most recent theoretical and practical findings related to educational alternatives, and attracted the attendance of over 250 theorists and experts in the field. The conference represented a significant opportunity to know and develop this field of study, based on research and examples of good practice. The contributions here specifically explore the six educational alternatives that exist in Romania, namely Step by Step, Waldorf, Freinet, Curative Pedagogy, Montessori and the Jenaplan. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Quakerism, Its Legacy, and Its Relevance for Gandhian Research

Quakerism, Its Legacy, and Its Relevance for Gandhian Research now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781527500105
Hardback, pp332, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Quakerism, Its Legacy, and Its Relevance for Gandhian Research by Satish Sharma.

This elaborate book explores Quakerism, its legacy, and its relevance for Gandhian research. The topics covered here include the historical circumstances, conditions, and thought that led to the birth of Quakerism; the seeds and history of the movement; the themes, principles, and practices of the sect; and the aid, change, reform, and conciliation efforts Quakers made to make people, communities, and nations more tolerant, problem-free, and united. As such, the book will appeal to scholars, planners, policy-makers, and practitioners concerned with the boundaries of liberties, freedoms, pacifism, peace, and justice across people, communities, and nations. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Witchcraft Accusations and Persecutions as a Mechanism for the Marginalisation of Women

Witchcraft Accusations and Persecutions as a Mechanism for the Marginalisation of Women now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895019
Hardback, pp283, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Witchcraft Accusations and Persecutions as a Mechanism for the Marginalisation of Women by Samantha Spence.

This books draws on feminist commentary from the disciplines of anthropology, history, law, politics and sociology in order to deal with the phenomenon of modern-day witchcraft. It focuses on the re-emergence of witchcraft beliefs in contemporary society, suggesting that witchcraft accusations and persecution are being used as a marginalisation mechanism of women. The re-emergence of witchcraft beliefs in contemporary society and the prevalence of the violence associated with such beliefs has received little attention within academic literature, yet witchcraft-related violence against women is, progressively, becoming one of the most pervasive forms of violence facing women today. This book addresses this gap in the literature, discussing the return of witchcraft beliefs to contemporary society, whilst assessing the effectiveness of international human rights law in protecting women from witchcraft accusations and persecution. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Aphorisms of Masquism: The Wisdom of the Fundamental Grammar of Life and a Religion for Democracy

Aphorisms of Masquism: The Wisdom of the Fundamental Grammar of Life and a Religion for Democracy now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781527500099
Hardback, pp200, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Aphorisms of Masquism: The Wisdom of the Fundamental Grammar of Life and a Religion for Democracy, edited by Meera Grimes.

This book represents the monumental work of Swami R. Vaidyanathan (1913-1990), who was a research student at Cambridge under Lord Rutherford from 1934 to 1938. Through nine aphorisms, it presents a complete and unique philosophy. It is an independent work, not based on any book or person or symbol, and offers a new view of a way of living and a new conception of self-regarding. Though the main aim of this philosophy is the reduction of human suffering and the promotion of world welfare, the foundation it gives to establish the philosophy to achieve that aim represents a complex network of ideas that are all amazingly interwoven and interrelated. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Deaconesses, the Ordination of Women and Orthodox Theology

Deaconesses, the Ordination of Women and Orthodox Theology now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781527500082
Hardback, pp610, £75.99 / $129.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Deaconesses, the Ordination of Women and Orthodox Theology, edited by Petros Vassiliadis, Niki Papageorgiou and Eleni Kasselouri-Hatzivassiliadi.

This collection of essays highlights the thorny and divisive issue of the admission of women into the sacramental diaconal priesthood of the Christian Church from the Orthodox theological perspective. The contributions here stem from scientific papers presented at an international conference titled “Deaconesses, Ordination of Women and Orthodox Theology”, organized in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2015 by the Center of Ecumenical, Missiological and Environmental Studies (CEMES). They cover almost all the fields of biblical, liturgical, patristic, systematic, canonical, and historical theology. The volume’s main focus is the ancient order of deaconesses, in connection with the overall issue of the ordination of women. Although most papers address the issues from an Orthodox perspective, their sober analysis can provide theological argumentation for the wider Christian community, both the Churches and Christian denominations that exclude women from the sacramental priesthood, and those that have already adopted their ordination. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Twenty-First Century Leadership for EU Institutions

Twenty-First Century Leadership for EU Institutions now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895248
Hardback, pp140, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Twenty-First Century Leadership for EU Institutions by Ronald de Bruin, Sebastian Prieto Tovar and Derek Pelland.

This book explores the type of leadership needed to transform EU Institutions to allow them to truly serve Europe’s people. Our world today calls for leaders who are connected to themselves, know how to unleash the potential of others and build organisations that serve people’s needs, and are stewards of society. The path towards transformation is not just about learning another trick or method, it is an inward journey each of us must undertake. We search to first recognise our best self and then give ourselves to lead our lives in service of a bigger purpose. The prioritising of serving others leads to a conscious choice of one aspiring to lead. In turn, others will experience this inspiration at all levels, learning to lead as servants. This timeless concept is what Robert Greenleaf referred to when he coined the term “servant-leadership” in 1970. This book not only gives insights into the servant-leadership philosophy, but also offers real-life interviews with twelve EU civil servants, including Herman van Rompuy, former President of the European Council. Their stories illustrate that servant-leadership is manifesting inside EU institutions already, independent of background and function level. Servant-leadership offers a unique opportunity to empower EU professionals in facing the challenges of the 21st century and helping the EU to serve its citizens better. Continue reading