Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – 2019 May

This month’s recommended read is one of our recent titles in the environmental science domain and was decided on by our Editorial Advisory Board member Sukanchan Palit as his recommended read.

Sukanchan is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India. He reached this impressive point by obtaining his BChE in Chemical Engineering in 1992 and his MChE in 1994 in Chemical Engineering, both from Jadavpur University, India. He has 23 years of experience in the fields of industry, teaching and research.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Sukanchan’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABMAY19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st June 2019.

Sukanchan Palit’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Global Climate Change, Environment and Energy: Global Challenges and Opportunities to Global Stability

Editor: Filiz Katman

Global climate change is the result of natural climate change and man-made climate change damaging the global atmosphere over a comparable time period. Despite its overwhelmingly negative connotations, it also brings about opportunities such as the possibility of a green economy.This book covers both sides of this debate in providing comprehensive information concerning climate change, environment and energy.

“Human civilization and human scientific progress are today in the path of newer vision and newer scientific rejuvenation. Sustainable development whether it is environmental, energy, social or economic are the utmost needs of human civilization today. The science of climate change and environmental protection today stands at the crucial juncture of deep scientific profundity and scientific redemption. Water, air and soil pollution are a bane to human civilization. The authors deeply reaffirm and pointedly focus on the scientific success, the scientific excellence as well as scientific vision in the research pursuit in climate change and environmental sustainability. Thus, humanity will surely embark on a newer scientific venture and a newer scientific vision in the field of environmental engineering science and environmental process engineering in decades to come.” – Sukanchan Palit

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – March 2019

As we march into March, take a reconnoitre of Reflections of Roman Imperialismsan invaluable hoard of essays which examine and interact with Roman identity and imperialism, chosen by our Editorial Advisory Board member, Dr Julia C. Fischer, as her recommended read for this month.

Julia is an art historian who specializes in Roman imperial cameos, relief sculpture, and iconography. Her research focuses on iconography, reception, and propaganda of Roman imperial cameos along with issues of art crime, looting, and cultural heritage. In 2016, Julia was named Lamar University’s Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon an Lamar University faculty member and one that is reserved for outstanding teachers and scholars.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Julia’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABMAR2019 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on the 5th April 2019.

Dr Julia C. Fischer’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Reflections of Roman Imperialisms

Editors: Marko A. Janković and Vladimir D. Mihajlović

The papers collected in this volume provide invaluable insights into the results of different interactions between “Romans” and Others. Articles dealing with cultural changes within and outside the borders of Roman Empire highlight the idea that those very changes had different results and outcomes depending on various social, political, economic, geographical and chronological factors.

“Published in 2018, Reflections of Roman Imperialisms is a compendium of the latest research presented at the biannual conference, “Imperialism and Identities at the Edges of the Roman World” (IIERW). The book, like the conference, focuses on issues of Roman Imperial authority and ideology as seen and reflected within the art of the Roman provinces. Taking advantage of current research trends, like examining identity and social change and using a contextual approach, Reflections of Roman Imperialisms adds to the dynamic scholarship on the art of the Roman provinces.

Edited by Marko A. Janković and Vladimir D. Mihajlović, Reflections of Roman Imperialisms is organized into fifteen chapters; each is written by a leading art historian or archaeologist in the field. The book is varied in geography, methodology, and media. First, the provinces examined within Reflections range from Roman Britain and Ireland to the ancient Near East and interactions with China. As for methodologies, some scholars focus on a group of objects, like Jason Lundock’s chapter on the copper alloy vessels in Roman Britain, while others are more general, like Marko A. Janković’s chapter on Roman imperialism and the construction of Dardanian collectivity. All scholars, though, utilize a contextual approach, placing the objects that they study within its historical, social, and geographical contexts. Finally, a range of media are studied within these chapters, though the minor arts are especially represented. As a specialist in Roman Imperial cameos and minor arts, this pleases me as often the minor arts are neglected. While Reflections of Roman Imperialisms has some chapters that focus on sculpture, most of the scholars investigate a the minor arts, like metalwork, pottery, and games. Furthermore, epigraphy and literature are explored in two chapters, expanding the scope of the research into inscriptions and prose.

Because of my background in the minor arts and Roman Imperial cameos, I was intrigued when the editors discussed the sculpture that graces the cover and how this artwork relates to the theme of the book. The Gema Augustea, not to be confused with the Gemma Augustea cameo, is a sculpture that was found in modern day Serbia but was most likely a product of a provincial workshop. The marble sculpture has a strong connection to the Imperial cameo as it is a copy of the upper register of the sardonyx gemstone, though its style is unmistakably of the Roman provinces. Made in the third century CE, two centuries after the cameo, the Gema Augustea brings up many questions that relate to the theme of this book, including issues of style, copying, meaning and how the sculpture ultimately imparts an imperialistic message within the provinces. Subsequent chapters explore these types of themes, all at an attempt to learn more about how Roman imperialism was reflected in the Roman provinces. And this word, reflection, is a deliberate choice by the editors because art in the Roman provinces was not a mirror or exact copy of what was being produced in Rome. Rather, in the far-flung territories of the Roman Empire, art became a reflection of Rome, with changes and adaptations made to suit that province.

Ultimately, Reflections of Roman Imperialisms is on-trend with its exploration of identity and adaptation in the art of the Roman provinces. Scholars of classical antiquity, especially Roman archaeologists focused on the provinces, will want to have this invaluable resource at their disposal and will want to participate in upcoming IIERW conferences.”

Dr Julia C. Fischer

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – December 2018

For the last ‘Recommended Read’ of 2018, Dr Jean-d’Amour Twibanire has chosen one of the most exciting books that we have published in the entirety of the year. Jean-d’Amour obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 2013 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He has worked at Dalhousie University for several semesters as an Instructor in the Department of Chemistry, and is currently a Research Scientist with CanAm Bioresearch Inc. in Winnipeg, Canada.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Jean-d’Amour’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABDEC18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd January 2019.

Dr Jean-d’Amour Twibanire’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Evolution of Evolution: The Survival Value of Caring

Author: Richard Littleton Guerrant

This book 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.

“This book, written by Professor Richard Guerrant, takes a closer look at the value of caring and its evolution to the present day. The seven chapters are well written and cover an array of different topics and questions – in Chapter Two, for example, the author discusses a question of paramount importance: “Can traits that were once helpful become more harmful than helpful with changes over time”? The issue of whether spiritual philosophies, religions, or indeed the humanities can join with the sciences to complement and reinforce one another is dealt with in Chapter Three. Overall, the book reaffirms the fact that we are ‘in it together’, and that isolation in its various forms may not be possible in the long run. Caring for others, even those we may not know, is rooted in our humanity, and those who have nothing to care about cease to exist in so many ways.

I firmly agree with Guerrant that the evolution of evolution is critical for all of humanity, and that we cannot afford to ignore it. We are interdependent, often more than we realise. Whether we like it or not, we are connected, and what we do very much affects what others do too. Caring and love, Guerrant successfully suggests, is what will give meaning to our existence and our evolutionary future.”

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – October 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Michele Fontefrancesco has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’ – a very special autobiographical reflection published in 2015 by Gerald Mars. Michele is a social anthropologist who currently serves as a Research Fellow at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Italy. His research analyses local development in rural and urban communities, with a particular interest in the relationship between the global economy and local areas. He has argued for the importance of cultural heritage, crafts, and local production specialisation as fundamental elements in the definition of local resilience. In 2013 he published The End of the City of Gold? Industry and Economic Crisis in an Italian Jewellery Town with Cambridge Scholars, a culmination of many years work into these topics.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Edith’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2018.

0229892_becoming-an-anthropologist_300Dr Michele Fontefrancesco’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Becoming an Anthropologist: A Memoir and a Guide to Anthropology

Author: Gerald Mars

Mars’ graphic and often vivid narrative can be read simply as the anecdotal memoirs of an anthropologist. The experiences he recounts are sometimes hilarious, touch occasionally on the dangerous, and are always sensitively and expertly explored. But for those who want to know more, the book’s expansive footnotes and references to key sources also offer a stimulating introduction to social anthropology, its theories and its methods.

“This book is the story of a life and a brilliant career that proceeds from a simple question, which many students ask when they start their studies in anthropology: ‘how can a person become an anthropologist?’

Each of us who work in academia and who lead new cohorts of students in the exploration of anthropology struggle to form a decent and straightforward answer to this question. We know it is not a matter of academic degrees, erudite readings, or sitting on a comfortable armchair. As Gerald Mars shows, it is primarily the result of everyday practice and experience churned with deep reflexivity. Mars’ autobiographical narration shows the experience gained after youth, and how it creates the fertile ground on which anthropological thought can mature.

The book also offers a number of examples for better appreciating the application of anthropological analysis in the contemporary world. The autobiography, in fact, becomes a form of self-ethnography, within which Mars discusses his upbringing and lived social contexts – from the streets of Manchester and Blackpool, to the Army, to different academic institutions on both sides of the Atlantic.

The book will suit the tastes of less experienced readers and students, those who want to better understand what anthropology is and how it can be useful in comprehending our contemporary societies. It will also be of use to trained scholars who want to deepen their own anthropological educations.”

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – September 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Sukanchan Palit has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: the second of a two volume set published in November of last year by Carole LeBlanc entitled Demystifying Climate Risk Volume II: Industry and Infrastructure Implications. Sukanchan is a chemical engineer by training and profession, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India.

Sukanchan obtained his BChE in Chemical Engineering in 1992 and his MChE in 1994 in chemical engineering, both from Jadavpur University, India. He has 23 years of experience in the fields of industry, teaching and research. His research areas are primarily in environmental engineering, advanced oxidation processes, multi-objective optimization, genetic algorithms, and other branches of chemical engineering.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount not only on Sukanchan’s choice, but also on Volume I of LeBlanc’s two volume set, Demystifying Climate Risk Volume I: Environmental, Health and Societal Implications. To redeem your discount on both books, please enter the promotional code EABSEP18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st October 2018.

Sukanchan Palit’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Demystifying Climate Risk Volume II: Industry and Infrastructure Implications

Editor: Carole LeBlanc

Sukanchan_PalitThis book is a distillation of the First Annual International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk held in 2016 in Wells, Maine, USA. The volume’s premise is that, long before the 2015 Paris Agreement, many professionals from diverse fields were working to solve the problems of human-caused climate change. It analyses and speculates on the future of climate change, industry, and infrastructure.


“The world of environmental engineering and environmental protection today stands in the midst of deep scientific fortitude and vast scientific introspection. Water purification, drinking water treatment, and industrial wastewater treatment are the utmost needs of scientific progress today. In this book, edited by Carole LeBlanc, the authors deeply and poignantly depict the devastation caused by climate change and global warming. They pointedly focus on the necessity of demystifying climate change risk as part of the wider project of furthering global science and engineering. As a whole, the book thus reviews and contributes to the necessity of developing sound engineering tools to tackle climate change, unfolding the intricacies of global warming, climate change, and ecological biodiversity loss as it does so. Globally, developing countries are at a critical juncture – suffering immense devastation due to climate change, water shortages, and a lack of sustainable development. The challenges of this juncture, as well as possible paths out of it, are depicted in detail in this book.”

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – July 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Edith Bruder has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: a book published in December 2016 by Tudor Parfitt and Netanel Fisher. Edith is a research associate at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and a research fellow at the University of South Africa. A French ethnologist with a multi-disciplinary background in the history of art and clinical psychology, she has researched and published widely on the history and the contemporary phenomena of Jewish practices across sub-Saharan Africa, Judaising movements, forgotten diasporas, contemporary diasporas and particular Jewish identities. Her books include Black Jews, Les Juifs noirs d’Afrique et le mythe des Tribus perdues (Albin Michel 2014), co-editor of African Zion, Studies in Black Judaism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2012) and African Journeys to Judaism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2018)

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Edith’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJUL18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st August 2018.

Dr Edith Bruder’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Becoming Jewish: New Jews and Emerging Jewish Communities in a Globalized World

Editors: Tudor Parfitt and Netanel Fisher

One of the most striking contemporary religious phenomena is the world-wide fascination with Judaism. Traditionally, few non-Jews converted to the Jewish faith, but today millions are converting to Judaism In this volume, leading scholars of issues related to conversion, Judaising movements and Judaism as a New Religious Movement discuss and explain this global movement towards identification with the Jewish people, from Germany and Poland to China and Nigeria.

Picture of Becoming Jewish“Tudor Parfitt and Netanel Fisher’s captivating book on the emergence of new Jewish identities in the globalized world is resolutely looking forward to the future. The book is a courageous adventure in transnational histories, cultural crossbreeding, and the development of Jewish identity in the twentieth century. It refers to a remarkable phenomenon that has been taking place over several decades:  in various countries, a vast number of individuals or groups have chosen to become part of the Jewish people and have acquainted themselves with Jewish tradition and legends in diverse circumstances and contexts.

In their chapters, leading scholars from social and religious sciences delineate the various profiles of ‘joiners’ to Judaism. In the vast scope of their methodological approach, one of the distinguishing features of the book, they rise unavoidable questions about identity, “authentic” Jewishness, and citizenship in Israel: Who is a Jew… versus a non-Jew? What is Judaism?

This book constitutes a very valuable and worthwhile resource. What it demonstrates clearly is that Judaism and Jewishness are going through very profound changes in our time. It is not surprising that different disciplines based on different criteria and methods of interpretation may reach different conclusions on the same subject—it appears that the story is just beginning to unfold.”

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – May 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Clara Sarmento has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: one of our most exciting publications from 2017. Clara is currently the director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, where she is a Full Professor with Tenure, member of the Consulting Board, and director of the MA programs in Specialized Translation and Interpreting and in Intercultural Studies for Business. She is a world renowned expert in the fields of Anglo-American and Portuguese literature and culture, anthropology, cultural and intercultural studies, and gender studies. Continue reading