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If Monuments Could Talk

War memorials are more than a simple, objective way to commemorate the past; they can also, as a visual message, guide the memory of a society in certain political and ideological directions. Author Elisabetta Viggiani looks at and into war … Continue reading

Travel: A Personal Experience

The below is a special guest post written by Erika Behrisch Elce, contributor for Journeys Volume 15, Issue 1 and author of ‘Adapted for Travellers in General’: En Route with the British Admiralty’s 1849 Manual of Scientific Enquiry.     For me, travel … Continue reading

Let’s Celebrate Tourism!

The 2014 World Tourism Day will be celebrated on September 27. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic … Continue reading

Ruins of a Religion: ‘The Polynesian Iconoclasm’ in Photos

In his soon-to-be-published book, The Polynesian Iconoclasm: Religious Revolution and the Seasonality of Power, Jeffrey Sissons explains the ten-year period during which Hawaiians, Tahitians, and other South Pacific island societies almost completely destroyed their religious temples and god figures. Later, … Continue reading

Reframing Shock to Provide Space for New Solutions and Practices to Emerge

This post was submitted by Mark Powell, who–along with Stephanie Glendinning, Vanesa Castán Broto, Emma Dewberry, and Claire Walsh–contributed the article Shaped by Shock: Staff on the Emergency Department ‘Shop Floor’ to the most recent issue of Anthropology in Action. In this post, Powell … Continue reading

Conferences

  • September 18-21, 2014  German Studies Association Annual Conference  Kansas City, MO, USA  http://bit.ly/1e5UfVu
  • September 23-26, 2014  50th German Historikertag  Göttingen, Germany  http://bit.ly/1kSxaeV
  • October 8-12, 2014  Frankfurt Book Fair  Frankfurt, Germany  http://bit.ly/1imSCo3
  • November 20-23, 2014  Africa Studies Association  Indianapolis, IN, USA  http://bit.ly/1gmkttK
  • December 3-7, 2014  American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting  Washington, DC, USA  http://bit.ly/KpEhOD
  • Berghahn Titles will be on display at the following conferences:
  • November 20-23, 2014  ASEEES Annual Convention  San Antonio, TX, USA  http://bit.ly/1aDfQUv
  • November 22-25, 2014  Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting 

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VEHICLES

Cars, Canoes and other Metaphors of Moral Imagination
Edited by David Lipset and Richard Handler

“This book offers ethnographic journeys into the daily work of cultural imaginations by giving attention to what is generally neglected: their vehicles. Not only functional supports or futile material dresses, cars, boats or planes are here delightedly addressed as morale-boosting devices engaged in situated social relations… These essays show that vehicular units are always participation units—they are always vernacular units of cultural agency.”   ·  Pierre Lanoy, Université Libre de Bruxelles

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

An Appraisal from the Gulf Region
Edited by Paul Sillitoe

This is clearly the most comprehensive overview of sustainable development in the Gulf, a strategic region within the global economy…What is particularly innovative is the last section on cultural issues, ranging from collaborative research methods to indigenous knowledge… the inclusion of health issues, together with a discussion of the ‘cultural turn’ in sustainability, including participatory approaches, make this book an exemplar of the next generation of thought and knowledge development in the area of sustainable development.”  ·  Carl Maida, University of California, Los Angeles

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Series: Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association

Volume: 8

MIXED MATCHES

Trangressive Unions in Germany from the Reformation to the Enlightenment
Edited by David M. Luebke and Mary Lindemann

"The essays in this groundbreaking volume explore discourses and practices surrounding a wide variety of transgressive unions in early modern Germany, including those that challenged boundaries of confession, rank, race, honor, sexual morality (e.g., the incest ‘taboo’), and, in the case of bigamy, the institution of marriage itself. Taken together, they provide fascinating new insight into the shifting understandings of marriage and sexual union in the years 1500-1800 while highlighting the public dimensions of private intimacy throughout this era."  ·  George Williamson, Florida State University

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INVESTIGATING SREBRENICA

Institutions, Facts, Responsibilities
Edited by Isabelle Delpla, Xavier Bougarel, and Jean-Louis Fournel

This volume is much more than agglomeration of interesting and important case studies… Digesting thousands of pages of different reports and dissecting their content is a timely and insightful venture...It challenges conventional modes of historical, legal and political representation, yet demands to be addressed through responsible research and emphatic debate.”  ·  Southeast European and Black Sea Studies

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CULTURE IN DARK TIMES

Nazi Fascism, Inner Emigration, and Exile
Jost Hermand

What makes this volume particularly valuable is the book's comprehensiveness. Its encyclopedic range will enable students to get a real sense of the complexity of the arts under German fascism…n sum this well-written volume by a master in his field will be an extremely useful guide to interwar German culture…Essential.  ·  Choice

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Democratic Theory

Democratic Theory: 

An Interdisciplinary Journal

Democratic Theory is a peer-reviewed journal published and distributed by Berghahn. It encourages philosophical and interdisciplinary contributions that critically explore democratic theory – in all its forms. Spanning a range of views, the journal offers a crossdisciplinary forum for diverse theoretical questions to be put forward and systematically examined. It advances western as well as non-western ideas and is actively based on the premise that there are many forms of democracies andmany types of democrats. More Information...

Subjects: Political Theory

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Focaal - Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology is a peer-reviewed journal advocating an approach that rests in the simultaneity of ethnography, processual analysis, local insights, and global vision. It is at the heart of debates on the ongoing conjunction of anthropology and history as well as the incorporation of local research settings in the wider spatial networks of coercion, imagination, and exchange that are often glossed as 'globalization' or 'empire'. More Information...

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The blog aims to accelerate and intensify anthropological conversations beyond what a regular academic journal can do, and to make them more widely, globally, and swiftly available. More Information...