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World Water Day


World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on March 22. The day focuses attention on the importance of freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. For an opportunity to learn more about water related issues and how to take action to make a difference please visit


In recognition of this year’s World Water Day, Berghahn Books is happy to offer 25% discount on all relevant titles. For the next 30 days, visit our webpage and enter code WWD18 at checkout. Offer valid until April 21, 2018.
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Introducing Ted Nannicelli as the New Editor of Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind

Ted Nannicelli, Film and Television Studies, University of Queensland

The first thing I would like to do in my capacity as the new editor of Projections is to warmly thank the outgoing editor, Stephen Prince, for his outstanding stewardship of the journal over the past six years. Already a success when Stephen took over in 2012, Projections has only improved since then. It has been a great pleasure for me to work with Stephen as one of the associate editors over the past few years, and I am delighted that Stephen will remain involved with the journal in some capacity, since he has recently been elected the new president of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI).
This is an opportune moment to note a few other recent changes. First, Projections is no longer associated with the Forum for Movies and Mind. As a result of this change, we have instituted a new editorial board, although some previous members will be continuing their service. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those associated with the Forum for Movies and Mind-in particular, Bruce Sklarew and others who conceived of and established Projections as an academic journal. I am also especially grateful to the outgoing members of the editorial board, whose service has established Projections as an academically rigorous, theoretically pluralistic journal.

Although Projections‘s only formal association now is with the SCSMI, our continued success is dependent upon our ability to maintain and expand a wide and diverse readership that significantly exceeds the SCSMI’s membership. I especially hope that those of you who began subscribing to Projections in conjunction with its affiliation with the Forum for Movies and Mind will continue to support us.
In addition, the two new associate editors, Tim Smith and Aaron Taylor, and I have our sights set on further expanding Projections‘s interdisciplinary scope and its readership. We have updated our statement of aims and scope accordingly, and we invite you to spread the word to others. We would be grateful if, even if you are already a regular individual subscriber, you could take a moment to complete the library recommendation form on our website so that Projections can also be available to students and colleagues at your institution.
In keeping with our commitment to interdisciplinary exchange, we are also introducing several new submission formats that are outlined in the “guidelines for submission” section on our website. Our aim is twofold: to make the minimal criteria for publication in Projections more explicit and to generate greater dialogue between researchers working in different scholarly traditions. We also hope that the new format options broaden the appeal of Projections as a destination for high-quality research among a broader and more diverse group of scholars.
I think that the collection of articles in the current issue* of Projections is indicative of the extent to which we have already successfully begun to publish excellent research from a variety of disciplinary perspectives-and it is also suggestive our future direction: it includes contributions by scholars based in English and comparative literature, film and media studies, psychology, and philosophy.
This issue begins with two articles that revisit Russian classical film theory in light of recent developments in neuroscience and psychology. First, Maria Belodubrovskaya explores the affinities between Sergei Eisenstein’s concept of “attractions” and the preconscious, automatic responses identified by contemporary neuroscience. Next, Sermin Ildirar and Louise Ewing present the results of their attempt to replicate the results of Lev Kuleshov’s famous editing experiments.
The following three articles investigate conceptual issues relating to film interpretation broadly construed to include narrative comprehension. Peter Alward offers a close analysis of Withnail and I (Bruce Robinson, 1987) in support of his argument for what philosophers of art call “the value-maximizing” account of art interpretation, which suggests that our higher-order interpretations ought to be partly guided by considerations of which interpretation(s) would make the artwork most artistically valuable. In contrast, Hannah Wojciehowski’s analysis of Arrival (Denis Villeneuve, 2016) focuses on a lower-order interpretive matter-namely, the viewer’s process of piecing together the narrative of a puzzle film. One implication of Wojciehowski’s article-that the filmmakers’ intentional jumbling of narrative pieces in a particular fashion affords them control over the viewer’s ability to arrive at a correct understanding of the story at the appropriate time-intriguingly chimes with Belodubrovskaya’s discussion of Eisenstein’s “cine-fist” in relation to contemporary action cinema. Wojciehowski’s analysis of Arrival also segues nicely into the concluding article, in which Veerle Ros and Miklós Kiss develop a new account, based on Torben Grodal’s PECMA (perception, emotion, cognition, motor action) flow model, of viewers’ engagement with narratively complex films.
Following Ros and Kiss’s article are several book reviews that we are publishing at once to hand over a clean slate to Aaron Taylor, our new associate editor in charge of book reviews. As with the articles, I am impressed by the diversity of perspectives represented in the books reviewed here, and I hope you will be, too.
*This issue will publish April 2018


Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind is published
in association with The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image


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Visit Berghahn stand at the Society for Cinema & Media Studies conference!

We are delighted to inform you that we will be attending the  SCMS Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada on March 14th-18th, 2018. Please stop by our stand to meet the editor, browse our latest selection of books at discounted prices and pick up free journal samples.
If you are unable to attend, we would like to provide you with a special discount offer. For a limited time, receive a 25% discount on all Film Studies and Media Studies titles found on our website. At checkout, simply enter the discount code SCMS18. Visit our website­ to browse our newly published interactive online Film & Media Studies 2018 Catalog or use the new enhanced subject searching features­ for a complete listing of all published and forthcoming titles.
We hope to see you in Toronto!

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Celebrate International Women’s Day

 The event has been celebrated on March 8 since 1913.International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated all across Europe on March 8, corresponding with Women’s History Month in the United States. In the US March is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. All around the world, International Women’s day and National Women’s History Month present an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women while calling for greater equality! For more information on this year’s theme, events around the globe and on how you can take part in creating a more gender inclusive world please visit

In recognition of the day Berghahn is pleased to offer 25% discount on any of our Gender Studies books on orders place on our website before the end of March. Visit our webpage and simply enter the code IWD18 at checkout.

Check out a special virtual journal issue here. 
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We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Theory and Methodology in Anthropology, Environmental Studies, and Sociology, along with our New in Paperback titles.

A Critique
Edited by Bruce Kapferer and Marina Gold

Volume 16, Critical Interventions: A Forum for Social Analysis

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Thinking through Sociality: An Anthropological Interrogation of Key Concepts

This is a guest post written by Vered Amit, who edited the volume Thinking Through Sociality: An Anthropological Interrogation of Key Concepts (now available in paperback!). Read the Introduction online for free.

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World Anthropology Day 2018

The 2018 Anthropology Day celebration is on Thursday, February 15. According to the AAA website, Anthropology Day “is a day for anthropologists to celebrate our discipline while sharing it with the world around us.”
In support of these efforts and to mark this special day, we are delighted to showcase titles from across all strands of the subject and offer a time-limited discount of 25% off ALL Anthropology print titles ordered via our website by the close of 24th February 2018. Simply enter the code WAD18 at checkout.      

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We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Archaeology, Genocide StudiesHistory, Museum Studies, Political Economy and Refugee & Migration Studies, along with our New in Paperback titles.


The Unwritten Rules of Academia
Laura Nader

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Winter and Summer Pockets of Hope

European Judaism

by Christine Cohen Park

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

star-of-david-2061458_960_720To mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp on the 27th of January, the United Nations has recognized this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in memory of the people murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. For more information on developing educational programs to instill the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from occurring again please visit The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme webpage.

In recognition of this year’s anniversary, Berghahn would like to showcase a range of Holocaust related titles, including our War and Genocide Series, which reflects a growing interest in the study of war and genocide within the framework of social and cultural history. We are pleased to offer a 25% discount on any of our Print Genocide Studies titles for the next 30 days. At checkout, simply enter the code IHR18.

New and recently-published titles can be found in our latest History Catalogue.

In recognition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Berghahn Journals would like to offer FREE access to related articles* from the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, European Judaism, Historical Reflections, and the Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society until February 3.

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