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Celebrating International Dance Day

International Dance Day (April 29) was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), a UNESCO partner NGO. The main purpose of this day is to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language – dance. For more information please visit the official site.

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Meet the Author: Stewart Anderson

Stewart Anderson is an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University and holds a doctorate from SUNY Binghamton. He is the author of A Dramatic Reinvention: German Television and Moral Renewal after National Socialism, 1956–1970, new from Berghahn Books. In addition, he is the co-editor of Modernization, Nation-Building, and Television History (Routledge 2014).

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Forethought or Afterthought: The Origins of Mixed Harvest by Rob Swigart

The Origins of
Mixed Harvest

Mixed Harvest has received the Nautilus Book Award in the Multicultural and Indigenous category! This book award celebrates and honors books that support conscious living & green values, high-level wellness, positive social change & social justice, and spiritual growth.


Audio Chapters:
NEW! “Drummer,” Chapter 10
“Bringer,” Chapter 2

Mixed Harvest by Rob Swigart is Berghahn’s latest feat of historical fiction, digging into the deep past of human development and its consequences through a combination of storytelling and dialogue. From the first encounter between a Neanderthal woman and a Modern Human she called Traveler to the emergence and destruction of the world’s first cities, Mixed Harvest tells the tale of the Sedentary Divide, the most significant event since modern humans emerged.

Visit Rob’s blog, WORDS THAT MATTER, for more.


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Series Spotlight: Shakespeare &

Image result for william shakespeareWidely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist, William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor. Shakespeare’s plays being translated in over 50 languages and performed across the globe for audiences of all ages. Shakespeare was also an actor and the creator of the Globe Theatre, a historical theatre, and company that is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday, we are delighted to showcase our growing book series, SHAKESPEARE &, exploring Shakespeare and his work outside the lens of traditional literary studies. By intersecting the worlds beyond fiction and poetry with those disciplines outside of literature and drama, this series offers nuanced approaches that reveal a more diverse and complex legacy left by Shakespeare.

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Celebrating Earth Day

earth dayEach year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center. The very first Earth day celebration brought 20 million Americans to the streets to peacefully demonstrate for environmental protection. For more information visit www.earthday.org.


COVID-19 UPDATE: Our thoughts are with all of you and your families as you try to cope with the personal and professional disruptions that this pandemic has brought upon all of us.

We have implemented a range of initiatives to support the academic community during this time, including unlimited eBook use through your library. All Berghahn eBooks available through your institution’s library are DRM-free: one library purchase grants an entire class access at no cost to your students. Visit our eBooks page for more information.

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Spring Simulated Shelves

Browse our February and March 2020 releases in Anthropology, Archaeology/Heritage Studies, History, Memory Studies, and Mobility Studies and see what’s new in paperback. Check back soon for our April titles.

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Born on April 15: Durkheim, the ‘founding father’ of sociology

“Social man…is the masterpiece of existence.”
― Émile Durkheim (April 15, 1858 – November 15, 1917)

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Viktor Frankl: 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz

TIMOTHY E. PYTELL

The recent United Nations General Assembly declaration that the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – January 27 – be designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day reflects the reality that the Holocaust has become a touchstone in global memory. Given the magnitude of the “unprecendented” destruction, this is not surprising. However, the conflation of the Holocaust with Auschwitz also distorts our understanding. For example, although Auschwitz is the culmination of the Holocaust, by the time the gas chambers came onto line at Auschwitz in April of 1943 three quarters of the Jews killed in the Holocaust were already dead. The vast majority of the Soviet and Polish Jews were killed east of the Molotov-Ribbentrop line and often by bullets. In Timothy Snyder’s words “Auschwitz is the coda to the death fugue.” (Snyder Bloodlands p. 383).

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Over forty titles you can read for free right now

Ideal for remote learning and online teaching, Berghahn Books offers a growing number of open-access titles available for direct download from our website. We invite you to share this list with your students and colleagues. In addition, many Berghahn Journals are open access. See the frequently updated list here. For updates on Open Access and other Berghahn resources sign up for our e-Newsletters, customized to reflect your fields of interest.

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The Children of Gregoria

Dogme Ethnography of a Mexican Family

Now available, THE CHILDREN OF GREGORIA: DOGME ETHNOGRAPHY OF A MEXICAN FAMILY, by Regnar Kristensen and Claudia Adeath Villamil, is the latest volume in the ETHNOGRAPHY, THEORY, EXPERIMENT series. It portrays a struggling Mexico told through the story of the Rosales family. Regnar Kristensen expands on the authors’ process of dogme ethnography below.

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