Play, Masks and Make-believe: Ritual Representations
Edited by Annabel Kay Ruiz
Through the centuries, humans have often shaped their lives by taking part in fictional events: carnivals, representations, role plays, structured and semi-structured collective and singular moments where strictly coded contexts organise specific worlds and cultural dimensions. In play and representation, as liminal moments, social groups define relationships, roles, functions, and identities.
We wear masks – both physical and metaphorical – on a daily basis. The articles in the present volume examine their use in varying rituals and performances, and their insights provide the reader with a greater appreciation of the links between reality and fiction, and a broader understanding of the anthropology of experience.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
Edited by Emma Domínguez-Rué
Beyond Identities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender attempts at illustrating ongoing discussions on and about Gender Studies by focussing on different approaches to gender as a category to define experience, both in theory and in practice – including notions of time and space, questions regarding sexual identity, or geographical, socio-economic and political concerns informing gender roles. The book aims at exploring the ways in which gender interacts with – and is embedded in – socio-cultural discourses, while interrogating attitudes to gender and gender roles through the perspective of literature, TV series, or cinema among other cultural manifestations. The series of LCIR conferences that inspired the creation of this book are grounded on the principle that more interdisciplinary work is needed in order to understand the nuances of gender as a category that defines our identity and the way we experience the world around us. Therefore, the chapters contained in this volume will hopefully contribute to enriching current discussions about the multifaceted aspects of gender and their impact in society.
- eBook: 282 pages
- Publisher: Interdisciplinary Discourses (15 November 2021)
- ISBN: 978-1-9196138-7-1
- Price: £5.99
- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: Interdisciplinary Discourses (10 December 2021)
- ISBN: 978-1-9196138-6-4
- Price: £64.99
Narratives of Displacement
Edited by Miriam Sette
This volume gathers papers presented at the International Conference held on 6-8 November 2020 organised by the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (London, UK) and The British and Comparative Cultural Studies Research Group (BRICCS), University of the Balearic Islands (Spain).
- Paperback: 178 pages
- Publisher: Biblion (1 October 2021)
- ISBN: 978-88-3383-217-3
The Uncanny and the Afterlife of the Gothic
Edited by Manuela D’Amore
Rooted in the late eighteenth-century and in the desire to portray the darkest sides of reality, the gothic has taken new and unexpected shapes, which have had a profound influence on Western culture. The aim of this volume is to show that it is possible to go beyond the great classics and find traces of this restless genre in the most diverse historical periods and forms of expression.
Engaging the reader in a fascinating interdisciplinary path, the essays contained in The Uncanny and the Afterlife of the Gothic also re-discuss the lasting impact of Freud’s seminal Das Unheimliche (1919) on literature, the arts and the media.
Cultural, Culinary and Literary Travel:
Celebrating Global Texts, Local Tastes, and London Textures
Edited by Konrad Gunesch
This book is an international and interdisciplinary collaboration, whose individual contributions consider physical and personal, cultural and literary, as well as metaphorical and transcendent forms and expressions of travel, specifically from cultural, culinary and literary aspects. Each aspect considers applications and appreciations of either food and its cultural connotations, or of local, national and global dimensions of travel and tourism, or of London’s history, architecture and geography. These considerations range from Ancient over medieval up to our current times, and from sixteenth-century European, seventeenth-century American and eighteenth-century Victorian representations and revelations of faraway people and places, across nineteenth-century Parisian and Londonian industrial reverberations and literary reproductions, over twentieth-century devastations and displacements but also foundational festivals and traditions, up to twenty-first century cinematic and Olympic cultural collaborations. All chapters connect past and present lessons, theoretical and practical benefits, as well as individual and institutional motivations and inspirations, and each section’s last chapter poignantly considers future perspectives relevant for the preceding contributions and the context they represent. Altogether, the book hopes to engage our personal and social interests, reflect our life worlds’ facets within our shared world’s cultural complexity, and join in our hopes for human diversity and harmony.
- eBook: 367 pages
- Publisher: Interdisciplinary Discourses (12 August 2021)
- ISBN: 978-1-9196138-4-0
- Price: £5.99
Interdisciplinary Discourses, Education and Analysis (IDEA) Journal
Issue 1 - Myth: Intersections and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
With this first issue on “Myth: Intersections and Interdisciplinary Perspectives”, IDEA - Interdisciplinary Discourses, Education and Analysis, launched by the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, starts its publications.
The journal’s editorial project is the definition of a scholarly work on interdisciplinary subjects. The interdisciplinary approach, which we firmly believe has constituted in recent years a decisive turning point in the academic work, finds in the humanities research field a perfect space of application. IDEA will explore in depth the relations and intersections that can be defined in this perspective. IDEA is an online academic journal dedicated to the scholarly exploration of some of the riches and most fascinating subjects in an interdisciplinary perspective.
Issue 1 Details
- eJournal: 47 pages
- Publisher: London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (31 July 2021)
- ISSN 2754-2416
Anaphora: Legacy and Memory
Edited by Robert B. Galin
Anaphora: Legacy and Memory explores individual and shared realities that are created by memories that are influenced by many often-subjective factors. International scholars have joined together to create a tapestry of perceptions of how memory develops, and the effects these memories have on our mental and physical lives, both individually and collectively. Readers may find astounding insights not considered previously, and recognize themselves, their groups, and their sense of place in a disorderly world.
In Lieu of Duration: Spatiotemporal Excursions in Literature, Film and Architecture
Edited by Maciej Stasiowski
No book has ever been immune to the forces of time, however most struggle to pose slightly more than just physical resistance. In Lieu of Duration: Spatiotemporal Excursions in Literature, Film and Architecture is all the more familiar with this epochal enterprise as its contents examine the complexity behind artistic conflation of both categories – space and time – especially in media that aren’t instantly recognized as time-based. Be it the motif of ruins in medieval poetry, or a mapping of transitory urban non-spaces in the perspective of identity formation, the focus is set on experiential aspects of entropy, and the reasons behind our inability to speak, write, or depict the passage of time without resorting to location. Despite limiting this blurb’s territorial expansion by the perimeter marked by a digital dust jacket, the chapters ahead are imbued with geographic exactitude and historical “passport stamps”, thus making In Lieu of Duration... a light, yet not weightless read to set You en route after a year of immobility.
Music, Poetry and Language:
Sound, Sight and Speech in Comparative and Creative Connection
Edited by Konrad Gunesch
This book combines, compares and celebrates artistic creations and social exaltations expressed in music, poetry, and language. The contributions analyze acoustic, visual, written and spoken compositions, as communicated in melodies and harmonies, rhythms and rhymes, texts and pictures, displayed from words on page and notations on staff over paintings on canvas to images on photo, film or video, contained in classical odes and medieval poetry just as in modern album lyrics or football chants, staged from museum galleries over open-air events and planetariums up to sports stadiums, and performed in solo or ensemble, synthesized or digitized, novelistic or fragmentary form, but always in suitable and stirring style. Covering a wide range of languages and cultures, genres and locations, epochs and masters as well as media types and technical manifestations, the chapters provide vivid insights into the respective artistic inspirations, careful compositions, thoughtful constructions, personal commitments, but also into the spontaneity and occasional improvisation of the investigated works of music, poetry, literature and language. The contributors’ efforts allow us to experience and enjoy the presented pieces with all our senses, while their conclusions invite us to continue and expand their engagement with own meaningful connections, constructive comparisons, and individual or collaborative creations or applications.
- eBook: 371 pages
- Publisher: Interdisciplinary Discourses (12 July 2021)
- ISBN: 978-1-9196138-1-9
- Price: £5.99
Media, Creation, Anthropology, and Remembrance
Edited by Gabriele Biotti
What is memory today? How can it be approached? Why does the contemporary world seem to be more and more haunted by different types of memories still asking for elaboration? Which artistic experiences have explored and defined memory in meaningful ways? How do technologies and the media have changed it?
These are just some of the questions developed in this collection of essays analysing memory and memory shapes, which explores the different ways in which past time and its elaboration have been, and still are, elaborated, discussed, written or filmed, and contested, but also shared. By gathering together scholars from different fields of investigation, this book explores the cultural, social and artistic tensions in representing the past and the present, in understanding our legacies, and in approaching historical time and experience. Through the analysis of different representations of memory, and the investigation of literature, anthropology, myth and storytelling, a space of theories and discourses about the symbolic and cultural spaces of memory representation is developed.
- Hardback: 439 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (29 April 2021)
- ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-6660-6
- ISBN-10: 1-5275-6660-9
Europe: Critical Thinking in Critical Times
Edited by Miriam Sette
This volume collects various contributions by specialists from different disciplines on fundamental aspects of the complex reality of Europe. The topics range from the influence towards integration exerted by Europe on the Balkan countries to the splits in European identity between nationalism and cosmopolitanism; from legal and institutional problems within Europe to the great heritage of its cultural traditions; from the weight of both positive and negative consequences of the colonial past to the current problems of environmental sustainability, as well as to the reforms necessary to update the educational systems. It is difficult to merge all these issues into a single amalgam, but collectively they comprise a cultural universe without which Europe would be intolerably impoverished, and lacking any vision of itself. This collection of articles testifies to a coherent cultural orientation. Modern Europe is a complex reality, because it is the imaginary space in which no one can claim to own the truth, and where everyone has the right to be heard and understood. The challenge that Europe must face for the future is to unite its communities in a solidarity and participation that goes far beyond the restrictions of separate local environments.
London: Myths, Tales and Urban Legends
Edited by Elena Nistor
London exerts an endless fascination. From ancient Londinium to the 21st-century global metropolis, the city with an exceptional destiny has been assigned various layers of significance formed by its ever-expanding geographic dimensions, exceptional historical transformations and eclectic cultural perceptions. This book aims to uncover only few of the innumerable layers of the continuously metamorphic conurbation in individual discourses that put uncommon models, original characters and distinctive characteristics under close scrutiny to articulate a sense of culture unparalleled by any other place in the world. These diverse stories of urban identity capture the present, remember the past and anticipate the future of London. The prerogative of immortality belongs to its spirit.
“I Have a Dream”: From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Nonviolence
Edited by Anna Hamling
This collection is an innovative selection of eight interdisciplinary chapters that recognize the possibility, in the context of the contemporary world, of a successful slow transition from a culture of violence to one of nonviolence. International scholars draw on intersectionality as an important methodological tool in the analyses of the literary, artistic, and geopolitical influences in diverse countries. The focus of this volume is the successful movement from war to building peace though nonviolent means. It also provides a study of how and why contemporary tactics of a nonviolent approach have proved effective. It will serve the needs of students and scholars of international development, political science, history, sociology, and peace and conflict resolution studies.
Building Secondary Worlds in Portal-Quest Fantasy Fiction
Fantasy enjoys great success both in literature and cinema, but also in media arts and computer games. Middle Earth, Narnia, Neverland, Wonderland, Fantasia are all miraculous worlds, parallel universes to our own. Marius Conkan’s endeavour tackles an essential topic for this genre: the dynamics of the portal. The latter is seen as a threshold or transit space between our world and the alternative one, or as a link between the different layers of the world beyond. This book brilliantly and conclusively covers the topic, being itself a portal through which we can enter, led by a preserved or rediscovered sense of wonder, the magical realm of a mature childhood or the universe of a maturity longing to reconnect to magic.
- Paperback: 202 pages
Comparative Literature Across Cultures:
Bridging Boundaries Between Verbal and Visual Arts
Edited by Konrad Gunesch
Comparative literature, by designation and vocation, crosses cultural, literary and artistic forms. This book is then a compact microcosm of the field’s international and interdisciplinary outlook. Its contributions address topics from literary expressions on war and peace, over theatrical engagements with social conventions, to relationships between novels, paintings and even music. Culturally, the chapters investigate and compare examples of North American, Middle Eastern and Cross-Continental European writing, while stylistically, they focus on historical and contemporary, fictional and journalistic, epic as well as pictorial contexts. The many languages used by the authors and quoted on behalf of their analyzed sources allow the reader to delve deep into the original works and to enjoy the convenience of fully interpreted key passages and their meanings. However, the contributors’ chapter presentations and their conclusions encourage the reader’s individual involvement and, if wished, independent investigation. Stimulating further reading, facilitating lasting artistic enjoyment, and inspiring personal creative processes are thus just three of the ambitions, attractions and accomplishments of this volume and its authors.
- eBook: 192 pages
- Publisher: Interdisciplinary Discourses (30 March 2020)
- ISBN: 978-1-9164586-4-2
- Price: £12.99
From Religious Pilgrimages to Secular Tourism:
an Interdisciplinary Approach
Edited by Anna Hamling
This volume examines intersecting journeys of pilgrimages with secular and religious spaces in a global context. It consists of nine chapters that discuss theoretical and practical issues related to the study of pilgrimages and tourism activities in the contemporary world. International scholars explore the ways in which tourism and religious expressions have evolved with the growing technological and social changes of the twenty-first century. This book will provide a valuable resource for those researching and practising tourism management, pilgrimage, and religious tourism, amongst other subjects.
- Paperback: 239 pages
- Publisher: Interdisciplinary Discourses (16 March 2020)
- ISBN: 978-1-9164586-2-8
- Price: £41.99
Critical Dialogues in the Medical Humanities
Edited by Emma Domìnguez-Ruè
This volume illustrates ongoing discussions in and about the medical humanities with studies on different approaches to the relationship between medical science and practice and the humanities, including reflections based on fiction, art, history, socio-economic and political concerns, architecture and natural landscapes. The book explores the ways in which healthcare and medical practice can be positively influenced by removing the focus from the technical knowledge of the medical practitioner. It offers innovative perspectives on spaces for healing, traces attitudes and beliefs in relation to illnesses and their treatment throughout history (including intimations of the future), and interrogates cultural attitudes to illness, doctoring and patients through the lens of fiction. Based on the premise that more interdisciplinary work between medical and non-medical professionals is needed, the chapters contained in this volume contribute to an ongoing dialogue between medicine and the humanities that continues to enrich both disciplines.
- Hardcover: 241 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (1 August 2019)
- ISBN-10: 1527534634
- ISBN-13: 978-1527534636
Places of (Non-)Belonging: Post-colonialism, Nomadism, and Alterity
Edited by Alberto Centeno-Pulido
The book provides a breadth of points of view with which to examine the concepts of Belonging, Nomadism, and Alterity. The first part offers varied analyses of literary and audiovisual texts and deals with topics as varied as cultural assimilation, the traumatic experience of exile, the longing for the homeland, and violence, as well as genres such as travel literature, science fiction, poetry or romantic comedy. The second part of the volume deals with a wide range of socio-cultural phenomena, from borders as spaces of suppression of individuality to ancient native American social institutions put in practice in a European urban context or a philosophical reflection of the feelings of displacement experienced by victims/survivors of a natural disaster, among others.
- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Interdisciplinary Discourses (15 October 2018)
- ISBN: 978-1-9164586-0-4
- Price: £41.99
Crossing Borders in Gender and Culture
Edited by Konrad Gunesch, Olena Lytovka and Aleksandra Tryniecka
- Hardback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (1 October 2018)
- ISBN: 978-1-5275-1355-6
Medical Humanities in Theory and Practice
Edited by Andrzej Kapusta, Michal Lytovka
- Hardback: 130 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (1 June 2017)
- ISBN: 978-1-4438-8618-5