A bold stance that challenges received wisdom is a difficult endeavor for the best of writers. DePergola sets out on an exciting pathway to write an imaginative and original analysis of the relation between memory, emotion, identity, and ethical decision making. In this breathtaking view of over fifty years of memory research, the reader not only evidences brinkmanship on the cutting edge of neuroscience, but also a tour de force on moral normativity. ...Gerard Magill, Vernon F. Gallagher Chair & Professor of Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University
The Ideas, Identity and Art of Daniel Spoerri offers Anglophone readers fresh insights into the genesis of Spoerri's important work and illuminates fascinating intellectual exchanges between artists, curators, and other key figures in the European art world from the late 1950s to the present. Cempellin navigates sources in many languages on the multilingual artist, drawing on little-known archival materials and interviews to present key thematic elements in Spoerri's oeuvre. Through reference to projects such as Spoerri's Fluxus works, Eat Art, and Sentimental Museums, the artist's striking inventiveness and intellectual rigor come vividly to the fore.Jill Carrick, Carleton University, Canada
...Even though the study of art and of design are theoretical, Dr. Avital has come closer than anyone to approaching them as if they were empirical. His clear and rigorous parsing of the issues in The Confusion Between Art and Design dares disagreement and will do much toward concluding the argument.Prof. Mel Byars, Design Historian, author of The Design Encyclopedia
This is a refreshing account of research in all its entanglements – the research embedded in the contemporary neo-liberal university, in the careers of the connected academics, in the ‘life’, thoughts and reflections of the frontline researcher, and in the moments of connection between the researcher and the interviewees – here allowed to speak through extensive unmediated interview quotes.Dr Kezia Barker, Birkbeck, University of London
A profoundly researched, well-written and accessible study. Unlike other works of art history, it is addressed to a broader public with interests in the art market and also artists, gallerists and other ‘players’ in the art business.Prof. Dr. Tobias Vogt, Universität der Künste, College of Fine Arts, Berlin
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A new title from Vernon Press, written by acclaimed author Anthony Walsh.
Activists have long claimed that “the personal is political”, but this book posits the converse: that the political is personal.
A Nation Divided: The Conflicting Personalities, Visions, and Values of Liberals and Conservatives uses the Big Five personality trait model to explore how the personalities of conservatives and liberals differ. Conservatives are found in almost all studies to be more conscientious, agreeable, and extroverted, while liberals are found to be more open to new experience and neurotic. The political divisions explored in this book are all essentially fueled by personality differences.
There is a deepening divide between liberals and conservatives in the battle for America’s soul: one side seeks to steer the nation sharply to the left into socialist selfdom, whereas the other side desires a wealthy and free America under the watchful eye of God’s providence. A preponderance of academic texts belongs to the liberal tradition. Conservatives have long lacked a comparable intellectual tradition of their own, although an incipient one is now beginning to form. This book, while maintaining a measure of scholarly distance, is unashamedly written from a conservative point of view.
May 2nd 2019
"Brexit Means Brexit", Article 50, the backstop, Leavers, Brexiteers, Remainers, Remoaners …
If members of the public have been baffled by much of the jargon and rhetoric surrounding Brexit, academics and experts have been equally baffled about potential successful exit strategies.
The outcome of the European Union membership referendum in 2016 has presented the United Kingdom with one of its greatest challenges in modern times. As negotiations for an exit strategy continue, this volume looks to open up conversations on the socio-legal implications of such a monumental transition.
As this publication suggests eventual solutions to several issues caused by Brexit, it will be of interest to not only other academics working in the field, but also to policy makers and relevant stakeholders. It is a timely and important work.
Exploring contemporary design education, this book asks whether Design Schools are shaping a new type of designer, or if tomorrow’s designers will emerge from other professions such as business, health care, education, and computing, where design ‘thinking’ is now regularly applied.
- How can a Design School in the age of the Anthropocene best prepare future designers for this complex world?
- How can the Design School maximize the potential opportunities suggested by this future, uncertain world at a time of rapid and intensive change?
- Having changed the planet, how should the Design School react to the planet changing us?
The book includes essays from the expanding landscape of the Design School, including educational providers, the design museum sector, the international design festival circuit and influential practitioners engaged in design education. The essays in this book provide a valuable, comprehensive examination of the future of the Design School and render a unique forecast of its probable trajectory.
Oil crises, microwaves, men with collar-length hair, tulip chairs, terracotta tiles, the Bee Gees …
What do we talk about when we talk about the Seventies? Was that decade a mere bridge between the momentous decades of the Sixties and Eighties? Or a hodge-podge of colorful surface details? When one peers beneath this surface, what political, economic and cultural developments are uncovered? And to what extent did this decade shape the course of the latter 20th century?
Bas Dianda’s new book aims to uncover (and discover) the extraordinary transformative capacity of this era, showing how the decade made its mark on history for years to come. The methodology is grounded in a ‘history of developments’: the first part traces the economic, political and cultural trends which prevailed during that decade, before exploring the legacy of the Seventies, how its wide repercussions affect us to this day.
A History of the Seventies will be of interest not only to historians and economists specializing in the period, but also sociologists and those intrigued by the singularity of the 1970s.January 31st 2019
Our extended and revamped new titles catalog is now available. You may browse or download it here as an easy to print PDF. The catalog reflects our growing portfolio of monographs and multi-author volumes on:
- Economics, Business and Finance
- Art and Culture
- Social Sciences
- Communication, Language and Education
Each title includes direct links to our website to obtain more information and resources (covers, flyers, sample chapters). If you require structured bibliographic information you can also download an excel list of our backlist here.December 21st 2018
We are now pleased to accept proposals for Spanish language monographs or edited volumes in art, economics and cognitive science. Email your proposal at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our first Spanish-language title is a translation of Prof. Tsion Avital’s (Holon Institute of Technology, Israel) critically acclaimed Art versus Nonart: Art out of mind (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Translated into Spanish by Sandra Luz Patarroyo Rodríguez, this book launches our Spanish series in Art (Serie en Arte). Arte vs. Non-Arte: Arte fuera de la mente will be published simultaneously in Spain and the United States in November 2018 in both Premium Color and B&W editions.November 27th 2018
We are pleased to announce that Vernon Press is now featured on the Nordic List (Norwegian Register for Scientific Publishers) as a Level 1 scientific book publisher as determined by the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD). As a Level 1 publisher, it is acknowledged that we meet the NSD’s definition of scientific publications, have an academic publishing program with an external peer-review process and have an international authorship. Operated jointly by the National Board of Scholarly Publishing (NPU) and NSD on behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, this prestigious list strives to develop a common registry of authorized research publication channels that will be referenced both nationally and internationally.
In addition to the Nordic List, Vernon Press appears on both the Finnish Publication Forum's list of scholarly book publishers and a similar list maintained by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC in Spanish). Our inclusion on these three distinguished lists is testament to our efforts as a scholarly publisher to serve the academic community and provide a visible, quality platform for the dissemination of emergent ideas.November 5th 2018
We are delighted to present a round-up of our titles that have been reviewed in academic journals this year.
Campbell, C. (2018). Claire Campbell reviews Chet Van Duzer and Lauren Beck’s Canada before Confederation: Maps at the Exhibition, Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region, July 12, published online.
Claire Campbell (Bucknell University) commends Van Duzer and Beck’s careful curation of eighteen lesser-known and unpublished Canadian manuscript maps dating between 1508 and 1772. As a useful bibliography on early exploration and mapping, Campbell applauds the book’s contribution to Canada’s cartographic history. The full review can be found here.
Kitzmiller, E. (2018). Paul E. Bolin and Ami Kantawala, eds. Revitalizing History: Recognizing the Struggles, Lives, and Achievements of African American and Women Art Educators (Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press, 2017), 210 pp. History of Education Quarterly, 58(4), 595-596.
Erika M. Kitzmiller (Teachers College, Columbia University) provides an authoritative summary and reflection on this edited volume that commends the illumination of ‘stories that historians have overlooked for far too long.’ The full review can be found here.
Prust, R. (2018). Simon Smith’s Beyond realism: seeking the divine other: a study of applied metaphysics, International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, 79:1-2, 213-215.
Richard Prust (Emeritus St Andrews University) congratulates Smith’s rethinking of ‘the logic of what it means to be, or more importantly, to become a person.’ By engaging with the scholarship of several renowned philosophers and theologians, Prust believes that Smith adeptly leads us out of the philosophical confusion surrounding this issue. The full review can be found here.
Rothman, R. (2018). The Ideas, Identity and Art of Daniel Spoerri: Contingencies and Encounters of an ‘Artistic Animator’ by Leda Cempellin (review). Modernism/modernity, 25(1), 202-204. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Roger Rothman (Bucknell University) presents a thorough review of the first English-language monograph on Spoerri’s long and varied career. Praising Cempellin’s focus on the artist’s collaborative practice, Rothman reveals how this book is a step in the right direction for drawing Spoerri out of the margins of art history. The full review can be found here.
Staikidis, K. (2018) Revitalizing History: Recognizing the Struggles, Lives, and Achievements of African American and Women Art Educators, Studies in Art Education, 59:2, 159 -163.
As a professor of the history and philosophy of art education, Kryssi Staikidis (Northern Illinois University) applauds Bolin and Kantawala’s representation of the lives of African American and women art educators who have been previously hidden from view, leaving their histories untold. The full review can be found here.October 24th 2018
History has a lot to answer for when it comes to sex. Something that becomes highly apparent when reading Jon Knowles’ two-part publication (Book One: From the Stone Age to the Enlightenment, Book Two: From Victoria to Our Own Times). Laying bare the historical discourses that continue to define our attitudes to sex and gender, Knowles expertly weaves together a fascinating and informative account of sex from the Stone Age to the 21st century. In the year that saw Australia’s first gay couples wed and the #MeToo movement sweep across the globe, this is a timely and provocative contribution to the field of sexology and historical studies, in general. We invite you to dive head first into the extraordinary journey of ‘how sex got screwed up’.
“[This volume] is a remarkable achievement … [that explores] sexual myths and laws from sources including anthropology, sociology, and philosophy, to reveal the tyranny of religion and politics…
You may get disconcerted from time to time reading about the overwhelming, punitive powers of those obsessed with making sex a negative and sinful expression of human nature, but I guarantee you will never be bored.”
Carol Cassell Ph.D. Former president, The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and health scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)October 2nd 2018
We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new anthology on the life and work of Bertrand Russell, one of the most prominent intellectuals of the 20th century. Almost five decades after his death, there is still ample reason to pay attention to the life and legacy of Bertrand Russell. This is true not only because of his role as one of the founders of analytic philosophy, but also because of his important place in twentieth-century history as an educator, public intellectual, critic of organized religion, humanist, and peace activist.
Edited by Peter Stone (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland), the contributions to this volume represent a variety of perspectives as diverse as the nature of Russell, his life, and his work.October 2nd 2017
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