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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Cosmopolitan Ambassadors: International Exhibitions, Cultural Diplomacy and the Polycentral Museum (2019), published by Vernon Press and written by Lee Davidson (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) and Leticia Pérez-Castellanos (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico has been awarded the 2020 Miguel Covarrubias Prize to the best research work.
Congratulations to Lee and Leticia!
The prize acknowledges Davidson and Pérez-Castellanos’ work, the first-ever empirically-grounded, theoretical analysis, which provides the basis of a new model of museums as polycentral: as places that might produce a kaleidoscopic vision of multiple centres and help to dissolve cultural boundaries by encouraging dialogue, negotiation, and the search for intercultural understandings. Guidelines for practice include recommendations for successful international museum partnerships, exhibition development and maximizing the potential of museum diplomacy.
To order the award-winning book see the following links for the English and Spanish versions, in hardback and paperback:
December 10th 2020
Parallaxic Praxis: Multimodal Interdisciplinary Pedagogical Research Design (2019), the book published by Vernon Press and written by Pauline Sameshima (Lakehead University, Canada), Patricia Maarhuis (Washington State University, US), and Sean Wiebe (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada), has been awarded a 2020 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award.
Congratulations to the authors!
Across six chapters, the book outlines the ‘Parallaxic Praxis’, which is a research framework used by interdisciplinary teams to collect, interpret, transmediate, analyse, and mobilise data generatively. Chapter seven is a collection of examples that will be very useful to the reader as a complement to the arguments presented in chapters 1-6.
The award recognises Sameshima, Maarhuis, and Wiebe’s work, which has also been praised by well-known scholars like Diane Conrad (Professor Drama/Theatre Education, University of Alberta, Canada) and Eric Hamilton (Professor of Education, Pepperdine University, and Sr. Program Manager, International Bureau of Education, UNESCO):
- ‘Parallaxic Praxis' offers an overview of an innovative framework for research design. Its focus on interdisciplinarity, multi-modalities, arts integration, cross-sector partnerships, community engagement, and knowledge mobilization is exactly what is needed to tackle complex 21st century problems.
- The authors open a lyrical, transcendent, and deeply credible research framework complete with its own lexicon, modalities, and practical conventions. Prepare to re-think everything.
To order the award-winning book see: https://vernonpress.com/book/441
Happy Earth Day! To mark this day we would like to draw your attention to an insightful and informative interview with Julie Reiss on her edited volume ‘Art Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene’ in which contributions (among which is her own chapter) explore the role of art in the ongoing environmental crisis.
The interview, which can be found here, was carried out by the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. In it, Dr Reiss discusses her decision to work on a book on art in the Anthropocene and the conclusions she has drawn from her research on this subject, as well as the current global COVID-19 situation.
To order Dr Reiss’s Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene please see this link: https://vernonpress.com/book/492
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing large-scale loss of life and suffering globally. Our heartfelt wishes go out to everyone in our community: we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and put your well-being first.
The pandemic has inevitably resulted in huge disruption for institutions, researchers, students, and tutors. At Vernon Press, we understand the importance of continued learning and strive to support you during this difficult and uncertain time.
At this time, access to our print books is affected by disruption in global supply chains (including the decision by Amazon to prioritize household staples) and difficulties in physically accessing libraries and bookstores. While our print books can still be ordered (subject to delivery delays) directly from our website and from a number of other online outlets (most notably Barnes & Noble, see also https://vernonpress.com/ordering), access to our eBooks is now more important than ever.
To facilitate access to our eBooks, we are:
- Partnering with ProQuest and EBSCO to upgrade all of our eBooks purchased by libraries to Unlimited User access at no charge until June.
- Offering heavy temporary discounts on our eBooks purchased through Google Books. Search for them using title/author name or ISBN at https://play.google.com/store/books or see the complete list here.
Containment measures are already causing widespread financial difficulty. To support access to our titles to as many readers as possible, we are:
- Making a special coupon available for purchases made through our website, which grants 33%-off of all our hardback and paperback books (valid until the end of May 2020). Use coupon code everythingwillbeok on checkout.
- Inviting readers who are facing financial hardship to contact us for other ways to facilitate access.
We endeavor to keep you updated on developments as we navigate this challenging new period.
March 26th 2020
In the latest episode in the podcast series The Sunday Stoic Dr Piotr Stankiewicz was interviewed by Steve Karafit to discuss his new book, Manual of Reformed Stoicism (2020). In the book, Dr Stankiewicz proposes a system of life that holds under any government and economic system, regardless of one’s beliefs. In short, he suggests a fresh interpretation of Stoicism for a new generation of Stoics.
In the episode, Dr Stankiewicz discusses his new book (and his approach to Stoicism) as well as the applications of philosophy to everyday life with podcast creator Steve Karafit. The episode can be heard in this link.
To order Dr Stankiewicz's Manual of Reformed Stoicism please see this link: https://vernonpress.com/book/709
Over Fall 2019, we launched an Academic Library Survey to further our understanding of library preferences and help us improve the relevance and impact of our titles. We are pleased to announce a summary of the key findings that will help shape our publishing plan:
- The vast majority of respondents said faculty was the most important external advisor for acquisitions, with students and colleagues also considered significant. Also widely mentioned were publications offering academic reviews.
- The majority of respondents reported that they find subject or series-level advertising to be the most useful in discovering new titles.
- Along with the quality of content and the relevance of titles to their institutional programs and faculty members, respondents also listed the originality and breadth of topics available as points of consideration in their acquisition decisions. Another key factor informing their purchasing choices is the evaluation of titles by discipline-specific publications and major reviewing sources.
- Furthermore, the availability of and ease of access to electronic copies of texts has also been stated as an advantage for academic titles, allowing simultaneous access to popular print titles.
- The subject areas of History and English Literature were deemed to account for the bulk of library purchases, with Nursing, Education, and Religious Studies making up the rest of a competitive top five.
- Libraries mainly base their decision on where to source titles from in relation to the cost of the text and the discount offered; dispatch speed was listed as the next most important factor affecting their choice of bookseller.
- In terms of communication between publishers and library staff, contact by email was generally reported as most convenient. Respondents also said they appreciated the presence of publishing house staff at conferences attended by librarians, as it helped establish a good working relationship.
- While the majority of respondents did not offer any advertising or engagement opportunities for publishers, some said they organized events and sponsorship. A small number of respondents mentioned that they send out monthly newsletters, which remain more popular than social media posts.
Vernon Press would like to thank all Library Survey respondents for their time and insightful comments. We are excited to announce the three lucky winners of our Library Survey Prize Draw as:
For every completed survey response received, we made a small donation to Scholarship America, a non-profit organization that helps students fulfill their educational and career aspirations.
February 25th 2020
We are very pleased to announce that Vernon Press is now acknowledged on the Polish List (Polish List of Recognized Scientific Publishers) as a Level 1 scientific book publisher by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Science Evaluation Commission (KEN).
Our presence on this list signifies that we meet the KEN’s ethical principles, in accordance with the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and follow an established peer-review procedure in all of our scientific publications.
In addition to the Polish List, Vernon Press also features on the Nordic List, the Finnish Publication Forum’s list of scholarly book publishers, and a similar list managed by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC in Spanish). We are proud that our continued efforts to serve the academic community, providing a home for ideas of international importance, have again been acknowledged with our inclusion on another prestigious list.January 17th 2020
The #StopCorruption Association met on December 17, 2020 to reward the work of researchers and students on the subject of fighting against corruption. We are pleased to announce that Sophia Wickberg, from the Centre d’Études Européennes et de Politique Comparée, was awarded the research prize for her chapter on the fluctuating boundaries of the concept of corruption. The chapter, called “Political Corruption in a World in Transition: The Fluctuating Boundaries of Corruption,” is included in the volume edited by Jonathan Mendilow and Éric Phélippeau Political Corruption in a World in Transition (October 2019).
As a whole, the volume has garnered critical praise, most notably by Michael Johnston Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science Emeritus (Colgate University) who remarked:
This timely and provocative book will disrupt current debates on corruption and reform in useful ways. It takes up new and important issues such as populism and “legal corruption” in the context of cases that have long deserved more scholarly attention, yet likens them effectively to longer-standing theories and concepts. Populists and international aid programs are shown to require fresh and careful thought. The language and appearances associated with corruption issues are considered in innovative ways. Corruption scholarship and reform thinking, seemingly frozen in time for a generation, are beginning to move in new directions, and this book will give those trends added impetus.
To order the volume in which the award-winning chapter is included see: https://vernonpress.com/book/388
We would also like to congratulate Éric Phélippeau, one of the editors of this volume, for winning first prize in the "Scientific Publications" category for his book L'argent de la politique (Presses de Science Po, 2018).January 9th 2020
2019 has been another year of positive reviews for Vernon Press titles in a range of fields. Here is a round-up of some of our titles that have been reviewed in academic journals this year.
Carrión, Teresa Benito, “Translating and Interpreting Justice in a Postmonolingual Age”, in CLINA: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Communication, 5.1, (2019), 191-194
Graham, E. J., “Mersey Built: The Role of Merseyside in the American Civil War”, in Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire & Cheshire, 168 (2019).
Lodewyckx, H., “Ka Osy So Onye: African Philosophy in the Postmodern Era”, in Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, 81.2 (2019).
Mădăras, A. P. and M. Martin, “Onomastics between Sacred and Profane”, in Problems of Onomastics, 16.2 (2019).
Manheim, F. T., “Strategic climate change communications: effective approaches to fighting climate denial”, in CHOICE, 57.4 (2019)
Margreiter, Reinhard, “Liberation Philosophy: From the Buddha to Omar Khayyam", in Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger, 72.4 (2019).
Nikolic, Aleksa, “Common Law and Civil Law Today”, in Review of International Affairs (2019).
“Onomastics between Sacred and Profane”, in Rivista Italiana di Onomastica, 25.1 (2019), pp. 288-290.
Pinto, C., “Inspiring air: A history of air-related science”, in CHOICE, 57.3 (2019)
Assessed as “Recommended”.November 20th 2019
Vernon Press author Paul Fendos has published a new article which aims to explore some of the issues discussed in his book The Book of Changes: A Modern Adaptation and Interpretation (Vernon Press, 2018).
This article is an attempt to clarify the author’s approach to interpretation and translation as applied in his recently published book, The Book of Changes: A Modern Adaptation and Interpretation. It does so in two main steps. First, reference is made to metaphor theory, a perhaps under-appreciated tool for framing Book of Changes text materials—especially the line texts. Two new terms are introduced, ‘adaptative interpretation’ and ‘reverse adaptative interpretation,’ concepts which help demonstrate how the same text materials in the Book of Changes can at times be seen functioning both as tenor and vehicle. Emphasis is placed on showing how the line text materials can be read as vehicle, with an analysis provided of the author’s translation and interpretation of the line texts for Hexagram #15, Qian 謙 (Humility). This analysis aims to demonstrate one way to uncover underlying meanings or patterns of change in these materials. Second, a comparison of the author’s translations with those of the same line text materials by five other translators is carried out. The goal of such a comparison is to show how this author’s approach to translation and interpretation of Book of Changes text materials measures up to others in the field, with very general conclusions suggesting that the author’s position, like those others in the field, might best be understood within the context of 1) whether one sees the Zhouyi more as a divinatory text or as part of a philosophical canon, and 2) whether one approaches it from the perspective of a Traditionalist or a Modernist.
The article will appear in "Metaphorical Translation: The Book of Changes", Translation Quarterly 92 (2019): 70-122.
Fendos’s book has been praised by Dr. Yang Lee as “a work that demonstrates integrity in scholarship and readability for the non-specialist”.
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