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Our Bridging Languages and Scholarship (BLS) initiative aims to further the reach of selected titles by facilitating or financing translations into other languages and to support the production of multilingual and translingual texts. The BLS initiative is motivated by a recognition that excellent scholarship can be written and utilized in languages other than English and that many scholars face barriers to engaging with literature in languages other than their own. This is evident in the high frequency of references to non-English scholarship and the rise of the translingual approach in the humanities. BLS is part of our wider effort to support multilingual publishing in keeping with our mission to support pluralism and intellectual diversity: bridging languages, regions, disciplines and research perspectives.


City of Children

Francesco Tonucci, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the National Research Council, Italy

January 2020 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-763-5
Availability: In stock
189pp. ¦ $33 £25 €28

The city, born to be a place of meeting and exchange, has for several decades taken as a default model the strong citizen, man, adult and worker, thereby transforming it into a hostile space for the weakest: the elderly, the disabled, the poor and the children. The automobile, the toy of choice for the privileged citizen, is also taken to be the principal 'citizen' of the city, thus endangering the health, aesthetics and mobility of the rest of us. This book proposes a new philosophy of city governance that takes children as the default citizens, with the confidence that a city sensitive to the needs of childhood will be healthier for everybody. This work recovers elements of the 1989 Convention of the Rights of the Child that recognize the full citizenship of children to suggest two principle axioms for optimal city design: the participation of children in city governance and the restitution of their autonomy, which allows them to stay with their friends and play freely. Boys and girls, in this way, represent all those excluded from decisions and power. This book is primarily written for politicians and city managers so that they can take on board the ideas within. Yet it is also important for teachers and parents so that they can respect the rights provided in the convention. City of Children should be made available to students on teacher-training courses, and also to the children who are the book’s true protagonists. At present, more than two hundred cities in Spain, Italy, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Brazil and Costa Rica have joined this project. This book is a translation of “La città dei bambini” and was translated as part of the Bridging Language and Scholarship initiative. The English edition by Vernon Press follows previous editions of this important work in Italian and the four languages of the Spanish nation (Galego, Basque, Catalan and Castilian), French and Portuguese to make available for the first time this important work to a broader international audience.

Embajadoras cosmopolitas. Exposiciones internacionales, diplomacia cultural y el museo policentral

Lee Davidson, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Leticia Pérez-Castellanos, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico

ISBN: 978-1-62273-906-6
Availability: Pre-order
$30 £22 €25

Evalúa crítica y sistemáticamente a las exposiciones internacionales desde una perspectiva teórica y práctica ¿Qué motiva este trabajo? ¿Cuáles son los beneficios y retos? ¿Qué factores contribuyen al éxito? ¿Qué impacto tiene este trabajo en los públicos y otros agentes interesados? ¿Qué aportaciones están haciendo a la diplomacia cultural, al entendimiento y al diálogo intercultural? El libro 'Cosmopolitan Ambassadors' considera el estado del conocimiento actual sobre las exposiciones internacionales y propone un marco analítico interdisciplinario que incluye a los estudios de museos, de públicos, la diplomacia cultural, así como los estudios interculturales y sobre cosmopolitismo. A partir de este marco analítico, presenta un estudio empírico a detalle acerca de un intercambio expositivo con duración de casi una década, desde su concepción inicial hasta su término, el cual incluyó la presentación de dos exposiciones en cinco países y tres continentes, conectando a seis instituciones culturales de alto perfil. La detallada comparación, tanto de la producción cultural de las exposiciones internacionales, a través de las colaboraciones, como de los actos interpretativos de creación de significados de los visitantes, revela las complejidades, retos, tensiones y recompensas de las exposiciones internacionales y su intersección con la diplomacia cultural. Los temas clave incluyen: la situación real de las colaboraciones internacionales, sus propósitos, procesos y retos; las políticas de la representación (y auto representación) cultural y de la museología indígena, las implicaciones para el diseño de las exposiciones, la interpretación y su mercadotecnia; las competencias interculturales y las prácticas en los museos, la recepción en los públicos y la creación de sentidos, la diplomacia cultural en la práctica y las percepciones sobre su valor. Este análisis teórico con base empírica, el primero en su tipo, provee las bases para un nuevo modelo de museos policéntricos: espacios con potencial para producir una visión caleidoscópica de centros múltiples y para ayudar a disolver los límites culturales, promoviendo el diálogo, la negociación y la búsqueda de la comprensión entre culturas. 'Embajadoras Cosmopolitas' también ofrece orientación para las tareas cotidianas en los museos, incluyendo recomendaciones para colaboraciones exitosas a nivel internacional, el desarrollo de exposiciones y la maximización del potencial de la diplomacia cultural.

Revisiting Richard Rorty

Edited by Pedro Góis Moreira, Catholic University of Portugal, Portugal

December 2019 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-761-1
Availability: In stock
275pp. ¦ $63 £47 €53

Richard Rorty is considered one of the most original philosophers of the last decades, and he has generated warm enthusiasm on the part of many intellectuals and students, within and outside the field of philosophy. The collection opens with an essay by Robert Brandom, in which he continues the discussion of Rorty’s “vocabulary vocabulary” that he began in Rorty and his Critics, and ends with an interview in which Brandom talks about Rorty himself as a teacher and friend. The collection is then divided into three further sections, each addressing an aspect of Rorty’s thought. First, a political section contains several essays discussing Rorty’s notorious “prophecy” in Achieving our Country and the idea that he would have foreseen the rise of a political “strongman.” Also discussed are Rorty's view of the cultural left, his view of the relation between truth and democracy, and Rorty on the concept of fraternity. In a second, epistemological section, several essays address Rorty’s historicism, anti-representationalism, and his views on truth and on religion, often through the lenses of his critics (Putnam, Habermas, Dews). A final section addresses the relations between Rorty and other philosophers such as Hume, Heidegger, and Ortega y Gasset. This works contains valuable essays in three languages — English, Portuguese, and Spanish — and is a small example of the reach of Rorty’s thought and its expansion beyond the Anglo-Saxon world in only ten years after his death. It will appeal to Rorty’s scholars and researchers as well as any student of pragmatism and anti-foundationalist thought.

An Introduction to Computational Macroeconomics

Anelí Bongers, Universidad de Málaga, Spain et al.

ISBN: 978-1-62273-654-6
Availability: Available 4 weeks
320pp. ¦ $65 £49 €55

This book presents an introduction to computational macroeconomics, using a new approach to the study of dynamic macroeconomic models. It solves a variety of models in discrete time numerically, using a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet as a computer tool. The solved models include dynamic macroeconomic models with rational expectations, both non-microfounded and microfounded, constituting a novel approach that facilitates the learning and use of dynamic general equilibrium models, which have now become the principal tool for macroeconomic analysis. Spreadsheets are widely known and relatively easy to use, meaning that the computer skills needed to work with dynamic general equilibrium models are affordable for undergraduate students in Advanced Macroeconomics courses.

Contact, Community, and Connections: Current Approaches to Spanish in Multilingual Populations

Edited by Gregory L. Thompson, Brigham Young University and Scott M. Alvord, Brigham Young University

June 2019 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-716-1
Availability: In stock
434pp. ¦ $67 £50 €57

This edited volume provides state of the art research on developing areas of Spanish in contact with other languages. This manuscript is unique in its broad yet coherent approach to the study of Spanish in bilingual contexts by investigating current issues in the field through well-designed research and innovative analyses. In addition, this book concludes with research on how languages in contact are reflected in individuals in educational settings as well as insights on how to teach bilinguals raised in contact with English and Spanish. This manuscript is divided into three major themes that focus on the overall issues of Spanish in bilingual contexts: 1. The first section, titled "Language and Identity," is composed of four chapters that focus on the connection between language and identity in unique settings. 2. The second section of the manuscript is titled "Language and Dialectal Contact" and is composed of six chapters that analyze the dialectal and linguistic changes in languages in contact in a variety of settings. 3. The final section is titled "Language in Educational Settings" and consists of four chapters with a focus on heritage speakers and second language students of Spanish in different classroom settings as well as abroad. This volume contributes original research in these areas in a way so as to fill valuable gaps in the current knowledge in the field especially in the innovative ways of approaching areas such as teaching heritage learners, understanding diachronic and synchronic dialectal and linguistic changes as well as innovations in language use, and how language contributes to the formation of identity.

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