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Maciej Junkiert

Ancient Greek history holds a special place in the works of many 19th-c. writers. The same goes for Cyprian Norwid, one of the most eminent poets in the history of Polish literature, a thinker, and an artist. This book scrutinizes Norwid’s fascination with Greek history and culture, especially his peculiar synthesis of Greek thought and Christianity. It focuses on the key themes of the relationship of Platonism with early Christian writings and their presence in Norwid’s contemporary culture, the opposition of memory and history in 19th-c. literature and social life, and the image of the artist and its influence on social life in modern everyday. The book analyzes Norwid’s oeuvre in a broad comparison with representatives of French, German, and British literature and the humanities.

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Edited by Gevisa La Rocca and Juan Martínez Torvisco

What are the borders of risk? How is the perception of risk related to new technologies and digital changing? This book discusses these topics, moving from theories to research data, looking for concrete answers now, or taking a picture of reality. The volume is divided into three main sections: Exploring the Edges of Risk, according to sociological, psychological and artificial intelligence perspective; Technological and Digital Risks, exploring social media, cyberbullying, hate speech, social bots on digital platforms; Risk in the Cities, working with risk and deviance, risk communication, environmental and nuclear risks. Inside, research data from Europe, USA and Mexico are discussed.

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Traces of (Un-) Sustainability

Towards a Materially Engaged Ecology of Mind

Peter Graham

Persons only develop in relation to environment, much in the same way we develop psychologically in relation to our parents and caregivers. Neither child nor parent is properly conceptualized, modelled, or understood without the inclusion of the other in the map or model of psychological/ecological development. Likewise, we perceive, think, and feel with and not just about environment and material artifacts. The achievement of sustainability then implies making changes to minds that are mediated, extended and distributed across brains, bodies, and the materiality of one’s environment. Our inherited world, however broken, guides our individual and collective becoming much as a parent guides the development of a child.

The traces of (un-) sustainability perspective refutes the economistic conceptual model whereby rational economic actors are misperceived and misunderstood to have the moral right, if not the duty, to actively participate in the destruction of our collective future with ethical immunity. The presumed intelligence and naturalness of the market-based economic system is exposed as primarily a historically inherited culture-based delusion. If values and attitudes can be at least partially transformed by transforming the mundane materiality which is co-constitutive of our social mind, then an important milestone will have been achieved in our understanding of (un-) sustainability.

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Keith A. Dye

This book chronicles the diplomacy of civil rights activist Theodore Brown and the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa (ANLCA) to help end the Nigeria-Biafra civil war from 1967 to 1970. The book challenges histories dismissive of the ANLCA and makes its contribution to African American history and U.S. history by arguing that the group was successful as the only African American group allowed to serve as mediators to the conflict. This was a "first" for African American relations with Africa as a result of post-coloniality. Their endeavor opened up a new avenue for relations between the two peoples. Their effort was unique because it was independent of the U.S. government.

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Arkadiusz Jabłoński and Jan Szymczyk

The book offers an interpretation of social life developed during a century of sociological thought at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. It accounts for both objective ideas and the subjective (authorial) role played by the scholars who developed these ideas. Such an approach results in a perspective – developed through individual research and never-ending academic dialogue – that provides a comprehensive vision of social life. According to the authors, sociological research must follow two major principles to develop in a rational manner. First, it must be considered an independent field of study; second, it must be strictly connected with philosophy. It is philosophy that allows researchers to orient themselves when confronted with complex phenomena; it provides “terms” enabling them to gradually approach truth; when rooted in sociological research, it creates a comprehensive image of social reality.
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Edited by Uta Felten, Tanja Schwan, Giulia Colaizzi and A. Francisco Zurián

The book reunites transdisciplinary studies investigating the questions of construction and deconstruction of gender in filmic, literary, and television Romance cultures by referring to a corpus that stretches from plays of travesty in 18th century opera to non-normative masculinities in recent television series.
One of this book’s main objectives consists in inviting its readers to follow the traces of a transmedial and transnational historiography of media that offers figures of nomadic thinking in order to escape the binary concepts of normative biopolitics and offer instead alternative cartographies of gender and desire.

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Loi sur les droits numériques 1.0

Fondements théoriques

SSAP International

Edited by Yuming Lian

La proposition de la notion de « la loi sur les droits numériques » sera certainement une rénovation et une percée dans le domaine du droit. La Loi sur les droits numériques 1.0 est le premier ouvrage pour la Chine voire pour le monde ayant la loi sur les droits numériques comme titre et les droits numériques comme l’objet

de recherche. La publication de cet ouvrage a une grande portée historique.

Rapport sino-américain aux Etats-Unis d’Amérique

La Loi sur les droits numériques 1.0 est non seulement une idée ambitieuse pour la recherche sur les futures lois, mais aussi un ouvrage d’avant-garde pour la recherché sur les futures civilisations. La théorie des droits numériques prévoit le vrai avenir du droit et nous apporte des imaginations infi nies.

Chinois résidant en Europe en Romanie

Selon la Loi sur les droits numériques 1.0, le confl it qui oppose la recomposition aux structures de droits et de pouvoirs établis, nous amène à repenser la société et à concevoir un nouvel ordre. Les droits numériques sont la source de la vitalité intrinsèque de l’ordre numérique, et leur soutien est la principale force capable de hâter sa reconstruction.

Hommes d’aff aires chinois en Allemagne

La proposition de la loi sur les droits numériques est venue à point nommé, nous apportant une nouvelle vision de repenser le monde au niveau juridique. La loi sur les droits numériques, étant un sujet prometteur, est la clé que nous attendons tous pour ouvrir la porte de la civilisation numérique.

Business sino-japonais au Japon

La loi sur les droits numériques fonde un nouvel ordre pour l’humanité dans sa progression vers la civilization numérique, et elle est le produit de l’évolution de notre époque, guidant la technologie scientifi que pour le bien de l’humanité sur la voie de l’état du droit. La combinaison entre l’intelligence de la technologie scientifi que et la rationalité légitime ouvrira un nouveau chapitre de l’histoire de développement de la société humaine, conduisant cette dernière à entrer dans la nouvelle ère de la civilisation numérique.

Le temps d’Afr ique en Afrique du Sud

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Anti-utopian Mood, Liminality, and Literature

From International Literary Experience to Georgian.

Irma Ratiani

The book deals with the problem of anti-utopian way of thinking in literature, its preconditions, and variations in the 20th century. Moreover, it is a first attempt to read one of the most prominent Georgian texts – Jakho’s Dispos-sessed by the Georgian writer Mikheil Javakhishvili – in the context of anti-uto-pian thinking. The book aims to present how relevant 20th century Georgian literature is to this literary trend. Research was conducted in the frame of comparative studies. The book offers a comprehensive analysis of Vladimir Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading and Bend Sinister, and Jakho’s Dispos-sessed by Mikheil Javakhishvili.
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Direct Provision

Asylum, The Academy and Activism

Edited by Jacqui O'Riordan and Mike FitzGibbon

This book examines approaches and responses to working with the asylum-seeking, refugee and migrant communities in Ireland. Through their experiences, analyses and activist accounts, contributors name direct provision as a system that facilitates the marginalization and dehumanizing of people. In making visible some of the undocumented challenges to direct provision, the co-operation and engagement between local and migrant communities, and the very real and moving experiences of living in such conditions, this publication forms a part of the ongoing challenge to direct provision. It calls for a reconsideration of the infallibility of the reductionist-dominant narrative that reduces responsibility to care and protect human life, to narrow economic considerations, and calls on the State to recognize its duty of care in its fullest conceptualization. While analysing through the lens of care, the reductionist and repressive State policies and practices are revealed. Most emphasis is placed on the reactions and resilience of the asylum–seeking community, through their numerous acts of resistance, supported by a significant cohort of friends and activists within and outwith the direct provision system.

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Selçuk Şentürk

This book focuses on Doris Lessing’s social and political reappraisal of the family. It looks at how her fiction both critiques traditional patriarchal family structures and explores alternative and non-normative configurations of family. The continuation of traditional ideas about family suggests that Lessing’s fiction remains meaningful and relevant today.

Kinship Reimagined: Family in Doris Lessing’s Fiction is a thoroughly researched, original and interesting contribution to both the study of Doris Lessing’s work and the study of the family, as it is represented in twentieth-century fiction. Senturk’s argument – that Lessing’s work develops from a critique of the family towards a resignification of it – is clearly argued, well structured, and engaging to read.

Susan Watkins, Professor in Cultural Studies and Humanities, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Selcuk Senturk’s monograph is a valuable contribution to the study of one of the twentieth century’s most important authors. Senturk analyzes with great insight the ways that Doris Lessing first resisted, then reconsidered, and finally reimagined family roles and kinship structures, as well as gender norms, during her prolific career. In Senturk’s work, the family emerges as not just a theme in Lessing’s writings but a key critical concept for understanding their import. Drawing expertly on such current critical discourses as feminism and eco-criticism, Senturk makes clear the enduring relevance of Lessing’s novels, showing how they continue to speak to the urgent problems of our time.

Dr Cornelius Collins, Co-editor in Chief in Doris Lessing Studies, Fordham University, USA.

Selcuk Senturk provides informed, systematic interpretation of the Western family across the corpus of Lessing’s novels. This insightful, sustained analysis reaches original and revealing conclusions, especially concerning lesser studied works, such as Mara and Dann and The Sweetest Dream.

Sandra Singer, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph, CA