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Intense Bodily Presence

Practices of Polish Butō Dancers

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Magdalena Anna Zamorska

The author explores the practices of Polish butō dancers. Underlining the transcultural potential of the genre, she discusses in particular their individual body-mind practices and so-called butō techniques in order to produce a generalised account of butō training. Her argument is underpinned by complex field research which she carried out as an expert observer and a workshop participant. Drawing on a transdisciplinary approach, which combines insights and findings from the fields of cultural and performance studies, cultural anthropology and cognitive sciences, the book depicts the sequence of three phases which make up the processual structure of butō training: intro, following and embodiment.

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¿Discapacidad?

Literatura, teatro y cine hispánicos vistos desde los disability studies

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Edited by Susanne Hartwig and Julio Enrique Checa Puerta

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La diversidad funcional, entendida como una afección corporal, cognitiva o psíquica, a menudo altera gravemente la participación de las personas en la vida colectiva. En ocasiones, la diversidad funcional también puede venir acompañada de una estigmatización social muy marcada. El presente volumen ofrece una de las primeras aproximaciones a la representación de la diversidad funcional en el ámbito hispánico. Los trabajos que se incluyen en este libro se encargan de mostrar los posibles acercamientos teóricos y prácticos a la representación de la diversidad funcional, a través de un variado corpus integrado por obras literarias, escénicas, cinematográficas y audiovisuales, extraídas de la creación hispánica contemporánea.

Functional diversity, understood as a bodily, cognitive or psychic affection, often seriously disrupts the participation of people in collective life. At times, functional diversity can also be accompanied by a strong social stigma. This volume offers one of the first approaches to the representation of functional diversity in the Hispanic sphere. The works included in this book are in charge of showing the possible theoretical and practical approaches to the representation of functional diversity, through a varied corpus composed of literary, scenic, cinematographic and audiovisual works, extracted from the contemporary Hispanic creation.

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Piotr Śniedziewski

This book consists of nine chapters devoted to representations of melancholia in 19th-century art and literature. A noteworthy feature of the book is its use of concepts from later works by Sigmund Freud, Jean Clair, Jean Starobinski, Julia Kristeva and others. Those concepts elucidate further contexts of the notion of melancholia, which are presented not in isolation but juxtaposed with the philosophical background of the concept (starting from Hippocrates and Aristotle). Thus, the book not only provides a survey of images and modes of behaviour of 19th-century individuals, but also discusses the meanings of melancholia as they appeared in European culture over time.

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Stanisław Filipowicz

It is often repeated that we live today in a ‹post-truth› world. But this problem has a long history. Greek philosophers investigated the origins of truth (and the will to truth) in hope to separate truth from illusion. But already Machiavelli equated the concept of truth with the notion of what seems to be true. And today? Perhaps, we are paying the price of naivety. In this book, the author approaches the idea of deliberative democracy with reservation, attempting to expose the vain hopes rooted in the Enlightenment tradition, which placed the desire for truth at the fore, and relegated the desire for illusion to the shadows. The book encourages reflection on the appeal of deception in a world which has become the media’s ‹grazing ground›; a world which rejects metaphysics in favour of pragmatic theories, thereby transforming politics into a sphere where truth is replaced with ‹narrative›.

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La cortesía en la Península Ibérica

Dialectología del «Sprachbund» suroccidental

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Víctor Lara Bermejo

Las formas de tratamiento en el ámbito hispánico y lusófono representan uno de los temas más complejos y, a la vez, más estudiados. La diversidad de alternativas y usos a ambos lados del Atlántico es bien conocida, aunque la mayoría de estudios se concentra en casos aislados de una ciudad o región muy determinada, o bien muestra un análisis descriptivo de los pronombres de cortesía. Además, los especialistas han prestado más atención a la casuística de las variedades americanas y menos a la situación del español y portugués europeos. Este estudio pretende dar cuenta de la evolución de las formas de tratamiento en la Península Ibérica en los últimos cien años, con un especial énfasis en el fenómeno de nivelación que se atestigua en la zona suroccidental. De forma pionera, se expone el comportamiento geolingüístico, sociolingüístico y gramatical de dicha nivelación, aplicando métodos estadísticos y los programas de cartografía más actuales. Todo ello, auspiciado por una metodología innovadora y un corpus cuantitativo que refleja la estrecha relación que guardan el español y el portugués, no solo en la cortesía, sino a nivel lingüístico, derivando en un Sprachbund que tiene como foco el suroccidente de la Península Ibérica.

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Unsicherheit als Herausforderung für die Wissenschaft

Reflexionen aus Natur-, Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaften

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Edited by Nina Janich and Lisa Rhein

Das Buch präsentiert eine disziplinäre Vielfalt an Perspektiven auf Unsicherheit in der Wissenschaft. Schwerpunkte sind Klimaforschung, Umweltwissenschaft und Technikfolgenabschätzung. Die Beiträge diskutieren Gründe und Folgen wissenschaftlicher Unsicherheit und einer entsprechenden Verantwortung der Wissenschaft. Vertreten sind Kommunikationswissenschaft, Linguistik, Philosophie, Politikwissenschaft, Soziologie und Volkswirtschaftslehre sowie Chemie und Klimawissenschaft.

Der Band dokumentiert die ungewöhnliche Kooperation zweier Schwerpunktprogramme der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft – «Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit» und «Climate Engineering: Risks, Challenges, Opportunities?» –, die sich auf einer Tagung an der TU Darmstadt mit weiteren WissenschaftlerInnen zu Austausch und kritischer Reflexion getroffen haben.

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Roman Kuźniar

The subject of this work is the rise and fall of Europe’s aim to rebuild its position in global politics after the Cold War. With success in the unification of Europe and the subsequent deepening and enlargement of its integration, the Union set itself the ambitious task of becoming a global power, even a superpower.
However, starting with the first decade of the XXI century, we have witnessed a rapid erosion of the international position of Europe (the EU). The author carefully analyses the causes of the EU’s failure in pursuing the role of European representative, Europe thereby pretending to the role of one of three world powers. Besides cultural and demographic trends, the author identifies the main factors leading to this failure: the divergent interests of individual European powers, their incapacity to act in a geopolitical context and the rapid erosion of Europe’s civilizational identity.
The rapid decline of Europe’s international position threatens the appearance of a new and bipolar global arrangement together with the further marginalisation of Europe.

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Unknown God, Known in His Activities

Incomprehensibility of God during the Trinitarian Controversy of the 4th Century

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Tomasz Stępień and Karolina Kochańczyk-Bonińska

What can man know about God? This question became one of the main problems during the 4th-century Trinitarian controversy, which is the focus of this book. Especially during the second phase of the conflict, the claims of Anomean Eunomius caused an emphatic response of Orthodox writers, mainly Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nyssa. Eunomius formulated two ways of theology to show that we can know both the substance (ousia) and activities (energeiai) of God. The Orthodox Fathers demonstrated that we can know only the external activities of God, while the essence is entirely incomprehensible. Therefore the 4th-century discussion on whether the Father and the Son are of the same substance was the turning point in the development of negative theology and shaping the Christian conception of God.

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At the origins of Classical opera

Carlo Goldoni and the «dramma giocoso per musica»

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Pervinca Rista

Venetian playwright and pioneer of modern theatre Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793) led a ‘double life’ as a librettist, authoring nearly as many libretti as comedies- libretti which, born from the same mind and the same hand that brought forth his famous, and famously controversial, overhaul of the practices of comic theatre, could not but push the limits of the standing tradition to open a new chapter in opera history. Goldoni became one of the first to give shape to the dramma giocoso per musica, an innovative, realistic, and enduring new genre with intimate connections to prose comedy that met with overwhelming international success, becoming the foundation for the works of future generations, including W. A. Mozart and his Italian librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. Perhaps because of his stature and influence as a comic playwright, Goldoni has rarely been considered as an innovator in the musical sphere. This study aims to shed new light on his primary role in the evolution of Classical opera, and on the legacy of his innovations in the European musical tradition.

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Geschichte der mecklenburgischen Regionalsprache seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg

Varietätenkontakt zwischen Alteingesessenen und immigrierten Vertriebenen. Teil 1: Sprachsystemgeschichte

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Klaas-Hinrich Ehlers

Der erste Band der mecklenburgischen Sprachgeschichte rekonstruiert den Strukturwandel der regional gebundenen Varietäten des Deutschen im Norden Mecklenburgs. An ausgewählten Variablen aus der Phonetik/Phonologie, Morphosyntax und Lexik wird die diachrone Entwicklung des Niederdeutschen und des mecklenburgischen Regiolekts in ihrer kontaktlinguistischen Wechselwirkung mit dem überregionalen Standard herausgearbeitet. Erstmals in der modernen Regionalsprachenforschung bezieht die Studie auch die Herkunftsvarietäten der vielen Vertriebenen ein, die nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg ins Land kamen. Die korpusbasierten Variationsanalysen zeigen die sprachlichen Folgen auf, die die Vertriebenenimmigration für die sprachlichen Ausgleichsprozesse in den mecklenburgischen Kommunikationsräumen hatte.

Dieses Buch ist mit dem Johannes-Sass-Preis 2018 ausgezeichnet worden.