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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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A Century of Sociology at John Paul the Second Catholic University of Lublin

Arkadiusz Jabłoński and Jan Szymczyk

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In the Footsteps of Harlequin and Pulcinella

Cultural Mobility and Localness of Theatre


Ewa Bal

Edited by Jan Burzyński

The author takes readers on a journey in the footsteps of Harlequin and Pulcinella, two well-known commedia dell’arte masks, to show the historically fluctuating way in which they participated in building “Italianness” in the eyes of foreign theatre audiences (the history of the Harlequin mask in France, Italy and Poland in the XVII and XVIII century) and local ones (the history of the Pulcinella mask, or the Italian dialect theatre of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which historians, at a certain point, erased from the process of the creation and construction of the Italian national community). Using modern performance studies methodologies, this book effectively cuts the distance between past and present theatre practices, opening new prospects for an active and clearly situated epistemology for theatre studies, cultural studies, media studies, and performance studies.

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Edited by Uta Felten

The transdisciplinary series Coding Gender in Romance Cultures offers an international forum for discussion of gender-related work in the field of Romance Cultures. The series focuses on audiovisual and digital media (film, opera, TV, internet), as privileged research fields in the negotiations of gender technologies. As products of cultural industries, media are often used to stabilize heteronormative gender models. The series’ research aims to render these mechanisms visible. Furthermore, the series reveals the innovative and transgressive potential of digital and audiovisual media for defining new alternative gender codes. Gender-specific and epistemological studies investigating how various media shape the body, perspective and gender constitute the pivotal point of the research interests of the series.
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Edited by A. Francisco Zurián Hernández, Tanja Schwan, Uta Felten and Giulia Colaizzi

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Edited by Nils Holger Petersen, Dick De Boer, Bas Spierings and Martin Van der Velde

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Edited by Dorota Filipczak

The aim of the series is to introduce new, incisive analyses of literature and media in

different cultural contexts. The series will focus on the phenomena that are inderdisciplinary

and dissolve the boundary between literature and media such as film, music

video, computer games etc. The idea behind the series is to show how our traditional

understanding of literature can be transformed by the cultural, social and technological

contexts. The successive studies will be informed by the scholarly background

of contemporary literary theory and media studies, while seeking to relate literature

and media to the challenges of contemporary world. The books published in

the series will bridge the gap between diverse discourses and involve different fields

of study, e.g. philosophy, gender studies, cultural studies etc.

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Tomasz Fisiak

Although Gothicism remains a popular subject of scholarly investigation, little attention has been paid to the figure of the Gothic female tyrant. This book attempts to prove that despotic women in Gothic fiction are more than mere female equivalents of male tyrants or negatives to angelic damsels in distress. Rather, they are multidimensional characters who are punished for their independence, power and the free expression of their erotic needs. The author observes how their portrayal has evolved, his research embracing a selection of texts written between 1764 and 2003, as well as a few cinematic adaptations of the analyzed works. The study views Gothic anti-heroines in their historical, social, class and cultural contexts, paying particular attention to the notion of desire and its fulfillment. The analysis, accompanied by the relevant theoretical framework, aims to help the eponymous “she-devils” reclaim their space and voice.

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Madeleine Liseblad

American Consultants and the Marketization of Television News in the United Kingdom provides  unprecedented insight into American news consultants’ role in reshaping British television news during the 1990s. In 1986, American research and news consulting company Frank N. Magid Associates began infiltrating the British market. Five years later, the company was consulting for an extensive list of British client stations in preparation for the 1991 Independent Television (ITV) franchise auction. Their efforts were controversial, prompting public outcry against the "Americanization" of British television news. Despite the hostile climate, Magid’s efforts were successful. Nine of their eleven client bidders emerged victorious from the franchise auction. This was only the beginning. Throughout the 1990s, Magid employees crisscrossed the country with research studies, business and marketing plans, and writing and storytelling seminars. At the time, this was the company’s largest venture into international television.

American consultants’ work abroad is important. They spread the U.S. model—the origin of today’s on-air style—and changed television news globally by working with indigenous media. Yet, despite their vast influence, limited research has been conducted on their international efforts, largely because of proprietary material. This book is based on unprecedented and unrestricted access to Magid’s archives. In addition, interviews with Magid staff and U.K. journalists allow for a comprehensive examination of the marketization of British television news, attending especially to how news became better tailored to the medium and audience; the key concepts that Magid advocated to be integrated into U.K. news; and the societal forces at play in this transformation.

American Consultants and the Marketization of Television News in the United Kingdom is a recommended read for anyone interested in journalism and television history, Americanization, media economics and sociology.