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Gaming SEL

Games as Transformational to Social and Emotional Learning

Matthew Farber

Games enable children to practice emotions in spaces that are free from actualized consequences. With thoughtful guidance, games can help children manage emotions, perspective-take, demonstrate empathic concern, and exhibit prosocial behaviors.

Emerging research suggests that these competencies—also known as social and emotional learning (SEL) skills—are, in fact, teachable. In Gaming SEL: Games as Transformational to Social and Emotional Learning, Matthew Farber investigates the rich opportunities games have in supporting SEL skill development. Experts from the fields of education, game development, and SEL—including folks from CASEL, the Fred Rogers Center, Greater Good in Education, iThrive Games, Minecraft Education, and UNESCO MGIEP—share advice.

Games themselves cannot be responsible for children’s learning. Having a supportive educator or caregiver guiding experiences can be crucial. This book also includes recommendations for embedding games in classrooms in ways that support meaningful SEL skill development. Regardless of your experience, content area, or grade level, this book is for you!

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Raquel Soledad López Torres

Im Rahmen der Gender und Cross Cultural Studies vergleicht die mexikanische Germanistin Raquel Soledad López Torres im Ausgang von Jacob Stockingers Ansatz zur Analyse von ‹Homotextualität› Werke deutscher und mexikanischer Autoren des 20. Jahrhunderts – Bruno Vogel, Hubert Fichte, Detlev Meyer, Luis Zapata, Raúl Rodríguez Cetina und Luis González de Alba – im Hinblick auf die interkulturell und ‹homotextuell› unterschiedliche literarische Verarbeitung ihrer eigenen sexuellen Identität. Das besondere Augenmerk der Verfasserin gilt dabei nicht nur der Homosexualität als eines literar-ästhetischen Sujets, sondern auch den sozial-historischen Bedingungen, unter denen die Autoren ein zu ihrer Zeit tabuisiertes Thema in ihren verschiedenen Kulturen angesprochen haben. Exemplarisch stellt sie in ihrer Untersuchung jeweils die Modellierung der Figur zweier schwuler Soldaten, die provokative Schreibweise zweier bisexueller Autoren und die (auto-)biographisch heikle Behandlung der Aids-Problematik einander gegenüber. Angesichts der zuletzt vielerorts wieder zunehmenden Homophobie und Xenophobie kommt diese Studie genau zur rechten Zeit, um das Bewusstsein der Leser für die Diskriminierungserfahrung von Minderheiten zu schärfen.

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Ahmed Sékou Touré

Transforming Paradigms, Integrated Histories of Guinea

Saidou Mohamed N’Daou

This book is different from existing works on Ahmed Sékou Touré and the Guinean Democratic Party (PDG) and their struggle for national independence. Its uniqueness stems from the fact that all the chapters focus on the Guinean traditions of struggle over memories between the elites and the subordinates, highlighting the independent initiatives of the latter. Other books on Ahmed Sékou Touré are primarily based on their writers’ political or social history perspectives. This is the first study that equally integrates political and social history to address the theoretical and methodological issues of identity and construction of identity as necessary for understanding the roles of the elites and the subordinates in their struggles for access to power and resources in colonial and postcolonial Guinea. In this book, Saidou Mohamed N’Daou provides equal space for the initiatives and interests of the elites and the subordinates. Ahmed Sékou Touré used the ideology of the PDG as a mirror reflection of the social changes that he and his party intended to create. N’Daou argues that one must displace the ideology of the PDG from the center to understand Ahmed Sékou Touré's personality, his role in Guinea’s independence and his leadership of the PDG as well as expand the analytical space to allow other voices to be heard. N’Daou reaches this goal by discovering Ahmed Sékou Touré’s first order of knowledge, another unique feature of this book.

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Escrituras de lo diabólico

Retos de la alteridad en la literatura latinoamericana moderna y post-moderna

Carlos Mario Mejía Suárez

En Escrituras de lo diabólico (1868-2013), Carlos Mario Mejía Suárez estudia obras latinoamericanas donde la imagen diabólica se usa para mapear los retos de la alteridad en la producción literaria. Frente a trabajos que se concentran en el diablo ya desde un punto de vista historiográfico o vinculándolo exclusivamente a la herencia colonial, este trabajo se concentra en la invocación moderna de lo diabólico, desde el Fausto criollo (1866) del siglo XIX hasta novelas contemporáneas como Los estratos (2013) y Diablo guardián (2003), pasando por obras representativas del boom latinoamericano como Grande Sertão: Veredas (1957), El lugar sin límites (1966) y novelas experimentales como Cola de lagartija (1983). Este estudio mapea las críticas a las convenciones de lo real a partir del análisis del estatuto familiar o fantástico del diablo en cada obra. Conecta esta crítica con valores implícitos por la aventura de los protagonistas en su transgresora búsqueda de objetos de deseo. Más importante, estudia los límites de estas categorizaciones estructurales para representar la alteridad. Estas limitaciones se manifiestan en cómo cuerpos y lugares en estas obras se rebelan contra la imposición del regimen de significado que los condena a la expulsión y al sacrificio.

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The Greater Middle East

Travelogue & Reflections

H. K. Chang

Greater Middle East: Travelogue and Reflections is a history reader, cultural primer and notebook of a peripatetic rolled into a single volume. Raised in Taiwan and steeped in Chinese culture, Professor Chang set out on his self-styled "voyage across civilizations" from Gondar, Ethiopia, where his parents pioneered a medical center for WHO in the early 1960s.

Over the next five decades, he voyaged frequently. Two hard statistics are informative: 105 countries, 58 years. Based on his on-the-ground observations, he proposes the concept of a "Greater Middle East" that consists of 16 countries of the traditional Middle East, plus another 15 located on its periphery. Excepting Israel, the former are overwhelmingly Muslim, with Egypt to the west, Yemen and Oman to the south, Turkey to the north, and Iran to the east.

But his travelogue also takes us to the "fringes": North Africa’s Maghreb, whose fusion of pre-Islamic Berber roots and deep Muslim faith makes it unique; the four countries of the Horn of Africa where Asia meets Africa, particularly Ethiopia with its Orthodox Christian faith and Jewish Falasha; the Mediterranean’s Greece, Cyprus and Malta; and the hodge-podge of ethnicities and religions that inhabit the southern Caucasus—Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Professor Chang is not an Arabist, an anthropologist or a travel writer along the lines of a sometimes-caustic Paul Theroux. Nor is he a European limited by a traditional Western education with its emphasis on Judeo-Christian values. While this travelogue is hardly a Chinese "take" on the Greater Middle East, it does benefit from the author’s firm grounding in East Asian culture and history. In particular, there are several "bonus" chapters documenting the impact of the Mongol Empire and nomadic culture of the Turkic peoples on the region, and this is something special—perhaps even unexpected—that you wouldn’t expect to find in your run-of-the-mill Middle East guidebook.

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Edited by Banafsheh Keynoush

Few regions in the world are as torn by conflicts as the Near East, in which Iran plays a central role. Opportunities to engage with Iran are abundant, but they are squandered when regional states address immediate conflicts in which Iran is only one part, despite its prominent role. Iran’s Interregional Dynamics in the Near East provides a comprehensive guide to broaden our understanding about Iran and its regional neighbors. By analyzing how Iran’s neighbors view their ties with the country, this volume reveals why Iran is less successful in expanding its regional influence than what is commonly assumed. This is the first book of its kind to be written exclusively by authors from and working in the Near East region who came together at a roundtable funded by and convened at Princeton University. As the moderator of the roundtable, the editor of this volume invited the authors to contribute chapters to this timely book. The book explores a wide range of topics to describe the complex relations between Iran and other states in the Near East including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman. The volume is designed to inform politicians, world leaders, scholars, senior policy makers, and graduate students, and it provides an accessible guide to undergraduate students, junior scholars, and the general public.
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Edited by Amill Gorgis and Dorothea Weltecke

Dieser Band ist die erste deutsche Übersetzung von Isḥāq Armales Buch über den Völkermord im Osmanischen Reich. Der syrisch-katholische Chorepiskopos Isḥāq Armalesbeschreibt in der bereits 1919 veröffentlichten Originalausgabe ausführlich das grausame Schicksal, das die Christen in den Städten Mardin, Diyarbakır, ar-Ruhā (Edessa, Urfa, Urhāy), Aleppo, Sindschar, Cizre, Siirt, Kfarbōrān, Tur ‘Abdin sowie in den Dörfern in dieser Umgebung ereilte. Der Autor berichtet über die Unterdrückung der Menschen und berichtet über Entführungen, Vertreibungen, und Massakern, die sich im Jahre 1895 und in den Jahren 1914 bis 1919 zugetragen haben. Die Übersetzung ist ein wichtiges Zeugnis in der Erinnerung an die Menschen, die dem Völkermord zum Opfer fielen.

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John Sayer

Rich with examples of Racine’s impact across generations on stage and page, of the inspiration of leading actors across borders, and of the influence of his tragedies, their mostly classical and biblical themes brought in the finest verse or in translation, on European courts, townships, amateur theatre, education at home and school, opera and oratorio, other literatures, art and sculpture, this book follows these many echoes far beyond performances in Paris and at Versailles alone and opens up vistas for further exploration across cultural and political borders. The promotion of Racine’s mastery to champion or to challenge successive regimes at home, or to assert French cultural supremacy abroad, and the sheer volume of translations, musical adaptations and borrowings of each play across Europe, are brought together for the first time, offering a fresh perspective not just of reception but of dissemination and active response.
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Edited by Maira Vaca and Manuel Alejandro Guerrero

Pensar el estudio de la comunicación como una "guerra" implica reconocer que este no es un campo de estudio delimitado por una sola disciplina o una estricta definición del concepto "comunicación". Exige, también, identificar diversas tradiciones de investigación, así como explorar los principales dilemas que han guiado varias disciplinas en distintas épocas históricas y latitudes del mundo. Esta colección de tres volúmenes propone, entonces, analizar la comunicación y los medios desde muy diversas trincheras. Estos diversos panoramas, enfoques, tradiciones, épocas, escuelas, autores y sus preocupaciones dialogan entre sí. No hay consensos definitivos; pero tampoco perdedores o ganadores en el debate. La "guerra" consiste pues, en identificar lo que está en juego; reconocer la diversidad de opiniones e intereses, y; considerar el vasto arsenal disponible para resolver los grandes dilemas de la comunicación.

Volumen I. Enfoques disciplinarios

Este primer volumen de La comunicación y sus guerras teóricas. Introducción a las teorías de la comunicación y los medios revisa los principales enfoques disciplinarios: sus supuestos, alcances y límites, así como las propuestas generales de los diversos cristales desde los que se mira este complejo campo de estudio. "Y es que en el mundo traidor", dicta el verso, "no hay ni verdad ni mentira: todo es según el color del cristal con que se mira". Este volumen presenta algunas (im)precisiones necesarias, al tiempo que propone un mapa tentativo para navegar en esta muy variada área de estudio. El recorrido comienza por el enfoque tradicional de la sociología invitándonos a cuestionar el determinismo tecnológico que constantemente amenaza el estudio de la comunicación y los medios. Otros "cristales" como el enfoque normativo, el cultural, el afectivo, el biológico, el económico, el digital o el político complementan esta revisión crítica a través de las plumas de los grandes expertos de cada mirada.

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Littérature et cinéma

la culture visuelle en partage


Edited by Ludovic Cortade and Guillaume Soulez

Les co-éditeurs de cet ouvrage, Ludovic Cortade (New York University) et Guillaume Soulez (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3), rassemblent un ensemble de contributions rédigées par des spécialistes de l’écrit et de l’écran permettant de penser l’écosystème formé par l’espace, le cinéma et la littérature. A partir des œuvres d’écrivains et réalisateurs, parmi lesquels Emile Zola, Alfred Jarry, Julien Gracq, Jacques Demy, Agnès Varda, Marguerite Duras, Ousmane Sembène ou Edouard Glissant, les problématiques abordées dans ce volume inscrivent l’esthétique de la forme et de la réception dans une stratigraphie de méthodes et de concepts associant la géocritique, la poétique, l’esthétique et la géopolitique. Les auteurs analysent l’espace et les métafictions géographiques, le transhumanisme, la critique de l’espace anthropocentré, la dimension scalaire de la réception et la signification politique et mémorielle des limites de la représentation de l’espace dans le cinéma et la littérature. Ils interrogent également l’espace à travers le prisme de l’hybridité transculturelle des formes, des récits et de l’esthétique de la réception, participant à la recherche de l’éthique du lieu commun par la parole et l’image partagées à l’ère de l’Anthropocène.

Cet ouvrage paraît en complément de Littérature et cinéma : la culture visuelle en partage (co-édité par les mêmes auteurs). Les deux volumes s’inscrivent dans la nouvelle série « Studies in Film & Literature Cultures » consacrée à l’étude des rapports entre le cinéma et la littérature au sein de la collection Film Cultures de Peter Lang.