2013 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition
The Oxford and Dublin offices of Peter Lang are delighted to announce the winners of the 2013 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition:
Dr Whitney Standlee
‘Power to Observe’: Irish Women Novelists in Britain, 1890-1916
Winner in German Studies:
Dr Frances Mossop
Mapping Berlin: Representations of Space in the Weimar Feuilleton
Congratulations to both of our winners! Thank you to our distinguished editorial boards and to all those who took part in the competition.
The 2013 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition was held in the fields of Irish Studies and German Studies. Proposals were invited from early career scholars with connections to the UK and Ireland by 31 July 2013.
The winner of the competition in each field is offered a contract for a non-subsidized paperback book to be published by Peter Lang.
For more information, please contact Peter Lang Ltd, 52 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU, UK.
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Japan Copes with Calamity
The book will be launched at the Japan Foundation in London on Wednesday 20 November at 6:30 pm.
This book is the first collection of ethnographies in English on the Japanese communities affected by the giant Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011 and the ensuing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. It brings together studies by experienced researchers of Japan from field sites around the disaster zone. The contributors present the survivors’ struggles in their own words: from enduring life in shelters and temporary housing, through re-creating the fishing industry, to rebuilding life-ways and relationships bruised by bereavement. They contrast the sudden brutal loss of life from the tsunami with the protracted anxiety about exposure to radiation and study the battle to protect children, family and a way of life from the effects of destruction, displacement and discrimination. The local communities’ encounters with volunteers and journalists who poured into Tohoku after the disaster and the campaign to win compensation from the state and nuclear industry are also explored. This volume offers insights into the social fabric of rural communities in north-eastern Japan and suggests how the human response to disaster may be improved in the future.
Peter Lang Oxford is delighted to announce the publication of its latest book, Death and Desire in Car Crash Culture: A Century of Romantic Futurisms by Ricarda Vidal.
Shiny objects of desire,
cars never cease to fascinate us. As symbols of freedom they return again and again in art and film, even if real freedom is sometimes only achieved in the final explosive crash – the climax of the sheer exhilaration of speed.
‘Car crash culture’ is a symptom of the twentieth century, Ricarda Vidal argues in this book, revealing that our love of the car and technology is caused by the continuing influence of turn-of-the-century ideas: the Futurist technological utopia and the Romantic return to nature and desire. Artists, writers and filmmakers have explored this troubled love affair with the automobile throughout the past century. The work of F. T. Marinetti, Giacomo Balla, Jack Kerouac, Andy Warhol, Jean-Luc Godard (Week End), Richard Sarafian (Vanishing Point), J. G. Ballard and David Cronenberg (Crash), Quentin Tarantino (Death Proof) and Sarah Lucas, among others, are shown to pursue these ideals, even as developments in modern cities and telecommunications continue to change the nature of speed and technology.
While the first half of the twentieth century was concerned with the celebration of speed and acceleration, the car crash has now become an obsession of contemporary culture. Vidal concludes that our attraction to the car crash reflects the contemporary way of life in the West, which is defined by a Futurist technophilia, a Romantic longing for a higher meaning and an undeniable infatuation with the automobile.
House of Lords Reform
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«Raina has produced a work of scholarship that is useful and fascinating for constitutional historians and lawyers. It is a very informative source book with some documents never previously published.» (George Devenish, The South African Law Journal 129, 2012/1)