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  • by Juri Lotman
    £26.49 - 149.99

    Culture and Explosion, now appearing in English for the very first time, is the final book written by the legendary semiotician Juri Lotman. Originally published in Russian in 1992, a year before Lotman's death, the volume puts forth a fundamental theory: the semiotics of culture. Proceeding from a model of communication, Lotman extends the work of the renowned Tartu-Moscow school that he founded, showing not only how culture can be observed and described, but also how it can be governed and guided. In fact, as Lotman demonstrates with copious examples, the modelling system of culture has an immeasurably strong influence on the way that humans experience "e;reality"e;. As usual, Lotman's erudition is brought to bear on the theory of culture, and the book comprises a host of well-chosen illustrations from history, literature, art and right across the humanities. The book is of interest to students and researchers in semiotics, cultural/literary studies and Russian studies, as well as anyone with an interest in understanding contemporary intellectual life.

  • - Rethinking Concepts and Goals in Intercultural Communication
    by Will Baker
    £16.49 - 100.49

    The use of English as a global lingua franca has given rise to new challenges and approaches in our understanding of language and communication. One area where ELF (English as a lingua franca) studies, both from an empirical and theoretical orientation, have the potential for significant developments is in our understanding of the relationships between language, culture and identity. ELF challenges traditional assumptions concerning the purposed 'inexorable' link between a language and a culture. Due to the multitude of users and contexts of ELF communication the supposed language, culture and identity correlation, often conceived at the national level, appears simplistic and naive. However, it is equally naive to assume that ELF is a culturally and identity neutral form of communication. All communication involves participants, purposes, contexts and histories, none of which are 'neutral'. Thus, we need new approaches to understanding the relationship between language, culture and identity which are able to account for the multifarious and dynamic nature of ELF communication.

  • by Eva Herrmann, Sandra Hofmeister & Jakob Schoof

  • - Thriving amid Uncertainty

  • - A Practical Guide to Preparing, Facilitating and Unlocking the Value of Customer Journey Mapping
    by Jerry Angrave

  • - Models and Simulations
    by Nicolas Vandeput

  • by Platon
    £19.49 - 22.49

  • - Mechanisms of Development
    by A. Arthur Schiller
    £141.49 - 183.99

  • - Symbol and Structure in Heraclitus, Parmenides and Empedocles
    by Raymond A. Prier
    £84.49 - 110.49

  • - The Comic Dimension of Human Experience
    by Peter L. Berger
    £24.99 - 84.49

    Amid the variety of human experiences, the comic occupies a distinctive place. It is simultaneously ubiquitous, relative, and fragile. In this book, Peter L. Berger reflects on the nature of the comic and its relationship to other human experiences. Berger contends that the comic is an integral aspect of human life, yet one that must be approached and analyzed circumspectly and circuitously. Beginning with an exploration of the anatomy of the comic, Berger addresses humor in philosophy, physiology, psychology, and the social sciences before turning to a discussion of different types of comedy and finally suggesting a theology of the comic in terms of its relationship to folly, redemption, and transcendence. Along the way, the reader is treated to a variety of jokes on a variety of topics, with particular emphasis on humor and its relationship to religion. Originally published in 1997, the second edition includes a new preface reflecting on Berger's work in the intervening years, particularly on the relationship between humor and modernity.

  • - Principles of Pseudonymization and Anonymization
    by Karl-Heinz Schriever & Markus Schröder
    £19.49 - 124.99

    Establishing ethical and privacy protection aspects in scientific research, especially in medical research, has a long history. Medical data are usually more sensible than other personal data and require therefore an even higher degree of protection than other personal data. In recent research projects genetic evaluations become more and more important and trigger thereby new and continuing activities in the context of data protection. Genetic data as a subset of medical data are the most sensible category of personal data and require therefore the highest degree of data protection.The book provides a systematic and itemized approach to data protection in clinical research including the handling of genetic material, genetic samples as well as derived genetic data and the subsequent secure storage of them. The set up of different kinds of clinical trials having in addition a genetic part, the concept of a genetic informed consent as well as collection schemes of samples are described in detail. Technical requirements and aspects of data protection including pseudonymization and anonymization procedures taking into account ethics committees requirements as well as the underlying legal framework are also presented.Without any exception, all principles and methods presented are best practices, repeatedly applied in different clinical environments and by no means theoretical considerations.

  • - Gender, Ethics, and Time

    International Beauvoir scholars and renowned feminist phenomenologists from North America and Europe offer a unique look at one of the most outstanding existential-philosophical studies on age and aging.


  • by Ansgar Schulz & Benedikt Schulz

  • by Imre Galambos
    £3.49 - 100.49

    "e;Dunhuang Manuscript Culture"e; explores the world of Chinese manuscripts from ninth-tenth century Dunhuang, an oasis city along the network of pre-modern routes known today collectively as the Silk Roads. The manuscripts have been discovered in 1900 in a sealed-off side-chamber of a Buddhist cave temple, where they had lain undisturbed for for almost nine hundred years. The discovery comprised tens of thousands of texts, written in over twenty different languages and scripts, including Chinese, Tibetan, Old Uighur, Khotanese, Sogdian and Sanskrit. This study centres around four groups of manuscripts from the mid-ninth to the late tenth centuries, a period when the region was an independent kingdom ruled by local families. The central argument is that the manuscripts attest to the unique cultural diversity of the region during this period, exhibiting-alongside obvious Chinese elements-the heavy influence of Central Asian cultures. As a result, it was much less 'Chinese' than commonly portrayed in modern scholarship. The book makes a contribution to the study of cultural and linguistic interaction along the Silk Roads.

  • by Christodoulos Papavarnavas
    £3.49 - 90.99

    Die Forschung zur Hagiographie hat bis heute dem Konzept des Martyriums in literarischer Hinsicht nur wenig Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt. Neben Verhor und Folter besteht der Vorgang des Martyriums aus einem weiteren Schritt, der den Forschungsgegenstand dieses Buches darstellt: die Gefangnisphase. Diese Arbeit analysiert die Rolle des Gefangnisses im Zusammenspiel von Struktur und Handlung der vormetaphrastischen Martyrerakten und deren Umarbeitungen durch Symeon Metaphrastes (datiert vom 4. bis zum 10. Jahrhundert). In Anlehnung an das anthropologische Konzept der Liminalitat wird dargelegt, dass das Gefangnis ein Schwellenraum ist, in dem die Entwicklung der korperlichen Ausdauer und der spirituellen Reife der Protagonisten stattfindet, was zu ihrer Identitat als Martyrer beitragt. Untersucht werden diverse Aspekte des Gefangnisses und der betroffenen narrativen Figuren in Hinsicht auf Terminologie, Erzahlstruktur, Gender und Empfindungen. Neben einer kritischen Lekture der Quellen bietet diese Arbeit deutsche Ubersetzungen der behandelten griechischen Passagen und liefert neue Einsichten in byzantinische hagiographische Studien.

  • by Wolfgang Detel
    £3.49 - 22.49

    Die Unterscheidung zwischen subjektiver und objektiver Zeit stellt in modernen Zeit-Theorien einen scharfen Dualismus dar, der das gegenwartige Denken uber Zeit tief pragt. Aus dieser Sicht gilt es als bislang unuberwindliches Problem, eine einheitliche Theorie der Zeit zu entwickeln, die eine subjektive und objektive Zeit-Konzeption konsistent zusammenfuhrt. Das wichtigste Ziel dieses Essays besteht darin, zu einer Abschwachung dieses Problems beizutragen. Dazu wird im ersten Teil auf die Zeit-Theorie des Aristoteles zuruckgeblickt und eine Lesart entwickelt, die zeigt, dass und wie Aristoteles eine einheitliche Theorie der Zeit aufgebaut hat, die sowohl subjektive als auch objektiver Komponenten aufweist. Dafur muss allerdings die verbreitete moderne Interpretation dieser Theorie entkraftet werden, die Aristoteles' zeit-theoretischen Ansatz fur grandios gescheitert erklart hat. Im zweiten Teil des Essays wird nachgewiesen, das der moderne Dualismus von subjektiver und objektiver Zeit auf einer allgemeineren Unterscheidung von Subjektivitat und Objektivitat beruht, die sich als naiv und unhaltbar erweist. Aus Sicht der modernen Philosophie ist jede wichtige Art von Subjektivitat mit einer Art von Objektivitat durchschossen. Damit lasst sich auch die Differenz von subjektiver und objektiver Zeit so abschwachen, dass sich zumindest im Kontext der Erde als Bezugssystem mit ihren Entitaten mittlerer Groe eine einheitliche Theorie der Zeit abzeichnet.

  • by Anthony Harding
    £3.49 - 70.99

    Das Munchner Zentrum fur Antike Welten ist eine interfakultare Arbeitsgemeinschaft an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat. Es verfugt uber eine standige Gastprofessur fur antike Kulturgeschichte. Auf sie werden im jahrlichen Wechsel namhafte Gelehrte aus den Altertumswissenschaften berufen, die in einer Vortragsreihe ein interdisziplinar bedeutsames Thema behandeln. Zudem veranstaltet das MZAW Kolloquien und Fachtagungen. Die Reihe Munchner Vorlesungen zu Antiken Welten legt diese Vortrage einem kultur- und altertumswissenschaftlich interessierten Publikum vor.

  • by Ottmar Ette
    £3.49 - 18.49

    Die Vorlesung prasentiert im Uberblick die Romanischen Literaturen der Welt auf ihrem Weg von den historischen Avantgarden zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts bis zu den Literaturen nach der Postmoderne zu Beginn unseres Jahrhunderts. Sie erfasst damit einen historischen Zeit-Raum, der etwas mehr als ein gesamtes Jahrhundert einschliet, sowie zugleich eine territorialisierbare Raum-Zeit, welche eine ungeheure Mannigfaltigkeit an literarischen Entwicklungen nicht allein in den romanischen Literaturen Europas, sondern auch weiter Gebiete der auereuropaischen Welt miteinschliet.

  • - Denkraume und Wissensordnungen
    by Andreas Speer
    £161.49 - 198.99

    Eine Bibliothek ist nicht blo eine Ansammlung von Buchern, die auf ihre Nutzer warten. Bibliotheken sind Raume des Denkens und Institutionen geordneten Wissens. Sie spiegeln die Fragen ihrer Zeit und bewahren sie fur kunftige Zeiten. Sie sind demnach privilegierte Orte der Teilhabe an jenem Wissen, zu dem wir mit unseren Buchern selbst etwas beitragen. Im Begriff der Bibliothek zeigt sich somit die Interdependenz von ideeller und materieller Kultur, die Verflechtung von Wissensgeschichte und institutionellen Kontextbedingungen. Zum Verstandnis einer Bibliothek gehoren auch die Klassifizierung, der Lektureleitfaden, die Leseordnung, das Ausbilden von Systemen. Hierbei lassen sich Bibliothekstypen in disziplinarer Hinsicht sowohl getrennt als auch in moglicher Verbindung betrachten. Nicht zuletzt sind Bibliotheken von alters her Orte des Medientransfers: von der Schriftrolle zum Pergament zum Papier, vom Manuskript zum Buchdruck zum digitalen Speichermedium. Dieser Band behandelt Bibliotheken in einem langen Jahrtausend, das wir gewohnlich Mittelalter nennen. Der historische Blick zeigt uns wie in einem Laboratorium zugleich zentrale ideelle und materielle Bedingungen unserer heutigen Bibliotheken.

  • by Naomi Rolef
    £61.49 - 80.49

    This book retells the history of Israeli film in the 1960s and 1970s in sex scenes. Through close readings of the first sex scenes in mainstream Israeli movies from this period, it explores the cultural and social contexts in which these movies were made. More specifically, it discusses how notions of collective identity, individual agency, and the public and private spheres are inscribed into and negotiated in sex scenes, especially in light of the historical events that marked these decades. This study thus pushes away from the traditional academic perception of Israeli film and opens up new ways of understanding how it has developed in recent decades. It draws on a growing international body of academic literature on the cinematic representation of sex in order to illuminate the particularities of the Israeli context in the 1960s and 1970s. Apart from film scholars and scholars of Israeli film, this study also addresses readers interested in Israeli cultural history more broadly.

  • by Tabea Schindler
    £3.49 - 59.49

    Welche Strategien und Mechanismen trugen dazu bei, diea offentliche Persona des danischen Bildhauers Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) zu erschaffen? Die Autorin betrachtet die Verbreitung seines Ruhms und des beispiellosen Kunstlerkults um Thorvaldsen als Teil einer celebrity-Kultur, die in der zweiten Halfte des 18. Jahrhunderts in Europa entstanden ist und die auf medialer Vermittlung basiert. Der Fokus richtet sich auf Visualisierungen des Kunstlerkults, angefangen bei Thorvaldsens eigenen Werken und zeitgenossischen Portrats uber seine Ateliers in Italien und Danemark bis hin zu seinem,von ihm selbst initiierten Museum in Kopenhagen, das zugleich sein Mausoleum werden sollte.

  • by Robert Joe Cutter
    £3.49 - 31.49

    This book provides a translation of the complete poems and fu of Cao Zhi (192-232), one of China's most famous poets. Cao Zhi lived during a tumultuous age, a time of intrepid figures and of bold and violent acts that have captured the Chinese imagination across the centuries. His father Cao Cao (155-220) became the most powerful leader in a divided empire, and on his death, Cao Zhi's elder brother Cao Pi (187-226) engineered the abdication of the last Han emperor, establishing himself as the founding emperor of the Wei Dynasty (220-265). Although Cao Zhi wanted to play an active role in government and military matters, he was not allowed to do so, and he is remembered as a writer. The Poetry of Cao Zhi contains in its body one hundred twenty-eight pieces of poetry and fu. The extant editions of Cao Zhi's writings differ in the number of pieces they contain and present many textual variants. The translations in this volume are based on a valuable edition of Cao's works by Ding Yan (1794-1875), and are supplemented by robust annotations, a brief biography of Cao Zhi, and an introduction to the poetry by the translator.

  • by Hanmo Zhang
    £3.49 - 52.99

    This book is a timely response to a rather urgent call to seek an updated methodology in rereading and reappraising early Chinese texts in light of newly discovered early writings. For a long time, the concept of authorship in the formation and transmission of early Chinese texts has been misunderstood. The nominal author who should mainly function as a guide to text formation and interpretation is considered retrospectively as the originator and writer of the text. This book illustrates that although some notions about the text as the author's property began to appear in some Eastern Han texts, a strict correlation between the author and the text results from later conceptions of literary history. Before the modern era, there existed a conceptual gap between an author and a writer. A pre-modern Chinese text could have had both an author and a writer, or even multiple authors and multiple writers. This work is the first study addressing these issues by more systematically emphasizing the connection of the text, the author, and the religious and sociopolitical settings in which these issues were embedded. It is expected to constitute a palpable contribution to Chinese studies and the discipline of philology in general

  • by Xiaofei Tian
    £3.49 - 31.49

    Yan Zhitui (531-590s) was a courtier and cultural luminary who lived a colourful life during one of the most chaotic periods, known as the Northern and Southern Dynasties, in Chinese history. Beginning his career in the southern Liang court, he was taken captive to the north after the Liang capital fell, and served several northern dynasties. Today he remains one of the best-known medieval writers for his book-length "e;family instructions"e; (jiaxun), the earliest surviving and the most influential of its kind. Completed in his last years, the work resembles a long letter addressed to his sons, in which he discusses a wide range of topics from family relations and remarriage to religious faith, philology, cultural arts, and codes of conduct in public and private life. It is filled with vivid details of contemporary social life, and with the author's keen observations of the mores of north and south China. This is a new, complete translation into English, with critical notes and introduction, and based on recent scholarship, of Yan Zhitui's Family Instructions, and of all of his extant literary works, including his self-annotated poetic autobiography and a never-before-translated fragmentary rhapsody, as well as of his biographies in dynastic histories.

  • by Nicolai Hartmann
    £23.99 - 90.49

  • by Conor Husbands
    £15.49 - 87.49

  • by Aurelius Augustinus

  • by Johann Tauler

  • by Wolfgang Dittmann, Armin Geister & Dieter Kutzborski

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