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Here we offer a sample of the publications CAMC have produced and contributed to. For the full list, please visit the Pure Portal.

In Defiance of History Orosius and the Unimproved Past


In Defiance of History Orosius and the Unimproved Past

Victoria Leonard

Routledge, 2022.

This volume offers a counterbalance to the dismissal that Orosius’s Histories Against the Pagans has suffered in most recent criticism. The approach of the book is historiographical, exploring the form, purpose, and meaning of the Histories. The themes of divine providence, monotheism, and imperial authority are examined, and the subjects of war and the sack of Rome receive extended analysis. The book foregrounds Orosius's significant historiographical innovations that are seldom explored, such as the subversion of imperial history within a Christian spectrum in the synchronization of the emperor Augustus and Christ. Each chapter contributes to the progression of knowledge about Orosius’s Histories and the wider literary and historiographical culture of disruption that characterised the late fourth and early fifth centuries CE.

Bodily Fluids in Antiquity

Bodily Fluids in Antiquity

Edited By Mark Bradley, Victoria Leonard, Laurence Totelin.

Routledge, 2021.

Comprising 24 chapters across seven key themes—language, gender, eroticism, nutrition, dissolution, death, and afterlife—this volume investigates bodily fluids in the context of the current sensory turn. Offering a range of scholarly approaches and voices, this volume explores how ideas about the body and the fluids it contained and externalised are culturally conditioned and ideologically determined. The analysis encompasses the key geographic centres of the ancient Mediterranean basin, including Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and Egypt. By taking a longue durée perspective across a richly intertwined set of territories, this collection is the first to provide a comprehensive, wide-ranging study of bodily fluids in the ancient world.

Error in Shakespeare: Shakespeare in Error

Error in Shakespeare: Shakespeare in Error

Alice Leonard

Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

The traditional view of Shakespeare’s mastery of the English language is alive and well today. This is an effect of the eighteenth-century canonisation of his works, and subsequently Shakespeare has come to be perceived as the owner of the vernacular. These entrenched attitudes prevent us from seeing the actual substance of the text, and the various types of error that it contains and even constitute it. This book argues that we need to attend to error to interpret Shakespeare’s disputed material text, political-dramatic interventions and famous literariness. The consequences of ignoring error are especially significant in the study of Shakespeare, as he mobilises the rebellious, marginal, and digressive potential of error in the creation of literary drama.
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Design of Assistive Technology for Ageing Populations

Andree Woodcock, Louise Moody, Deana McDonagh, Ajita Jain, Lakhmi C. Jain.

Springer International Publishing, 2020.

In this edited collection, it is argued that the Ageing population provides an opportunity for designers to lead in the development of products, services and environments that enable older people to not only maintain, but increase the quality of their living standards.

The 19 chapters of international research demonstrate the thinking and ideas shaping design in this area. The chapters consider the design of assistive technology; dignity of ageing; how technology can support a greater understanding of the experience of physical ageing and cognitive changes; mobility issues associated with the elderly; and emerging technologies.

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British Art of the Long 1980s: Diverse Practices, Exhibitions and Infrastructures

Imogen Racz

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020.

This book of 23 interviews with artists and facilitators working in the decade argues for a more expansive narrative, revealing a breadth of practices and the means by which British art moved from being on the periphery of the international art scene to being collected and celebrated. The interview format allows for a much richer understanding of artists’ lives at the time, and how the infrastructures were developed to support this burgeoning artistic scene.

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Available on Sternberg.

Institution as Praxis: New Curatorial Directions for Collaborative Research

Edited by Carolina Rito and Bill Balaskas
Sternberg Press, 2020.
How are curatorial and artistic practices advancing new research methods? Institution as Praxis: New Curatorial Directions for Collaborative Research explores new curatorial and artistic practices that contribute to the expansion of institutional, practice-based, and collaborative research methods. This publication offers an overview of how creative practices are modifying the ways we think about knowledge production and research in the cultural sector and in academia.
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Art and Dance in Dialogue: Body, Space, Object

Edited by Sarah Whatley, Imogen Racz, Katerina Paramana, Marie-Louise Crawley

This interdisciplinary book brings together essays that consider how the body enacts social and cultural rituals in relation to objects, spaces, and the everyday., and how these are questioned, explored, and problematised through, and translated into dance, art, and performance.

Find out more about the Art and Dance in Dialogue.
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Body, Space, and Place in Collective and Collaborative Drawing 

Edited by Jill Journeaux, Sara Reed and Helen Gorrill
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020.
This book’s key themes are linked through the concepts of body, space, and place. The location of the body in art has always been central, but the exploration of it here, in relation to place and space, uncovers a wide range of exciting and different contexts, relationships and materials. Space is examined through the practice and theorisation of drawing, through the ongoing artistic practices of the authors, and the writings of Berger and Derrida in relation to making, viewing and understanding the drawing process.

Outside photo of school on sunny day.

Available on e-flux.

Architectures of Education

Edited by Nick Axel, Bill Balaskas, Nikolaus Hirsch, Sofia Lemos, and Carolina Rito.
e-flux Architecture, 2020.

Image credit: Nottinghamshire Consortium of Local Authorities Special Programme (CLASP) infants school at the Milan Triennale, 1960.

As much as schools are places for learning, they can also be sites for unlearning. Over the past one hundred years, schooling has been a scene of revolutionary struggle, with novel architectural forms and pedagogical techniques being invested with the hope of better, or at least different futures.

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For more information see the Photography for Whom? website.

Photography for whom?

Edited by Anthony Luvera
Photography for whom? 2019.
Published twice yearly, Photography For Whom? seeks to shine light on significant work of the past and to generate debate about contemporary practice. The journal brings writing and practice from the community photography movement back into circulation from sources which are out of print, largely unknown or difficult to access.Each issue presents a historic text alongside a newly commissioned piece of writing to foster critical consideration of socially-engaged photography today.Photography For Whom? is supported by Grain and Multistory.

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Art and the Home: Comfort, Alienation and the Everyday

Imogen Racz

I.B Tauris 2015, reprinted by Bloomsbury Visual Arts 2019

This thematically organised book analyses how post war artists have considered the abstract notions that we have about the home, including enclosure, alienation, female space and sentiment. The artists chosen, including Louise Bourgeois, Mona Hatoum, George Segal and Cornelia Parker, work in sculptural and object based practices, which are physical and carry echos of the everyday material world that we build around us, thus bridging the gap between the everyday and cultural staging.

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Available for download at Cambridge Core.

Shaping Remembrance From Shakespeare to Milton

Patricia Philippy
Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Whether situated in churches or circulating in more flexible, mobile works - manuscript or printed texts, jewels or rosaries, personal bequests or antique 'rarities' - monuments were ubiquitous in post-Reformation England. Removing monuments from parochial or antiquarian concerns, this study re-imagines them as pervasively involved with other commemorative works, not least the writings of our most canonical authors. These far-reaching, flexible chapters combine three critical strands - religion, materiality, and gender - to describe the arts of remembrance as material and textual remains of living webs of connection in which creators and creations are mutually involved.
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Six artists celebrate Enid Marx & the British Folk Art Collection

Edited by Jill Journeaux
Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park, 2018.
This book was produced to accompany an exhibition of the same name that ran throughout 2018 at Compton Verney Art Gallery. The interventions style exhibition, curated by Jill Journeaux, consisted of new works made by six artists in response to the Enid Marx and British Folk Art Collections housed at Compton Verney. These works provoked conversations with work by Enid Marx, objects in her personal collection of Popular Art (also housed at Compton Verney) and the artefacts in the British Folk Art Collection.
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Collective and Collaborative Drawing in Contemporary Practice

Edited byJill Journeaux and Helen Gorrill  
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.
Whilst both collective and collaborative drawing is being widely explored internationally, both within and beyond educational institutions, there is surprisingly little serious research published on the topic. This book considers what happens, and how, when people draw together either in the form of a collaboration, or through a collective process.
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Dada and Existentialism: the Authenticity of Ambiguity

Elizabeth Benjamin
Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
The first major comparative study of Dada and Existentialism, this text contributes new perspectives on Dada as movement, historical legacy, and field of study. Analysing Dada works through Existentialist literature across the themes of choice, alienation, responsibility, freedom and truth, the text posits that Dada and Existentialism both advocate the creation of a self that aims for authenticity through ambiguity.
Systematic Linguistics in the Digital Age

Systematic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age

Sheena Gardner and S. Alsop

Equinox, 2016.

Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age explores the insights that SFL offers to help us understand and explain the new meanings afforded through digital channels and how they are shaped by and shape their digital contexts.The volume offers contributions from international scholars which both initiate new and sustain current lines of enquiry in SFL research within the unifying context of digitality.
Translation as Conquest: Sahagún and Universal History of the Things of New Spain.

Translation as Conquest: Sahagún and Universal History of the Things of New Spain

Victoria Ríos Castaño

Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2014.

This monograph argues that during the composition and supervision of his encyclopaedia of the Nahua world Fray Bernardino de Sahagún behaved as a cultural translator. It takes issue with the widely-used labels of pioneering ethnographer by discussing heretofore overlooked parallel texts he used to gather and organize contents (e.g. confessional manuals and literature on vices and virtues) and by putting forward and examining, for the first time, his confessional and inquisitorial method of data collection.
Genres across the Disciplines: Student writing in Higher Education

Genres across the Disciplines: Student writing in Higher Education

Hilary Nesi and Sheena Gardner

Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Genres across the Disciplines presents cutting edge, corpus-based research into student writing in higher education.Genres across the Disciplines is essential reading for those involved in syllabus and materials design for the development of writing in higher education, as well as for those investigating EAP. The book explores creativity and the use of metaphor as students work towards becoming experts in the genres of their discipline. Grounded in the British Academic Written English (BAWE) corpus, the text is rich with authentic examples of assignment tasks, macrostructures, concordances and keywords.Also available separately as a paperback.
Multilingualism, Discourse and Ethnography

Multilingualism, Discourse and Ethnography

Sheena Gardner and M. Martin-Jones

Routledge, 2012.

A new sociolinguistics of multilingualism is being forged: one that takes account of the new communicative order, while retaining a central concern with the processes in the construction of social difference. The contributors to this volume have been at the forefront of these epistemological shifts. They write here about the conceptual and methodological challenges posed by these shifts, and the profound changes that we are witnessing in the late modern era.
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Contemporary Crafts

Imogen Racz
Berg, 2009.
Contemporary Crafts explores craft practices in North America and Britain, revealing the links and divergences between the two countries. Arranged according to urban and rural influences, cutting edge and traditional approaches, and objects for the domestic space versus those sited outside, this book reveals the diversity of practices that come under the idea of contemporary crafts.
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Critical Exchange: Art Criticism of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries in Russia and Western Europe

Edited by Juliet Simpson and Carol Adlam
Peter Lang, 2009.
This collection examines the development of art criticism across Russia and Western Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Art criticism articulated local ideas about functions of art but, more importantly, it also became one of the most responsive fields in which a larger, transnational European exchange of ideas about the role of critical discourse could take place. Art criticism of this period was also rich in rhetorical strategies and textual diversity.
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Jules Flandrin (1871-1947): The Other Fin de Siècle

Curated by Juliet Simpson and Jon Whiteley
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2001.
A loan exhibition of seventy-two paintings, drawings and works on paper drawn from numerous collections in France with an accompanying scholarly catalogue (in association with the AHRC, Musée d’Orsay and CNRS, Paris, the Ashmolean Museum, Maison Française d’Oxford, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College).
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