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Studies for the International Society for Cultural History


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In both research and teaching, the study of cultural history is burgeoning, with a variety of interpretations of culture cross-fertilizing between disciplines – history, critical theory, literature and media, anthropology and ethnology, and many more. This series focuses on the study of conceptual, affective and imaginative worlds of the past, and sees culture as encompassing both textual production and social practice. It seeks to highlight historical and cultural processes of meaning-making and explore the ways in which people of the past made sense of their world.

Submissions are invited from established scholars and first-time authors alike. Prospective authors should send a detailed proposal with a rationale, chapter outlines and at least two sample chapters alongside a brief author’s biography and an anticipated submission date to:

Patryk Babiracki: patryk @ uta.edu

Filippo Carlà-Uhink: filippo.carla-uhink @ uni-potsdam.de

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New Perspectives on Jewish Cultural History: Boundaries, Experiences, and Sensemaking

New Perspectives on Jewish Cultural History: Boundaries, Experiences, and Sensemaking

1st Edition

Maja Gildin Zuckerman, Jakob Egholm Feldt
August 27, 2019

This book presents original studies of how a cultural concept of Jewishness and a coherent Jewish history came to make sense in the experiences of people entangled in different historical situations. Instead of searching for the inconsistencies, discontinuities, or ruptures of dominant grand...

Cultural History in France: Local Debates, Global Perspectives

Cultural History in France: Local Debates, Global Perspectives

1st Edition

Evelyne Cohen, Anaïs Fléchet, Pascale Gœtschel, Laurent Martin, Pascal Ory
July 02, 2019

This volume, which gathers contributions presented at the annual conferences of l'Association pour le développement de l'histoire culturelle (ADHC), questions the subjects and boundaries of cultural history in France – with regard to neighboring approaches such as cultural studies, media studies,...

Humour in the Arts: New Perspectives

Humour in the Arts: New Perspectives

1st Edition

Vivienne Westbrook, Shun-liang Chao
August 10, 2018

This collection demonstrates the usefulness of approaching texts—verbal, visual and aural—through a framework of humour. Contributors offer in-depth discussions of humour in the West within a wider cultural historical context to achieve a coherent, chronological sense of how humour proceeds from...

Excavating Modernity: Physical, Temporal and Psychological Strata in Literature, 1900-1930

Excavating Modernity: Physical, Temporal and Psychological Strata in Literature, 1900-1930

1st Edition

Eleanor Dobson, Gemma Banks
July 04, 2018

This book scrutinizes physical, temporal and psychological strata across early twentieth-century literature, focusing on geological and archaeological tropes and conceptions of the stratified psyche. The essays explore psychological perceptions, from practices of envisioning that mimic looking at a...

Philosophies of Multiculturalism: Beyond Liberalism

Philosophies of Multiculturalism: Beyond Liberalism

1st Edition

Luis Cordeiro-Rodrigues, Marko Simendic
September 15, 2016

This edited collection offers a comparative approach to the topic of multiculturalism, including different authors with contrasting arguments from different philosophical traditions and ideologies. It puts together perspectives that have been largely neglected as valid normative ways to address the...

Crime and the Fascist State, 1850–1940

Crime and the Fascist State, 1850–1940

1st Edition

Tiago Pires Marques
January 21, 2016

By studying the development of Italy's penal system, Pires Marques provides valuable insights into the wider political culture of European society. Focusing on the rise of fascism in Spain and Portugal as well as Italy, he examines the role of religious, economic and political factors in the making...

A History of Emotions, 1200–1800

A History of Emotions, 1200–1800

1st Edition

Jonas Liliequist
January 21, 2016

The essays in this collection examine emotional responses to art and music, the role of emotions in contemporary notions of gender and sexuality and theoretical questions as to their use....

Statistics, Public Debate and the State, 1800–1945: A Social, Political and Intellectual History of Numbers

Statistics, Public Debate and the State, 1800–1945: A Social, Political and Intellectual History of Numbers

1st Edition

Jean-Guy Prevost, Jean-Pierre Beaud
January 21, 2016

Based around a number of illustrative case studies, this book charts the development of our modern-day reliance on statistics. Topics covered include scientific innovations, administrative issues and the use of numbers in politics. By looking at these aspects of statistics together, the authors are...

A Cultural History of the Radical Sixties in the San Francisco Bay Area

A Cultural History of the Radical Sixties in the San Francisco Bay Area

1st Edition

Anthony Ashbolt
January 21, 2016

The San Francisco Bay Area was a meeting point for radical politics and counterculture in the 1960s. Until now there has been little understanding of what made political culture here unique. This work explores the development of a regional culture of radicalism in the Bay Area, one that underpinned...

Breast Cancer in the Eighteenth Century

Breast Cancer in the Eighteenth Century

1st Edition

Marjo Kaartinen
January 21, 2016

Early modern physicians and surgeons tried desperately to understand breast cancer, testing new medicines and radically improving operating techniques. In this study, the first of its kind, Kaartinen explores the emotional responses of patients and their families to the disease in the long...

A Cultural Study of Mary and the Annunciation: From Luke to the Enlightenment

A Cultural Study of Mary and the Annunciation: From Luke to the Enlightenment

1st Edition

Gary Waller
April 01, 2015

This book traces the history of the Annunciation, exploring the deep and lasting impact of the event on the Western imagination. Waller explores the Annunciation from its appearance in Luke’s Gospel, to its rise to prominence in religious doctrine and popular culture, and its gradual decline in...

Cultural Histories of Sociabilities, Spaces and Mobilities

Cultural Histories of Sociabilities, Spaces and Mobilities

1st Edition

Colin Divall
January 01, 2015

For the majority of us the opportunity to travel has never been greater, yet differences in mobility highlight inequalities that have wider social implications. Exploring how and why attitudes towards movement have evolved across generations, the case studies in this essay collection range from...

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