July 26, 2016

New Titles Tuesday for July 26

Thirty new titles were added to our collection this week – but they are by no means “new” books!  A whole collection of rare and  out-of-print missionary biographies digitized by Missiology.org.uk make for some interesting reading. Click on the title to view more information (TWU log in may be required.)

Arthur Neve of Kashmir: [electronic resource] /by A.P. Shepherd.
"It is written of an officer in the army of King Charles I that “he served his king with difficult, dangerous, and expensive loyalty.” These words aptly describe Arthur Neve of Kashmir and the service which he gave so unsparingly for thirty-eight years in Kashmir and beyond. Endowed with gifts which would have won him fame and distinction at home, he yet chose to devote his life to the service of God and humanity in one of the world’s backwaters."

The desire of India: [electronic resource] /by Surendra Kumar Datta
This book was written as a text book to provide information on the state of mission work in India. As such it provides an useful historical summary of the growth of the church in that country prior to World War I.

Eclipse in Ethiopia and its corona glory: [electronic resource] /edited by Esmé Ritchie Rice ; foreword by Rowland V. Bingham.
Tells of the experiences of missionaries of the Sudan Interior Mission during the Italo-Ethiopian war, and is a record of miraculous protection and provision.

Essays on religious and political experience /|[edited by] Richard Feist, Rajesh C. Shukla.
The purpose of this book is to study the nature of religious experiences and work out their spiritual and political implications. This book advances the argument that religious experiences on many occasions have contributed immensely to spiritual and social progress, and that they must not be confused with political prejudices and motivated ideologies of some disgruntled individuals.

The Moravian Mission began with a visitation of the Holy Spirit on August 13th 1727. It sparked a non-stop prayer meeting that lasted for a hundred years and was responsible for sending more than half of the Protestant overseas missionary of the eighteenth century. Includes a reference to Count Zinzendorf and the fellowship at Herrnhut (the “Lord Watch”).

“The unaffected story of John Samuel Callis is not that of a man of exceptional genius or extraordinary attainments. He was a fair type of a thoughtful, quiet young Englishman, sincere and pious, consistently living up to his knowledge of God's will. It is this which gives the book its special value.

The Outcastes, or Dalits as they are now known, are excluded from the Hindu caste system. This book describes the work of God among the Dalits that has swept thousands of them into the Kingdom of God.

Mary Bird of Persia: [electronic resource] /by Clara C. Rice ; with a foreword by C. H. Stileman.
Mrs. Rice-who has herself laboured for many years in Persia-has drawn for us a very helpful picture of Mary Bird as a pioneer, as a medical worker, as a teacher, as a friend and an inspiration to her fellow-workers, and as a faithful soldier and servant of Christ. She has done well to complete the picture by showing that in each capacity Miss Bird was above all the loving and sympathizing "Friend of the Persians," with a great understanding of the avenues of approach to both rich and poor, loving them all, and winning their confidence and love, with the one aim and object of drawing them to the Saviour of the world.

Mary Slessor: [electronic resource] /by Cuthbert McEvoy.
“Mary Mitchell Slessor, the factory girl who became the most remarkable woman missionary of her age, was born on December 2nd, 1848, in Aberdeen. Amid the shadows of a home darkened by intemperance and poverty, Mary, the second of seven children, found guidance in the example of a saintly mother, who, with rare courage and patience, kept the light of faith shining above the dreary sorrow of her lot. In these facts may be found a clue to the secret of Mary Slessor's extraordinary career.”  

The story of Mary Mitchell Slessor’s [1848-1915] work in Calabar, Nigeria was truly remarkable.

This little book tells the story of the work of Clifford Harris [1904-1930] in Persia, modern day Iran.

This is a brief account of the life and work of Pandita Ramaabai Sarasvati [1858-1922], an “Indian social reformer, a champion for the emancipation of women, and a pioneer in education”.

Reflections of a pioneer: [electronic resource] /by W. R. S. Miller
William Miller [1872-1952] was a Church Missionary Society Missionary to the Hausa people of Northern Nigeria. He spent 50 years working in that country and assisted in the translation of the Bible into the Hausa language.

Robert Moffat [1795-1883] was a Scottish pioneer missionary in South Africa. Edwin Smith’s biography is one the standard biographies.

Roland Bateman [1860-1916] served as a Bible translator in the Punjab. This book, written by a close friend in the Indian Civil Service, tells the story of his life and work.

The romance of the Black River: [electronic resource]: the story of the C.M.S. Nigeria Mission /by F. Deaville Walker ; with a foreword by the Rev. W. Wilson Cash.
This book tells the story of the work of the Church Missionary Society in Nigeria.

An overview of missions from Abraham up to 1901. The treatments are necessarily brief, but should prove of interest to students. The fact that it went though eight editions indicates at the very least that it was considered useful in its day.

Archbishop William Ridley was a missionary to British Columbia. This collection of his letters appears by kind permission of the Church Missionary Society.

A woman doctor on the frontier: [electronic resource] /by Charlotte S. Vines.
What were Zenana Missions? Zenana refers “…to the part of a house belonging to a Hindu or Muslim family in South Asia which is reserved for the women of the household.” These women were almost completely isolated from wider society and had no access to any kind of medical care. Male missionaries could not preach the Gospel to them, but female missionary doctors could – hence the growth in the late 19th Century of Zenana medical missions. This little book provides some stories from the life of one of these pioneering ladies. It appears by kind permission of the Church Missionary Society.
  
Evangelical missions quarterly: [electronic resource]
For nearly half a century, Evangelical Missions Quarterly (EMQ) has served the missionary community worldwide by providing relevant, engaging, thoughtful articles on a vast array of ministry foci—leadership, translation, contextualization, business as mission, member care, length of service, biblical applications, etc. EMQ continues to remain one of the top journals for missiologists, and is for many thought-practitioners, the premier journal for the North American mission community.

In this volume, Paul Robertson re-describes the form of the apostle Paul s letters in a manner that facilitates transparent, empirical comparison with texts not typically treated by biblical scholars. Robertson theorizes a new taxonomy of Greco-Roman literature that groups Paul’s letters together with certain Greco-Roman, ethical-philosophical texts written at a roughly contemporary time in the ancient Mediterranean. This particular grouping, termed a socio-literary sphere, is defined by the shared form, content, and social purpose of its constituent texts, as well as certain general similarities between their texts authors.

July 19, 2016

New Titles Tuesday for July 19

This week we present ten titles added to our catalogue recently.  Click on the any title for more information.

In order to increase analytical rigour and methodological consistency, this publication urges the adoption of a ‘belts and braces’ set of protocols for use in project evaluation.

"Daniel Miller spent 18 months undertaking an ethnographic study with the residents of an English village, tracking their use of the different social media platforms. Following his study, he argues that a focus on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram does little to explain what we post on social media. Instead, the key to understanding how people in an English village use social media is to appreciate just how ‘English’ their usage has become. He introduces the ‘Goldilocks Strategy’: how villagers use social media to calibrate precise levels of interaction ensuring that each relationship is neither too cold nor too hot, but ‘just right’.
 
Based on 15 months of ethnographic research in the city of Alto Hospicio in northern Chile, this book describes how the residents use social media, and the consequences of this use in their daily lives. Nell Haynes argues that social media is a place where Alto Hospicio’s residents – or Hospiceños – express their feelings of marginalisation that result from living in city far from the national capital, and with a notoriously low quality of life compared to other urban areas in Chile. In actively distancing themselves from residents in cities such as Santiago, Hospiceños identify as marginalised citizens, and express a new kind of social norm. Yet Haynes finds that by contrasting their own lived experiences with those of people in metropolitan areas, Hospiceños are strengthening their own sense of community and the sense of normativity that shapes their daily lives.

An ethnographic study of social media in Mardin, a medium-sized town located in the Kurdish region of Turkey. The town is inhabited mainly by Sunni Muslim Arabs and Kurds, and has been transformed in recent years by urbanisation, neoliberalism and political events. Elisabetta Costa uses her 15 months of ethnographic research to explain why public-facing social media is more conservative than offline life. Yet, at the same time, social media has opened up unprecedented possibilities for private communications between genders and in relationships among young people – Costa reveals new worlds of intimacy, love and romance. She also discovers that, when viewed from the perspective of people’s everyday lives, political participation on social media looks very different to how it is portrayed in studies of political postings separated from their original complex, and highly socialised, context.

How can people in the spotlight control their self-representations when the whole world seems to be watching? The question is familiar, but not new. Julia Fawcett examines the stages, pages, and streets of eighteenth-century London as England's first modern celebrities performed their own strange and spectacular self-representations. The book provides an indispensable history for scholars and students in celebrity studies, performance studies, and autobiography—and for anyone curious about the origins of the eighteenth-century self.

This book moves beyond the idea of functionality to explore the many other important factors that athletes and sporting bodies consider throughout the process of adoption. Using actor-network theory – an approach common in studies of science and management but seldom applied in this field – it offers readers an inside view into elite sport and the part that technology plays in training, competition and broadcasting.

This book asks how science fiction has imagined how we shape both our world and other planets and how stories of terraforming reflect on science, society and environmentalism. It traces the growth of the motif of terraforming in science fiction from H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds (1898) to James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar (2009), in stories by such writers as Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, Ursula K. Le Guin, among others. It argues for terraforming as a nexus for environmental philosophy, the pastoral, ecology, the Gaia hypothesis, and the politics of colonisation and habitation. Amidst contemporary anxieties about climate change, terraforming offers an important vantage from which to consider the ways humankind shapes and is shaped by their world. description.

The first-ever published record of the Cowichan peoples, written for and approved by the Cowichan Tribes. The book chronicles the rich culture, spiritual practices and local history using an effective mix of documented records, archeological evidence and oral tales from prehistory to European contact. Historian Dr. Daniel Marshall's informative tale begins with the 12 original Cowichan peoples that fell from the sky to populate the Cowichan Valley's pristine wilderness and build a society from cedar and salmon -- the foundation of West Coast Native culture.

Twilight of the anthropocene idols /Tom Cohen, Claire Colebrook, J. Hillis Miller.
Cohen, Colebrook and Miller turn their attention to the eco-critical and environmental humanities’ newest and most fashionable of concepts, the Anthropocene. The question that has escaped focus, as “tipping points” are acknowledged as passed, is how language, mnemo-technologies, and the epistemology of tropes appear to guide the accelerating ecocide, and how that implies a mutation within reading itself—from the era of extinction events. Only in this moment of seeming finality, the authors argue, does there arise an opportunity to be done with mourning and begin reading.

Drawing on a range of canonical and non-canonical literary, cinematic and social scientific texts produced in post-Unification Italy, Vital Subjects is an interdisciplinary study of how racial and colonial discourses shaped the “making” of Italians as modern political subjects in the years between its administrative unification (1861-1870) and the end of the First World War (1919).



July 13, 2016

Recommended reading from TWU Alumni

TWU Alumni Association has created an alumni-curated reading list just in time for summer. Each book on the list has sparked something in the reader -- and most of the ten on the June 22 list are available at Alloway Library!

So, if you’re going on a trip or if you just need a bit of inspiration, sift through this list and  check out something recommended by our very own alumni community. Enjoy!


Daring greatly : how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and 
lead by Brene Brown. Print
 “Brene Brown highlights shame as a major issue in our society, and promotes vulnerability as the way to combat it. Writing in a way that is accessible, personal, and challenging, she sees the bigger picture and invites the reader to recognize the importance of vulnerability. It provides considerable food for thought and has opened my eyes to the importance of being vulnerable and honest with myself and others.” Submitted by Jenna Kastelein (’17)

Fifth Business by Robertson Davies. Print
 “If you’re a recovering Calvinist like me, love mythology, or simply love a beautifully constructed story, look no further than Fifth Business. Canadian writer Robertson Davies writes a captivating fictional memoir, which follows Dunstan Ramsey as he learns what it means to own his place in the story, and live it fully. As Padre Blazon says, ‘Forgive yourself for being a human person, Ramsey, that is the beginning of wisdom, that is part of what is meant by the fear of the Lord.’ ” Submitted by Erik DeLange (’15)

Overwhelmed : work, love, and play when no one has the time by Brigid Schulte. Print
“As a woman who can at times feel overwhelmed by all my roles – mother, wife, friend, employee – and by my to-do list – laundry, cooking, exercising, sleeping, trying to have a hobby – this book helped me see there are different ways to structure my schedule, distribute relationship roles, and manage life-work balance. It helped me feel more freedom to create a schedule and priorities that work for me.” Submitted by Melissa Reed (’03)

Prayer: finding the heart's true home by Richard Foster. Print
“This book is a theologically sound practitioner’s guide to prayer. What I love about this book is how Foster explains abstract concepts with concrete stories
and writes in a way that is profound without being difficult to read. It has helped me both understand and practice prayer more faithfully.” Submitted by Jared Crossley (’07)
 “As an extrovert with introverted family members, Quiet gave me a greater understanding of what it means to be introverted. I could not, until this book, comprehend the need to recharge away from people or problem solve independently. Not only do I now understand it, but my relationships have improved as a result.” Submitted by Erin Grypma (’14)

Shake Hands with the Devil: the failure of humanity in Rwanda by Romeo Dallaire. Print & VHS
“Romeo Dallaire’s account of being the UN mission commander in Rwanda during the genocide. I believe that it compels readers to deeply search their own hearts and biases and motivations for life choices.” Submitted by Amanda van Rietschoten (’09)

July 12, 2016

New Titles Tuesday for July 12

Twenty new titles were added to Alloway Library's collection in the past week. To view any of these ebooks, click on the title. (TWU login  may be required.)

Film, Literature & Media Studies
Notes for a general history of cinema /edited by Naum Kleiman & Antonio Somaini ; translations from Russian by Margo Shohl Rosen, Brinton Tench Coxe, et al.
This comprehensive volume of Sergei Eisenstein’s writings is the first-ever English-language edition of his newly discovered notes for a general history of the cinema, a project he undertook in 1946-47 before his death in 1948. In his writings, Eisenstein presents the main coordinates of a history of the cinema without mentioning specific directors or films: what we find instead is a vast genealogy of all the media and of all the art forms that have preceded cinema’s birth and accompanied the first decades of its history, exploring the same expressive possibilities that cinema has explored and responding to the same, deeply rooted, urges cinema has responded to. Cinema appears here as the heir of a very long tradition that includes death masks, ritual processions, wax museums, diorama and panorama, and as a medium in constant transformation. The texts by Eisenstein are accompanied by a series of critical essays written by some of the world’s most qualified Eisenstein scholars.

This collection is the first to offer a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Decalogue, a ten-film cycle of modern tales that touch on the ethical dilemmas of the Ten Commandments. Bringing together scholars of film, philosophy, literature, and several religions, the volume ranges from individual responsibility, to religion in modernity, to familial bonds, to human desire and material greed.

The growth and health of our digital economies and societies depend on the core protocols and infrastructure of the Internet. This technical and logical substructure of our digital existence is now in need of protection against unwarranted interference in order to sustain the growth and the integrity of the global Internet. The Internet's key protocols and infrastructure can be considered a global public good that provides benefits to everyone in the world. Countering the growing state interference with this 'public core of the Internet' requires a new international agenda for Internet governance that departs from the notion of a global public good. 

In an effort to clarify the questions and begin to formulate answers, in this volume, experts in law, sociology, and social examine child pornography law and its consequences. Focusing on the roles of language and crime definition, the contributors present a range of views about the increasingly visible role that child pornography plays in the national conversation on child safety, as well as the wisdom of the punishment of those who produce, distribute, and possess materials which may be considered child pornography.


This book redefines the historical novel, revealing a genre which seeks to manage political change through historiographical experimentation. It explores how historical novelists participated in a contentious debate concerning the nature of commercial modernity, the formulation of political progress and British national identity. Ranging across well-known writers, like William Godwin, Horace Walpole and Frances Burney, to lesser-known figures, such as Cornelia Ellis Knight and Jane Porter, Reinventing Liberty demonstrates the genre’s troubled role in the construction of the myth of Britain as a nation of gradual, safe political change."

A study of literary and cultural responses to global environmental risk that offers an environmental humanities approach to understanding risk in an age of unfolding ecological catastrophe.  Risk Criticism aims to generate a hybrid form of critical practice that brings “nuclear criticism”—a subfield of literary studies that has been, since the Cold War, largely neglected—into conversation with ecocriticism, the more recent approach to environmental texts in literary studies. Through readings of novels, films, theater, poetry, visual art, websites, news reports, and essays, 'Risk Criticism' tracks the diverse ways in which environmental risks are understood and represented today.

Screens brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines to analyse the growing presence and place of screens in our lives today. They tackle such topics as the archaeology of screens, film and media theories about our interactions with them, their use in contemporary art, and the new avenues they open up for showing films and other media in non-traditional venues.

History

Tracks the history of the continent through the deeds of those whom mainstream history tries to forget. With sections focusing on the role of women, this history sweeps away the tired platitudes of the privileged which our current understanding is based upon, and provides an opportunity to see our history differently.

Scholars from a wide range of disciplines offer perspectives on national identity formation in various European contexts between 1600 and 1815. Contributors challenge the dichotomy between modernists and traditionalists in nationalism studies through an emphasis on continuity rather than ruptures in the shaping of European nations in the period, while also offering an overview of current debates in the field and case studies on a number of topics, including literature, historiography, and cartography.

Philosophy

A dictionary of logic /Thomas Macaulay Ferguson and Graham Priest .
Featuring entries primarily concentrating on technical terminology, the history of logic, the foundations of mathematics, and non-classical logic, this dictionary is an essential resource for students of all levels studying philosophical logic at a high level.

Social Sciences
This is a study in oral poetic composition. It examines how oral poets compose their recitations. Specifically, it is a study of the recitations of 17 separate master poets from the Island of Rote recorded over a period of 50 years. Each of these poets offers his version of what is culturally considered to be the ‘same’ ritual chant. These compositions are examined in detail and their oral formulae are carefully compared to one another. Professor James J. Fox is an anthropologist who carried out his doctoral field research on the Island of Rote in eastern Indonesia in 1965–66. 

Provides insight into the long process of decolonisation within the Methodist Overseas Missions of Australasia, a colonial institution that operated in the British colony of Fiji. Recounting the stories told by the mission’s leadership, including missionaries and ministers, to its grassroots membership, this book draws on archival and ethnographic research to reveal the emergence of ethno-nationalisms in Fiji, the legacies of which are still being managed in the post-colonial state today. ‘Analysing in part the story of her own ancestors, Kirstie Barry develops a fascinating account of the relationship between Christian proselytization and Pacific nationalism, showing how missionaries reinforced racial divisions between Fijian and Indo-Fijian even as they deplored them. Negotiating the intersections between evangelisation, anthropology and colonial governance, this is a book with resonance well beyond its Fijian setting.’ 

"‘Mana’, a term denoting spiritual power, is found in many Pacific Islands languages. In recent decades, the term has been taken up in New Age movements and online fantasy gaming. In this book, 16 contributors examine mana through ethnographic, linguistic, and historical lenses to understand its transformations in past and present. The authors consider a range of contexts including Indigenous sovereignty movements, Christian missions and Bible translations, the commodification of cultural heritage, and the dynamics of diaspora. Their investigations move across diverse island groups—Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Hawai‘i, and French Polynesia—and into Australia, North America and even cyberspace.

"This is an unchanged re-publication of the first historical account of the social work profession in Australia. It traces the development of social work education and professional social work in the larger, more industrialised societies overseas before the same developments began in Australia in the late 1920s, and it notes the part played by overseas influence in the subsequent 30-odd years. The author assesses the occupational group in terms of accepted attitudes towards the established professions. He concludes with a discussion of major contemporary issues facing the Australian social work profession.

This collection deals with an ancient institution in Eastern Polynesia called the rahui, a form of restricting access to resources and/or territories. This book assembles a comprehensive collection of current works on the rahui from a legal pluralism perspective. 

An ethnographic meditation on the “uncanny” persistence and cultural freight of conspiracy theory. The project is a reading of conspiracy theory as an index of a certain strain of late 20th-century American despondency and malaise, especially as understood by people experiencing downward social mobility. Written by a cultural anthropologist with a literary background, this deeply interdisciplinary book focuses on the enduring American preoccupation with captivity in a rapidly transforming world. The author’s semiotic approach to the paranormal is immensely productive, positive, and, above all, resonant with what actually happens in history.