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Why Look at Plants?

The Botanical Emergence in Contemporary Art

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Edited by Giovanni Aloi

Why Look at Plants? proposes a thought-provoking and fascinating look into the emerging cultural politics of plant-presence in contemporary art. Through the original contributions of artists, scholars, and curators who have creatively engaged with the ultimate otherness of plants in their work, this volume maps and problematizes new intra-active, agential interconnectedness involving human-non-human biosystems central to artistic and philosophical discourses of the Anthropocene.

Plant’s fixity, perceived passivity, and resilient silence have relegated the vegetal world to the cultural background of human civilization. However, the recent emergence of plants in the gallery space constitutes a wake-up-call to reappraise this relationship at a time of deep ecological and ontological crisis. Why Look at Plants? challenges readers’ pre-established notions through a diverse gathering of insights, stories, experiences, perspectives, and arguments encompassing multiple disciplines, media, and methodologies.

Edited by Gertrud Koch, Christoph Möllers, Thomas Hilgers and Sabine Müller-Mall

Welche Rolle spielen Affekte für das Fällen von ästhetischen und juridischen Urteilen? Gibt es eine besondere Ähnlichkeit zwischen diesen Urteilen, insofern sich beide durch eine affektive Grundierung auszeichnen?
Fällen wir ein ästhetisches Urteil, sind unsere Vermögen bzw. Kräfte auf besondere Weise involviert. Welche Bedeutung haben in diesem Zusammenhang Affekte? Bilden sie den Bestimmungsgrund eines ästhetischen Urteils? Und wenn ja, wie lässt sich eine normative Dimension des ästhetischen Urteils mit solch einer affektiven Bestimmung vereinbaren? Diese Fragen stellen sich auf ganz ähnliche Weise auch im Hinblick auf Rechtsurteile. Wie verhalten sich das subjektive Rechtsgefühl und der Anspruch auf Objektivität im Rechtsurteil zueinander? Wie beeinflussen Affekte die normative Wahrnehmung von Fall und Recht? Welche Rolle spielt hierbei ein Affekt wie das Rachegelüst?

Being a Teacher | Researcher

A Primer on Doing Authentic Inquiry Research on Teaching and Learning

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Konstantinos Alexakos

Using a sociocultural approach to critical action research, this book is a primer in doing reflexive, authentic inquiry research in teaching and learning for educators as teacher | researchers. Rather than the artificial dichotomy between theory and practice, the roles of teacher and researcher are instead seen in a dialectic relationship (indicated by the symbol “|” in teacher | researcher) in which each informs and mediates the other in the process of revising and generating new knowledge that is of benefit to those being researched.
In addition to providing a theoretical foundation for authentic inquiry, Being a Teacher | Researcher provides a detailed framework with ideas and strategies that interested educators can apply in exploring teaching and learning in both formal and informal settings. It provides concrete examples of how to use authentic inquiry as a basis for collaborating with others to improve the quality of teaching and learning while cogenerating new theory and associated practices that bridge what has been described as a theory-practice divide. Included in this book are how to plan and carry out authentic inquiry studies, choosing appropriate methodologies, methods of data collection and analysis, negotiating research with human participants, using authenticity criteria and characteristics, and addressing challenges and conflicts for teacher | researchers.

P. van der Lugt

Formal and thematic devices demonstrate that the psalms are composed of a consistent pattern of cantos (stanzas) and strophes. The formal devices especially include quantitative balance on the level of the cantos in terms of verselines, verbal repetitions, and (on the level of the strophes) transition markers. The quantitative approach to a psalm in terms of verselines, cola and/or words in most cases clearly discloses a focal message.

Volume 1 (OTS 53, 2005) deals with the poetic framework and material content of the book of Psalms. The rhetorical analyses of Psalms 1-41 are preceded by a broad survey of the history of strophic investigation into Hebrew poetry, starting from the beginning of the nineteenth century.

Volume 2 (OTS 57, 2010) deals with the poetic framework and material content of the Second and Third Books of the Psalter (Psalms 42-72 and 73-89).

Volume 3 (OTS 63, 2014) deals with the rhetoric, the formal and thematic framework, of Psalms 90-150 (the Fourth and Fifth Book of the Psalter).

An Eleventh-Century Egyptian Guide to the Universe

The Book of Curiosities, Edited with an Annotated Translation

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Edited by Emilie Savage-Smith and Yossef Rapoport

Acquired by the Bodleian Library in 2002, the Book of Curiosities is now recognized as one of the most important discoveries in the history of cartography in recent decades. This eleventh-century Arabic treatise, composed in Egypt under the Fatimid caliphs, is a detailed account of the heavens and the Earth, illustrated by an unparalleled series of maps and astronomical diagrams. With topics ranging from comets to the island of Sicily, from lunar mansions to the sources of the Nile, it represents the extent of geographical, astronomical and astrological knowledge of the time. This authoritative edition and translation, accompanied by a colour facsimile reproduction, opens a unique window onto the worldview of medieval Islam.

An extensive glossary of star-names and seven indices, on birds, animals and other items have been added for easy reference.

Der Unterführer als Feldherr im Taschenformat

Theorie und Praxis der Auftragstaktik im deutschen Heer 1869 bis 1945

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Marco Sigg

Die Auftragstaktik wird in der Literatur als wesentlicher Grund für die deutschen taktisch-operativen Erfolge in den Kriegen von 1866 bis 1945 bezeichnet. Die vorliegende Studie untersucht dieses Führungsprinzip für das deutsche Heer von 1935 bis 1945 erstmals aus ganzheitlicher Sicht, indem sie Theorie und Praxis, d.h. normative Handlungsvorgaben und die konkrete Umsetzung im Feld vergleicht. Im ersten Kapitel wird anhand von Dienstvorschriften und Ausbildungsunterlagen Auftragstaktik als normative Größe analysiert und idealtypisch dargestellt. Im zweiten Kapitel wird an ausgewählten Beispielen der preußisch-deutschen Operationsgeschichte aufgezeigt, wie sehr die praktische Umsetzung der Auftragstaktik auf taktisch-operativer Führungsebene häufig Probleme verursachte. Das letzte Kapitel rekonstruiert die Angriffs- und Verteidigungsoperationen dreier Divisionen des Jahres 1942 und verdeutlicht, wie Auftragstaktik auf taktischer Stufe angewendet wurde. Insgesamt relativieren die Ergebnisse das bisher gezeichnete Bild der Auftragstaktik. Nicht nur kommt der straffen Führung eine weit wichtigere Rolle als bisher angenommen zu, auch hing der Grad der Selbstständigkeit und Initiative unterer Führer stark vom Führungsverständnis des vorgesetzten Truppenführers ab. Letztlich war die Auffassung darüber, was mit Auftragstaktik gemeint war und wie sie praktiziert werden sollte, in der preußisch-deutschen militärischen Denkschule bei Weitem nicht so monolithisch, wie die Forschung bis heute gerne suggeriert.

Aquatic Oligochaeta of the Netherlands and Belgium

Identification Key to the Oligochaetes

Ton van Haaren and Jan Soors

Bristle worms, or oligochaetes, are a large and diverse group of invertebrates. Most oligochaetes living in this region live in fresh or brackish water: no fewer than 136 species in total. They play an important ecological role thereby giving much information about the condition of the ecosystem.

This important, bulky book is the first reference work on the freshwater and brackish water polychaetes in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It offers a wealth of ecological and taxonomic background information.

Includes a new user determination key. The key is based on characteristics that are relatively easy to distinguish, without specialized equipment.

• a comprehensive overview on morphology, collecting and preservation, identification and ecology
• 136 species including the oligochaete fauna of Germany
• a new, practical key for the identification based on characteristics that are relatively easy to distinguish
• many photographs and schematic drawings
• backgroundinformation on ecology and distribution

An unique tool for aquatic ecologists and water quality management.

Engraving and Etching, 1400-2000

A History of the Development of Manual Intaglio Printmaking Processes

Ad Stijnman

This book surveys the history of the techniques of engraving, etching and plate printing – i.e. that of manual intaglio printmaking processes – from its beginning in the 1430s until today. These developments are observed in the light of the coherence between the technique of the intaglio print (such as its materials and methods of production); the 'style' or outward appearance of the print; the creator of the print; and the fashion typical of a particular social group, place and time. Economic, educational and social aspects are discussed, as well as the worldwide dissemination of the trade of intaglio printmaking.
The author shows how intaglio printmaking developed steadily from the mid-fifteenth century, with the invention of the roller press and the etching of printing plates. By 1525 intaglio printmaking techniques could be said to have reached maturity and spread east and west following the European trade routes and colonisation. Further developments in plate-making resulted from a series of inventions and reinventions. After the abolition of the guilds on the European continent around 1800, and the introduction of photography and the expansion of the graphic industry, the engraving of images became a mere mechanical procedure. The handcrafted print made way for the large-scale mechanised graphic industry which emerged in the middle of the nineteenth century. Consequently artist-etchers withdrew to an elite position to concentrate on the manual aspects of printmaking, which is the situation today.
This comprehensively illustrated study is the first of its kind to cover all elements of the trade of engraving and etching throughout six centuries. Based on an exhaustive number of primary sources it will be an essential resource for collectors, curators, conservators, printmakers and students of technical art history.

Coexistence, Cooperation and Solidarity (2 vols.)

Liber Amicorum Rüdiger Wolfrum

Edited by Holger P. Hestermeyer, Doris König, Nele Matz-Lück, Volker Röben, Anja Seibert-Fohr, Peter-Tobias Stoll and Silja Vöneky

This Liber Amicorum, dedicated to Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, highlights paradigmatic changes in international law, a body of law which moved during the 20th century from a law of coexistence to one of cooperation and which is now about to reflect notions of solidarity going even beyond cooperative undertakings. This leitmotif of Rüdiger Wolfrum’s academic research and judgeship is represented in a comprehensive collection of essays by eminent scholars and practitioners of international law covering specific aspects of international law, including law of the sea, human rights, international environmental law, international dispute settlement, peace and security, global governance and domestic law. With its multifaceted and comprehensive overview of the evolution of international law in recent years and detailed study of current challenges this collection is a unique source of insight for all those interested in this fascinating field of law.

Andreas Marks

Japanese woodblock prints exemplified by such iconographic images as Hokusai’s Great Wave, Hiroshige’s Heavy Rain on Ohashi bridge, or Utamaro’s enticing beauties, constitute one of the most important and influential art forms in art history.

Today, the names of these artists themselves are celebrated throughout the world, and yet very little is known about the publishers of these artworks, despite the fact that they played a crucial role in the production, visual appearance and actual distribution of the works within the highly commercial world of Japanese printmaking. It was the publisher who gauged the markets, commissioned the artists and took on the risks of production. Once a design was completed by an artist, it was the publisher who coordinated the production process, farming out the work to the block carvers and printers, and also managed the distribution of the prints in the appropriate markets.

This volume champions the publisher – the enabler – without whom the great artworks which influenced painters like Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh and others, would never have been produced.

Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium focuses on the production process of Japanese woodblock prints with an emphasis on the role of the publisher. This publication presents over 1,100 publishers, with comprehensive lists of publications by a total of 572 artists and facsimiles of over 2300 publisher seals, spanning a time period from the 1650s to the 1990s.
The publisher entries include details on the residence of a publisher, his clientele, the period of his commercial activity as well as a list of issued print series in chronological order. This listing offers insight into the status and versatility of a publisher, as well as indicating the publisher’s specialities, favoured artists and the particular strategies pursued. With almost 600 pages of information on the publishers of Japanese woodblock prints, this publication is an essential reference work for scholars and collectors of Japanese prints alike.