Pillars of Salt

Israelis in Berlin and Toronto


Lianne Merkur

In Pillars of Salt, Lianne Merkur offers an account of early 21st century immigration as experienced by Israelis in Berlin and Toronto. Commonly portrayed as contrary to the territorial emphasis of national integrity, these individuals and communities appear to explore a sense of belonging that evaluates and incorporates both foreign and familiar elements. Social media allows for an alternative space to balance between new home and homeland, studied here as developing simultaneously in multiple sites. The author makes use of innovative methodologies to document the participants’ own perspectives expressed online, at events or on paper. She thereby challenges established norms of interpretation to prove that personal decisions, primarily regarding preferred language or simply self-identification, are the cornerstones of collective character.


Craig Kallendorf

In this work Craig Kallendorf argues that the printing press played a crucial, and previously unrecognized, role in the reception of the Roman poet Virgil in the Renaissance. Using a new methodology developed at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Printing Virgil shows that the press established which commentaries were disseminated, provided signals for how the Virgilian translations were to be interpreted, shaped the discussion about the authenticity of the minor poems attributed to Virgil, and inserted this material into larger censorship concerns. The editions that were printed during this period transformed Virgil into a poet who could fit into Renaissance culture, but they also determined which aspects of his work could become visible at that time.

Public Baths and Bathing Habits in Late Antiquity

A Study of the Evidence from Italy, North Africa and Palestine A.D. 285-700


Sadi Maréchal

In this book Sadi Maréchal examines the survival, transformation and eventual decline of Roman public baths and bathing habits in Italy, North Africa and Palestine during Late Antiquity. Through the analysis of archaeological remains, ancient literature, inscriptions and papyri, the continued importance of bathhouses as social hubs within the urban fabric is demonstrated, thus radically altering common misconceptions of their decline through the rise of Christianity and elite seclusion. Persistent ideas about health and hygiene, as well as perpetuating ideas of civic self-esteem, drove people to build, restore and praise these focal points of daily life when other classical buildings were left to crumble.


Edited by Ralph W. Hood and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor

The 30th volume of Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion consists of two special sections, as well as two separate empirical studies on attachment and daily spiritual practices. The first special section deals with the social scientific study of religion in Indonesia. Indonesia is a predominantly Muslim country whose history and contemporary involvement in the study of religion is explored from both sociological and psychological perspectives. The second special section is on the Pope Francis effect: the challenges of modernization in the Catholic church and the global impact of Pope Francis. While its focus is mainly on the Catholic religion, the internal dynamics and geopolitics explored apply more broadly.

The Shīʿīs in Palestine

From the Medieval Golden Age until the Present


Yaron Friedman


Arthur der Weduwen and Andrew Pettegree

With the birth of a serial press in the seventeenth century, the introduction of paid advertising was the most crucial step in pointing the newspaper industry towards a sustainable future. Here, as in so much else, the laboratory of invention was the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic. In this study, based on an exhaustive examination of the first 6,000 advertisements placed in Dutch newspapers between 1620 and 1675, Arthur der Weduwen and Andrew Pettegree chart the growth of advertising from an adjunct to the book industry, advertising newly published titles, to a broad reflection of a burgeoning consumer society. Businesses and private citizens used the newspapers to offer a wide range of goods and services, publicise new inventions, or appeal for help in recovering lost and stolen goods, pets or children. In these evocative, colourful and sometimes deeply moving notices, we see the beginnings of marketing strategies that would characterise the advertising world over the following centuries, and into the modern era.

Smuggling the Renaissance

The Illicit Export of Artworks Out of Italy, 1861-1909


Joanna Smalcerz

Smuggling the Renaissance: The Illicit Export of Artworks Out of Italy, 1861-1909 explores the phenomenon of art spoliation in Italy following Unification (1861), when the international demand for Italian Renaissance artworks was at an all-time high but effective art protection legislation had not yet been passed.
Making use of rich archival material Joanna Smalcerz narrates the complex and often dramatic struggle between the lawmakers of the new Italian State, and international curators (e.g., Wilhelm Bode), collectors (e.g., Isabella Stewart Gardner) and dealers (e.g., Stefano Bardini) who continuously orchestrated illicit schemes to export abroad Italian masterpieces. At the heart of the intertwinement of the art trade, art scholarship and art protection policies the author exposes the socio-psychological dynamics of unlawful collecting.

Edited by Alberto Bonchino and Albert Franz


Friedrich Schlegel

Edited by Ernst Behler

Friedrich Schlegel (1772–1829) war nicht nur mit seinem Bruder August Wilhelm einer der bedeutendsten Vertreter der Jenaer Frühromantik, mit seinem umfassenden Werk von Geschichte und Altphilologie über Indologie, Sprachtypologie und Kulturphilosophie bis hin zu Kunst- und Literaturkritik gilt er auch als erster deutscher Intellektueller.
In zehn Bänden wird hiermit die erste Abteilung der Historisch-kritischen Ausgabe der Werke des Universalgelehrten vorgelegt.


Edited by Albert Franz and Alberto Bonchino

Die Franz von Baader Edition versammelt die repräsentativ­sten und aufschlussreichsten Schriften des katholischen Theologen, Natur- und Sozietätsphilosophen Franz von Baader (1765–1841) in vier Bänden. Diese Texte spiegeln Baaders Gedankenwelt in anschaulicher Weise wider. Insbesondere seine naturphilosophischen, ethischen, religiösen, metaphysischen sowie theosophischen Ansichten treten in ihnen besonders deutlich hervor.
Bis heute sind diese Schriften noch nicht in einer kritischen Ausgabe veröffentlicht worden. Die Franz von Baader Edition ist als Editio princeps die erste Ausgabe mit textkritischem Apparat, erklärenden Anmerkungen, Bibliographie, Personen- und Sachregister.
Die vierhändige Ausgabe wird insgesamt 28 chronologisch angeordnete und kommentierte Texte enthalten. Von besonderem Wert ist die kritische Kommentierung, die die einzelnen Textstellen erläutert und wissenschaftlich fundiert einleitet.