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In: Journal of Belarusian Studies
In: Review of Central and East European Law
Author: Andrew Wilson

The article looks at the position of the Crimean Tatars, seventy years after their mass Deportation from Crimea in 1944, and twenty-five years since they were able to begin to return to Crimea in 1989. It concentrates on the politics of their position since Viktor Yanukovych was elected President of Ukraine in 2010, looking at arguments within their ranks and at government attempts to play ‘divide and rule’.

In: Security and Human Rights
In: Across the Ocean: Nine Essays on Indo-Mediterranean Trade
In: The Ancient Mediterranean Environment between Science and History
While postmodernism remains an ambiguous and messy phenomenon to represent, it also remains a compelling prophetic voice in the ongoing development of contemporary biblical studies. In Critical Entanglements: Postmodern Theory and Biblical Studies, Andrew P. Wilson tracks the various strands of postmodernism threaded through the discipline, drawing on a range of evocative biblical readings as well as key examples from the art world. Wilson demonstrates that the scholarly “entanglement” with postmodern theory provides a valuable critical sensibility to biblical readings, and referring to specific examples from reception history, one that has the potential to showcase biblical studies at its best. When it comes to reading practices, scholarly voices and identities, postmodern theory shows that biblical scholarship is ethically oriented and has an expansive sense of the text and textual effects. Wilson plots the distinctive ways in which postmodern theory has shaped scholarship of the bible while continuing to beckon in unanticipated ways from unexpected vantage points.

The Sunzi bingfa, commonly known as Sun Tzu's Art of War, reads like a treasure trove of strategic wisdom. When it first appeared in the late fourth century BCE, however, the Sunzi drew intense censure for its radical departure from the strategic culture of the age and for the author’s call for a professional standard of command in war. The revolutionary nature of the text is often lost on contemporary readers who assume the existence of a professionally-run military. This oversight obscures much of the potential value of this book for modern students of war and strategic theory and leaves the text open to severe misinterpretation. The mass armies common in late fourth-century BCE China could not be effectively led until new social roles were created, such as military officers who wielded routinised rather than charismatic authority. The Sunzi railed against “traditional” approaches to war and argued for a strategic culture centred upon the professional expertise of the commander. In other words, the author was inventing the “general” and providing the conceptual framework within which the military technology of his day could reach its full potential. The Sunzian general, for whom command was not a test of valour or mantic office but an intellectual enterprise, was defined by his professional expertise and unique qualities of mind. As such, the Sunzi is an elaborate defence of the authority of the commander and the autonomy of the realm within which he operated. The Sunzi, therefore, anticipates the kind of military-intellectual complex that all advanced societies manifest, and highlights many of the enduring tensions evident between the “professional” military and “amateur” statesmen.

In: War, Virtual War and Society

One of the grand scenes of the Passion narratives can be found in John’s Gospel where Pilate, presenting Jesus to the people, proclaims “Behold the man”: “Ecce Homo.” But what exactly does Pilate mean when he asks the reader to “Behold”? This paper takes as its point of departure a roughly drawn picture of Jesus in the “Ecce Homo” tradition and explores the relationship of this picture to its referent in John’s Gospel, via its capacity as kitsch devotional art. Contemporary scholarship on kitsch focuses on what kitsch does, or how it functions, rather than assessing what it is. From this perspective, when “beholding” is understood not for what it reveals but for what it does, John’s scene takes on a very different significance. It becomes a scene that breaks down traditional divisions between big and small stories, subject and object as well as text and context. A kitsch perspective opens up possibilities for locating John’s narrative in unexpected places and experiences. Rather than being a two-dimensional departure from the grandeur of John’s trial scene, kitsch “art” actually provides a lens through which the themes and dynamics of the narrative can be re-viewed with an expansiveness somewhat lacking from more traditional commentary.

In: Biblical Interpretation


In order to examine differences in attitudes to shoe fashions between women in Germany, Poland and Russia, we asked three samples of advanced female students of English to write a short English composition in response to the stimulus: “Tell us a little bit about the footwear (shoes, boots, etc.) you own and when you wear it”. We analysed the results using a manual qualitative content analysis and two forms of quantitative computer content analysis: one using project-specific categories developed from the qualitative content analysis and previous theory, the other using general semantic field categories. Both techniques were successful in highlighting similar between-group differences, suggesting that qualitative content analysis and project-specific categories can largely be dispensed with. Some issues in using non-native student English compositions as data in cross-cultural studies are also considered.

In: Corpus linguistics around the world
In: War, Virtual War and Society