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This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2016.

The ten essays which make up this volume create a delectable salad, which stands out both in taste and appeal, through a multifarious exploration of themes enriching the all-inclusive discourse on food. Rather than reiterating the debates that have been hashed and re-hashed in various disciplines, the essays compiled here explore novel ideas and spark unique discussions regarding the situatedness of food in everyday life using parameters such as culture, identity, space and taste. Employing unique inter- and intra-disciplinary methodologies and critical approaches, each article explores the evolution of definitions of food, cuisine and foodways and focuses on the ways in which discussions about food have moved beyond the superficial – food as a means of survival – to play a role in economic, social, political, cultural and ideological realms. By transcending boundaries of discipline, methodology and interest areas, this compilation will appeal to the tastes of anyone interested in food.
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2013.

The Many Facets of Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative Complexity explores a range of issues around narratives and their uses in various contexts and aspects of life. The premise for this volume is that human beings are storytelling creatures and stories or narratives are part of our daily lives and have been for centuries. From this starting point, the authors in this volume offer their explorations, reflections and findings from research and practice across disciplines and continents. Certain functions of stories are uncovered - education, social change and identity formation, for example. Some specific uses of narratives are investigated, such as in research methodology and representations in the media. Finally, other narratives are offered for themselves, as performances and (auto)biographical reflections. The chapters in this volume illustrate the many meanings of storytelling, and thus account for the layers of complexity that are inevitable when we discuss narratives.
Editor: William Fourie
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2016.

From subversive shop windows to moralising theme parks, Urban Assemblage presents eight diverse perspectives on urban space and culture. The volume spotlights cities as far afield as Johannesburg and Cork City to see how different cultures, media, mobilities and narratives come to form the spaces we occupy; it looks at the Tuscan utopia, the evolution of the hipster, the Neo-bohemian café culture of gentrification, and breaking the rigid urban way of life through the fluid (identity) movement of Parkour. Not only is the subject matter diverse, but the interdisciplinary spirit at the core of this volume elicits convergences and divergences, intersections and parallels by drawing on wide-ranging methodologies and disciplines. Urban Assemblage is an assemblage of eight different voices, informed and cutting-edge in their explications of various urban spaces.
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2016.

The articles comprised in this anthology are attempting to discuss the rapid change of digital media technologies and the way they impetus our understanding of history and memory. History should not be regarded only as an object of research. It is also a subject, performing and registering agency. The aim of the articles will not be to cover the whole range of mediated histories, but to claim fresh insights for debate and discovery in terms of digital memories. In this sense, contributions for this volume will leave the “doors of perception” (Aldous Huxley) wide open and sketch the impact of media to different cultural practices, identity work and preservation of history, as well as the examination of it. Likewise, divergence of the papers at hand indicates that the concept “digital” ought to be recognized as institutional practices, methodological tools, or as content providers for memories.
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2016.

From the ridicule of Emo culture on YouTube to the minute joys of the Happy Hour Trolley in an Australian palliative care setting, responses to suffering and death range from avoidance to eradication. Blunt Traumas thoughtfully engages these topics with compassion and brutal honesty. Contributors across the spectrum of professions using a variety of methodologies, including case studies, fieldwork, systematic philosophy, and historical and textual analysis all respond to the orienting question: ‘How does culture impact, co-create, and/or produce suffering?’ Their inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives are divided into two sections. The first, ‘Public Perceptions of Death, Dying, and Suffering’ closely examines human interactions with and performance of technologies of suffering from wireless to religious, dead baby bloggers to wounded warriors. The second half of the book focuses on the ‘The Sufferer’s Right to Choose’, whether that concerns end-of-life decisions, medical technologies, or narratives of self. Together, these chapters provide greater intelligibility on and provocative discussions about the oft ignored or ‘buried’ discourses of suffering and dying.
Editor: Monica Evans
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2011.

Videogame Studies: Concepts, Cultures, and Communication explores the ever-expanding field of game studies. Included in this volume is the research and insights of experts in multiple interdisciplinary fields, focused on the construction of new frameworks for understanding games as narrative artifacts, technological systems, cultural indicators, social communities, educators, and works of art. Games and game-structures permeate every aspect of our lives, and provide more than simple entertainment to the millions of players immersed and engaged in games on a daily basis.

The sixteen authors in this volume provide new thoughts on the rapid expansion of both the game industry and game academia, and cover a wide range of topics, including the rise and fall of in-game communities; the place of digital versus analog games in current methodology; the particular relationship between player, avatar, and identity; the design of educational and serious games; the social structures, needs, and desires of social game players; the performance aspect of interactive media; and the economic consequences of game production. This collection aims to inspire further research in numerous areas of game studies, and is a valuable addition to the growing discourse of a rapidly evolving field of study.
Editors: Celia Morgan and Filipa Malva
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2013.

The dynamic exchange of perspectives that constituted the 2nd Global Conference of Performance: Visual Aspects of Performance Practice demonstrated that the foundational concept of the project is a vibrant platform for sharing and extending ideas within all aspects of scenographic practice in performance. This volume is a compilation of papers that formed the basic structure of that conference.

The first four chapters present a developing schema of visual languages within theatre. From Beckett, Ibsen, Svoboda to Wilson, they navigate the symbolic and visual prioritizing of postdramatic scenographic forms. Part 2 reconsiders the predetermined divisions that deflate experiential encounters with the inanimate. Dance, puppetry and slapstick provide examples of interaction between performers and their environment. Part 3 addresses various renderings of design processes, exploring the role of drawing, fabric and body in creating a narrative. Part 4 negotiates the sensitive interface between public and performance while looking at the Burning Man Festival, flash mobs and opera media casting. The final chapters represent a global collective of process strategies that confront the production and methodologies of meaning. They engage with cultural presumptions and subjectivities in post Cultural Revolution China, Spanish flamenco, American Indian (post)colonial resistances and the traditions of Australian Aboriginal artists.
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2011.

The papers collected in this volume document the exchange and development of ideas that comprised the 5th Global Conference on Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace, and Science Fiction, hosted at Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom, in July 2010. As in the past, the conference was driven by questions related to how cyberculture, cyberspace and science fiction can provide new insights into the nature of what it is to be human and the understanding of what it means for human beings to live in communities. In addition to these recurring themes, there is just as importantly a disposition that is shared by those participating in this volume. The authors, as well the writers, thinkers, and filmmakers they consider in their essays, demonstrate an intrepid and inquisitive approach that tests age-old questions within the rapidly expanding, but still vaguely defined spaces that new technologies have afforded us. Moreover, in many ways, the conference and present volume reflect their subject, which has always been situated self-consciously and comfortably between the receding boundaries that have traditionally served both to delineate various academic disciplines and to distinguish real scholarship from popular discourse. Thus, as evidenced in the chapters of this volume, the conference benefited from the participation of delegates who represented a variety of fields, methodologies, and perspectives.
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2013.

In recent years the study of celebrity, of what constitutes fame, and how that fame is controlled and performed, has become an area of intense scholarly interest. This is due in part to the increased emphasis on social and cultural history and the presence of new and innovative sources, both of which have created new and exciting areas of study. The growing importance and recognition of the celebrity phenomenon has created a field that is both currently rich in literature and has the room for continued scholarship. The works in this volume address debates on the concept of celebrity, including the modernity of celebrity, the importance of the celebrity-audience relationship and the question of who controls celebrity personas. How, in essence, do celebrities “do fame?” This question is at the centre of this book, with the pieces included addressing this idea across a variety of academic disciplines, time periods, and methodological approaches.
Volume Editors: Katalin Kis and Aleah N. Ranjjitsingh
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2013.

As social constructs, masculinities and femininities are continually being challenged and reconstructed, and in so doing, new subjectivities are re/produced. The boundaries of gender thus remain both violent and vulnerable; violent in the Butlerian sense of subject formation and normative gender policing, and vulnerable as they are fraught with possibilities for new ways of gendering and new definitions of sexual difference. This volume thus examines the boundaries of masculinities and femininities through various cultural, socio-historical, and political contexts, and the tensions which arise from the constant challenges and reconstructions. Violent and Vulnerable Performances: Challenging the Gender Boundaries of Masculinities and Femininities contains fourteen chapters which demonstrate the situatedness of gender, and its impacts on race, class, sex, the body, identity, language, work, the family, and further cultural, socio-political, and economic processes.