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Journal Author Turns Adversity into Triumph

by bjs | Friday, February 7, 2014 - 8:30 AM

By Lauren Anderson Marketing Assistant

Angela Moore has lived a life full of challenges. Since birth, she has suffered from acquired spastic cerebral palsy. Although the odds were stacked against her, she never let her condition get the better of her or allowed it to define her entire life. After being diagnosed with breast cancer at forty-two, Moore wrote about her remarkable life story for the 1000 Voices Project.

The staff of the journal Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (winner of the 2012 Prose award for Best New Journal in Science, Technology and Medicine) found Moore’s writing so impressive that they invited her to share her story in their Winter 2013 issue. In her resulting article , Moore talks about her desire for the public to develop a greater understanding of people with disabilities, and urges disabled individuals to embrace their condition and look beyond it. A recent Australian newspaper profile of Moore described her ascent to journal article author.

NIB’ s main mission is to develop a deeper understanding of bioethical issues by publishing rich descriptions of complex human experiences written in the words of the...Read More

January news and new books

by rr | Monday, January 27, 2014 - 8:30 AM

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News and Notes/Praise and Reviews

The Huffington Post names Benedetta Berti’s Armed Political Organizations: From Conflict to Integration one of the best political science books of 2013. A recent Baltimore City Paper review of Michael Olesker’s Front Stoops in the Fifties: Baltimore Legends Come of Age says: “In-depth interviews and decades of cultural observance breathe colorful life into each of these essays . . . a great historical record of some of our city’s most fascinating characters.” Listen to NPR’s The State of Things interview, “Is Facebook Good For Your Health?”, with Brian G. Southwell, author of ...Read More

What’s my line?

by cmt | Friday, January 17, 2014 - 8:30 AM

by Michele Callaghan, manuscript editor Like an actor assuming a role, we editors need to inhabit the voice and the knowledge base of our authors. In recent months, I have been a precise medieval historian, a statistics-spewing football fan, a physicist with a flair for describing science for a lay audience, and a political science professor from the Big Apple. The stereotypical actor asks, “What’s my motivation?” We need to ask similar questions to translate what is in the author’s mind for the intended reader. And like the actor, we can ad lib somewhat and use our knowledge to tease out the meaning and add to the original script. But there are two things we cannot do: break character and speak as ourselves or go off script to create our own story. Longtime readers of the blog know that at one time I was an aspiring author and that in my youth my unreachable goal was to be the next James Joyce. I know I am not the only person out there with a file cabinet full of good and bad writing. So, why the shift from auteur to actor? Perhaps it is the teacher in my blood; both...Read More

Jazz Noir

by cmt | Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Guest Post by Mark Osteen A sharply creased fedora rests atop the oiled hair of a smart-talking detective, whose steely eyes gaze at a seductive blonde smoking a cigarette. When they kiss, a slinky jazz saxophone plays. Hat, blonde, smoke, jazz: these are the signature tropes of classic film noir. But there’s a problem: the jazz wasn’t really there. In fact, not a single 1940s noir and only a few from the ‘50s featured a jazz soundtrack. Nevertheless, as I argue in Nightmare Alley , noir filmmakers used jazz to explore America’s shifting attitudes and anxieties about race, gender, sexuality, and violence, and to register the dissonances of a changing postwar world. Film noir’s many nightclub scenes introduced viewers to an underground world of racial mixing, louche behavior, and unorthodox gender roles and sexual orientations. These associations color noir’s portrayals of white jazz musicians, who are typically depicted as sexually suspect and prone to madness and violence. Yet the films also betray a fascination with these figures who enact viewers’ repressed attraction to blackness and its (often stereotyped) tropes. In other words, white jazz musicians are “noired”—transformed into surrogate African Americans—in films like Phantom Lady (1944) and...Read More

The Envelope, Please ...

by bjs | Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 8:28 AM

By Lisa Klose, Journals Marketing Manager Last week, the People’s Choice Awards and Golden Globe Awards kicked off the 2014 Hollywood awards season. Ok, I will openly admit that awards season is a guilty pleasure of mine. I mean, what’s not to love? I am not necessarily talking about the red carpet walks, the marvelous couture, the speeches (both beguiling and boring alike), and the endless shots of celebrities du jour. I am not even talking about the marketing, money, or egos. The reason I love these awards shows is because—whether music, television, or film is being honored— they put a spotlight on some incredible work . Here in the JHU Press Journals division, we’re coming to an end of an awards season of our own. 2013 MarCom Awards Administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), the MarCom Awards recognize outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals. MarCom entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies, and freelancers. Over 6,000 entries from throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries were entered into in the 2013 competition. Awards won by the...Read More

2014: The Year the UN Could Make Its Troops Fully Accountable for their Actions?

by cmt | Monday, January 13, 2014 - 8:30 AM

guest post by Arturo C. Sotomayor Since the 1990s, UN peacekeeping has experienced a sea change in the frequency, nature, and purposes of its missions. During the Cold War era, for example, there were never more than five missions operating at any one time, while after the first Gulf War there were twelve. Troop levels have also increased from 78,000 soldiers in 1990 to over 97,000 blue helmets in 2013. Moreover, peacekeepers have been given increased responsibilities in maintaining peace abroad and tasked with highly complex functions. In places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic, the UN Security Council has authorized robust mandates to its peacekeepers, providing them with the authority to use force in offensive campaigns against belligerent forces, relying on drones for surveillance and patrols , and cooperating with heavily armored French and African troops . Not only has there been a dramatic increase in the demand for peacekeepers, there has also been a radical change in the number and quality of the blue helmets supplied by troop-lending countries. The so-called middle powers (Canada, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark), for example, no longer provide the bulk of the...Read More

Tackling the Medical Humanities

by bjs | Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 10:26 AM

At the 129th MLA Annual Convention this week in Chicago, forums and discussions will take place on the future organization of MLA divisions and discussion groups . The current proposal calls for a new forum called "Medical Humanities and Health Studies." In late 2013, we interviewed Catherine Belling, the new editor of the journal Literature and Medicine , for our podcast series, She spoke about her new position and the intersection between the two disciplines some may think as quite different. She discussed the many ways literature and medicine often work hand in hand, a topic surely of interest to those looking at the new MLS structure. [audio http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/podcasts/20131212.mp3]Read More

Journal of Women’s History at 25

by bjs | Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Guest Post by Teresa A. Meade and Leila J. Rupp Quite often, when we reflect on the field of women’s history and how it has developed over time, we use what the feminist scholar Clare Hemmings calls “progress narratives.” That is, we say that women’s history used to be all about white middle-class women, but now we are attentive to race, ethnicity, class, and other differences. Or we say that women’s history used to be dominated by scholarship on the United States, but now we attend to other places and think comparatively and transnationally. Or we say that women’s history used to be relentlessly empirical and atheoretical, but now we have incorporated the insights of poststructuralism, intersectionality, and gender theory. The twenty-fifth anniversary issue of the Journal of Women's History gives us the opportunity to reflect on the trajectory of women’s history, not from the beginning, whenever that might have been, but certainly since the first Journal issue in 1989. In addition to this celebration of the Journal’s first twenty-five years, we are happy to announce that a history of the JWH , researched and written by Jennifer Tomas, will be available online...Read More

December news and new books

by rr | Monday, December 23, 2013 - 11:20 AM

Happy Holidays from JHUP!

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News and Notes / Praise and Reviews

Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon by Janneken Smucker was featured in The New York Times 2013 Holiday Gift Guide . A Man's Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active by Edward H. Thompson, Jr., and Lenard W. Kaye was featured in The Wall Street Journal ’s 2013 top guides to life after 50. Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts edited by Rebecca Chopp, Susan Frost,...Read More

Snowy Owls Make an Appearance

by bjs | Friday, December 20, 2013 - 8:30 AM

Guest post by Bryan MacKay Winter seems to have arrived early this year, with more snow, ice and cold temperatures in December than during the entire winter of 2012-13. With three full months of cold weather still ahead of us, we humans have a tendency to hunker down next to a warm fire or cocoon with a stack of blankets. Yet the natural world, and the animals who live there, have no choice but to endure. This year has brought a rare visitor to Maryland to enjoy what for that species is a balmy winter vacation residence. Snowy owls are large, unmistakable, and appealing to humans. As their name implies, snowy owls have white plumage, although first-year birds have some dark flecks atop the head and on the body and wings. Snowies weigh about four pounds, twice as much as the common barred owl and half as much as a bald eagle. They stand about two feet high and have a four-foot wingspan. During the day, snowy owls usually perch on the ground; at night they hunt from a perch, taking small mammals and birds like ducks and pigeons. In just the first...Read More