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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

I am not a Luddite but I am a weaver

by bjs | Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 2:11 AM

By Michele Callaghan, manuscript editor Almost two hundred years ago, weavers displaced by the industrial revolution smashed the machines that they thought cost them their jobs. Heroes to some and “dinosaurs” to others, they saw their livelihood and way of life stripped away and felt powerless to stop it. This type of permanent disruption engendered many feelings. Among them were hope—felt both by the unskilled workers, who saw a way to break into a field that they weren’t previously qualified for, and by the owners of the new factories, whose fortunes took a turn for the better—and despair. This defeated feeling sprang from the weavers themselves, who had likely trained for years and felt great pride and self-respect for their talents but were deemed unnecessary in a field that their efforts had built. Carolyn Johnson Tussing, the grandmother of JHUP manuscript editor Michele Callaghan, is pictured with her grandson Sean. Tussing owned Carolyn’s Books in San Leandro, California

This cycle of wholesale change being supplanted by more wholesale change is as old as humankind. I doubt most of you have ever used a flint knife or bone awl or even a corset...Read More

The Doctor Is In: Holiday Expectations

by cmt | Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 8:30 AM

The Doctor Is In is an occasional series where JHU Press authors discuss the latest developments and news in health and medicine. guest post by Susan J. Noonan, M.D., M.P.H. At this time of the year, many of us are surrounded by people and environments that are wrapped up in the joy and chaos of the holiday season. You can’t seem to go anywhere without seeing festive decorations and feeling the energy of others running around. If you are suffering from depression or bipolar depression, this can be a more stressful, burdensome, and irritating time than usual. When your mood and energy levels are down, it is often difficult to muster the effort to participate in the activities of the season, especially since you may have no interest in doing so. That is part of the illness. But at the same time you may feel pressure to participate, either from within or from family members. Pressure to put on a cheery disposition around others. Pressure to think of gift-giving ideas and then to actually go out and buy the items at a crowded shopping mall—a real challenge! Pressure to prepare an elaborate holiday meal for your family. Pressure...Read More

Gifting Jane Austen

by bjs | Monday, December 16, 2013 - 9:56 AM

Guest post by Janine Barchas

Today puts another candle on the birthday cake of novelist Jane Austen, born 16 December 1775. Conveniently, Austen’s birthday coincides with the December gift-giving season. If you are thinking about making a holiday present of a Jane Austen novel to that budding (or confirmed) Janeite in your circle, you are spoiled for choice. In conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the original publication of Pride and Prejudice , this calendar year has witnessed a mushrooming of both new and newly repackaged Austen editions in a wide range of binding styles and price points.

In your choice of edition and inscription you may, however, want to reflect upon the long-standing history of the Jane Austen “gift book.” Whereas this year Jane Austen novels in both hardcover and paperback formats have been aggressively prettified in the stalwart fight against the e-book, these same stories have long been a gift-giving choice for everyone from aunts and uncles to schools and churches—even hotels and soap manufacturers. Not all of these uses of Austen as prizes and giveaways are duly recorded by book history.

Jane Austen as reward for good hygiene...Read More

Overture, Curtain, Lights!

by bjs | Friday, December 13, 2013 - 11:20 AM

By Brian Shea Journals PR and Advertising Coordinator NBC’s recent broadcast of a live version of “The Sound of Music” has musical theatre on the minds of many. Rumor has it that the network will make a live holiday musical a part of their strategy going forward. Even though Johns Hopkins University Press has a strong base of scholarly journals which focus on the theatre arts— Theatre Journal and Theatre Topics , along with Shakespeare Bulletin and Shakespeare Quarterly —the idea of branching out into musical entertainment doesn’t have seem to come up in any long-term planning. But a blog post from publisher McSweeney’s has opened our eyes to a whole new world. Humor writer T.G. Gibbon compiled a list of “ Actual Academic Journals Which Could Be Broadway Shows If They Had Exclamation Points Added! ” We tend to think of Callaloo as the pre-eminent journal focused on literature and arts of the African diaspora. Now we know it could turn heads on the Great White Way as Callaloo! And what would the reviews be for The Henry...Read More