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  • The world in a book : Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic encyclopedic tradition / Elias Muhanna
    AE 2 N8M84 2018eb

    A groundbreaking study of one of the greatest encyclopedias of the medieval Islamic world--al-Nuwayri's The U ltimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition

    Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri was a fourteenth-century Egyptian polymath and the author of one of the greatest encyclopedias of the medieval Islamic world--a thirty-one-volume work entitled The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition . A storehouse of knowledge, this enormous book brought together materials on nearly every conceivable subject, from cosmology, zoology, and botany to philosophy, poetry, ethics, statecraft, and history. Composed in Cairo during the golden age of Islamic encyclopedic activity, the Ultimate Ambition was one of hundreds of large-scale compendia, literary anthologies, dictionaries, and chronicles produced at this time--an effort that was instrumental in organizing the archive of medieval Islamic thought.

    In the first study of this landmark work in a European language, Elias Muhanna explores its structure and contents, sources and influences, and reception and impact in the Islamic world and Europe. He sheds new light on the rise of encyclopedic literature in the learned cities of the Mamluk Empire and situates this intellectual movement alongside other encyclopedic traditions in the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment periods. He also uncovers al-Nuwayri's world: a scene of bustling colleges, imperial chanceries, crowded libraries, and religious politics.

    Based on award-winning scholarship, The World in a Book opens up new areas in the comparative study of encyclopedic production and the transmission of knowledge.


  • One origin of digital humanities Fr Roberto Busa in his own words / Julianne Nyhan, Marco Passarotti, editors
    AZ105

  • Collecting and provenance : a multidisciplinary approach / edited by Jane C. Milosch and Nick Pearce
    AM 133 C65 2019eb

  • Review of material relating to the entry of suspected war criminals into Australia
    KT AM397

  • Understanding and implementing inclusion in museums / Laura-Edythe Coleman
    AM 11 C59 2018eb

  • Tear gas epiphanies : protest, culture, museums / Kirsty Robertson
    AM 21 A2R63 2019

  • The culture of digital scholarship in academic libraries / edited by Robin Chin Roemer and Verletta Kern
    AZ 195 C84 2019

    At the heart of digital scholarship are universal questions, lessons, and principles relating both to the mission of higher education and the shared values that make an academic library culture. But while global in aspirations, digital scholarship starts with local culture drawn from the community. Editors Chin Roemer and Kern invite you into their institutional workspace, the University of Washington, gathering voices from a range of positions that speak to the facets of digital scholarship. This mosaic of perspectives reveals the challenges, questions, and personalities that sit at the nexus of academic libraries and digital scholarship culture. Reflecting on UW's approach, you'll gain insights for your own institution on topics such as

    ways to create awareness of digital services through training; supporting students as creators of content; blending existing analog collections with ongoing digital initiatives using a media lab; creating a campus-wide, discipline agnostic, data repository service; how a popular digital storytelling workshop spawned digital scholarship across campus; digital scholarship consultations, viewed from an instructional technologist's approach; the place of digital scholarship in the fabric of a revitalized urban community; four strategies for teaching research skills within an online-only bachelor's degree program; and assessment findings from focus groups, surveys, digital pedagogy projects, and Omeka case studies.

    By thoroughly exploring a single institution, this unique volume elucidates the many ways in which digital scholarship can express the values, priorities, opportunities, and challenges of the community's intellectual and technical environment.


  • Human simulation : perspectives, insights, and applications / Saikou Y. Diallo, Wesley J. Wildman, F. LeRon Shults, Andreas Tolk, editors
    AZ 186 H86 2019eb

  • Prostitution, sexuality, and the law in ancient Rome / Thomas A.J. McGinn
    KJ A3468.P76 M39 1998
    This is a study of the legal rules affecting the practice of female prostitution at Rome approximately from 200 B.C. to A.D. 250. It examines the formation and precise content of the legal norms developed for prostitution and those engaged in this profession, with close attention to theirsocial context. McGinn's unique study explores the "fit" between the law-system and the socio-economic reality while shedding light on important questions concerning marginal groups, marriage, sexual behavior, the family, slavery, and citizen status, particularly that of women.

  • Museum activism / edited by Robert R. Janes and Richard Sandell
    AM 7 M847 2019eb

    Only a decade ago, the notion that museums, galleries and heritage organisations might engage in activist practice, with explicit intent to act upon inequalities, injustices and environmental crises, was met with scepticism and often derision. Seeking to purposefully bring about social change was viewed by many within and beyond the museum community as inappropriately political and antithetical to fundamental professional values. Today, although the idea remains controversial, the way we think about the roles and responsibilities of museums as knowledge based, social institutions is changing. Museum Activism examines the increasing significance of this activist trend in thinking and practice.

    At this crucial time in the evolution of museum thinking and practice, this ground-breaking volume brings together more than fifty contributors working across six continents to explore, analyse and critically reflect upon the museum's relationship to activism. Including contributions from practitioners, artists, activists and researchers, this wide-ranging examination of new and divergent expressions of the inherent power of museums as forces for good, and as activists in civil society, aims to encourage further experimentation and enrich the debate in this nascent and uncertain field of museum practice.

    Museum Activism elucidates the largely untapped potential for museums as key intellectual and civic resources to address inequalities, injustice and environmental challenges. This makes the book essential reading for scholars and students of museum and heritage studies, gallery studies, arts and heritage management, and politics. It will be a source of inspiration to museum practitioners and museum leaders around the globe.


  • Deaccessioning today : theory and practice / Steven Miller
    AM 133 M55 2018

    Deaccessioning Today: Theory and Practice is a comprehensive international overview of deaccessioning. Author Steven Miller covers reasons for removing items from collections, looks at how and why deaccessioning occurs in museums around the world, and discusses recommended disposition procedures. Collections make museums unique. Getting and keeping physical evidence of the human and natural world, and doing so for the long term, is not done by any other organizations, entities, agencies, etc. This characteristic is essential to accept and understand regardless of a museum's operations. It is especially important when considering what to subtract from collections. Features include: -In-depth coverage of reasons for deaccessioning including ownership disputes, untenable conservation, redundancy, fakes and forgeries, source of income, safety reasons; -Processes for both museum-initiated and externally-initiated deaccessions; -Disposition options including sale, gift, exchange, demotion, destruction, and return; -Controversies surrounding deaccessions; Deaccessioning Today is for museum professionals, those who are responsible for museums (such as trustees, volunteers, elected officials, and donors), as well as the general public with an interest in how museums operate and why.

Updated: Tuesday 21 January 2020
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