« Back | Print 
Concordia.ca   /   Library   /   About the library   /   News   /   Acquisitions

New books by subject

sort items by: 

A - General Works - Concordia University Libraries Recent Acquisitions

Items in General Works that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 120 days.

  • Ports 2016 : port planning and development, June 12-15, 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana : papers from sessions of the 14th triennial international conference / edited by Don Oates, P.E., D.PE, Elizabeth Burkhart, P.E., D.P.E., Jennifer Grob
    TC203.5 .P765 2016

  • Textual Curation : Authorship, Agency, and Technology in Wikipedia and Chambers's Cyclopædia / Krista Kennedy
    AE 1.5 K75 2016eb
    Wikipedia is arguably the most famous collaboratively written text of our time, but few know that nearly three hundred years ago Ephraim Chambers proposed an encyclopedia written by a wide range of contributors--from illiterate craftspeople to titled gentry. Chambers wrote that incorporating information submitted by the public would considerably strengthen the second edition of his well-received Cyclopædia, which relied on previously published information. In Textual Curation, Krista Kennedy examines the editing and production histories of the Cyclopædia and Wikipedia, the ramifications of robot-written texts, and the issues of intellectual property theory and credit. Kennedy also documents the evolution of both encyclopedias as well as the participation of central players in discussions about the influence of technology and collaboration in early modern and contemporary culture.Through this comparative study, based on extensive archival research and data-driven analysis, Kennedy illuminates the deeply situated nature of authorship, which is dependent on cultural approval and stable funding sources as much as it is on original genius and the ownership of intellectual property. Kennedy's work significantly revises long-held notions of authorial agency and autonomy, establishing the continuity of new writing projects such as wikis with longstanding authorial practices that she calls textual curation.This study examines a wide range of texts that recompose accepted knowledge into reliable, complex reference works requires contributions of article text alongside less commonly considered elements such as metadata vocabularies, cross-indexing, and the development of print and digital interfaces. Comparison of analog and networked texts also lays bare the impact of technological developments, both in the composing process and in the topics that can practically be included in such a text. By examining the human and technological curators that support these encyclopedias as well as the discourses that surround them, Kennedy develops textual curation as a longstanding theory and process that offers a nuanced construction of authorship.

  • The Muses on Their Lunch Hour / Marjorie Garber
    AC 8.5 G37 2017eb
    As a break from their ordained labors, what might the Muses today do on their lunch hour? This collection of witty, shrewd, and imaginative essays addresses interdisciplinary topics that range widely from Shakespeare, to psychoanalysis, to the practice of higher education today. With the ease born of deep knowledge, Marjorie Garber moves from comical journalistic quirks (¿Fig Leaves¿) to the curious return of myth and ritual in the theories of evolutionary psychologists (¿Ovid, Now and Then¿).Two themes emerge consistently in Garber¿s latest exploration of symptoms of culture. The first is that to predict the ¿next big thing¿ in literary studies we should look back at ideas and practices set aside by a previous generation of critics. In the past several decades we have seen the reemergence of¿for example¿textual editing, biography, character criticism, aesthetics and philology as ¿hot¿ new areas for critical intervention. The second theme expands on this observation, making the case for ¿cultural forgetting¿ as the way the arts and humanities renew themselves, both within fields and across them.

  • Civilizing the Chinese, Competing with the West : Study Societies in Late Qing China / Chen Hon Fai
    AS 445 C543 2017eb

  • Exiles and Expatriates in the History of Knowledge, 1500-2000 / Peter Burke
    AZ 231 B874 2017eb
    In this wide-ranging consideration of intellectual diasporas, historian Peter Burke questions what distinctive contribution to knowledge exiles and expatriates have made. The answer may be summed up in one word: deprovincialization. Historically, the encounter between scholars from different cultures was an education for both parties, exposing them to research opportunities and alternative ways of thinking. Deprovincialization was in part the result of mediation, as many émigrés informed people in their "hostland" about the culture of the native land, and vice versa. The detachment of the exiles, who sometimes viewed both homeland and hostland through foreign eyes, allowed them to notice what scholars in both countries had missed. Yet at the same time, the engagement between two styles of thought, one associated with the exiles and the other with their hosts, sometimes resulted in creative hybridization, for example, between German theory and Anglo-American empiricism. This timely appraisal is brimming with anecdotes and fascinating findings about the intellectual assets that exiles and immigrants bring to their new country, even in the shadow of personal loss.

  • Curating Community : Museums, Constitutionalism, and the Taming of the Political / Stacy Douglas
    AM 7 D68 2017eb

  • Dark Affinities, Dark Imaginaries : A Mind's Odyssey / Joseph Natoli
    AC 8.5 N38 2017eb

  • Museum experience design : crowds, ecosystems and novel technologies / Arnold Vermeeren, Licia Calvi, Amalia Sabiescu, editors

  • Scientific knowledge communication in museums / Alberto Rovetta, Edoardo Rovida

  • Canadian periodical index, 1920-1937 : an author and subject index / Grace Heggie [and others]
    AI 3 C2 1920-1937

  • Canadian periodical index : an author and subject index : January 1938-December 1947 / May L. Newton, editor ; 1947 editor, Dorothy Davidson ; cumulation editor, Betty Jean Faurschou
    AI 3 C2 1938-1947

  • Canadian index to periodicals and documentary films : an author and subject index, January 1948-December 1959 / edited by Margaret E. Wodehouse, Ruth Mulholland ; indexers, Dorothy B. Chatwin [and others]
    AI 3 C2 1948-1959

  • Clash of symbols : a ride through the riches of glyphs / Stephen Webb

  • Museum operations : a handbook of tools, templates, and models / Samantha Chmelik
    AM 5 C47 2017
    Today's accelerated pace of decision-making combined with the emphases on accountability and transparency has created the need for analytical tools and templates to support the decision-making process of museum staffs and boards. Museum Operations: A Handbook of Tools, Templates, and Models contains research and analytical tools, templates, and models - giving museum professionals processes and procedures for analyzing information and making decisions that are then easily explainable to staff, board members, donors, patrons, and other stakeholders. The book consists of four parts. -Part One is an overview of the research project management process. -Part Two introduces the 19 tools, templates, and models that can be used to collect, analyze, and present research results and recommendations. It also explains what each tool, template, or model is, what it does, when it should be used, and how it should be used. -Part Three presents six fictional case studies that show when and how the tools, templates, and models can be used in situ. -Part Four contains blank, instructional versions of the tools, templates, and models for the reader's use. Additional resources related to project management, research and analysis, and presentation skills are also included.

  • Museum ethics in practice / Gary Edson
    AM 7 E333 2017eb

  • Doing museology differently / by Duncan Grewcock
    AM 5 G76 2014

    One might believe that museum studies is a stable field of academic inquiry based on a set of familiar institutional forms and functions. But as institutions museums have never been stable or singular, and neither has the discipline of museum studies. Museum studies as a field of academic inquiry has received little critical attention. One result of this neglect has arguably been a lack of invention in museum studies; another is the distancing of academic museum studies from museum practice.

    Doing Museology Differently charts a different course. A critical¿creative reflection on academic practice, the book takes the form of a narrative account of museological fieldwork. A research story unfolds, challenging academic conventions at the level of its own presentation: the book combines critical museum visiting with an autobiographical voice. The identification of a previously underexplored interdisciplinary space leads the author to experiment with museum studies using contemporary developments in the theory and practice of human geography. The new approaches to museological research and representation that emerge from this unique inquiry challenge assumed institutional and intellectual boundaries and act as a call to further creative experimentation.

  • Museums 101 / Mark Walhimer
    AM 5 W35 2015
    Looking for an A-Z, one-stop, comprehensive book on museums? Wish you were able to have one of the world's leading museum consultants spend a couple of days with you, talking you through how to start a museum, how museums work, how to set up an exhibit, and more? If so, Museums 101 is the answer to your wishes. In one short volume, Mark Walhimer covers: - Essential Background, such as what is a museum, a quick history of museums, and 10 steps to starting a museum - Operational Basics, such as branding, marketing, strategic planning, governance, accessibility, and day-to-day operations - What goes on behind the scenes in a museum, ranging from finances to fundraising to art handling, exhibit management, and research - The Visitor Experience, planning a museum, designing exhibits for visitors, programming, and exhibit evaluation. Features that even the most experienced museum professionals will find useful include a community outreach checklist, a fundraising checklist, a questionnaire for people considering starting a new museum, and an exhaustive, well-organized list of online resources for museum operations. The book's contents were overseen by a six-member international advisory board. Valuable appendixes you'll use every day include a museum toolbox full of useful forms, checklists, and worksheets, and a glossary of essential museum-related terms. In addition to the printed book, Museums 101 also features a companion website exclusively for readers of the book. The website-- museums101.com--features: - links to essential online resources in the museum world, - downloadable sample documents, - a glossary, - a bibliography of sources for further reading, and - photographs of more than 75 museums of all types. Museums 101 Advisory Board - Jim DeMersman, Executive Director, Museum on Main, Pleasanton, California, United States of America - David L. Godfrey, C.P.A., Allison & Godfrey, Certified Public Accountants, Norwalk, Connecticut, United States of America - Van A. Romans, President, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, Texas, and Board of Trustees, American Alliance of Museums, United States of America - Sergey Solovyev, Ph.D., Department of Greek & Roman Antiquities, The State Hermitage Museum, Russia - Alison Spence, Exhibitions and Loans Registrar, National Museum of Australia, Canberra ACT, Australia - Audrey Vermette, Director of Programs and Public Affairs, Canadian Museums Association, Ontario, Canada

  • Histories of performance documentation : museum, artistic, and scholarly practices / edited by Gabriella Giannachi and Jonah Westerman
    AM 151 H578 2018

    Histories of Performance Documentationtraces the many ways in which museums have approached performance works from the 1960s onwards, considering the unique challenges of documenting live events. From hybrid and interactive arts, to games and virtual and mixed reality performance, this collection investigates the burgeoning role of the performative in museum displays.

    Gabriella Giannachi and Jonah Westerman bring together interviews and essays by leading curators, conservators, artists and scholars from institutions including MoMA, Tate, SFMOMA and the Whitney, to examine a range of interdisciplinary practices that have influenced the field of performance documentation. Chapters build on recent approaches to performance analysis, which argue that it should not focus purely on the live event, and that documentation should not be read solely as a process of retrospection. These ideas create a radical new framework for thinking about the relationship between performance and its documentation--and how this relationship might shape ideas of what constitutes performance in the first place.

  • The origins of museums : the cabinet of curiosities in sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe / edited by Oliver Impey and Arthur MacGregor
    AM 342 O75 2017
    - A reprint of the original 1985 edition with updated photographs- Thirty- three essays from scholarly contributors on the evolution of collecting, and how this lead to the formation of the modern museum- One of the first books to explore how collectors live with their objects, a subject which has become increasingly studied and popular The Ashmolean Museum is proud to make this important volume containing the fascinating story of the modern museum's beginnings available again. This ground-breaking book traces the story of collecting, which is the story of curiosity about objects and the world, by focusing on the nobility and specialists who laid the important groundwork for the current concept of museums. The first edition in 1985 sold out within a few months, the second a year or two later, and the third in 1989. There has been no reprint of the original edition since then. The topics covered by these essays are wide-ranging, and the scholarship is impeccable, enlightening, and full of unknown facts. It represents a broad-sweep of history that will captivate and surprise the expert and the interested reader alike.

  • Using digital humanities in the classroom : a practical introduction for teachers, lecturers, and students / Claire Battershill and Shawna Ross
    AZ 182 B37 2017
    Rooted in the day-to-day experience of teaching and written for those without specialist technical knowledge, this book is the first practical guide to using digital tools and resources in the humanities classroom.

    Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom covers such topics as-

    e Overcoming resistance to technology your own, your colleagues ' and your students '
    e Finding, evaluating and using digital resources
    e Designing syllabi and planning classroom activities and assignments
    e Solving problems when technology goes wrong
    e Using digital tools for collaborative projects, course work and theses
    e Enhancing your teaching by finding support communities and connecting to your research

    Taking a step-by-step approach to incorporating digital humanities tools into your teaching, the book is also supported by a companion website, including tutorials, sample classroom activity prompts and assignments, and a bibliographic essay for each book chapter.

  • Ways of making and knowing : the material culture of empirical knowledge / edited by Pamela H. Smith, Amy Meyers, and Harold J. Cook
    AZ 101 W39 2017
    Although craftspeople and artists often work with natural materials, the notion that making art can constitute a means of knowing nature is a novel one. This book, with contributions from historians of science, medicine, art, and material culture, shows that the histories of science and art are not simply histories of concepts or styles, but histories of the making and using of objects to understand the world. An examination of material practices makes it clear that the methods of the artisan represent a process of knowledge making that involves extensive experimentation and observation that parallel similar processes in the sciences. Ways of Making and Knowing offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary history of the ways in which human beings have sought out, discovered, and preserved their own knowledge of the world around them; it has only been through material and human interaction with (and manipulation of) nature that we have come to understand it.

  • Learning at the museum frontiers : identity, race and power / Viv Golding
    AM 7 G555 2009
    In Learning at the Museum Frontiers, Viv Golding argues that the museum has the potential to function as a frontier - a zone where learning is created, new identities are forged and new connections made between disparate groups and their own histories. She draws on a range of theoretical perspectives including Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics, Foucauldian discourse on space and power, and postcolonial and Black feminist theory, as well as her own professional experience in museum education over a ten-year period, applying these ideas to a wide range of museum contexts. The book offers an important theoretical and empirical contribution to the debate on the value of museums and what they can contribute to society. The author reveals the radical potential for museums to tackle injustice and social exclusion, challenge racism, enhance knowledge and promote truth.

  • The intellectual properties of learning : a prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke / John Willinsky
    AZ 231 W55 2017
    Providing a sweeping millennium-plus history of the learned book in the West, John Willinsky puts current debates over intellectual property into context, asking what it is about learning that helped to create the concept even as it gave the products of knowledge a different legal and economic standing than other sorts of property.

    Willinsky begins with Saint Jerome in the fifth century, then traces the evolution of reading, writing, and editing practices in monasteries, schools, universities, and among independent scholars through the medieval period and into the Renaissance. He delves into the influx of Islamic learning and the rediscovery of classical texts, the dissolution of the monasteries, and the founding of the Bodleian Library before finally arriving at John Locke, whose influential lobbying helped bring about the first copyright law, the Statute of Anne of 1710. Willinsky's bravura tour through this history shows that learning gave rise to our idea of intellectual property while remaining distinct from, if not wholly uncompromised by, the commercial economy that this concept inspired, making it clear that today's push for marketable intellectual property threatens the very nature of the quest for learning on which it rests.

  • The disobedient museum : writing at the edge / Kylie Message
    AM 7 M465 2018eb

    The Disobedient Museum: Writing at the Edgeaims to motivate disciplinary thinking to reimagine writing about museums as an activity where resistant forms of thinking, seeing, feeling, and acting can be produced, and to theorize this process as a form of protest against disciplinary stagnation.

    Drawing on a range of cultural, theoretical, and political approaches, Kylie Message examines potential links between methods of critique today and moments of historical and disciplinary crisis, and asks what contribution museums might make to these, either as direct actors or through activities that sit more comfortably within their institutional remit. Identifying the process of writing about museums as a form of activism, that brings together and elaborates on cultural and political agendas for change, the book explores how a process of engaged critique might benefit museum studies, what this critique might look like, and how museum studies might make a contribution to discourses of social and political change.

    The Disobedient Museumis the first volume in Routledge's innovative 'Museums in Focus' series and will be of great interest to scholars and students in the fields of Museum, Heritage, Public History, and Cultural Studies. It should also be essential reading for museum practitioners, particularly those engaged with questions about the role of museums in regard to social activism and contentious contemporary challenges.

  • Curating community : museums, constitutionalism, and the taming of the political / Stacy Douglas
    AM 7 D68 2017
    In Curating Community: Museums, Constitutionalism, and the Taming of the Political, Stacy Douglas challenges the centrality of sovereignty in our political and juridical imaginations. Creatively bringing together constitutional, political, and aesthetic theory, Douglas argues that museums and constitutions invite visitors to identify with a prescribed set of political constituencies based on national, ethnic, or anthropocentric premises. In both cases, these stable categories gloss over the radical messiness of the world and ask us to conflate representation with democracy. Yet the museum, when paired with the constitution, can also serve as a resource in the production of alternative imaginations of community. Consequently, Douglas's key contribution is the articulation of a theory of counter-monumental constitutionalism, using the museum, that seeks to move beyond individual and collective forms of sovereignty that have dominated postcolonial and postapartheid theories of law and commemoration. She insists on the need to reconsider deep questions about how we conceptualize the limits of ourselves, as well as our political communities, in order to attend to everyday questions of justice in the courtroom, the museum, and beyond.
    Curating Community is a book for academics, artists, curators, and constitutional designers interested in legacies of violence, transitional justice, and democracy.

page last updated on: Monday 28 May 2018
Back to top Back to top