April 22nd is the annual global date for Earth Day, a celebration of our planet, and a chance to educate and raise awareness of environmental issues. This year, we’re taking the opportunity to spend a whole month celebrating our Pale Blue Dot by highlighting the astonishing array of subjects it inspires: from conservation to global leadership.
Just as Earth Day encourages responsibility towards our surroundings through education, Cambridge Scholars Publishing believes creating a diverse ecosystem of forward-thinking texts is the key to successful scholarship.
The essays in this anthology examine artwork and sites in East and Southeast Asia through the lens of eco–art history. In these regions, significant anthropogenic changes to terrain, watercourses, and ecosystems date back millennia, as do artwork and artefacts that both conceptualize and modify the natural world. The rising interest in earth-conscious modes of analysis, or “eco–art history,” informs this anthology, which explores the mutual impact of artistic expressions and local environments in East and Southeast Asia. Moreover, conceptual tools and case studies focused on these regions impart important insights bearing on the development of eco–art history. The book includes case studies examining the impact of the Little Ice Age on court painting and systems of representing marine life in the Joseon period in Korea. Other contributors consider contemporary artistic strategies, such as developing a “sustainability aesthetics” and focusing attention to non-human agents, to respond to environmental damage and climate change in the present. Additional essays analyse the complicated art historical ecology of heritage sites and question the underlying anthropocentrism in art historical priorities and practices. As a whole, Eco–Art History in East and Southeast Asia argues for the importance of ecological considerations in art history.
The Impact of Development on the Environment and Human Rights: A Study of Three Indian Projects looks into the developmental policies that have been followed in India since independence and their impact on both the environment and human rights. It also explores some of the major theoretical discourses, and debates these topics and the responses large-scale developmental projects in India have elicited from marginalized sections of society. The book presents a synoptic view of how sustainable development in India may be attained, focusing on three controversial Indian developmental projects, namely the Narmada River Valley project, bauxite mining by Vedanta Resources in Orissa and Kudankulam nuclear power plant, taking these cases as representative of large-scale developmental projects laid out in India.
“Think globally, act locally” is a phrase many of us grew up hearing. What we weren’t told, however, is how hard it is to accomplish. Global Mindset: Cultivating Knowledge in Multinational Organizations mines the well-researched field of global mindset by exploring the ways global knowledge allows organizations of any size or tenure to become more effective on the global scene. It draws on a case study of an international religious community to show how global partnerships can be improved and how organizational members can grow professionally and personally from a global mindset—even if they never step foot on a plane.
Global Democracy and Human Self-Transcendence: The Power of the Future for Planetary Transformation examines the dynamics of self-transcendence for both individuals and humanity as a whole. In doing so, it illuminates the definitive relationship between self-transcendence and global democracy. Drawing upon a vast literature of philosophy, psychology, and religion, ancient and modern, East and West, this book reveals the power of human futurity in actualizing our higher potential. It represents a real breakthrough in understanding our emerging new era in the evolution of humanity. It describes our transition from personal consciousness to global consciousness.The book includes chapters on the fundamental ideas that animate our self-understanding and define our common humanity. Through careful scholarship, it examines the dynamics of human dignity, freedom, love, community, intrinsic rights, and global ethics. It explores each of these concepts as a dimension of our human temporality as we envision and move into an ever-transcending future, a future that includes a World Parliament and planetary democracy. In our time of apparent hopelessness and despair, this volume reveals the grounds for a powerful hope that we can establish one world civilization of peace, justice, freedom, and sustainability. It makes a truly unique contribution, not found elsewhere in today’s literature, revealing the astonishing dignity and potential of being human. It is essential reading for all those concerned for the future of humanity and our precious planet Earth.
As a way to honour this, we are offering a 50% discount on the below books.
To find out more about each title, click on the image below. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EARTH19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on the 1st May 2019.
NB: for Global Democracy and Human Self-Transcendence: The Power of the Future for Planetary Transformation, the discount applies both to the hardback and paperback editions.