Antologin Teoretiska tillämpningar i konstvetenskap demonstrerar, presenterar och problematiserar tillämpningen av semiotisk teori på konstvetenskapliga studieobjekt. Den centrala ambitionen är att diskutera och exemplifiera de specifika frågor och problem som semiotikens möte med just konstvetenskapliga studieobjekt ger upphov till. Till dessa hör frågor om visuell kommunikation och visuella koder, materialitet och medialitet så som i andra sammanhang förbisedda aspekter av tecknet, samt tecknets och därmed tolkningens historicitet. Antologins sex kapitel inkluderar studier av samtida modefotografi och skulptur, pre- och postindustriella möbler, 1600- och 1800-talets oljemåleri och 1800-talets pressbild.Book Details
Denna bok handlar om historievetenskapernas sätt att producera kunskap genom att kontextualisera. Den vänder sig till både studenter och forskare och vill stimulera till ökad reflektion om hur vi går till väga då vi skapar, tolkar eller omtolkar historiska sammanhang.Book Details
The indigenous religious traditions of the peoples of the Arctic and Sub-Arctic areas were and are very diverse. Despite their diversity, these traditions have often been presented as similar. In resent research, however, variations and local characteristics have gained increasing attention. The emphasis in this volume is exactly on differences and on nuances. Therefore, critical analyses of earlier research, different forms of source criticism, and comparative methods that look for more than just similarities are all applied as essential analytical tools.
Some of the chapters focus on aspects of the traditional cultures of these northern peoples, others are critical readings of research about them. The themes of the chapters that deal with traditional practices and narratives vary from hostage traditions to ancestor mountains, from bear rituals and sweat baths to the ritual drum. The research historical chapters discuss source critical and terminological problems, or consider the contributions of scholars in the emergence of what eventually become identified as religions.Book Details
Den franska bokmarknaden är av stor betydelse för det världslitterära systemet. I denna bok beskrivs hur svensk skönlitteratur har översatts till franska, med ett särskilt fokus på tiden efter 1945. Under denna period har antalet utgåvor av svensk skönlitteratur på franska tiofaldigats. Vilka översättare, förlag och andra aktörer har bidragit till denna utveckling? Vilka litteraturtyper och författarskap har varit särskilt framgångsrika? Dessa frågor besvaras utifrån omfattande statistik som bygger på de senaste bibliografiska förteckningarna.Book Details
Anime Studies: Media-Specific Approaches to Neon Genesis Evangelion aims at advancing the study of anime, understood as largely TV-based genre fiction rendered in cel, or cel-look, animation with a strong affinity to participatory cultures and media convergence. Making the landmark series Neon Genesis Evangelion (Shin Seiki Evangerion, 1995–96) its central case and nodal point, this volume foregrounds anime as a media with clearly recognizable aesthetic properties, (sub)cultural affordances and situated discourses.Book Details
How will the Nordic countries adapt their drug policies in a new situation when several countries all over the world are questioning ‘the war on drugs’ and orient themselves in the direction of decriminalization and legalization?
The Nordic project on the possible change in drug policies tries to answer, or at least illuminate, different questions, such as:
- What signs are there of changing drug policies in the direction of the reduced use of penal law?
- What arguments are used in the public discourse to challenge earlier policies?
- What obstacles are there to change in terms of justifications, fears and actors?
The analyses from the five Nordic countries show that the debate has opened up, that the failure of earlier policies is increasingly being pointed out and that the younger generations are becoming more critical to the zero-tolerance policy. At the same time, making a retreat is not that easy. Beliefs, ideologies and vested interests can be quite resistant. The Nordic countries stand at a crossroads, but what new roads will be taken is far from clear.Book Details
Hvordan er samisk kunst fremstilt i norsk kunsthistorie? Så enkelt og så komplekst er spørsmålet som driver denne boken frem. Utgangspunktet er en nysgjerrighet omkring hvordan samisk transnasjonalstatelighet slår ut i kunsthistorien; et spørsmål som ikke tidligere har blitt fremhevet som eksplisitt innfallsvinkel i undersøkelser av samisk kunst. Dette er en av svært få historiografiske analyser av kunsthistoriefaget i Norge, og den eneste med samisk historiografi som omdreiningspunkt.
What is the role of the nation state in art history, and how has the national paradigm shaped the presentation of Sámi art? This book examines the representation of Sámi art, artefacts, practices, materialities, actors, concepts, and themes in Norwegian art history, to uncover some of the prevailing disciplinary mechanisms and narratives. This is one of very few historiographical studies on the art historical discipline in Norway, and the first comprehensive monograph on the representation of Sámi art.Book Details
Based on fieldwork in Tokyo, this book explores how and to what effect lines are drawn by producers, players and critics of adult computer games. Focusing on interactions with manga/anime-style characters, these games often feature explicit sex acts. Noting that the characters can appear quite young, legal actions have been taken in a number of countries to categorize and prohibit such content as child abuse material. While Japanese politicians continue to debate a similar course, adult computer game producers, players and critics are drawing their own lines between fiction and reality and orienting themselves toward the drawn lines of manga/anime-style characters. The book argues for understanding this everyday practice as an ethics of affective response to fictional characters. Occurring individually and socially in both private and public spaces, this response not only discourages harming human beings, but also supports life in more-than-human worlds.Book Details
What is day-to-day life like for people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities who live in group homes? How do they express their desires and wishes? How do care workers think about them and treat them? Do they have basic rights to activities most of us take for granted: activities like sociability, sexuality, and moral affirmation?
Narrowed Lives is an illuminating portrait of what life is like in Finnish group homes where adults who have profound intellectual and multiple disabilities live their lives. Based upon ethnographic data, it documents how care workers strive to guarantee individuality and dignity against a backdrop of scarce resources and misguided policies. This book argues that the lives of people with profound disabilities need not be determined by their impairments. It calls for a re-evaluation of disability policy so that its underlying conviction of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities as equally valuable fellow humans would materialise in practice.Book Details
This book consists of seven chapters on the subject of poetry and itinerancy within the religious traditions of India, Tibet, and Japan from ancient to modern times. The chapters look, each from a different angle, at how itinerancy is reflected in religious poetry, what are the purposes of the wanderers’ poems or songs, and how the wandering poets relate to local communities, sacred geography, and institutionalized religion. We encounter priest-poets in search of munificent patrons, renouncers and yogins who sing about the bliss and hardship of wandering alone in the wilderness, Hindu pilgrims and opponents of pilgrimage, antinomian Buddhist-Tantric poets from Bengal, and the originator of the haiku. We are led along roads travelled by many, as well as paths tread by few.Book Details