Recent Titles

June 2018

Modern Bonds

Elizabeth Ann Duclos-Orsello
What does community mean, exactly? In this interdisciplinary study, Elizabeth Ann Duclos-Orsello takes seriously the concept of community as an object of historical analysis. Focusing on St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1900 to 1920, Modern Bonds explores the diverse ways that its people renegotiated private and public affiliations during a period of modernization. The book examines a wide range of subjects and materials, including photographs from an...

Understanding the Diaconate

W. Shawn McKnight
What is a deacon? More than fifty years since the restoration of the permanent diaconate by the Second Vatican Council, the office of deacon is still in need of greater specificity about its purpose and place within the mission and organizational structure of the Church. While the Church is more than a social reality, the Church nonetheless has a social reality. Our understanding of the diaconate therefore benefits from a theological discussion...

The Impatient Dr. Lange

Seema Yasmin
foreword by Princess Mabel van Oranje
When Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by pro-Russian rebels in July 2014, the world wondered if a cure for HIV had fallen from the sky and disappeared among the burning debris. Seated in the plane’s business-class cabin was Joseph Lange, better known as Joep, a shrewd Dutch doctor who had revolutionized the world of HIV and AIDS and was working on a cure. Dr. Lange graduated from medical school in 1981, right as a...

Aboriginal Peoples and the Law

James Reynolds
Jun 2018 - UBC Press
As part of the process of healing and reparation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission urged a better understanding of Aboriginal law for all Canadians. This book responds to that call, outlining significant legal developments in straightforward, nontechnical language. James Reynolds provides the historical context needed to understand the relationship between Indigenous peoples and settlers and explains key topics such as sovereignty, treaties, fiduciary duties, the honor...

Amma's Daughters

Meenal Shrivastava
Jun 2018 - UBC Press
As a young woman, Amma joined forces with a band of revolutionary freedom fighters. Later, in her work with the Mahatma Gandhi-led Civil Disobedience movement, she was connected with a vast network of women whose courage and activism is not adequately understood or rightfully celebrated in connection with India's independence. Drawing on a rich oral history and her mother and grandmother's diaries, as well as their published work, Shrivastava tells the story of the women in her family and their acts of...

The Aztlan Mexican Studies Reader, 1974-2016

Hector Calderon
This set of essays explores the ongoing cultural and political connections between Chicana/o and Mexican history. Edited and introduced by Héctor Calderón, The Aztlán Mexican Studies Reader, 1974–2016 presents thirteen previously published essays together with three essays written specifically for this collection, making a rigorous case for the contributions of Chicana/o studies to the transnational study of Mexico. The first essay, by Tomás Almaguer, which was also the first to be...

Buying Happiness

Bettina Liverant
Jun 2018 - UBC Press
The idea of Canada as a consumer society was largely absent before 1890 but familiar by the mid-1960s. This change required more than rising incomes and greater impulses to buy; it involved the creation of new concepts. Buying Happiness explores the ways that key public thinkers represented, conceptualized, and institutionalized new ideas about consumption. Liverant's fresh approach connects the emergence and diffusion of these ideas with changes in...


James Neil
Jun 2018 - LM Publishers
Like other technologies that would transform life in the 20th century such as the automobile and the airplane, the film camera helped to further a modernist spirit across the Middle East and North Africa, and took inspiration from both Western and Eastern sources. Through periods of uneven development, cinema in this extensive region found its true artisans, and master directors emerged. This anthology presents a fascinating collection of essays with contributions by and interviews with esteemed...

Dreams of Prosperity

Silvia Vignato
Jun 2018 - Silkworm Books
This fresh and unusual collection offers a critical reflection on Southeast Asia as a progressively integrated space of production, exchange, and circulation within and beyond national boundaries. The essays describe the successful or unsuccessful entry of specific individuals or groups into wider markets and networks in their quest for prosperity—in Thailand, by Lua peasant farmers, slum families, the last century's teak laborers, and ethnic tour hosts; in...

Fendry Ekel

Astrid Honold
Jun 2018 - LM Publishers
Fendry Ekel: Entries is a comprehensive monograph, with contributions by several international art historians, looking at the painter's recent work on canvas from 2011 to 2015. The first chapter, "Chess Problems: On the Paintings of Fendry Ekel," is an introduction to Ekel's work by Christophe Van Gerrewey. It addresses Ekel's aesthetic thinking as well as the artistic strategies he applies when dealing with images. The rest of the book consists of essays by ten art historians, one curator, and one artist. All of the...

Fish Wars and Trout Travesties

George W. Colpitts
Jun 2018 - UBC Press
Today, efforts at environmental protection commonly take the form of "top-down" measures, in which overarching plans, usually based on scientific reports, are implemented through environmental legislation, which is then enforced at the local level. Fish Wars and Trout Travesties offers an instructive glimpse into an earlier era, before the state assumed its present degree of regulatory control over the environment. In southern Alberta...

Flowers from Universe

Alit Djajasoebrata
Jun 2018 - LM Publishers
Java's original textile art is the perfect medium for telling stories of ancient Javanese culture. Flowers from Universe: Textiles of Java is based, first and foremost, on the memories and associations of Alit Djajasoebrata. Ajajasoebrata grew up in a close-knit West Javanese family and frequently came into contact with batik, mostly in the form of the highly prized batikked hipcloths. Her female relatives used these hipcloths to indirectly express their personal attitudes about their...

Kas di Shon

Sandra van Noord
Jun 2018 - LM Publishers
Driving through Curacao's landscapes, the old plantation houses are visible from afar. The houses speak to us of a past long gone. A past in which plantations, homegrown food, cattle breeding, salt production, and slavery were a true daily reality. These houses have lost their original functions and the farming was never of much merit. Most of the houses have new owners who have turned them into offices, hotels, galleries, or private residences. This book contains the...

Lookout Cave

John H. Brumley
Jun 2018 - UBC Press
In the mid-1960s as a young high school student, John Brumley visited Lookout Cave for the first time and knew immediately that the site was exceptional. The cave, located in north central Montana, was initially discovered in 1920 but it wasn't until 1969 that a field crew from the University of Montana excavated a large portion of the remote site. The materials recovered in that excavation resulted in a substantial collection of more than one thousand...