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Richard L. Greaves Award Honourable Mention for Tim Cooper’s book: John Owen, Richard Baxter and the Formation of Nonconformity

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The Nonconformist church leader and theologian, John Owen (1616-1683), and the Puritan church leader, poet and theologian Richard Baxter (1615-1691) had much in common, but their differing experiences of the English Civil War drew them into a long debate fuelled by mutual dislike.

Author Tim Cooper uses this relationship in his book John Owen, Richard Baxter and the Formation of Nonconformity (Ashgate, 2011) to explore the shaping of nonconformity during the Restoration. He makes the argument that individual experience and fraught private relationships had the power to determine the future of much wider movements – and sometimes hamper their progress.

John Owen Richard Baxter and the formation of nonconformityThe book recently received an ‘Honourable Mention’ in the Richard L. Greaves Award 2013, awarded by the International John Bunyan Society for an outstanding book-length work of scholarship devoted to the history, literature, thought, practices and legacy of Anglophone Protestantism to 1700.

‘This is a dramatic and highly readable account of a poisonous feud between two thin-skinned giants of evangelical protestantism. This dual study not only gives us many new insights into the beliefs and actions of Baxter and Owen but (without taking sides) significantly deepens our understanding of the stress fractures within puritanism that led to the defeat of its hopes and expectations.’   John Morrill, University of Cambridge, UK

Tim CooperAbout the Author: Tim Cooper is Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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Ashgate Author, Roger Cotterrell, Awarded the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) 2013 Prize for Contributions to the Socio-Legal Community

The Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) was formed in 1990, established as a result of the Socio-Legal Group’s annual meeting (now a conference) for socio-legal scholars to gather and circulate their work.  The conference, however, is not the SLSA’s only annual occurrence.  They also facilitate three annual awards, one of which is the SLSA Prize for Contributions to the Socio-Legal Community.  It is this prize we are pleased to announce that Ashgate author, Roger Cotterrell, of Law, Culture and Society (among several others) has been awarded.

Cotterell is formally trained in both law and sociology from the University of London and has been an academician for some time.  He’s been an Anniversary Professor of Legal Theory at School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London since 2005—which was the same year he was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy. This honor is given only to a select few law professors and is considered the highest recognition for scholars in the UK.  This alone illustrates the importance of Cotterrell’s work to the field.

However, prior to this most recent appointment as Anniverary Professor, Cotterrell served in various other capacities, including the Acting Head and Head of the College’s Department of Law (1989–1991), Dean of the Faculty of Laws (1993–1996), and Professor of Legal Theory (1990–2005).  And, before joining the Queen Mary faculty, he taught at the University of Leicester. He has held several visiting academic positions over the years, spanning across the globe from Texas to Brussels to Hong Kong.  He’s served on countless journal advisory boards also with an international range, including but not limited to the Journal of Law and Society (UK); Griffith Law Review (Australia); Clio & Themis (France); and Comparative Law Review (Poland).  In addition to this service, he’s authored and edited over 100 books, chapters, and journal articles over the course of his (still on-going) career.

It should be of no surprise then that other scholars in his field recognize him as an essential contributor to the Socio-Legal field.  Other scholars like David Nelken (also an Ashgate author) nominated Cotterell for this award. In his nomination letter, Nelken stated:

Roger is, for most of his peers, the leading social theorist of law and sociologist of law in
the UK, and amongst the very best worldwide…The range of his corpus of work is second
to none amongst his colleagues…Roger has been a model to generations of colleagues
and students. He is an exemplary scholar that our field is fortunate to have produced.

We congratulate Cotterrell on his most recent accomplishment and celebrate in the outstanding contributions he’s made to his field and to academia. May we also say, we are proud to have him among our Ashgate authors.

Roger Cotterrell’s other Ashgate books include: Law and Society (1994), Sociological Perspectives on Law (two volumes, 2001), Law in Social Theory (2006), Living Law (2008) and Émile Durkheim (2010).

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Leonidas Cheliotis named the Critical Criminologist of the Year by the ASC Division on Critical Criminology

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Every year at the American Society of Criminology Conference the Division on Critical Criminology (DCC) awards an individual with the title of Critical Criminologist of the Year. The recipient is often an early-to-mid career individual with distinguished accomplishments in the field that have symbolized the spirit of the DCC via their scholarship, teaching and/or service in most recent years.  This November, Ashgate author of The Arts of Imprisonment, Leonidas Cheliotis, was the worthy recipient of this award for 2013.

Currently Dr Cheliotis is the Chancellor’s Fellow in Law at the University of Edinburgh and Co-Director of the Centre of Law and Society. Prior to this he was both lecturer and founding Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice at the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London.

Dr Cheliotis is no stranger to awards, having received a number of others for his research. In addition, he’s well-established in his field as an editor—having edited at least four books since 2010, as well as serving as an Associate Editor of the European Journal of Criminology and sitting on the boards of Punishment & Society: The International Journal of Penology and the British Journal of Criminology. He is also well- recognized as an author, having written countless chapters, journal articles, reports, notes and reviews.

Cheliotis-The Arts of Imprisonment:De-Giorgio Re-think PoliticalHis main research interests include political economy of crime, violence and punitiveness; “street level” criminal justice policies and practices; and, the method and practice of interdisciplinary and international comparative penology. His book The Arts of Imprisonment (2012), is a part of Ashgate’s series, Advances in Criminology, and focuses on states’ use of the arts for the purposes of controlling prisoners and the broader public, and the use made of the arts by prisoners and portions of the broader public as tools of resistance to penal states.

Professor Water DeKeseredy, of the Univiersty of Ontario Institute of Technology, who introduced the award, commented:

Dr. Cheliotis is a path-breaking scholar who continuously makes important scholarly
contributions to an international critical criminological understanding of punitive
social control…

Ashgate is pleased to have among us Dr. Cheliotis and his academic contributions to the field. We whole-heartedly congratulate him on this most recent success.

Riël Vermunt selected for the International Society of Justice Research Lifetime Achievement Award

We are delighted to learn that Riël Vermunt (University of Leiden) has been selected for the ISJR Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be officially presented at the next biennial conference of the International Society of Justice Research, 19-22 June, 2014, in New York, at which Professor Vermunt will present an address.

“Professor Riël Vermunt of the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, has over many years made significant and lasting contributions to the study of justice, specifically on procedural justice, its interrelations with distributive justice, and links to affect, self-esteem and stress. Riel was highly instrumental for the establishment of ISJR, which grew out of a series of interdisciplinary justice conferences he organised in the 1980s and an initial justice research center that he co-founded at Leiden. Riel’s commitment to justice research and ISJR has not waned since and he has been an inspiring mentor for new generations of justice researchers.”   Michael Wenzel, President, International Society for Justice Research

Riël Vermunt’s new book: The Good, the Bad, and the Just: How Modern Men Shape Their World, will be available in hardback and e-format in April 2014.

Drawing on multidisciplinary findings and ideas, the book discusses fair allocation of social resources, such as goods, services and information, in a novel and integrated way. The role of the essential features of allocation behaviour: motivation, cognition and emotion, as well as morality and reactions to perceived unfairness are examined in the newly developed Justice Model. Riël Vermunt offers explanations as to why, how and to what extent, people, in an effort to attain justice, allocate social resources between self and others and among others. The book is relevant for academics and researchers working in the areas of crime, law, justice, public policy and governance.

Distributive and Procedural JusticeRiël Vermunt is Associate Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Leiden University, the Netherlands.  He is also editor, with Kjell Törnblom, of Distributive and Procedural Justice.

Margaret Hannay receives Jean Robertson Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sidney Society

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Mary Sidney Lady WrothMargaret P. Hannay, Ashgate author of Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth (2010), Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550-1700 (2009) and Domestic Politics and Family Absence (2005), was pleasantly surprised when during a discussion of Sidney works at the International Congress on Medieval Studies earlier this month, she was presented with the Jean Robertson Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Sidney Society.  To the rest of us familiar with Hannay’s body of work and her various professional accomplishments, like colleagues, Michael Brennan and Mary Ellen Lamb, we knew it was only a matter of time.

Brennan says, “Margaret Patterson Hannay has long been a leading figure in the study of women writers of the English Renaissance and especially of the Sidney family of Penshurst, Kent. Her wide-ranging scholarship is always coupled with an elegant and incisive delivery of her findings…Her many and authoritative publications will be long valued by other scholars and they stand as an impressive and lasting tribute to her deep knowledge and love of the literature of the English Renaissance.”

“Many” publications is an understatement. Hannay has written and published fifteen books—five of which we are proud to say have been with Ashgate. In addition to those, Hannay has written well-over fifty essays and co-edited nine collections of Sidney letters and, according to Lamb, these contributions to the field “are long-lasting and will be cited by scholars for years to come.”

However, the International Sidney Society, Brennan, and Lamb are not the first or only parties over the years to have taken notice of Hannay’s scholarly works.  Hannay has received countless honors, dating back as early as 1986 when she received a National Endowment for the Humanities.  Prior to this most recent achievement, she received the Book of the Year Award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) in 2010 for her book, Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth. Elaine V. Beilin of Framingham State College described Hannay’s book as:

“a deeply impressive work of scholarship, notable for its remarkable scope and meticulous detail. The book brims with valuable information and astute observations about Wroth’s literary career, marriage, children and social life, and corrects the record on a number of key points with new archival evidence. “

The Correspondence of Dorothy Percy SidneyAlso in 2010 the SSEMW awarded her the Josephine A. Roberts Edition award for The Correspondence of Dorothy Percy Sidney, Countess of Leicester (2010), also an Ashgate book which she edited with Noel J. Kinnamon and Michael G. Brennan.

There is no doubt then of the deservingness of each of these individual awards over the years. Consequently, they serve as overwhelming proof that Hannay has, in fact, achieved a lifetime of accomplishments, making this latest recognition all the sweeter. It is with our greatest pleasure that we congratulate her on her Lifetime Achievement Award.

Margaret Hannay has been a faculty member at Siena since 1980. Her specialty is the literature of early modern England and she currently teaches Elizabethan Literature, English Renaissance Literature, and Shakespeare, as well as the Honors course Great Books for first year students. She has served as chair of the core curriculum committee, of the committee to establish the Honors program, and of the English department.

For more information on Hannay’s publications with Ashgate, please click on the following links:

Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth – Currently offered at a discounted price!

Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550-1700

The Correspondence of Dorothy Percy Sidney, Countess of Leicester

Domestic Politics and Family Absence

Linda Connors Wins Bela Kornitzer Book Award

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National Identity in Great BritainAshgate is proud to announce that Linda Connors, co-author (with Mary Lu MacDonald) of National Identity in Great Britain and British North America, 1815–1851, received the Bela Kornitzer Book Award, for the best nonfiction book by an alumnus of Drew University published in the past two years.  Only two prizes were given at the University’s biennial Library Gala, one to a Drew faculty member and one to a graduate. Connors is Senior Librarian for Collections, Emerita, at Drew University. Her research and writing have centered on the early nineteenth-century periodical press in Great Britain.

The 2011 book, National Identity in Great Britain, for which she won the award, examines the complex world of print culture in the nineteenth century and illustrates how periodicals in the United Kingdom and British North America shaped and promoted ideals about national identity. Victorian Periodicals Review stated that the book “structures its comparative study of nineteenth-century identity messages around five themes…politics and economics, religion, women and children, the idea of progress and imperial relations” and includes a comprehensive bibliography as well as a very useful appendix.

The Bela Kornitzer Book Award was established twenty years ago by Alicia Kornitzer Karpati and husband, George Karpati, to honor Alicia Karpati’s brother, Bela Kornitzer, an achieved author and journalist in both Hungary and the United States.  The Bela Kornitzer collection is one of several special collections housed at the Drew University Library.

We are pleased to see an Ashgate author honored with such an award and congratulate her on her success.

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Two Ashgate books nominated to be honored at this year’s Geographical Perspectives on Women (GPOW) Book Event at the AAG

We are delighted to learn that two Ashgate books have been nominated to be honored at this year’s Geographical Perspectives on Women (GPOW) Book Event at the 2013 AAG Meeting in Los Angeles:

Feminist ImmobilitiesFeminist (Im)Mobilities in Fortress(ing) North America: Rights, Citizenships, and Identities in Transnational Perspective (Edited by Anne Sisson Runyan, and Amy Lind, both of University of Cincinnati, USA, Patricia McDermott, York University, Canada and Marianne H. Marchand, Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico)

The Illegal CityThe Illegal City: Space, Law and Gender in a Delhi Squatter Settlement (Ayona Datta, University of Leeds, UK)

The book reception will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 7-9:30pm at The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring Street, a new and used bookstore located within walking distance of the Conference hotel in Downtown LA.

The Association of American Geographers meeting runs from 9-13 April 2013, in Los Angeles. Katy Crossan, Commissioning Editor for Geography, will be there with a book display, where you can see these books and many others from Ashgate’s list. Katy is actively seeking new book proposals and would be delighted to discuss any book ideas you may have.

John Ott’s forthcoming book has received a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant from the College Art Association

John Ott’s forthcoming book Manufacturing the Modern Patron: Cultural Philanthropy, Industrial Capital, and Social Authority in Victorian California was awarded a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant in the 2012 round of grant awards.

Since 2005, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art has supported the publication of books on American art through the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, administered by CAA.

Through the example of Central Pacific Railroad executives, Manufacturing the Modern Patron redirects attention from the usual art historical protagonists – artistic producers – and rewrites narratives of American art from the unfamiliar vantage of patrons and collectors.

The work demonstrates the benefits of taking art consumers seriously as active contributors to the cultural meanings of artwork.  It explores the critical role of art patronage in the articulation of a new and distinctly modern elite class identity for newly ascendant corporate executives and financiers.

These economic elites also sought to legitimate trends in industrial capitalism, such as mechanization, incorporation, and proletarianization, through their consumption of a diverse array of elite culture, including regional landscapes, panoramic and stop-motion photography, history paintings of the California Gold Rush, the architecture of Stanford University, and the design of domestic galleries.

Manufacturing the Modern Patron is currently scheduled for publication in January 2014

John Ott is Associate Professor of Art History at James Madison University.

Choice Outstanding Academic Titles

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Ashgate is delighted to announce that three of its 2012 books have been named Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice Magazine. In 2012, Choice published reviews of 7,230 books and electronic resources, of which only 644 were considered to be of such high quality that they belong in every academic library.

We are proud that the following Ashgate titles have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to scholarship.

Nursing before NightingaleNursing before Nightingale, 1815–1899 by Carol Helmstadter and Judith Godden

Reading Photography, edited by Sri-Kartini Leet

Song MeansSong Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song by Allan F. Moore

Melissa Bradshaw Wins Prestigious MLA Prize

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Tonight, this post comes to you from Boston, where approximately 8,000 people have travelled to attend the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) annual conference. Tonight, among this crowd of devoted language and literature scholars, are this year’s MLA prize winners including Ashgate author Melissa Bradshaw, who will be receiving this year’s MLA Prize for Independent Scholars for her 2011 book, Amy Lowell, Diva Poet. Bradshaw’s book is “a monograph study of Lowell in light of theories of the diva; an exploration of Lowell in her specific cultural moment; and a study of her poetry” (Modernist Cultures, 2012).

Amy Lowell Diva PoetThe MLA Prize for Independent Scholars is one of fifteen awards being celebrated tonight. This prize recognizes Melissa Bradshaw’s outstanding achievement in published research. The members of MLA’s selection committee stated that Bradshaw’s monograph of Amy Lowell was “deeply engaging” and “offer[ed] a timely and thought-provoking reappraisal” of this woman, celebrity, poet and, of course, diva.

Given her scholarly devotion to Lowell, it was only a matter of time before Melissa Bradshaw’s efforts to establish Lowell’s place in the literary canon would be recognized. She has been writing about Lowell at least as far back as 2000, the same year that she completed her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. This was also around the same time that Bradshaw became interested in “the diva—as a powerful and dangerous figure of feminine gendering in a culture of celebrity” (Pattell and Waterman’s History of New York, Cambridge Contributor: Melissa Bradshaw, 2010). Now, thirteen years later, Bradshaw is receiving her hard-earned recognition and receiving it from, arguably, the most important organization in modern languages and literatures.

What makes recognition of Bradshaw’s “carefully researched, subtly reasoned reassessment of Lowell’s poetry” (Women’s Review of Books, 2012) all the more satisfying is that she herself encountered significant institutional resistance to this project (as stated in her Acknowledgments). The resistance to the project, regardless of its source, is wildly ironic given that Amy Lowell— though hugely popular and iconic at her time—was extremely controversial and in so being, faced continual criticism alongside her fame during her short but prolific career. She “masterfully exploited her notoriety as a woman poet” (Bradshaw, 2011, p3) and purposefully ignored the conventions of femininity or heterosexuality. And for all of these things her artistic reputation was destroyed after death and she all but disappeared from literary history.

Now an entire century after Lowell’s first publication in 1912, we have a Lowell revival of which Bradshaw has “confirmed her position at the forefront” (Modernist Cultures, 2012). Just as Healy and Ingram cited Lowell’s “unlimited faith in her own capability” (Amy Lowell, Poetry Foundation, 2012), Bradshaw may have just channeled a little bit of this same strength in her determination to see this project through. The primary purpose of her monograph was to assert that Amy Lowell was, in fact, worth writing about. In light of being honored with the MLA Prize for Independent Scholars, I venture to say not only has she made her case, but she may have found a little diva in herself, too.

Melissa Bradshaw is a faculty member in the Writing Program at Loyola. Her research focuses on publicity, personality, and fandom in twentieth–century American literature and popular culture.