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Sharon Gregory’s ‘Vasari and the Renaissance Print’ highly commended by the 2014 SRS book prize judges

Vasari and the Renaissance PrintWe’re delighted to learn that Sharon Gregory’s book Vasari and the Renaissance Print was highly commended by the 2014 Society for Renaissance Studies book prize judges.

From the SRS website:

The 2014 SRS book prize was awarded to Alec Ryrie for his book, Being Protestant in Reformation Britain (OUP, 2013). Two other books were highly commended, Guido Alfani, Calamities and the Economy in Renaissance Italy: The Grand Tour of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, trans. Christine Calvert (Palgrave, 2013), and Sharon Gregory, Vasari and the Renaissance Print (Ashgate, 2012).

The judges were impressed by the high standard of the books entered for the prize and were extremely grateful to all the many publishers who sent in their books to the committee making the decision of choosing a winner extremely difficult.

Professor Gregory’s book was singled out by all three judges because of its comprehensive nature and painstaking research in making available for a wide readership all the prints associated with Giorgio Vasari, and for providing a fascinating commentary that explains why they were so central to his thinking and artistic practices. The book is the product of many years of serious scholarship and is exactly the sort of work that justifies what academics do in opening up the archive for others to understand and use and which makes being part of the profession a pleasure. The committee also wishes to congratulate the publishers for producing such high quality images.

Read the full announcement here

About the Author:  Sharon Gregory is Associate Professor in Art History and Erasmus Chair in Renaissance Humanism at St Francis Xavier University, Canada.

As well as being highly Commended for the SRS Book Prize, Vasari and the Renaissance Print also received honorable Mention for the IFPDA Book Award, 2013, and was designated as a US Core Title for 2012 by Yankee Book Peddler.

‘… an exemplary piece of scholarship, deeply considered and scrupulously documented, that will be of interest to curators and historians and literary scholars alike. The first focus here concerns the many uses Vasari made of the prints both for his own artistic production and then for the accounts of those artists included in his text The Lives whose work he knew from evidence such as this. But Gregory also lays out here a fascinating and carefully grounded account of the dissemination of visual materials in this first moment of printing and the ways prints could become a vital part of the larger culture. It is rare to find a study on these subjects that is so sure of its details yet manages also to move beyond them to offer original insights and conclusions.’   David Cast, Bryn Mawr College; author of The Delight of Art: Giorgio Vasari and the Traditions of Humanist Discourse

‘This well-researched and well-structured book examines a number of different aspects of its subject… This very welcome book opens up many perspectives beyond its immediate subject.’ The Burlington Magazine

‘… an ordinary reader with a passing knowledge of Italian Renaissance art will find much of interest in this new book… these essays form a clear, well-sourced analysis of the role of prints in the Renaissance artist’s studio.’   The Art Newspaper

‘This clearly written, well-researched, and intelligently structured book will remain a fundamental point of reference for all those interested in the history of printmaking as well as in Vasari’s fundamental contribution to art history.’   Renaissance Quarterly

‘[Gregory's] very wide-ranging and clearly written text is a valuable source of evidence and ideas for anyone interested in theVite, or for the use of prints in Renaissance workshops.’   Print Quarterly

‘Throughout Vasari and the Renaissance Print the author displays an admirable depth of knowledge with fascinating statistics, such as … the history of prints, Vasari, Florentine history, and print culture in early modern Europe.’   Sixteenth Century Studies Journal

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Honorable Mention for Richard Weisman’s book Showing Remorse: Law and the Social Control of Emotion

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Showing remorseWe are delighted to learn that Richard Weisman’s book Showing Remorse: Law and the Social Control of Emotion has received Honorable Mention from the Committee for the Distinguished Book Award for 2014 of the Sociology of Law section of the American Sociological Association. The Honorable Mention will be formally recognised at the Sociology of Law Section Business Meeting at the 2014 ASA Conference in San Francisco.

The award panel’s citation includes:

The work is deeply researched, persuasively argued and lucidly written.  In its treatment of emotions as an event mediated by symbols and interpretations, the work suggests an inextricable social component in expressions of remorse.  Its argument that expressions of remorse vary across social contexts in terms of cultural style, when called for and how they should be conveyed and that these are matters to be explained is evocative.  Along with Foucauldian roots in the notion of the creation of ‘the subject of power’, the book offers an intriguing focus on the contingency of attributions of remorse as well as recognition of the pathological approach to the absence of remorse where a transgressor who is perceived as unable to experience remorse is naturalized as different and somehow deficient.  Emphasis on the ways in which defiance in the refusal to express remorse can be construed as a challenge to the moral basis for the actions of the court offers new insight into the ways communal normativity is reaffirmed or, as in the case of South Africa, reshaped.  This book adds nuance and depth to a much considered topic and so makes a most significant contribution to the intellectual wealth of our field.”

Richard Weisman is Professor Emeritus, Department of Social Science, Law and Society Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, and Department of Sociology, Glendon College, York University, in Toronto, Canada

‘My current research analyzes the social processes by which remorsefulness and remorselessness are claimed by self and attributed by other. Law is one important site for this process in that considerations of remorse enter into judgments about parole, sentencing, dangerous offender status in Canada and capital punishment in the United States’.

Other endorsements for Showing Remorse include:

‘In this gem of a book, Richard Weisman wrestles with the concept of remorse in surprisingly novel ways, using rich illustrations to depict remarkably diverse rituals of apology. Weisman’s effort to probe the contested meanings that remorse holds in our culture, law, and morality has yielded a tour de force.’   Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa, Canada

In the legal system, much depends on whether an accused wrongdoer shows appropriate remorse, yet little attention has been paid to how and why remorse should be exhibited. Richard Weisman’s important book explores what the community expects from a remorseful wrongdoer and what happens – or ought to happen – when those expectations are thwarted.’   Susan Bandes, DePaul University College of Law, USA

In this carefully argued and researched volume, Richard Weisman provides an original examination of the concept of remorse. The work constitutes a valuable addition to the literature on this complex issue and will be of great interest to sociolegal scholars and legal practitioners alike.’   Julian V. Roberts, University of Oxford, UK

‘While contemporary criminal justice is officially secular and fact-driven, offenders are nevertheless expected to show remorse, and lack of visible remorse can have a marked negative impact in parole and probation contexts as well as in sentencing. In this innovative work Richard Weisman explores the complex emotional, psychological and legal issues raised by the criminal justice’s system unwritten expectations about offending and remorse. The book will be of interest to criminologists, sociolegal scholars, forensic psychologists, defence lawyers, and judges, but it is also accessible to the general public.’   Mariana Valverde, University of Toronto, Canada

Showing Remorse was published by Ashgate in January 2014. For more information on the book please visit Ashgate’s website

Ireland’s 1916 Rising shortlisted for the Geographical Society of Ireland’s Book of the Year award 2014

Posted by Fiona Dunford, Marketing Executive

Irelands 1916 RisingCongratulations to Mark McCarthy, whose book Ireland’s 1916 Rising, was short-listed for the 2014 book of the year award from the Geographical Society of Ireland.

The Judges’ comments:

‘immaculately researched and a lively engagement with the key critical debates surrounding issues of memory, commemoration and historical legacies surrounding the revolutionary period in modern Irish history ‘  Nessa Cronin, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway

‘In this definitive work on the topic, Mark McCarthy traces the political, ideational, identity and iconographic impacts of the Easter 1916 Rising in Ireland… This is required reading for scholars in the field and beyond’   Pádraig Carmody, Dept of Geography, Trinity College Dublin

Mark McCarthy’s book explores why, how and in what ways the memory of Ireland’s 1916 Rising has persisted over the decades? It breaks new ground by offering a wide-ranging exploration of the making and remembrance of the story of 1916 in modern times, which is not only of historical concern, but of contemporary political and cultural importance.

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Nigel Bertram wins prestigious AIA award for Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure

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Furniture Structure InfrastructureAshgate is pleased to announce that Nigel Bertram, author of Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure has received the Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media, awarded by the Australian Institute of Architects. The Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media is Australia’s most prestigious media award for journalists, editors, producers and others reporting on architecture and design.

Extract from the awarding body’s citation

‘Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure’ presents architectural research through practice in an engaging and deliberate manner at an accessible level that is rarely achieved…the work within this book engages with a ‘fine grain’ context and responds to the city as it is rather than a view  of what it might be . In doing so, ‘Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure’ clearly demonstrates design research as an integral underpinning to architectural practice and careful observation, analysis and the application of accumulated knowledge as key drivers for compelling design ideas.   Bates Smart

Nigel Bertram is a Director of NMBW Architecture Studio, Melbourne and Practice Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture at Monash University, Australia.

Published in November 2013 Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure  is one of the books in Ashgate’s new series Design Research in Architecture which encourages the exploration of innovative and cutting edge ideas of particular relevance to architects and urban designers.

David E. Latané Wins Colby Book Prize for William Maginn and the British Press

Ashgate is proud to announce that David E. Latané, author of William Maginn and the British Press was a joint winner of the Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize 2013, awarded by The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. The Colby book prize is “awarded to the scholarly books that most advance the understanding of the nineteenth-century British newspaper or periodical press.” As a winner of the prize, Professor Latané will be invited to speak at this year’s RSVP conference being held at the University of Delaware.

William Maginn and the British PressWilliam Maginn and the British Press examines the life and career of political journalist, editor, and writer, William Maginn. Following him from his early days in Ireland, to work in Paris and London, and finally to his decline and incarceration, this fastidious biography is essential reading for nineteenth-century scholars and historians of the book and periodical.

The Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize was endowed in 2006 in memory of Robert Colby by his wife, Vineta. In 2011, after Vineta also passed, the board voted to rename the prize in honor of both of them. Robert and Vineta were long-time members of RSVP and distinguished, contributing scholars to the study of Victorian periodicals. This is the third time in the prize’s history that an Ashgate author has won this award. In 2009 Catherine Waters won for her book, Commodity Culture in Dickens’s Household Words (Ashgate, 2008) and in 2008 Kathryn Ledbetter won for her book, Tennyson and Victorian Periodicals (Ashgate, 2007).

We are pleased to see another Ashgate author honored with this award and congratulate him on his success.

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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