Publications Archive

European Cinema

European Cinema in Motion: Migrant and Diasporic Film in Contemporary Europe
Edited by Daniela Berghahn and Claudia Sternberg
Transnational mobility and migration are amongst the most powerful forces of social transformation in the contemporary world. Over the past three decades, representations of migrant and diasporic experiences and the dynamics of postmodern multiculturalism have assumed a prominent position in European mainstream and art-house cinema. Film-makers with a migratory background have brought about the World Cinema turn in European cinema by introducing new narratives and by fusing Western and non-Western aesthetic traditions. European Cinema in motion develops an original theory of migrant and diasporic cinema and provides an overview of its cultural and industrial contexts in Europe. Representative case studies of more than eighty films adopt a comparative perspective in the search for the commonalities and differences between productions from Western, Southern and Eastern Europe. The contributions reflect the wide spectrum of this important new field at the interface of (trans)national, European and World Cinema.

Pahl book

Artifactual Literacies: Every Object Tells a Story
by Kate Pahl and Jennifer Rowsell

To re-engage students with literacy, teachers need an entry point that recognizes and honours students’ out-of-school identities. This book looks at how artefacts (everyday objects) access the daily, sensory world in which students live. Exploring how artefacts can generate literacy learning, the book shows teachers how to use a family photo, heirloom, or recipe to tell intergenerational tales; how to collaborate with local museums and cultural centres; how to create new material artefacts; and much more. Featuring vignettes, lesson examples, and photographs, the text includes chapters on community connections, critical literacy, adolescent writing and digital storytelling.

O'Neill book

Asylum, Migration and Community
by Maggie O’Neill
(Policy Press 2010)

Issues of asylum, migration, humanitarian protection and integration/belonging are of growing interest beyond the disciplines of refugee studies, migration, and social policy. Rooted in more than two decades of scholarship, this book uses critical social theory and the participatory, biographical and arts-based methods used with asylum seekers, refugees and emerging communities to explore the dynamics of the asylum-migration-community nexus. It argues that interdisciplinary analysis is required to deal with the complexity of the issues involved and offers understanding as praxis (purposeful knowledge), drawing on innovative research that is participatory, arts-based, performative and policy-relevant.


Risorgimento in Exile
by Maurizio Isabella

Declared proxime accessit by the Royal Historical Society Gladstone Prize Committee, 2009
‘This is an impressive case study of the intellectual development of Italian exiles in the period 1815-35, ambitiously placing them in a transnational, even world context. In the field of Risorgimento history, it breaks new ground in reassessing pre-Mazzini activism and its impact on later generations. In the field of post-Napoleonic Europe, it provides a methodology for exploring diverse aspects of the anti-Metternich discourse and how those strands were intertwined together: it will be essential reading for historians of this period. Based on an impressive command of sources in French and Spanish (as well as the author's native Italian) the work also has a broader resonance for any historian wishing to consider transnational intellectual currents, their possibilities and limits, and even offers lessons for the present-day European Union. The quality of writing and the breadth of research in this work make it a real scholarly achievement.’

British Asian Style

British Asian Style: fashion and textiles/past and present
Co-edited by Christopher Breward, Philip Crang and Rosemary Crill

This book is one of the public outputs of ‘Fashioning Diaspora Space’, a project funded by the Diasporas programme. The project, led by Professor Philip Crang from the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, brought together academics with researchers and curators at the V&A.; Co-edited by Christopher Breward (Head of Research at the V&A;), Philip Crang (Professor of Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway) and Rosemary Crill (Senior Curator in the Asian Department at the V&A;), British Asian Style also includes illustrated essays by other project members, Professor Felix Driver, Shivani Derrington, and Helen Scalway. South Asian textiles have shaped British fashion and dress for centuries, from the fashionable chintzes of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, through the silk and paisley Boteh patterns of the nineteenth century, to the orientalism of 1960s bohemian fashion. British Asian Style looks at the on-going importance of South Asian textiles to British culture and fashion, as styles move into the mainstream. Chapters focus on contemporary British Asian designers, South Asian textile production and the presence of South Asian style in shops and urban spaces. Fully illustrated with a stunning array of images from the V&A;’s exceptional collections, alongside contextual and contemporary photographs from street fashion and the catwalk, British Asian Style is essential reading for anyone with an interest in fashion and textiles.;=1