Publishing Programme 2021/2022

All presently available and upcoming titles are listed in our current publisher's preview.

Coming soon

Annette C. Cremer, Alexander Jendorff (Eds.)
Decorum und Mammon im Widerstreit. Adeliges Wirtschaftshandeln zwischen Standesprofilen, Profitstreben und ökonomischer Notwendigkeit

Entrepreneurial activity by nobles was highly debated in the European Early Modern period. Generally, it was considered socially inappropriate. Nevertheless, profit-oriented activities of the nobility were an economic necessity and an everyday matter. The volume traces this ambivalence, using European examples between 1600 and 1900 from various ranks of the nobility and different fields of economic activity. It shows that the involvement of the nobility in European economic processes should not be underestimated. The book opens up an underrepresented field of research for a more in-depth examination.

Coming in Winter 2021/22

Steve Pagel
The roots of contact linguistics. On the emergence of the language contact paradigm in the science of language

Reflecting on language contact and language mixing is part of the European-Western occupation with language from the beginning. Starting with Plato, it is for a long time a rather unexcited reflection, until in the 19th century, the perspective changes radically: the normality of cases of contact and mixing is gone, they become a research taboo first and only a little later a research focus, from which a separate discipline, contact linguistics, emerges. This book, for the first time, tells the whole story of the study of language contact up to the 20th century, and shows how critical-historiographic studies can help to understand and advance current debates (for example, in creolistics).

Coming in Winter 2021

Maciej Klimiuk
Semitic Dialects and Dialectology.

Characterised by the multiplicity and diversity of research and methodology, the European tradition of Semitic linguistics has always supported fieldwork and highly valued the data obtained in this way as it allows to create an interesting dynamic for linguistic studies itself. In the spirit of this tradition and to uphold it, the present book is a collection of articles based on data gathered primarily during field research expeditions. The volume is divided into two parts—Studies on various specific linguistic issues and Texts containing previously unpublished transcriptions of audio recordings in Arabic dialects, Maltese and Jibbali/Shehret.

Coming in Spring 2022

Andreas Kruse, Eric Schmitt (Eds.)
„… der Augenblick ist mein und nehm ich den in Acht“.
Daseinsthemen und Lebenskontexte alter Menschen

Themes of existence of elderly people are considered in the context of different worlds of life: different social classes, different residential contexts, different degrees of independence are understood as central components of the differentiated living environments. It is shown how significant the subjectively experienced “task character of life” as well as the experience of being needed by others is for satisfaction and a sense of meaning. In addition, risk factors for life satisfaction are identified: these include, above all, isolation and a pronounced need for care. The experience of old people is not solely determined by vulnerability; it also speaks for mental growth and coping skills.

Coming in Spring 2022

Kaiser, Friedrich Carl
Carl Stamitz (1745–1801).
Biographische Beiträge – Das symphonische Werk – Thematischer Katalog der Orchesterwerke. Herausgegeben von Johannes Knüchel

Schriften zur Südwestdeutschen Hofmusik, Band 2

Carl Stamitz (1745-1801), Johann Stamitz's eldest son, is well known for his works, as his compositions can be found on numerous recordings and concert programmes in today's music scene. Musicologists though do not pay the same attention to this composer, who came from the ranks of the court musicians of the Electoral Palatinate. The dissertation by Friedrich Carl Kaiser (1931-2008), submitted in 1962, is still the only monograph that systematically deals with his life and his orchestral music, which was a major part of his creative work. It is a standard work that rightly appears in every bibliography on the subject. Up to now it has only been possible to view the compulsory typescript copies of the dissertation, which are distributed among a few libraries and which differ in detail from one another. The reason for this is the somewhat unusual genesis of the text, as Kaiser repeatedly made changes and additions to his Stamitz monograph over a long period of time. The present edition, which also includes Kaiser's personal copy from his estate, now provides musicology researchers with a reliable edition of this fundamental text.

Coming in Spring 2022

Radmila Mladenova
The ‘White’ Mask and the ‘Gypsy’ Mask in Film

Antiziganismusforschung interdisziplinär, Band 3

The study ventures into a topic that has been so far largely neglected in film studies: the ‘gypsy’ phantasm on the big screen. It reconstructs the history of ‘gypsy’ representations in film since the birth of the medium providing a systematic film-theoretical analysis of their aesthetic and social functions. Based on a corpus of over 150 works from European and US cinema, it is shown that ‘gypsy’-themed feature films share the pattern of an ‘ethno-racial’ masquerade, irrespective of the place and time of their origin. The author thus expands the research, concentrated until now in the field of literature, with another art form, film, opening up new dimensions of (popular) cultural antigypsyism.

Coming in Spring 2022

Jihan Jennifer Radjai-Bründl
Repräsentationen der israelischen Soldatin im Netz der Bildkulturen

Antiziganismusforschung interdisziplinär, Band 3

Representations of female Israeli soldiers are a popular subject in photography. However, a notable controversial imparting exists concerning gender and identity: heroic depictions of female Israeli soldiers as shown by the Israeli military in their official representations are in contrast to portraits which are either sexualized or appear as a form of criticism on military service as such and the responsibility of young women soldiers towards the state and the people. This analysis focusses on aspects of the visual language and aesthetics in the context of the cultural history discourse of Zionism, as well as on stereotypes such as the ›beautiful Jewess‹ in European painting since the 18th century. The results offer a unique contribution to Jewish studies by combining methods of gender studies and art history, as well as visual studies

Coming in Summer 2022