Rowman and Littlefield International

Punks, Monks and Politics

Ani Mattila talks to the Julian CH Lee and Marco Ferrarese for insights into their new book Punks, Monks and Politics: Authenticity in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Published on Monday 23 Jan 2017

Publishing in a troubled world

A presidential inauguration, and a significant change of political direction in the US; the triggering of Article 50 set to start the reality of the UK's departure from the EU; record numbers of people living as refugees from war and bloodshed: we start 2017 with the world in a turbulent and unsettled state.
Published on Monday 16 Jan 2017

Interview: RLI series editor Professor Giorgio Shani

Giorgio Shani is Professor of Politics and International Relations at International Christian University (ICU) in Japan and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre of International Studies (CIS) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is serving as President of the Asia-Pacific Region of the International Studies Association (ISA). His publications include Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age (Routledge, 2008) and Religion, Identity and Human Security (Routledge, 2014). He is currently revisiting his work for a co-auth...
Published on Thursday 12 Jan 2017

#NeverHillary vs #NeverTrump

The 2016 US presidential election was the most electric event in electoral history—in the fullest sense of the term. Social media played an unprecedented role in the campaigns, allowing the candidates to interact with and influence voters to a greater extent than ever before: via memes, targeted advertisements, hashtags, bots, and other mechanisms. One billion tweets were sent from the primary debates in August up to election day; over 75 million tweets were sent on election day itself. It’s no wonder that this has been called the ‘first true social media election.&r...
Published on Wednesday 21 Dec 2016

Religion and Refuge

As of the end of 2015, 65.3 million people were displaced globally at a rate of 24 per minute. This is the largest number on record, and is expected to have grown in 2016. Despite the dramatic enormity of the situation, responses from Western countries (who host a mere 24% of displaced persons in comparison to the 86% hosted in countries surrounding conflict zones) have been inadequate, to say the least. Despite the notable exceptions of Germany and, to a smaller extent, Italy, European responses to the crisis have privileged exclusionary and securitizing policies, lea...
Published on Tuesday 20 Dec 2016

Severity or Sanctuary?

Immigration was a - if not the - central focus of the Trump campaign's criticisms of the Obama administration and proposed reforms. Trump's harshest words and proposals were reserved for unauthorized migrants, who entered the United States without formal legal permission. Painting them as "in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists" Trump initially proposed to deport all 11 million estimated unauthorized migrants. More recently he has said that his first priority will be just on removing the 2 to 3 million u...
Published on Thursday 01 Dec 2016

Vacancy at Rowman & Littlefield International

Rowman & Littlefield is an independent, international publisher with a large academic list in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and a trade list in sport and the outdoors, American travel and history.  Rowman & Littlefield International, our UK company, at which the candidate will be based, is an award-winning independent academic publisher, which launched in 2012 and publishes in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We are seeking an enthusiastic Sales Manager to join our lively London team and to support the growth of our UK business.
Published on Wednesday 16 Nov 2016

RLI marks its fourth birthday

It’s now four years since Sarah Campbell and I sat in a café in London, planning and then announcing what was to become Rowman & Littlefield International – and so I’m delighted to mark another birthday in the life of this company.
Published on Monday 14 Nov 2016

Trump: Complicities and Criticisms

On the morning of 9 November 2016, the United States and the rest of the world woke up to a new phenomenon: the election to what is arguably the most politically powerful position on the planet, the Presidency of the United States, of Donald Trump. The election shocked many, especially among the political establishment and the world’s intellectual classes. We now have a President who has shown scant knowledge of the US Constitution, and even less interest in its relation to political democracy. He has shown that he expects the legal system to bend to his will...
Published on Friday 11 Nov 2016

Animals, Politics and Ethics

On Sunday 23rd October, in the state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, a couple of thousand people marched on Parliament House. They did so on behalf of the countless greyhounds that are killed each year in Australia. Those greyhounds die as ‘waste’, meaning they are not competitive racers. They will also march on behalf of the rabbits, cats, possums and piglets who are routinely (yet unlawfully) used to ‘blood’ greyhounds. Blooding greyhounds is thought to make them more competitive. It is fatal for the bait animal.
Published on Tuesday 01 Nov 2016