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Berghahn Books is a publisher of scholarly books and academic journals in the humanities and social sciences, with a special focus on social & cultural anthropology, European history, politics, and film & media studies.

A peer-review press, Berghahn is committed to the highest academic standards and seeks to enable innovative contributions to the scholarship in its fields of specialty.


Berghahn publishes nearly 100 new titles and some 40 paperback editions each year and has a backlist of nearly 1,500 titles in print. New titles are printed in both print and online, with the select digitization of the backlist currently being undertaken as part of the Berghahn Books Online platform.

Selected Forthcoming Releases

Trapped in the Gap

Doing Good in Indigenous Australia
Author: Emma Kowal

In Australia, a 'tribe' of white, middle-class, progressive professionals is actively working to improve the lives of Indigenous people. This book explores what happens when well-meaning people, supported by the state, attempt to help without harming. 'White anti-racists' find themselves trapped by endless ambiguities, contradictions, and double binds - a microcosm of the broader dilemmas of postcolonial societies. These dilemmas are fueled by tension between the twin desires of equality and difference: to make Indigenous people statistically the same as non-Indigenous people (to 'close the gap') while simultaneously maintaining their 'cultural' distinctiveness. This tension lies at the heart of failed development efforts in Indigenous communities, ethnic minority populations and the global South. This book explains why doing good is so hard, and how it could be done differently.

Anxious Histories

Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century
Author: Jordana Silverstein

Over the last 70 years, memories and narratives of the Holocaust have played a significant role in constructing Jewish communities. This book explores one field where these narratives are disseminated: Holocaust pedagogy in Jewish schools in Melbourne and New York. Bringing together a diverse range of critical approaches, including memory studies, gender studies, diaspora theory, and settler colonial studies, Anxious Histories complicates the stories being told about the Holocaust in these Jewish schools and their broader communities. It demonstrates that an anxious thread runs throughout these historical narratives, as the pedagogy negotiates feelings of simultaneous belonging and not-belonging in the West and in Zionism. In locating that anxiety, the possibilities and the limitations of narrating histories of the Holocaust are opened up once again for analysis, critique, discussion, and development.

Jordana Silverstein is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne, with the ARC Laureate Fellowship Project "Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism: 1920 to the Present." She is coeditor of In the Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and the Third Generation (Vallentine Mitchell, 2015) and has published widely on Holocaust memory and histories of Jewish identity.


Berghahn Journals is the journals division of Berghahn Books, an award-winning independent publisher of distinguished scholarly books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. Its program, which now includes 37 journals and 100 new titles a year, focuses on anthropology & sociology, European history, cultural & media studies and politics. A peer-review press, Berghahn is committed to the highest academic standards and seeks to enable innovative contributions to the scholarship in its fields of specialty.

eJournal Collections

Advances in Research

Advances in Research responds to the growing need for a rigourous, in-depth review of current work in the social sciences and humanities and seeks to stimulate advanced research and action on particularly critical issues of today. The annuals provide and overview of the latest developments in their area from an interdisciplinary perspective and encourage international communication and exchange among all relevant disciplines.

The Advances in Research Collection is made up of the four following titles: Conflict and Society, Environment and Society, Museum Worlds and Religion and Society.

Conflict and Society: Advances in Research FORTHCOMING IN 2015
Publishing peer-reviewed articles by international scholars, Conflict and Society expands the field of conflict studies by using ethnographic inquiry to establish new fields of research and interdisciplinary collaboration. An opening special section presents general articles devoted to a topic or region followed by a section featuring conceptual debates on key problems in the study of organized violence. Review articles and topical overviews offer navigational assistance across the vast and varied terrain of conflict research, and comprehensive reviews of new books round out each volume. With special attention paid to ongoing debates on the politics and ethics of conflict studies research, including military-academic cooperation, Conflict and Society will be an essential forum for scholars, researchers, and policy makers in the fields of anthropology, sociology, political science, and development studies.

Environment and Society: Advances in Research
The field of research on environment and society is growing rapidly and becoming of ever-greater importance not only in academia but also in policy circles and for the public at large. This growth reflects the urgency of debate and the pace and scale of change with respect to the water crisis, deforestation, biodiversity loss, the looming energy crisis, nascent resource wars, environmental refugees, climate change, and environmental justice, which are just some of the many compelling challenges facing society today and in the future. It also reflects the richness and insights of scholarship exploring diverse cultural forms, social phenomena, and political-economic formations in which society and nature are intricately intertwined, if not indistinguishable.

Environment and Society publishes critical reviews of the latest research literature on environmental studies, including subjects of theoretical, methodological, substantive, and applied significance. Articles also survey the literature regionally and thematically and reflect the work of anthropologists, geographers, environmental scientists, and human ecologists from all parts of the world in order to internationalize the conversations within environmental anthropology, environmental geography, and other environmentally oriented social sciences. The publication will appeal to academic, research, and policy-making audiences alike.

Museum Worlds: Advances in Research
This aims to trace and comment on major regional, theoretical, methodological, and topical themes and debates, and to encourage comparison of museum theories, practices, and developments in different global settings. Each issue includes a conversation piece on a current topic, as well as peer-reviewed scholarly articles and review articles, book and exhibition reviews, and news on developments in museum studies and related curricula in different parts of the world. Drawing on the expertise and networks of a global Editorial Board of senior scholars and museum practitioners, the journal both challenges and develops the core concepts that link different disciplinary perspectives on museums by bringing new voices into ongoing debates and discussions. Articles are of exceptional quality and general interest from around the world.

Religion and Society: Advances in Research
This important, peer-reviewed annual aims to provide a dynamic snapshot of developments in the study of religion as a whole and encourages interdisciplinary perspectives.

Each volume contains a Portrait section that profiles a senior scholar of religion, with invited essays on the scholar's work by authorities in their respective subfields. In the Articles section, contributions provide overviews of a given topic with critical, "positioned" views of the subject and of relevant research. In the Debate section, scholars of religion reflect on a high-profile issue or event, and the Author Meets Critics section invites discussants to comment on a recently published volume, followed by a response from the author. Other sections cover teaching, news, and-vitally-reviews of new books and ethnographic films.

Other Collections

In addition to the Advances in Research collection listed above, Berghahn also publishes the following eJournal collections:

  • Berghahn Anthropology Journal Collection which includes the following journals: Asia Pacific World: Anthropological Journal of European Cultures; Anthropology in Action; Anthropology of the Middle East; Cambridge Anthropology; Durkheimian Studies; Focaal; Learning and Teaching; Nature and Culture; Sibirica; Social Analysis; Transfers.
  • Berghahn Cultural Studies Journal Collection which includes the following journals: Critical Survey; European Comic Art; Girlhood Studies; Journal of Romance Studies; Journeys; Projections; Sartre Studies International; Screen Bodies.
  • Berghahn Education Journal Collection which includes the following journals: Boyhood Studies; Girlhood Studies; Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society; Learning & Teaching (LATISS).
  • Berghahn on Europe Journal Collection which includes the following journals: Anthropological Journal of European Cultures; Aspasia; European Comic Art; European Judaism; Focaal; French Politics, Culture & Society; German Politics, Culture & Society; Italian Politics; Journal of Romance Studies.
  • Berghahn History Journal Collection which includes the following journals: Aspasia; Contributions to the History of Concepts; European Judaism; Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society; Historical Reflections / Reflexions Historiques; Mobility in History.
  • Berghahn Politics Journal Collection which includes the following journals: Democratic Theory; French Politics, Culture and Society; German Politics and Society; Italian Politics; The International Journal of Social Quality; Israel Studies Forum; Regions and Cohesion; Theoria.
  • Berghahn Complete Journals Collection which includes all of the journals mentioned above.

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