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Cold War Misogyny: Fear of Momism on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain

Selling over three billion tickets annually, the Soviet film industry became a fault line of postwar cultural contestation where filmmakers built stories around male protagonists who felt disoriented by a world that was becoming increasingly suburbanized, rebellious, consumerist, household-oriented, and scientifically complex. In this post, Marko Dumančić discusses his new book, Men Out of Focus: The Soviet Masculinity Crisis in the Long Sixties, and examines some of the period’s most controversial movies.

One Weird Trick to Avoid a Complete Financial Meltdown

Providing insights into the evolution of the global political economy, From Malaise to Meltdown: The International Origins of Financial Folly, 1844– identifies the main instigators behind the global financial crises we’ve seen in the last two hundred years. In this post, author Michael Lee details some of these cases and looks at what lessons we can learn from them. 

The Urgent Need to Address Physical Inactivity

Today is International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, an occasion marked every year to promote healthy lifestyles and when some of the world’s leading sportspeople work together with communities to bring sporting opportunities to enrich lives, particularly children. So we reached out to Bruce Kidd, former Olympic athlete and a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. His latest book, A Runner’s Journey, comes out later this year from Aevo-UTP. In this post, Kidd looks at how we can all come together to revitalize physical education, physical activity, and community sport in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Mosaic Fictions: Writing Identity in the Spanish Civil War” and Picturing Canadians

We invited Emily Robins Sharpe, author of Mosaic Fictions: Writing Identity in the Spanish Civil War, to discuss her book which examines Canadian Spanish Civil War literature and reveals texts composed between the war’s outbreak and the present to illuminate the integral connections between Canada’s developing national identity and global leftist action.

Semiotics: The Study of Meaning (Part 3)

In the third and final installment of a three-part blog series on semiotics, Marcel Danesi, author of The Quest for Meaning: A Guide to Semiotic Theory and Practice, Second Edition looks at how semiotics is applied today.