Anthem Library of the Month | CENTRE FOR EDUCATION AND DOCUMENTATION IN MUMBAI

© 2011 Maitreya Centre for Eco-Justice and Eco-Spirituality

The Centre for Education and Documentation in Mumbai was founded sometime in the late 1970s, amid a host of solicitors’ offices in an inconspicuous side street behind Regal Cinema. For a graduate student in the late 1980s looking for information on recent social and political events, there were few resources one could find – nobody kept old newspapers and the newspaper offices and libraries either could not or did not help, I am not sure. Government offices practiced the arts of concealment in all manner of ways, and treated information seekers as potential troublemakers, who had to be discouraged, thwarted or misled. And in this age of frenzied archive creation, one has to say, there was no internet then. What was the archive before today’s archive fever, for someone not focused on India’s colonial period?

Well, there were a few resource centres that everyone pointed me to, NGOs where news clippings were maintained and catalogued across an extraordinary range of topics and themes, where relevant pamphlets and other literature were collected, including often hard to find independent, privately printed reports on various social and political issues. The Centre for Education and Documentation was probably the best of them, and it is the longest surviving of all, certainly in Mumbai, that I know of. In a small space, crammed with students and research scholars, shelves from floor to ceiling lined with boxes of clippings and other literature, people took notes, called for files, and were served by dedicated and modestly paid staff, all of whom understood that information was not only a valuable commodity to be hoarded, but a public service as well.

Today CED continues to thrive, as a provider not only of clippings, but a host of information and research services. The infra-archival culture of the ’80s and ’90s, of students and scholars using independently supported organizations that grew out of left movements, is now probably a relic of history in itself – and its memory deserves to be preserved.

—Arvind Rajagopal, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University; Editorial Board member of Anthem Global and Communication Studies

The Rise of the IGCSE

The Cambridge International GCSE (IGCSE) is widely recognised as the most popular international qualification for 14-16 year olds in the world. One of the primary reasons for its wide reach is that Cambridge qualifications are highly regarded by universities and employers worldwide. As a result, schools everywhere, from Brussels to Beijing, have signed up to become Cambridge Schools in order to offer these prestigious qualifications to their students.

Additionally, the linear IGCSE course structure, which requires candidates to sit a single exam covering the entire two-year syllabus, has been favourably compared to the modular, and some argue less rigorous, GCSE course offered as part of the English Baccalaureate. With regards to international schools, many have found that they can benefit from the IGCSE’s compatibility with their own various qualifications. This is a great advantage to schools whose diverse student bodies need to be able to adapt to the requirements, both academic and cultural, of different countries.

The widespread success of the Cambridge IGCSE amongst both international schools and independent schools in the United Kingdom, inspired other organizations to create their own comparable International GCSE programmes. Edexcel, founded in 1996 by Pearson, is one of them. Though Cambridge has maintained a slight advantage in terms of overseas uptake, including in the U.S. where they are piloting a new IGCSE programme in a number of public schools, Edexcel has also experienced growing popularity, particularly in the UK, where the number of schools entering pupils for its exams has doubled in the past two years. This rise is largely attributed to the latest government decision in 2010 to allow Ofqual accredited versions of the IGCSE to be taught in UK state schools.

Anthem Press is dedicated to providing up-to-date, relevant resources for academia and the world of education. As such, we will be launching an IGCSE series with new Mathematics and English Literature textbooks in 2013. This new series will be tailored to both Edexcel and Cambridge International GCSE syllabuses and will reflect the international reach of these programmes. We hope our past experience in producing rigorous scholarly and educational resources will really show through in this new IGCSE series.

Click here to view our latest IGCSE publications.

Anthem Book Spotlight | EUROPE’S UNFINISHED CURRENCY

October was a busy month for our author, Dr Thomas Mayer. His book, ‘Europe’s Unfinished Currency,’ was published at the beginning of the month and in order to promote and celebrate the release, Dr Mayer participated in a book tour around Europe and the U.S. with stops in several cities including London, Frankfort, and New York City. He was interviewed on Bloomberg ‘Market Makers’ and BNN ‘Headline,’ provided commentary pieces for publications such as the Wall Street Journal, and gave lectures at several institutions including the London School of Economics, the Milken Institute, and the Atlantic Council.


Before the book was even published, it received some wonderful endorsements from individuals such as Alan Greenspan and Tom Keene (Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg News). And since its release, it has received quite a lot of press from publications, such as The Economist, The Globalist, Financial World and others. In the latest issue of European Voice, Stewart Fleming said the following about ‘Europe’s Unfinished Currency’: “Thomas Mayer, who was until recently the chief economist at Deutsche Bank Group, is both a strong defender and critic of the single currency. He insists that the repairs so far proposed for the euro do not yet add up to a comprehensive strategy for reinforcing the currency’s foundations. He puts forward his own remedy [...] [He has] produced analyses and conclusions written with a clear eye.” We would like to congratulate Dr Mayer on the success of his important book!

To read more reviews and publicity highlights, check out the book’s website. Purchase your own copy of the book from Amazon or any of our other distributors.

Professor Craig Calhoun and the Public Mission of Research Universities

2012 © LSE

In a recent lecture at the LSE, Professor Craig Calhoun, who is a world-renowned social scientist and the LSE Director (as of 1 September), discussed the public mission of research universities. It’s a very informative and interesting lecture that follows the evolution of universities and their function within and in relation to the public sphere. He delves into what it means to be ‘public’ and what issues it entails. Listen to the lecture podcast here.

Recently, Professor Calhoun, endorsed a forthcoming book of ours about, entitled ‘Thorstein Veblen: Economics for an Age of Crises.’ He described it as ‘an important book for all social scientists’ and noted that “the contributors both situate Veblen historically and bring his work alive for discussion of contemporary issues – and his work is very helpful indeed.’’ Find more about our upcoming release here.

Anthem Press Backs AFC Wimbledon

Anthem Press’ roots lie in Wimbledon, South West London. It and the recently launched Thames River Press are imprints of Wimbledon Publishing Company Limited. The Sood family behind the company are active members of the local community and are supporters of Wimbledon Bookfest and the local football team, AFC Wimbledon.

The team has experienced phenomenal success since it was formed in 2002 as a reaction to Wimbledon F.C.’s relocation up north in Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) and its subsequent name change to the Milton Keynes Dons. Many in the Wimbledon community opposed the move and recanted their support, feeling that the new club no longer represented them, their legacy or their traditions. As a result, they decided to form their own club – AFC Wimbledon. In the few short years since, the “phoenix club” has managed to climb its way up from the ninth tier in 2002 to the fourth tier (Level Two) in 2011.

On the 1st of December, the possible grudge match – AFC Wimbledon vs MK Dons – will finally take place and Anthem Press would like to take this opportunity to wish the Wombles the best of luck!

Anthem Library of the Month | NEW YORK SOCIETY LIBRARY

© 2012 New York Society Library

People who are melodramatic about the decline of the physical book often see booklovers as having to retreat to redoubts, sanctuaries, like people of learning retiring to monasteries in late antiquity. Things may not be that drastic, but my personal Monte Cassino or Vivarium is the New York Society Library on East 79th St. It is a membership library, which means you have to pay a small amount a year to take out books (though not do simply come in and do research), but it more than worth it to me in terms of access to books and a comfortable atmosphere in which to read and work. The Society Library is also one of the great spaces in New York, a place to pause in the middle of a busy day and look out on the street or dip in for a few lines of a beloved classic before being on your way.  Though not a comprehensive library on the level of that of a major university, a skilled researcher can get a great deal out of the collection, and they have real strengths in biography, fiction, art and architecture, and history, as well as resources, such as bound, printed copies of The Nation and The New Yorker from many years ago, that are very hard to find elsewhere. What I find most valuable about the Society Library is the sense it gives of books as a part of a civilization, as not just ingestible consumer items but artifacts that have a complex relationship to human pleasure and wisdom. In an era with fewer bookstores and fewer books in them, where university libraries often put books in storage in favor of opening espresso bars, the New York Society Library may well be the sort of redoubt we need.

—Nicholas Birns, The New School, New York, NY; Editorial Board member of Anthem Australian Humanities Research Series