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Feature: Martial Arts Studies no. 7

We’re happy to announce that Martial Arts Studies issue 7 is now freely available at https://mas.cardiffuniversitypress.org/9/volume/0/issue/7/ . Martial Arts Studies is the premier scholarly source for interdisciplinary work on a variety of topics surrounding the practice, sociology, history and media representation of the modern combat sports and traditional martial arts. Published twice yearly, it presents the best research written and reviewed by leaders in the field.

This issue contains an editorial, five articles and three short reviews. The editorial starts by discussing what an “open issue,” such as this one, suggests about the current state of martial arts studies.  The editors note that issue 7 stretches the discussion of the Asian martial arts in geographic terms, and contemplates many complex interactions between physical practice and identity formation.

In their article “The creation of Wing Tsun: a German case study,” Swen Koerner, Mario S. Staller and Benjamin N. Judkins take a detailed look at the global spread of Wing Chun, a hand combat style of kung fu from Guangdong Province.

Next, Kristin Behr and Peter Kuhn examine the “Key factors in career development and transitions in German elite combat sport athletes.” The purpose of their study was to identify factors that facilitate and constrain career development and career transitions. They conclude that an athletic career is a highly complex, multi-layered and individual process.

In the third article, “Fighting gender stereotypes: women’s participation in the martial arts, physical feminism and social change“, Maya Maor explores the social conditions that facilitate gender subversive appropriation in full-contact martial arts, in terms of: 1. close and reciprocal bodily contact, 2. learning new embodiment regimes, and 3. effects of male dominance in the field.

Veronika Partikova continues the ongoing discussion of martial arts and identity formation in “Psychological collectivism in traditional martial arts.” Her paper argues that ‘traditional’ martial arts offer physical skills, moral codes, rituals, roles and hierarchical relationships which, taken together, create the perfect environment for psychological collectivism.

Tim Trausch’s paper “Martial arts and media culture in the information era: glocalization, heterotopia, hyperculture” is derived from the Editor’s Introduction to the collection Chinese martial arts and media culture: global perspectives [Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018]. It argues that recent media texts reflect and (re)produce three paradigms of martial arts and media culture in the information age: glocalization, heterotopia, and hyperculture.

In the review section of this issue, Andreas Niehaus, Leo Istas and Martin Meyer report on the 8th Conference of the German Society of Sport Science’s Committee for Martial Arts Studies, for which the theme was “Experiencing, training and thinking the body in martial arts and martial sports.” Then Spencer Bennington reflects on Udo Moening’s volume Taekwondo: from a martial art to a martial sport. Finally, Qays Stetkevych provides a candid review and close reading of the recently-published Martial arts studies reader [Rowman & Littlefield, 2018].

As always, this issue is freely available online. To find the latest calls for papers and learn more about the journal, go to http://masjournal.org.uk
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Open Access and us

Today is the first day of International Open Access Week (http://www.openacessweek.org/ ), an annual celebration of all things “OA”.  We at Cardiff University Press have supported OA Week each year since we launched in 2015.  We’ve always been a 100% OA publisher – it’s part of what we do.  But how do we define the “Open Access” concept, and what does that mean for our readers and authors?

Cardiff University’s OA policy defines OA as “a publishing model that enables peer reviewed articles to be freely available for anyone with access to the internet, rather than limiting readership to subscribers only. It opens up academic research to everyone and is strongly supported by the UK Government as a driver for economic regeneration”.

The most obvious benefits to you as a reader are that OA publications are free of charge. Someone else has paid for the publishing costs, so you don’t have to! But if you’re also an author, publishing your work via OA routes, you have lots of extra advantages. Here are just a few:

  • In addition to making our publications available via the Press website, we deposit all of them in ORCA, Cardiff University’s OA institutional repository – whether they’re by Cardiff University members or not. This means we can help you to get your research noticed: ORCA preserves the publications for the future and makes them easier to find, as well as increasing their citation rate (how often they’re quoted) in many cases.

  • OA publications are openly available for anyone with an internet connection to read, potentially creating a much bigger readership than if they were non-OA. This can strengthen links with external communities and make it easier for the research findings to have an impact in the wider world. Our usage statistics show that CardiffUP publications are read not only in the UK but also in countries around the globe, most frequently in the United States, India, France and Brazil.

  • Many major funders of academic research require OA for any publications based on that research. The next Research Assessment Exercise (REF), which determines how UK Government funding for universities is distributed, will require all journal articles and conference proceedings submitted for assessment to be OA. Authors publishing papers of this type with us can rest assured that the OA requirement has been taken care of.

To celebrate Open Access Week, CardiffUP’s Executive Officer Alice Percival will present a talk entitled “Cardiff University Press: get involved, get published” on Thursday 25 October. Open to all Cardiff University staff and students, the talk includes information on working with and publishing with the Press. It’ll be of particular interest to early career researchers and PhD students. Contact mailto:openaccess@cardiff.ac.uk for more details, or to book a seat.

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CardiffUP on YouTube

We’re very pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new YouTube channel for CardiffUP, featuring a promotional video and some shorter film clips on specific topics. We hope you’ll find these interesting, thought-provoking and informative. To view them, go to https://www.youtube.com/ and search for “Cardiff University Press”, or click here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzDMeKIi6SYBKaNzmHrBN4A

The films have been created for us by the very talented Terry Morrell from ARK, a Cardiff-based small business offering technology, media and consultancy services.

If you’ve ever wondered what some of the CardiffUP staff look and sound like, now’s your chance to find out – Prof Damian Walford Davies, Prof Paul Bowman, Janet Peters, Sonja Haerkoenen and Alice Percival all appear in at least one film.

However, it’s been a time of great change for the staffing of CardiffUP: since the films were made, two of our “video stars” have left the Press and moved on to new and exciting things. Sonja, formerly our Scholarly Publications Manager, has moved to a new role at the University of Augsburg in Germany.  And Damian, the former Chair of our Editorial Board, has stepped down from this role after his promotion to Pro Vice-Chancellor for Cardiff University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. 

We’re delighted that Paul has recently become our new Board Chair, vacating the role of Editor-in-Chief that he’s held since CardiffUP was first established. With two new University Library Service staff and several PhD students also joining the Board this summer, we have lots of new ideas and renewed energy for the future!  You can keep track of our changing Board membership on our website at https://www.cardiffuniversitypress.org/site/about/

Don’t forget to keep up to date with new additions to our YouTube channel as well, by subscribing or by bookmarking the page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzDMeKIi6SYBKaNzmHrBN4A 

Enjoy!

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