[Free eBook & Audiobook] Humor by Stefan Kjerkegaard [Danish Academic Cultural Studies Essay]

Humor (Humour) by Stefan Kjerkegaard, an associate professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, is the is the 52nd in the in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This semi-philosophical cultural essay focuses on the topic of the purposes and benefits of humour in our daily lives and wellbeing and surrounding society, beyond just joking around.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through October 9th, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Antikkens verden: Videnskab, kultur, myter, religion og de fremmede [Danish Classical Western Antiquity History & Culture Overview]

Antikkens verden (The Ancient World: Science, culture, myths, religion, and strangers) edited by Birte Poulsen & Ole Høiris is a volume in the Verdensboger (World Book) series of Danish-language self-contained titles which provide a comprehensive introductory overview to particular cultural and historical periods, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for September. The Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series.

This volume contains a comprehensive introduction to the world of western classical antiquity, mostly in and around the Mediterranean and the Greek, Roman, and later Egyptian cultures that held sway, as well as some later “barbarians”, filled with essays on various cultural and historical topics, illustrated lavishly with many photographs of relevant artifacts from the corresponding places and times.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through September, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Smerte by Troels Staehelin Jensen [Danish Academic Pain Research Science Essay]

Smerte (Pain) by Troels Staehelin Jensen, a Professor and pain researcher in the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University, is the 51st in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This science research essay focuses on the topic of the sensation of pain, and its drawbacks and benefits in signalling various aspects and statuses of continuing life and health.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through September 11th, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Hamsuns sultekunstner by Peer E. Sørenson [Norwegian Literature Study & Artistic Influence]

Hamsuns sultekunstner (Hamsun’s hunger artist) by Peer E. Sørenson, a professor emeritus from the Nordic Institute as well as Aarhus University, is his Danish-language book about Norwegian literature studies and international art history, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for June. This lavishly-illustrated Danish-language book focuses on the late Norwegian Nobel Prize-winning author Knut Hamsun‘s famous novel Sult (Hunger) and its enduring artistic influence, which was international in scope and hailed as a precursor to certain 20th century modern literary styles.

Apparently this is specifically not an analysis of the actual novel, but instead concentrates on its reception and effect, which includes contributions to modernism & surrealism, and trickle-down influence on assorted later authors from around the world. It’s also illustrated with quite a lot of pictures of what are either artworks directly inspired by the novel and its themes, or the works of artists somehow influenced by it, in the author’s view.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through June, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Velfærd by Carsten Jensen [Danish Academic Social Welfare Political Essay]

Velfærd (Welfare) by Carsten Jensen, a professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, is the 50th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This political science essay examines the social welfare state in Denmark.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through June 16th, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Konkurrencestatens pædagogik: En kritik og et alternativ by Brian Degn Mårtensson [Danish Education Philosophy Critique]

Konkurrencestatens pædagogik: En kritik og et alternativ (The Competition State’s Education: A criticism and alternative) by Brian Degn Mårtensson, an education philosopher and PhD fellow at Aarhus University, is his Danish-language academic book about the present Danish education system, free for a limited time courtesy of the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This book provides an overview and critique of the current competition-oriented education system provided in Denmark, as well as an urge for reform towards a more socially and culturally-oriented curriculum with less focus on competitiveness über alles.

Offered worldwide through May, available from the university’s website as their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Reformationen by Bo Kristian Holm [Danish Academic History & Theology Essay]

Reformationen (The Reformation) by Bo Kristian Holm, an associate professor studying theology at the School of Culture & Society at Aarhus University, is the 49th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language essay covers the roots of the Protestant Reformation sparked by the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 theses in the 16th century, and the ensuing theological and political effects which carry on to this day.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through May 8th, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Modernitetens verden: Tiden, videnskab, historien og kunsten [Danish 19th-20th C Modern Era World History & Culture]

Modernitetens verden: Tiden, videnskab, historien og kunsten (The World of Modernity: Time, science, history and art), edited by Ole Høiris & Thomas Ledet, is another volume in the Verdensbøger (Books of the World) series of Danish-language comprehensive introductory overviews to a particular “Age” in the western world, free for a limited time courtesy of the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series. This volume contains a comprehensive introduction to the beginnings of the Modern Age from mid 19th through 20th centuries. Included are assorted essays devoted to developments in medicine, the study of history, economics, philosophy, literature, film, and more, both in the Nordic nations and other countries abroad, lavishly illustrated by examples of period artwork and photographs of documents and other artifacts.

Offered worldwide through April, available from the university’s website as their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection.

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[Free eBook] Valérian et Laureline T01: The City of Shifting Waters [French Science Fiction Comics]

The City of Shifting Waters (La Cité des eaux mouvantes) by the French creative team of author Pierre Christin & artist Jean-Claude Mézières is the vintage 1st album in their long-running Valérian et Laureline bande dessinée series of science fiction time travel adventure comics, free for a limited time in both languages courtesy of publisher Dargaud’s Cinebook imprint.

This was originally published way back in 1970 and is the start of one of the major classic Franco-Belgian comic book series, which is being made free to promote an upcoming film adaptation. The series stars spatio-temporal agents from a 28th century Terran Empire who protect the past. This adventure sends them back in time to New York City in 1986 (as envisioned in 1970), in order to thwart a rogue time traveler who seems to have already changed the future.

Offered in selected countries worldwide (mostly North America & Europe) in both the original French and an English-language translation, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Demokrati by Svend-Erik Skaaning [Danish Academic Political Science Essay]

Demokrati (Democracy) by Svend-Erik Skaaning, a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, is the the 48th in the Tænkepauser (Thinking Breaks) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays meant to introduce academic topics to a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This essay covers democracy in its good and bad points, apparently based on the premise of Winston Churchill’s observation about how democracy would be the worst form of government, if it were not for all the other even worse forms of government that have been tried.

Offered through April 10th, available DRM-free worldwide with an accompanying MP3 audiobook.

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