Faculty Book Manuscript Workshops
Faculty Book Manuscript Workshops provide a structure for generating constructive, informed criticism on near-final book manuscripts, at a moment in the writing process when authors can most effectively utilize such feedback. The program's goal is to transform already excellent scholarly projects into superior published works. The program allows faculty to invite two experts in their field and an acquisitions editor from a major scholarly press to campus. During a half-day workshop, these guests present their thoughts on the manuscript, followed by a response from the author and discussion with a broader group of invited faculty from Duke and other universities in the Triangle.
From 2008 to 2015, the Workshops were funded by two successive Mellon Foundation grants. Now funded by Duke University in order to support faculty research as part of "Together Duke," the academic strategic plan, the program has been re-configured to focus on Assistant Professors in the humanities, arts, and interpretative social sciences.
Please see below for books published by "alumni" of the program. To view a list of all award recipients since the inception of the program, click here.
Duke University Press, 2018
In Slavery Unseen, Lamonte Aidoo upends the narrative of Brazil as a racial democracy, showing how the myth of racial democracy elides the history of sexual violence, patriarchal terror, and exploitation of slaves. Drawing on sources ranging from inquisition trial documents to travel accounts and literature, Aidoo demonstrates how interracial and same-sex sexual violence operated as a key mechanism of the production and perpetuation of slavery as well as racial and gender inequality. The myth of racial democracy, Aidoo contends, does not stem from or reflect racial progress; rather, it is an antiblack apparatus that upholds and protects the heteronormative white patriarchy throughout Brazil's past and on into the present. read more about Slavery Unseen: Sex, Power, and Violence in Brazilian History »
All Workshop Publications
This book analyses how three artists - Adrian Piper, Nancy Spero and Mary Kelly - worked with the... read more about Addressing the Other Woman: Textual Correspondences in Feminist Art and Writing »
In 1900 the Catholic Church stood staunchly against human rights, religious freedom, and the... read more about Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church »
In Slavery Unseen, Lamonte Aidoo upends the narrative of Brazil as a racial democracy, showing how... read more about Slavery Unseen: Sex, Power, and Violence in Brazilian History »
In the United States and Europe, the word "caliphate" has conjured historically romantic and... read more about Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History »
This radically original book argues for the power of ordinary language philosophy—a tradition... read more about Revolution of the Ordinary: Literary Studies after Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell »
In Dust of the Zulu Louise Meintjes traces the political and aesthetic significance of ngoma, a... read more about Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid »