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.

Launched in 2008 and supported by the Mellon Foundation from 2011 to 2015, the Workshops are currently funded by the Provost as part of "Together Duke," the University's academic strategic plan. The program is open to regular-rank faculty at all ranks in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences, regardless of seniority - but Assistant Professors will receive priority consideration.

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.

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Featured Publications

Book cover of Hydropolitics - photo of rushing water at large dam above book title
Christine Folch
Princeton University Press, 2019

Hydropolitics is a groundbreaking investigation of the world’s largest power plant and the ways the energy we use shapes politics and economics. Itaipu Binational Hydroelectric Dam straddles the Paraná River border that divides the two countries that equally co-own the dam, Brazil and Paraguay. It generates the carbon-free electricity that powers industry in both the giant of South America and one of the smallest economies of the region. Based on unprecedented access to energy decision makers, Christine Folch reveals how Paraguayans harness the dam to engineer wealth, power, and sovereignty, demonstrating how energy capture influences social structures. >> Listen to Christine Folch discuss her book on the Cultures of Energy Podcast... read more about Hydropolitics: The Itaipu Dam, Sovereignty, and the Engineering of Modern South America »


 
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Gustavo PT Furtado
Oxford University Press, 2018

This book examines the vibrant field of documentary filmmaking in Brazil from the transition to democracy in 1985 to the present. Marked by significant efforts toward the democratization of Brazil's highly unequal society, this period also witnessed the documentary's rise to unprecedented vitality in quantity, quality, and diversity of production-which includes polished auteur films as well as rough-hewn collaborative works, films made in major metropolitan regions as well as in indigenous villages and in remote parts of the Amazon, intimate first-person documentaries as well as films that dive headfirst into struggles for social justice. The transformations of Brazilian society and of filmmaking coalesce and become entangled in this... read more about Documentary Filmmaking in Contemporary Brazil: Cinematic Archives of the Present »


 
Intimate Communities Book Cover
Nicole Barnes
University of California Press, 2018

Winner, 2019 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize for women's history and/or feminist theory, American Historical Society When China’s War of Resistance against Japan began in July 1937, it sparked an immediate health crisis throughout China. In the end, China not only survived the war but emerged from the trauma with a more cohesive population. Intimate Communities argues that women who worked as military and civilian nurses, doctors, and midwives during this turbulent period built the national community, one relationship at a time. In a country with a majority illiterate, agricultural population that could not relate to urban elites’ conceptualization of nationalism, these women used their work of healing to create emotional bonds with soldiers and... read more about Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937-1945 »


 
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Lamonte Aidoo
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

Book cover of Space: A History - sky blue background, right side has the column the word "Space" in different fonts
Andrew Janiak, Editor
Oxford University Press, 2019

Forthcoming December 2019 Recurrent questions about space have dogged philosophers since ancient... read more about Space: A History »

Book cover of Hydropolitics - photo of rushing water at large dam above book title
Christine Folch
Princeton University Press, 2019

Hydropolitics is a groundbreaking investigation of the world’s largest power plant and the ways the... read more about Hydropolitics: The Itaipu Dam, Sovereignty, and the Engineering of Modern South America »

Slavery Unseen cover
Lamonte Aidoo
Duke University Press, 2018

In Slavery Unseen, Lamonte Aidoo upends the narrative of Brazil as a racial democracy, showing... read more about Slavery Unseen: Sex, Power, and Violence in Brazilian History »

Intimate Communities Book Cover
Nicole Barnes
University of California Press, 2018

Winner, 2019 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize for women's history and/or feminist theory, American... read more about Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937-1945 »

Documentary Filmmaking book cover
Gustavo PT Furtado
Oxford University Press, 2018

This book examines the vibrant field of documentary filmmaking in Brazil from the transition to... read more about Documentary Filmmaking in Contemporary Brazil: Cinematic Archives of the Present »

Addressing the other woman book jacket
Kimberly Lamm
Manchester University Press, 2018

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 »

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