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.

We usually issue a call for proposals for workshops twice a year, early in the fall and spring semesters. Sign up for the FHI newsletter to receive news and opportunities, including CFPs.

Scroll down to explore 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 FUNDING BODIES
Sarah Wilbur
Wesleyan University Press, 2021

Funding Bodies is the first scholarly study of the National Endowment for the Arts to focus specifically on dance. It departs from a choreographic question: How have federal grant guidelines rewarded specific patterns of dance practice and production? Drawing upon archival documentation of NEA narratives, program eligibility guidelines, and standards of evaluation as well as testimony from past and present insiders, Wilbur's work theorizes endowment as an economic and practical struggle by people with differential power and competing investments in production and professionalization of dance. With a wealth of detail and previously untold stories, this institutional history brings clarity to the complex processes that underlie the... read more about Funding Bodies: Five Decades of Dance Making at the National Endowment for the Arts »


 
Unsettling Utopia book cover
Jessica Namakkal
Columbia University Press, 2021

After India achieved independence from the British in 1947, there remained five scattered territories governed by the French imperial state. It was not until 1962 that France fully relinquished control. Once decolonization took hold across the subcontinent, Western-led ashrams and utopian communities remained in and around the former French territory of Pondicherry—most notably the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the Auroville experimental township, which continue to thrive and draw tourists today. Unsettling Utopia presents a new account of the history of twentieth-century French India to show how colonial projects persisted beyond formal decolonization. Through the experience of the French territories, Jessica Namakkal recasts the relationships... read more about Unsettling Utopia: The Making and Unmaking of French India »


 
Book cover of DANTE'S NEW LIFE OF THE BOOK
Martin Eisner
Oxford University Press, 2021

Dante's Vita nuova has taken on a wide variety of different forms since its first publication in 1294. How could one work have generated such different physical forms? Through examining the work's transformations in manuscripts, printed books, translations, and adaptations, Eisner reconceives of the relationship between the work and its reception. Dante's New Life of the Book investigates how these different material manifestations participate in the work, drawing attention to its distinctive elements. Dante framed his book as an attempt to understand his own experiences through the experimental form of the book, and later scribes, editors, and translators use different material forms to embody their interpretations of Dante's collection... read more about Dante's New Life of the Book: A Philology of World Literature »


 
Book cover image with Lula in blue shirt & grey pants dancing in front of crowd of supporters
John D. French
University of North Carolina Press, 2020

Winner, 2021 Sergio Buarque de Holanda Prize for Best Book in Social Sciences, Brazil Section, Latin American Studies Association Known around the world simply as Lula, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva was born in 1945 to illiterate parents who migrated to industrializing São Paulo. He learned to read at ten years of age, left school at fourteen, became a skilled metalworker, rose to union leadership, helped end a military dictatorship—and in 2003 became the thirty-fifth president of Brazil. During his administration, Lula led his country through reforms that lifted tens of millions out of poverty. Here, John D. French, one of the foremost historians of Brazil, provides the first critical biography of the leader whom even his political opponents... read more about Lula and His Politics of Cunning: From Metalworker to President of Brazil »


 

All Workshop Publications

Unsettling Utopia book cover
Jessica Namakkal
Columbia University Press, 2021

After India achieved independence from the British in 1947, there remained five scattered... read more about Unsettling Utopia: The Making and Unmaking of French India »

Book cover of FUNDING BODIES
Sarah Wilbur
Wesleyan University Press, 2021

Funding Bodies is the first scholarly study of the National Endowment for the Arts to focus... read more about Funding Bodies: Five Decades of Dance Making at the National Endowment for the Arts »

Book cover of DANTE'S NEW LIFE OF THE BOOK
Martin Eisner
Oxford University Press, 2021

Dante's Vita nuova has taken on a wide variety of different forms since its first publication in... read more about Dante's New Life of the Book: A Philology of World Literature »

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, 2020

Recurrent questions about space have dogged philosophers since ancient times. Can an ordinary... read more about Space: A History »

Book cover image with Lula in blue shirt & grey pants dancing in front of crowd of supporters
John D. French
University of North Carolina Press, 2020

Winner, 2021 Sergio Buarque de Holanda Prize for Best Book in Social Sciences, Brazil Section,... read more about Lula and His Politics of Cunning: From Metalworker to President of Brazil »

Book cover of THIS SONG IS YOU: book title in gold and white type, over graphical image of chorus line dfancers
Bradley Rogers
University of Iowa Press, 2020

Musicals, it is often said, burst into song and dance when mere words can no longer convey the... read more about The Song Is You: Musical Theatre and the Politics of Bursting into Song and Dance »

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