Publishing Humanities Initiative

The Franklin Humanities Institute’s Publishing Humanities Initiative (PHI) supports events and projects initiated by the FHI Humanities Labs, humanities faculty, and graduate students that provide new ways to engage in and learn about scholarly publishing, from its traditional expression in books and journals to new digital, visual, and nonlinear forms of publication. Our expansive view of publishing includes multimodal scholarship and the arts, exploring the interplay of the material and the digital in humanities research and publishing.  We are also interested in the changes in humanistic thought that come with changes in the form of publication.

Our goal is to connect humanities scholars and artists, librarians and archivists, editors and publishers, technologists and documentarians from the Duke campus, the Triangle area, and beyond to reflect on the changing nature of humanities scholarship and publishing, share knowledge and encourage collaboration.  The PHI is sponsored for the 2017–2018 academic year by the Office of the Provost, the FHI, the Dean of the Humanities, and the Duke Library.

We are currently planning the following events for Spring 2019 and next academic year. Click here for a list of upcoming and past events.

  • We Have Seen the Future, and It Is Us, Part II: Books + Digital Projects: Toward a Monograph 2.0. Can the long-form narrative connect to digital visualizations, oral histories, primary sources, or other digital/multimedia components of research? Scholarly authors and editors present a spectrum of concrete possibilities for prospective authors to consider, including examples of university press books that integrate multimedia and digital humanities in surprising new ways.
  • We Have Seen the Future, and It Is Us, Part III:  New Forms of Publishing in the Humanities. Scholars and publishers who have created cutting-edge innovations in digital-first  publishing and electronic literature share their exciting projects and discuss successes and challenges.  This event is a collaboration with the Digital Humanities Initiative and the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge.
  • Peer Review and Scholarly Value in the Humanities and Interpretive Social Sciences: Behind the Curtain: How do publishers traditionally manage peer review of scholarly books and articles in the humanities and social sciences?  How well does this process serve the academy, and what changes (such as open review and online commenting) have been proposed and tested? Editors and faculty critique and reflect on traditions and innovations in peer review.
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