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.

The PHI is currently planning the following events:

  • Publishing It Yourself:  Pamphlets, Zines, and Protest Literature: Some do-it-yourself publishers use digital services such as SmashWords and Amazon Kindle, while others have embraced the “material turn.”  Learn about the astonishing array of zines that are produced today and participate in a hands-on workshop to fold a zine and sew a pamphlet binding. This event is a collaboration with the Story Lab at FHI. Speaker: Kelly Wooten. December 6, 2017, 3:30-6:00 P.M., in the Story Lab.
  • We Have Seen the Future, and It Is Us:  Emerging Formats and Redefining Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities: Scholars and publishers who have created cutting-edge innovations in multimodal 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.
  • From Dissertation to Book: How should scholars think about subject, tone, length, and audience in revising their dissertation into a first book?  How are second books different?  Ken Wissoker, Editorial Director at Duke University Press, offers advice about the process, challenges, and possibilities of writing and publishing scholarly books.  February 13, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. in the Ahmadieh Lecture Hall, FHI.
  • Translation and Publishing in the Global South: This event is co-sponsored by The Global South after 2010, a D-SIGN grant awarded to Ph.D. students Renee Ragin, Literature, and Giulia Ricco, Romance Studies.  Two sets of expert speakers will give presentations on (1) the landscape of publishing in the Global South and (2) how translations are published, including contract and copyright information.
  • Book Arts:  History and Aesthetics of Book Publishing: A panel of scholars and archivists in book history and art history will share their current research projects on book publishing from the ancient world to the present, and a local letterpress publisher will describe the process of making handmade books today.
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