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 Careers: What Every College Graduate Should Know: Interactive Info Session with Niko Pfund.  Students, do you like writing, editing, design, marketing, or social media and publicity, or do you just like interesting books and are curious about how they are made? Niko Pfund, President and Academic Publisher of Oxford University Press USA, will provide an overview of careers in publishing that undergraduates in all majors—humanities, arts, social sciences, and STEM—might want to consider. He will discuss changes in the industry, including structural shifts over the past quarter century, ongoing efforts to diversify the work force, content, and workplace culture, and what this means for you. A Q&A session will follow Niko's presentation.  Co-sponsored the Graduate School and Versatile Humanists @Duke.  Mary Lou Williams Center, Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 10:30 A.M.
  • Scholarly Publishing & Diversity: Talk & Roundtable.  Niko Pfund, President and Academic Publisher of Oxford University Press USA, will provide an overview of what every aspiring author of serious non-fiction should know, with a particular emphasis on the industry's and Oxford's diversity initiatives in the context of the scholarly publishing industry today. A roundtable discussion will follow Pfund’s talk, featuring Kamela Heyward-Rotimi, Distinguished Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for African and African-American Research; Adriane Lentz-Smith, Professor of History; Gisela Fosado, Editor, Duke University Press; moderated by Courtney Berger, Senior Editor & Editorial Department Manager at Duke University Press.  Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Smith Warehouse, Bay 4. Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 3:00 P.M

We are currently planning the following events for Spring 2019 and next academic year:

  • 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.

Previous events:

  • We Have Seen the Future, and It Is Us, Part I:  Emerging Formats and Redefining Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities:  Learn about some of the most forward-thinking digital publishing in the world from Roger Malina, physicist, astronomer, Executive Editor of Leonardo Publications at M.I.T Press and distinguished professor of arts and technology, and professor of physics at the University of Texas at Dallas. This event is a collaboration with the Digital Humanities Initiative and the Computational Media, Arts, & Cultures program. Wed., April 4, 10:00 A.M. in the Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, FHI.
  • Radical Cartography for Social Movements. How are maps created and used for social justice, and in what forms are they published to reach audiences and change minds? A talk by Liz Mason-Deese of George Mason University will be followed by a panel of creative cartographers who will share surprising--and surprisingly effective--mapping projects. Hosted by the Social Movements Lab, Wed., March 21, 2018 3:00–5:15 P.M.
  • Health Humanities Publishing for Pedagogy. How might writing and publishing books for courses contribute to the growth of an emerging interdisciplinary field? Successful authors and professional editors from scholarly presses will share how textbooks and monographs are published, in the context of a shared vision for the future of the health humanities. Keynote speakers: Craig Klugman, DePaul University, and Erin Lamb, Hiram College. Hosted by the Health Humanities Lab. Thurs.–Friday, March 22–23, 2018.
  •  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.  Tues., February 13, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. in the Ahmadieh Family 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.
  • Publishing It Yourself:  Pamphlets, Zines, and Protest Literature: Learn about the important role of zines in Third Wave Feminism and 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.
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