#Alt-Ac: Alternative Academic Careers for Humanities Scholars
by Kathleen Fitzpatrick — Modern Language Association
November 17, 2010 – 10:37
MediaCommons — a community-driven digital scholarly network developed with support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, New York University Libraries, and the Institute for the Future of the Book — is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of “#alt-ac: Alternative Academic Careers for Humanities Scholars,” edited by Bethany Nowviskie of the University of Virginia Library Scholars’ Lab. “#Alt-ac” will be published online, in open-access format, in the model of MediaCommons’ successful project, “The New Everyday.”
This “middle state” publication will feature contributions by and for people with deep training and experience in the humanities, who are working or are seeking employment — off the tenure track — within universities and colleges, or in allied knowledge and cultural heritage institutions such as museums, libraries, academic presses, historical societies, and governmental humanities organizations. Contributions run the gamut from personal narratives, positioned within certain academic disciplines and institutions, to staged dialogues (in text and audio) on issues and opportunities off the tenure track, to reflective essays on the state of the academy and the (problematic? disruptive? salutary?) position of “alternate academics” within it. Some essays also represent retrograde career paths and critiques of the #alt-ac concept.
The collection will appear online in the new year at MediaCommons with contributions by the 34 people listed at:
and will be open to public comment and extension (including future calls for submission) by MediaCommons members.