Call for Responses: Publishing from the Margins

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MediaCommons and HASTAC Scholars welcome responses for the front page survey question: What does it mean to publish from the margins?


What are the affordances of certain modes of publishing in the digital age? How have the means of production and means of mediation changed in the 21st century? and for whom? This survey welcomes contributions from scholars and professionals exploring what it means to publish digitally, in print, or interstitially. This survey will look at ways in which one publishes “from the margins.” MediaCommons and HASTAC Scholars invite individuals to share research on topics related to this survey, as well as responses that ask meta-questions about the state of publishing. Broader discussions on the general nature of publishing in the margins are welcome.

Responses may include but are not limited to:

  • Economics of attention, audience and getting seen online

  • Hacking publishing tools

    • for instance, using game design engines to tell marginalized narratives

  • Gender and publishing

  • Strategies and tactics of self-publishing cultures

  • Digitization/preservation practices

  • Using non-digital techniques in digitally savvy ways

  • Big data as capital


The project will run from June 16 to July 3rd. Responses are 400-600 words and typically introduce concepts for larger discussion, with the idea that interested individuals will read and respond daily to engage authors in digital conversation. Proposals may be brief (a few sentences) and should state your topic and approach. You may submit as an individual or offer up a special cluster of responses with others. Submit proposals to by June 6th to be considered for inclusion in this project.

In case you are unfamiliar with MediaCommons, we are an experimental project created in 2006 by Drs. Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Avi Santo, seeking to envision how a born-digital scholarly press might re-conceptualize both the processes and end-products of scholarship. MediaCommons was initially developed in collaboration with the Institute for the Future of the Book through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and is currently supported by New York University’s Digital Library Technology Services through funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The site regularly receives tens of thousands of unique readers a month.

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