MediaCommons is very happy to host an open discussion of the Association of American University Presses report, released on Monday, “Sustaining Scholarly Publishing: New Business Models for University Presses.” This report examines the experiments currently underway in university press publishing and makes several key recommendations for the success of future innovation. Central to these recommendations is a call for greater collaboration and communication in these publishing processes. ... read more »
The essays cover a range of interesting subjects: a film about a Northern Ireland prison adaptation of Macbeth; Othello in 1903 Japan; Merchant of Venice in post-war West Germany; prophecy as a trope for performance; political theatre as staged by the RSC’s most recent stagings of the Histories; and a review of Ninagawa Yukio’s recent Doctor Faustus.
We’ve recently added a few new particpants to our “In Syndication” feature (which you can see in the left column). “In Syndication” aggregates the work being done in a range of media studies blogs around the internet.
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.” ... read more »
The open review experiment that MediaCommons recently conducted in collaboration with Shakespeare Quarterly continues to draw attention. This past week, SQ special issue editor Katherine Rowe and I appeared on Brian Lehrer Live on CUNY TV to discuss the changes that such open processes could potentially produce in the academic setting. (The show isn’t up on the CUNY TV site yet, but it can be downloaded via iTunes.)
Larry Cebula also recently published a very thoughtful post about the SQ open review, entitled “Peer Review 2.0?”. What’s perhaps most interesting about this post is the way that it becomes itself a form of peer review, asking serious questions about our process, its sustainability, and its potential shortcomings. This is precisely the kind of exchange that we’re hoping will help demonstrate the strengths of peer-to-peer review, which produces not just a review of individual scholarly texts but an ongoing self-critical mode of reviewing the reviewers, and reviewing the review process, as well. ... read more »
Today’s Chronicle of Higher Education includes an article considering the new cluster on “Notes, Lists, and Everyday Inscriptions” at The New Everyday. Congratulations to coordinating editor Nicholas Mirzoeff and cluster editor Shannon Mattern on putting together such excellent fodder for discussion! ... read more »
We’re ecstatic to have gotten this attention. Now we hope to follow through. If you have an account here, you can already create a scholarly profile, publish your own blog, and build a research network. We’re taking proposals for projects that our network members want to develop under our auspices, and we’re also looking for submissions for MediaCommons Press. ... read more »