Digital Publishing in the Humanities Reading Group

An FCHI Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (CHIIRS)

This fall the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry launches the Digital Publishing in the Humanities Reading Group, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Participants will explore the concept of open access in the broader framework of digital publishing with the aim of better understanding the relevant contexts and controversies.

This seminar is open to faculty, graduate students, and affiliates. We will meet from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the seminar room at the Fox Center on the following Wednesdays: September 6, October 4, and November 1. Readings for each session will be posted on this page.

Food and drinks will be provided at each session. Space is limited, so please register for the series early!

Why Open Access?

Open access has long been a hotly contested issue in scholarly publication. Peter Suber, a philosopher and open access advocate, defines open access works as those that are “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions” (“Open Access Overview”).

While the concept of open access is deceptively simple, the issues associated with it, such as peer review, copyright, and economics, have been a source of contention among scholars. For example, on the one hand open access is praised for minimizing barriers to information by making immediately available a wealth of scholarship to a wide audience—scholarship that was previously only accessible to those who paid for it through subscriptions or book purchases. On the other hand, some fear that open access will negatively affect conventional publishing; further, it has been criticized for a perceived lack of rigorous peer review.

One might wonder, when compared to conventional publishing, what are the gains and losses associated with open access? Who benefits from open access publishing, and how do they benefit? What new possibilities does open access afford? These questions, among others, will be at the core of our discussion.

Session One (September 6, 2017)

Reading: Selections from Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future (2014), by Martin Paul Eve.

Chapter 1: Introduction, or why open access?

Chapter 2: Digital Economics

Chapter 4: Monographs

Session 2 (October 4)

Reading: Selections from Hamlet on the Holodeck, revised edition (2017), by Janet Murray (in attendance)

Books will be provided to all participants by the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

Introduction: A Book Lover Longs for Cyberdrama

Chapter 3: From Additive to Expressive Form: Beyond 'Multimedia'

Chapter 4: Immersion

Chapter 5: Agency

Session 3 (November 1)

Reading: TBD