21st Century Scholarly Communications

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21st Century Scholarly Communications

This Cohort will focus on academic publishing, digital and public humanities, data-driven projects in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences.
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A joint venture of the Humanities Council and Gradfutures, the Scholarly Communication Learning Cohort also involves partners like Princeton University Press, the Princeton University Library, and other local partners. The Cohort will focus on academic publishing, digital and public humanities, data-driven projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the role of libraries, non-profits, and other partners in the circulation of research and scholarship.

The GLC will build on two annual events that the Press and the Graduate School collaboratively host, and will bring a range of graduate students together in a dynamic, interdisciplinary co-curricular space to explore the 21st-century world of scholarly communication. The Scholarly Communication GLC’s will help aspiring faculty members understand the mores and practices of scholarly communication, and it will equip graduate students with a comprehensive view of the opportunities and challenges the industry is facing, and finally will afford students new vistas for their own professional growth.

The GLC’s interdisciplinary discussions will be fueled by engaging, research-based readings, as well as by the presence of visiting editors, scholars, and practitioners. Geared for graduate students interested in learning how to collaborate and connect with scholarly and non-scholarly publishing organizations, this GLC will be an informal community of critical inquiry and an engaging, and supportive learning environment in which graduate students will discuss broad questions about the future of knowledge dissemination while learning valuable lessons and acquiring contacts that will help them navigate their own career journeys. Graduate students will learn about ways to engage, partner with, and work for academic publishing institutions, as well as learn about organizations that bridge the narrowing gap between scholarly production, and public reception of that work. The GLC will also afford opportunities for experiential learning, in the form of site visits and workshops, as well as a pool of competitive funding for graduate student participants, they can use for projects that align with the Humanities Council’s mission, and with their own professional development.

Topics may include:

Careers in Publishing, New Media, and related fields

Financial Ecosystems of Publishing World

Community Partnerships

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in the Publishing World

The Public Humanities/Digital Humanities

Changes in journals publishing and Open Access

New media (podcasting/op-eds)

New Journals Initiatives (with partners like MIT Press)

Libraries and Scholarly Communications


Presenters & Guest Participants may include:

Christie Henry, Director, Princeton University Press

Lyndsey Rago Claro, Chief of Staff, Princeton University Press

John Weeren, Director, Princeton Writes

Peter Dougherty, Editor at Large, Princeton University Press

Will Fenton, Library Company of Philadelphia

Sara Ogger, Humanities New York

Association of University Presses representative (perhaps Rafael Chaiken or Victoria Verhowsky)

Peter Berkery/Jennifer Crewe, Association of University Presses

Karin Wulf, Omuhundro Institute and Scholarly Kitchen contributor

Carolyn Urena (Podcasting)

Writing Op-Eds with Julia Haav, Publicity Manager, Princeton University Press

Eric von Hippel, Professor of Technological Innovation. Director for Journals and Open Access

Ann Jarvis, Librarian at Princeton University and member of PUP Board of Trustees


Tentative Schedule

AY 2019-2020

Meeting 1/Opening Reception at Princeton University Press 

The state of scholarly communication in North America and globally, with an especial focus on academic publishing.

Additional GLC content: Introduction to the PDLC, tour of Princeton University Press.

Meeting 2: Prospects for Careers and Leadership in Scholarly Communication

         What are the general trends and new opportunities?

          Where do PhDs fit into these organizations and how can they prepare for the future?

Meeting 3a: Site Visit to BookExpo America in New York City

Meeting 3b: Workshop at the Digital Learning Lab on Podcasting for Academics

Meeting 4: Public Humanities, Digital Humanities: Careers in and beyond Academia

Guest Presenter: Will Fenton, Director of Scholarly Innovation at the Library Company

Meeting 5: New Media: What’s Next for the Humanities

A Roundtable with Contributors, and a dialogue about how lists—and this one in particular—emerge and evolve.

Meeting 6/Reception: The Changing Worlds of Scholarly Communication

Optional Workshops in Early Summer, 2020

Workshop 1: A half-day, immersive focus on how books are made in 2020, tracing each step of the process with the people in charge of each process. Participants will learn more about careers in the industry, and will conclude the session with a focus on soft skills, a resume workshop, and advice for navigating the application process.

            Workshop 2: A half-day, hands-on primer on pitching book ideas, building a scholarly network, and promoting research on a variety of platforms.