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  • May 13th, 2016 @ 7:10pm

    Fear in academic publishing

    As a fellow scholar of media history, I have seen this kind of copyright maximalism infect the field. Many publishers are adamant that scholars request "permission" for materials that ought to fall under "fair use." I have had several go-rounds with journals and university presses. I believe that academic publishers ought to stand up for "fair use" in scholarship but many are too afraid of lawsuits and have few resources to fight them. I hope the University Press of Mississippi does not cave in to these threats but I won't be surprised if they do. So sad that a scholarly book project that helps illuminate an artist's legacy is punished for doing exactly what scholarship should do.

  • Nov 23rd, 2014 @ 7:44pm

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  • Jul 27th, 2013 @ 9:35am

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    I was appalled at the AHA's "solution" that seems to accept, uncritically, ridiculous assumptions on the part of both publishers and tenure committees.
    My diss has been available online and here are the results: people in the field read it and invited me to participate in panels and conferences and cited it in their published research. It is even cited in Wikipedia articles. This is the purpose of research, to share your findings! As I revised it into a (different) book manuscript, my growing reputation as an expert in this area helped me get a book contract. I consider the online diss to have promoted and helped my academic career, not harmed it.
    Publishers should consider online dissertations as a form of free marketing--stimulating interest in advance of its more developed publication as a book. Tenure committees should give credit to other metrics for scholarly impact than print publications. University presses would benefit from publishing more monographs as E-books, but tenure committees need to accept this for "credit" toward tenure.

  • Oct 11th, 2011 @ 7:26am


    I remember when Rosas took the dance world by storm with that dance. So revolutionary, people said, to use gesture in unison! I remember thinking the hype was overblown back then. De Keersmaeker had taken a basic idea, explored by many others, and made an especially effective piece with it.
    Looking at the Google translation of De Keersmaeker's statement, I notice that she points out that it took popular culture "30 years" to pay attention to her groundbreaking avant garde work.
    Her actual grievance may be that it took that long for her to influence popular culture!