Celebrating International Open Access Week

We’re excited to celebrate another International Open Access Week here at the Press. Duke University Press has been part of several open-access (OA) publishing initiatives. Like the scholarly publishing community at large, we’ve explored different funding models for OA and have found that there is no one perfect model but a variety of good options.

Here are a few OA projects at the Press:


Learn more about these projects by reading our Open Access Efforts at the Press blog post, published last year as part of our Journals Publishing Blog Series, or by visiting the following sites:

A Wealth of Scholarship on Stuart Hall

As we announced this spring, Duke University Press is the new home for the work of cultural theorist Stuart Hall. In addition to publishing work by Hall himself in the new series Stuart Hall: Selected Writings, we are excited to be publishing new books and journal issues about Hall and his influence.

cultural-studies-1983The first book in the Stuart Hall: Selected Writings series is Cultural Studies 1983: A Theoretical History. Edited by Jennifer Daryl Slack and Lawrence Grossberg, the book presents eight lectures delivered by Stuart Hall in 1983 at the University of Illinois. Unavailable until now, these lectures introduced North American audiences to the intellectual history of British cultural studies while simultaneously presenting Hall’s original engagements with the theoretical positions that contributed to the formation of cultural studies. Save 30% on the book now on our website with coupon code E161983.

ddsaq_115_4The most recent issue of SAQ: South Atlantic Quarterly, “Stuart Hall” gathers a group of thinkers, some of them identified with the kind of intellectual and political pursuits for which Hall was renowned, others making their first foray into the field of “Stuart Hall studies.” As a consequence, “Stuart Hall” is a collection of essays that at once deepens and expands our understanding of the Hall oeuvre. In this process, it is possible to suggest that Hall’s work is renewed, invigorated, and, perhaps most importantly, imbued with a refreshed relevance. The Hall oeuvre is simultaneously acknowledged, made into the basis for fields of study and disciplines that have had only a passing (if that) interest in his thinking, and exposed to an entirely different set of questions. “Stuart Hall” makes Stuart Hall available, in new and exciting ways, for the difficulties of our moment. Read the introduction, made freely available.

The next release in the Stuart Hall: Selected Writings series will be Selected Political Writings, edited by Sally Davison, David Featherstone, Michael Rustin, and Bill Schwarz. It will be available in January 2017. Look for it at our booth at MLA! Then in April we release Hall’s long-awaited memoir, Familiar Stranger: A Life between Two Islands. With great insight, compassion, and wit Hall tells how his experiences—from growing up in colonial stuart-halls-voiceJamaica and attending Oxford to participating in the thorny politics of 1950s and 1960s Britain—shaped his intellectual and political work to become one of his age’s brightest intellectual lights.

Also arriving next spring is anthropologist David Scott’s Stuart Hall′s Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity. In these series of letters—which David Scott wrote to Stuart Hall following his death—Scott characterizes Hall’s voice and his practice of speaking, listening, and generosity as the foundational elements of Hall’s intellectual work.

We’re so excited to be publishing such a wealth of scholarship by and about Stuart Hall. Look for much more over the next few years.


A Horace Tapscott Playlist

songs-of-the-unsungTo celebrate the new paperback edition of pianist Horace Tapscott’s autobiography Songs of the Unsung, we’d like to share a brief playlist of his music. Tapscott’s albums—especially on vinyl—can be hard to find, and they can command a premium (a friend of mine bought Tapscott’s album The Call for $40 and considered it a bargain; a first pressing of The Giant is Awakened regularly sells for $150+ on ebay). For those unfamiliar with Tapscott’s music, these five tracks that represent just a little part of Tapscott’s stylistic breadth are a great place to start. And for Tapscott aficionados, here’s a little reminder to fill out the gaps in your collection.


“The Giant Is Awakened,” from The Giant is Awakened (Flying Dutchman)
recorded in 1969

The title track from what is perhaps Tapscott’s best-known album, this piece—which features some heavy solos—is a great example of where a strand of avant-garde jazz went after the death of John Coltrane in 1967. A classic!

Horace Tapscott, piano
Arthur Blythe, alto saxophone
David Bryant, bass
Walter Savage Jr, bass
Everett Brown Jr, drums

“A Dress for Renee,” from The Dark Tree (hatOLOGY)

Recorded live at Catalina’s Bar & Grill in Hollywood, California in 1989, “A Dress for Renee” is a gorgeous solo piano ballad. The rest of the album features John Carter on clarinet, Cecil McBee on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums.

“The Call,” from The Call: Horace Tapscott Conducting the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (Nimbus West Records)
recorded 1978

This piece demonstrates Tapscott’s unique big band composing style. The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra didn’t stick to the standard instrumentation or orchestration of big bands—note Tapscott’s use of tuba and lack of trumpets. Those familiar with David Murray’s writing for octets and big bands from the 1980s will hear some stylistic similarities.

Horace Tapscott: piano, conductor
Michael Session, Kafi Larry Roberts, Jesse Sharps, James Andrews, Herbert Callies: saxophones, flutes and clarinets
Adele Sebastian: vocals and flute
Archie Johnson, Lester Robertson: trombone
Linda Hill: piano
Louis Spears: cello and bass
Red Callendar: tuba and bass
David Bryant, Kamonta Lawrence Polk: bass
Everett Brown Jr: drums
William Madison: percussion and drums

Sonny Criss Orchestra, “The Black Apostles,” from Sonny’s Dream (Birth of the New Cool) (Prestige)
recorded 1968

Sonny Criss was an alto saxophone player from L.A. whose work is under-recognized. This piece was composed by Tapscott. Like “The Call,” Tapscott uses tuba, but on this piece Tapscott’s comopsition style is a little closer to mainstream hard bop—but it is still unmistakably his style.

Horace Tapscott and Roberto Miranda, “If You Could See Me Now”

Recorded in Germany in March of 1998 (less than a year before Tapscott died), this video features Tapscott in a duo with bassist Roberto Miranda playing Tadd Dameron’s lovely tune. Watching Tapscott play, especially during his solo at about the 3:20 mark, is a treat. And for the super nerdy out there, note Tapscott’s quote of Miles Davis’s tune “Four” and his quote of Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz” It’s a shame that the piano is so out of tune.

Look for Songs of the Unsung at your favorite bookstore or save 30% when ordering from us with coupon code E16TAPSC. 

TV Socialism by Anikó Imre

imreToday’s guest post is by  Anikó Imre, author of TV Socialism, which provides an innovative history of television in socialist Europe during and after the Cold War, finding a variety of programming and economic practices that exceed state propaganda and challenge conventional understandings of culture and politics under socialism. Imre is Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Cinema and Media Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

tv-socialismSocialism gets a bad rap. It’s true that Bernie Sanders recently resurrected the term to mobilize a large base of youngish people fed up with the futures that neoliberal capitalism has to offer. But Sanders’s version of socialism cautiously evoked only select features of Western European social democracies, which, in the popular imagination, remain fairly distinct from that other socialism, the actually existing, Soviet type. That other kind, more commonly referenced outside of the post-Soviet region as communism, is assumed to have died along with the Cold War. Only it hasn’t. In the frenzied rearrangement of ideas that marked the end of the bipolar world order in the early 1990s, much of the information about really existing socialism became frozen in simplistic or distorted images inherited from the Cold War. Under pressure to shore up the legitimacy of the winning and only remaining political-economic system, these images quickly became fossilized into stereotypes of a joyless, oppressed bloc uniformly yearning for freedom, democracy and consumer goods, whose only hope were brave, West-looking intellectual heroes resisting the regime.

The most audacious point I am making in my book TV Socialism is that real-life socialism is well worth uncovering from under the rubble of the Cold War.  It is worth doing not just to correct the historical record sealed by the victorious world order but also to imagine more hopeful correctives to the increasingly dire perspectives afforded by global capitalism. To get to the hidden layers of socialism, however, we need to bypass the usual sources that shape common perceptions of socialism, such as Hollywood films about the Cold War and memoirs of (self-)exiled Soviet intellectuals. A very different, varied, and often surprising story of socialism has been emerging recently from multidisciplinary research across history, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies on the everyday cultures of socialism.

My own contribution to this research concerns the cultures around television, the true mass media of the (late) socialism of the 1960s-80s. Rather than serving as an effective instrument of propaganda, television was always slipping out of party control. It lived an ambivalent and contradictory life in the intersection of the public and domestic spheres, between top-down attempts at influencing viewers and bottom-up demands for entertainment. Rather than being confined by the Iron Curtain or national borders, it encompassed a variety of contradictory and hybrid aesthetic, political and economic practices that included frequent exchanges and collaborations within the socialist region and with Western media institutions, a programming flow across borders, a steady production of genre entertainment, borrowings from European public service broadcasting, a semi-official, constantly expanding commercial infrastructure, and transcultural, multi-lingual reception experiences along borders that shared broadcast signals.

These practices around television show us a socialist mass medium well integrated within European and global media cultures. Socialist TV developed in synchronicity with European television from interwar experimental broadcasts through a postwar relaunch in the 1950s, to adopting the principles of educational-nationalistic broadcasting from European public service media and gradually shifting to an entertainment-focused model by the 1970s of the political thaw. In the book I use the structuring grid of genre to demonstrate this integration, understanding genre loosely as a transcultural form of expression and currency of conversion rather than a set of specific television genres defined by Anglo-American TV studies. The generic grid does not only make socialist television accessible to readers unfamiliar with local cultures and TV programs; it also helps track socialist media cultures’ roots into presocialist eras and their afterlife in postsocialist times.

For instance, contemporary reality programs inevitably dialogue with the docu-fictional, educational programming that dominated socialist TV schedules, which foregrounds both the latter’s relative strengths (its non-exploitative, democratizing, educational intention) and omissions (its motivated neglect of minorities on the margins of the normatively white, masculine nation).  For another example, genres of late socialist TV satire not only resonated with but also anticipated the satirical mode that has taken over news reporting worldwide since the end of the Cold War. In a similar vein, socialist superwomen characters who “did it all” as the anchors of 1970s-80s “socialist soaps” both prepared the ground for and issued an early critique of the postfeminist politics often associated with contemporary global quality drama. In a chapter on socialist commercials, I discuss how the most liberalized socialist televisions of Yugoslavia and Hungary inherited advertising structures from the pre-war era and sustained their own marketing activities throughout the socialist period. In fact, socialist commercials – an oxymoron if there ever was one — remain testimonies to the surprising complexities of socialist television and, for that reason, have attracted great deal of nostalgic affection in the postsocialist region. As I also elaborate in the book, nostalgia itself is a vastly more layered structure of feeling than the stereotyped, pathetic longing for a world system that cannot be recovered. Postsocialist nostalgia’s origins reach back to the beginning of European nationalisms; and its contemporary manifestations yield clues to the surprising and growing political and economic divides between East and West. Rather than scarcity, homogeneity and brainwashing, TV Socialism conveys a mixture of recognition and strangeness, which should defamiliarize some of the fundamental assumptions of media studies as well as our ingrained notions of socialism.

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A New Brand Identity for Duke University Press

dup_logo_mediumWhat you’ve come to know, and perhaps even love, as the Duke University Press logo was not created to be a logo; it was created for letterhead in the 1990s by Duke University Press designer Mary Mendell. This was in a time when people still sent letters and before widespread use of e-mail and the Internet. In 2016 our world is largely digital and we realized that we needed a more flexible logo to work in those spaces.

We are pleased to announce a new brand identity for Duke University Press. During the past spring, we worked with the brand identity firm Corey McPherson Nash to crystallize and revitalize the visual identity that has long informed our work.




The identity includes a new, modular logo system consisting of a primary logo and six additional logo variations, which will be able to be used in different ways in various places. The stacked boxes and bold type of this new system are an evolution of our previous logo.




“The new identity is the result of a productive—and fun—collaboration between Corey McPherson Nash and an internal team consisting of designers and marketing staff. It took many hours and iterations to develop an identity that we like as much as what we’ve had and we are very pleased with the result,” says Jocelyn Dawson, who co-led the brand identity project with Dan Ruccia.

Amy Ruth Buchanan, Senior Book Designer, adds, “From the start, we loved the concept of a modular logo system. The idea of the elements of the logo changing configurations hinted at the dynamic nature of our bold and interdisciplinary list, while the basic unit of the black box with clean white sans letterforms provided a link to our former and very recognizable logo.”

Michael McPherson from Corey McPherson Nash says, “In developing the new visual identity for Duke University Press, we were working with a sophisticated client who has strong views about design. In partnership with the client team we developed a visual identity system that is bold, flexible, and distinctive, and that works across all media.”

Look for the new Duke University Press brand identity on our website, ads, and other materials.


Celebrate German-American Day with American Speech

Happy German-American Day! Celebrate with two volumes of the Publication of the American Dialect Society (PADS), “Pennsylvania German in the American Midwest” and “The Life and Death of Texas German.”

ddpads_96_coverIn “Pennsylvania German in the American Midwest,” Steven Hartman Keiser studies the divisions separating the Midwestern and the Pennsylvania varieties of Pennsylvania German, demonstrating that these dialects are divided by boundaries similar to those that distinguish dialects of English in the same geographic regions. Keiser provides empirical detail on the distribution of key linguistic variants in several Pennsylvania German–speaking communities in the Midwest and explores the internal changes, patterns of migration, and language contact that have led to the current geographic and social distribution of these features. In addition, he considers the potential for future dialect divergence or convergence as he describes the links between these language varieties and the notions of regional identity in the attitudes of Pennsylvania German speakers in the Midwest and those in Pennsylvania toward each other.

asp_83_5_prThe Life and Death of Texas German” presents the first major study of Texas German as spoken in the twenty-first century, focusing on its formation and the linguistic changes it has undergone. This New World dialect, formed more than 150 years ago in German communities in central Texas, is an unusual example of a formerly high-status dialect that declined for sociopolitical reasons. An important case study for dialect research, Texas German is now critically endangered and will probably be extinct by 2050.

By comparing and contrasting present-day data with data from the German dialects brought to Texas since the 1840s, the volume offers an in-depth analysis of mutual interaction between the German-speaking community and English-speaking Texans, long-term accommodation of Texas German speakers in this new community, and language hybridization on the Texas frontier. The volume also analyzes a number of phonological, syntactic, and morphological changes in Texas German over the past century and examines sociolinguistic aspects of the Texas German community from its foundation to today, providing insight into the dynamics underlying new-dialect formation, diglossia, language shift, language maintenance, and language death. Finally, the volume investigates the rapid disappearance of languages, which has global social and cultural implications for areas beyond linguistics.

All one hundred volumes of PADS are freely available online through 2016. Browse volumes 1-100 to discover the breadth of this resource, dating from 1944 to the present. To learn more about the journal, visit dukeupress.edu/american-speech.

New Books in October

Fall is here, and cool weather begs for cozy blankets and fresh reading material. Check out these new titles in October:


Ann Laura Stoler’s Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times traces how imperial formations and colonialism’s presence shape current inequities around the globe by examining Israel’s colonial practices, the United State’s imperial practices, the recent rise of the French right wing, and affect’s importance to governance.

Spillwritten by poet, independent scholar, and activist Alexis Pauline Gumbs, presents a commanding collection of poetry inspired by Black feminist literary critic Hortense Spillers depicting scenes of fugitive Black women and girls seeking freedom from gendered violence and racism.

Alexander Laban Hinton’s Man or Monster?: The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer offers a detailed analysis of a former Khmer Rouge security center commandant who was convicted for overseeing the interrogation, torture, and execution of nearly 20,000 Cambodians. Interested in how someone becomes an executioner, Hinton provides ong_fungible-lifenumerous ways to consider justice, genocide, memory, truth, and humanity.

In Fungible Life, Aihwa Ong traces the revolutionary scientific developments in Asia by investigating how biomedical centers in Biopolis, Singapore and China mobilize ethnicized “Asian” bodies and health data for genomic research.

Examining artistic and literary representations of Dominican history, The Borders of Dominicanidad examines how marginalized Dominicans have contested official narratives to avoid exclusion. Lorgia García-Peña constructs the genealogy of dominicanidad, using it as a category to understand how official narratives have racialized Dominican bodies as a way to sustain the nation’s borders.

In Waves of Knowing, experienced surfer and scholar Karin Amimoto Ingersoll uses her concept of seascape epistemology to articulate an indigenous Hawaiian way of knowing founded on a sensorial, intellectual, and embodied literacy of the ocean that can provide the means for generating an alternative indigenous politics and ethics.

butler_vulnerabilityThe contributors to Vulnerability in Resistance, edited by renowned feminist scholar Judith Butler, Zeynep Gambetti, and Leticia Sabsay, recast the concepts of vulnerability and resistance, moving beyond the assumptions that they are opposites. Focusing on recent events and cultural practices in Turkey, Palestine, France, and the former Yugoslavia, the essays connect vulnerability to resistance by showing how women and other minorities use their own vulnerability as resistance.

A Chancellor’s Tale chronicles former Chancellor of the Duke University Medical Center Dr. Ralph Snyderman as he reflects on his key role in instituting a series of changes that led the medical center to be internationally known for its academic medicine, initiatives in clinical research, genetics, and neurosciences, and the development of new health care models.

In Punk and Revolution, Shane Greene radically uproots punk from its place in Western culture to situate it as a crucial element in Peru’s culture of subversive militancy and political violence. Experimenting with form and content, Greene redefines how we think about punk subculture and revolutionary politics.

sharpe_wakeChristina Sharpe’s In the Wake: On Blackness and Being uses the multiple meanings of “wake” to illustrate the ways Black lives are determined by slavery’s afterlives. She weaves personal experiences with readings of literary and artistic representations of Black life and death to examine what survives in the face of insistent violence and the possibilities for resistance.

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The Politics of the Public Toilet

ddsaq_115_4The most recent issue of SAQ: South Atlantic Quarterly features “The Politics of the Public Toilet,” an Against the Day section edited by Kathi Weeks. “From the history of racial segregation in the United States and the ongoing sex segregation of toilets to the desperate dearth of facilities around the world, the provision and governance of the toilet is a politically charged phenomenon,” Weeks contends in the introduction to the section.

Contributors address topics such as bathroom access and social hierarchy, the decreased number of public toilets and privacy comfort in Britain for queer interactions, access to effective and adequate toilets in developing cities, the fear of public toilets and “others” as germ-ridden, dirty, and dangerous, and reframing the assumed necessity for sex-segrated public toilets, which includes a design proposal for a single-unit gender-neutral bathroom by architect Joel Sanders and trans* scholar Susan Stryker.

“The public toilet has been the scene of exclusions, but it is also becoming the site of new possibilities for political theory and practice,” Weeks argues.

The essays featured in “The Politics of the Public Toilet” will be freely available for the next six months.

Against the Day is a thematic section composed of short essays that engage topics of contemporary political importance. The title, “Against the Day,” is meant to highlight both the modes of activism and the specific occasion that the essays address.

Author Events in October

There are a lot of great opportunities to see our authors in person in October at locations all around the U.S. Check out one of these great events!

From Washington to MoscowTim Lawrence, author of Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983 has more than a dozen events in New York this month.

October 4th: Louis Sell gives talk at the Harvard Davis Center on his latest book From Washington to Moscow.
12:15pm, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S354, Harvard University

October 5th: A conversation with Lurgio Gavilán on his book When Rains Become Floods.
12:00pm, Center for Scholars and Publics, 011 Old Chem, West Campus, Duke University

flyboyOctober 6th: In-conversation with Greg Tate and author Jordannah Elizabeth at Red Emma’s about his book Flyboy 2.
7:30pm, 30 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

October 10th: Yale University Library talk with Susan Cahan about her book Mounting Frustration.
4:30pm, Sterling Memorial Library, Lecture Hall, 120 High St., New Haven, CT 06511

October 13th: Greg Tate returns to The Hammer Museum in-conversation with artist Sanford Biggers to discuss Flyboy 2.
7:30pm, Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024

October 13th: Susan Cahan speaks about her book Mounting Frustration at the Tyler School of Art.
6:00pm, Temple Contemporary, 2001 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

doing developmentOctober 27th: Reading and Q&A with Charles Piot on his book Doing Development in West Africa.
4:00pm, Duke Office of Civic Engagement, Smith Warehouse, 114 South Buchanan Blvd.,  Durham, NC 27701

October 29th: Margaret Randall will read and sign her book Only the Road at Bookworks.
3:00pm, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

October 29th: Hettie Jones will discuss her new book Love, H. at the Cape Ann Museum for the Gloucester Writers Center’s 2016 Charles Oslon Lecture.
1:00pm, Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA



National Coffee Day

Today is National Coffee Day—the perfect opportunity to say “thank you” to the foamy friend that renders us functional in our day-to-day lives. But this drink has a complex and conflict-filled history, and modern coffee production is a world of its own. Check out some of our scholarship on the brewed beverage.

978-0-8223-5150-4In From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive, Paige West tracks coffee as it moves from producers in Papua New Guinea to consumers around the world. This vivid ethnography illuminates the social lives of the people who produce, process, distribute, market, and consume coffee.

Julia Landweber examines coffee’s adoption into French culture and diet in “This Marvelous Bean,” published in French Historical Studies (volume 38, issue 2). She explores how coffee, initially mistrusted by the French for its bitterness, health risks, and associations with the Ottoman Empire, became a beloved beverage and attracted a burgeoning culture of consumers interested in exotic novelties.

978-0-8223-3766-9Historians trace the paths of many of Latin America’s most important exports—coffee, bananas, rubber, sugar, and more—in From Silver to Cocaine. Each contributor follows a specific commodity from its inception, through its development and transport, to its final destination in the hands of consumers.

Charles W. Bergquist’s influential 1986 book Coffee and Conflict in Colombia, 1886-1910, had several important consequences for the study of Latin American history and the study of Colombia. Bergquist’s analysis of this transitional period left a mark on all subsequent studies in Latin American affairs. His examination of the growth of the coffee industry and the Thousand Days’ War is a major contribution to the field.

978-0-8223-2218-4In “That a Poor Man Be Industrious,” a chapter of Identity and Struggle at the Margins of the Nation-State, Aldo Lauria-Santiago examines the experience of a late-1800s ladino peasant community in El Salvador with land tenure, coffee production, and regional politics. The community’s experience with the pressures and opportunities of an expanding coffee economy provides insight into El Salvador’s ladino peasantry.

Nancy Um’s “Foreign Doctors at the Imam’s Court,” published in Genre (volume 49, issue 2), sheds light on an overlooked phenomenon: early modern medical diplomacy to Qasimi Yemen during the “Coffee Era,” in which foreign merchants flocked to the southern Arabian Peninsula with the interest of procuring coffee, a commodity that was then still difficult to purchase elsewhere.

In “Territories of Desire,” published in Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (volume 12, issue 2), Aymon Kreil contrasts the intimacy of coffee shops in Egypt, as locales where men gather to chat about sex, with the intimacy of conversations within the family. Although research often focuses on family as the realm of intimacy, Kreil argues the importance of considering alternate contexts.