Virtual Events in March

There are lots of opportunities in March to join our authors online for panel discussions, lectures, book launches, and conversations about their work. Hope you can join some of them. Please note the time zone for each event.

March 3, 5 pm GMT: The Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London sponsors a book launch for Christopher Harker’s Spacing Debt.

March 3, 6:30 pm GMT: Sara Ahmed, author of What’s the Use? and the forthcoming Complaint!, gives a talk entitled “Complaints, Diversity and Other Hostile Environments,” sponsored by the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

March 4, 12 pm EST: Yale’s Macmillan Center Council on Middle East Studies sponsors a conversation with Ronak Kapadia, author of Insurgent Aesthetics. It will be moderated by Najwa Meyer.

March 4, 3 pm EST: Join a roundtable discussion on Seeds of Power by Amalia Leguizamón, hosted by Penn’s Latin American and Latinx Studies Program.

March 5, 9:30 am EST: Roberto Dainotto, co-editor of Gramsci in the World and author of Europe (In Theory) gives an online talk entitled “Sovversivismo: Gramsci on Reactionary Insurrections,” sponsored by Duke University’s Franklin Humanities Institute.

March 5, 3:30 pm EST: Evren Savci speaks about her book Queer in Translation in a talk sponsored by Duke University’s Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

March 7, 3 pm EST: The Democratic Socialists of American sponsor an International Women’s Day event entitled “Love and Sex Behind the Iron Curtain: 20th Century State Socialism in Eastern Europe.” Kristen Ghodsee, author of Red Hangover and Second World, Second Sex, is a panelist.

March 8, 9 pm EST: Sara Ahmed, author of Complaint! gives an International Women’s Day lecture entitled “Complaint as Feminist Pedagogy,” sponsored by Bournemouth University. 

March 9, 6 pm CST: Kristen Ghodsee lectures on “Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence,” sponsored by the University of Kansas Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.

March 11, 3 pm EST: Katina Rogers, author of Putting the Humanities PhD to Work, gives a talk sponsored by Syracuse University entitled “Scholarship for the Public Good: Expanding Definitions of Academic Success.”

March 12, 3 pm EST: Join our Editorial Director Gisela Fosado for a panel discussion entitled “Getting Your Boricua Book Published,” sponsored by the Puerto Rican Studies Association & LASA Puerto Rico Section Workshop Series.

March 16, 3 pm EDT: The Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation at UCL sponsors a book launch for Katherine McKittrick’s Dear Science and Other Stories. There will be a presentation from McKittrick, responses from Xine Yao and Luke de Noronha, and discussion.

March 16, 6 pm EDT: Anthony Reed, author of Soundworks, joins Vijay Iyer for a conversation that is part of the Popular Music Books in Progress series

March 17, 6:30 pm EDT: Join Michael Gillespie, author of Film Blackness and Racquel Gates, author of Double Negative, for a conversation about the historical continuum of black visual and expressive culture, sponsored by Intellectual Publics.

March 18, 1 pm EDT: Sara Ahmed gives a lecture entitled “Knocking on the Door: Complaints and Other Stories about Institutions,” sponsored by Stony Brook University.

March 18, 4 pm PDT: The USC Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies sponsors a book talk with Gillian Harkins, author of Virtual Pedophilia, followed by a response from Jennifer Doyle, a conversation about the mutual themes in their work, and an audience Q&A.

March 22, 12 pm MDT: Sara Ahmed gives a lecture entitled “Complaint, Diversity and Other Hostile Environments,” sponsored by University of Calgary.

March 24, 7 pm EDT: Arlene Dávila, author of Latinx Art, joins artists Glendalys Medina, Mary Valverde, and Sarah Zapata for a discussion about the strategies Latinx artists have pursued to create platforms for their work. Sponsored by BRIC.

March 25, 12 pm PDT: Kadji Amin, author of Disturbing Attachments, gives a talk sponsored by USC’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program entitled “‘Native Tales’: Human-Simian Sex and Ontologies of Race and Species.”

March 25, 6:30 pm EDT: The African American Museum in Philadelphia sponsors an event centered on Black Diamond Queens by Maureen Mahon, also featuring Dr. Deborah Thomas and Dr. Guthrie Ramsey of the University of Pennsylvania as panelists, and Dejay Duckett, Director of Curatorial Services at AAMP as moderator.

March 26, 2pm EDT: Todne Thomas, author of Kincraft, joins Tony Tian-Ren Lin for a discussion about the Black church, which is part of the Virginia Festival of the Book.

March 30, 7pm EDT: Print Bookstore in Portland, Maine, sponsors a conversation between Erica Rand and Cole Rizki about Rand’s new book The Small Book of Hip Checks.


Virtual Events in February

There are lots of great opportunities to join our authors online for lectures, panels, and other book events this month. Please note the local time zone for each event.

The Whites Are Enemies of HeavenFebruary 3, 12:00 pm EST: Mark Driscoll, author of The Whites Are Enemies of Heaven, gives an online talk entitled “Extra-acting and Extracting Whiteness: Why Asians called Euro-Americans ‘Enemies of Heaven’ in the 19th Century,” sponsored by Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center.

February 3, 5:30 pm GMT: Jairus Grove gives a talk based on his book Savage Ecology. The event is sponsored by The Unit of Play at Goldsmiths University of London.

February 3, 7 pm EST: Mary Coffey, author of Orozco’s American Epic, speaks about Orozco’s murals on Dartmouth College’s campus in an event sponsored by St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

February 4, 5:30 pm EST: Jayna Brown, author of Black Utopias, joins artist Cauleen Smith for a conversation sponsored by the Global South Center at Pratt.

February 4, 6 pm CST: Arlene Dávila, author of Latinx Art, joins Ed Morales and moderator Bill Johnson González for a conversation entitled “Latinx Inclusivity.” It is sponsored by the DePaul Art Museum.

February 5, 12 pm PST: Christina Schwenkel, author of Building Socialism joins Abidin Kusno for a conversation sponsored by several University of California San Diego departments.

February 8, 10 am PST: Maura Finkelstein, author of The Archive of Loss, gives a talk entitled “Stories from Mumbai’s Archive of Loss,” sponsored by the UCLA Center for India and South Asia.

Point of ReckoningFebruary 10, 6 pm EST: Theodore D. Segal, author of Point of Reckoning, speaks about his book with Wesley Hogan, Director of Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, and historian Bill Chafe.

February 11, 12 pm EST: Abigail Dumes, author of Divided Bodies, is joined by Rachel Kahn Best and Yi-Li Wu for a conversation about her book sponsored by the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women & Gender.

February 11, 4:30 pm EST: Eunjung Kim, author of Curative Violence, gives a talk entitled “Continuing Presence of Discarded Bodies: Occupational Harm, Necro-Activism, and Living Justice,” sponsored by Syracuse University. Julia Chang will respond to the talk and Andrew Campana will moderate.

February 11, 6 pm EST: R.A. Judy talks about his new book Sentient Flesh with Corey D. B. Walker, in an event sponsored by Wake Forest University.

February 12, 3:30 pm EST: Maya Stovall discusses her book Liquor Store Theatre in a talk sponsored by McMaster University.

February 12, 5 pm EST: David L. Eng and Jasbir K. Puar, editors of the Social Text issue “Left of Queer,” join the issue’s contributors for a launch event sponsored by the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration and the University of Pennsylvania’s Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women.

February 16, 5:30 pm GMT: Sara Ahmed gives a lecture based on her forthcoming book Complaint!, sponsored by the Glasgow School of Art.

February 18-19: Katina L. Rogers, author of Putting the Humanities PhD to Work, participates in the free online conference Graduate Education at Work in the World

Universal TonalityFebruary 19, 12 pm EST: We are thrilled to host a book launch for Universal Tonality, Cisco Bradley’s biography of jazz bassist William Parker. The launch will feature a conversation between Bradley, Parker himself, Anthony Reed (author of Soundworks), and Senior Executive Editor Ken Wissoker.

February 24, 12 pm EST: Sa’ed Atshan and Katharina Galor, authors of The Moral Triangle, participate in a discussion of issues of diaspora, conflict, immigration, sponsored by Brandeis University’s Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.

February 24, 7 pm EST: Theodore D. Segal speaks to the Duke University Alumni Association about his new book Point of Reckoning. Joining him will be Wesley Hogan of Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, Duke history professor Adriane Lentz-Smith, and Duke alums Bertie Howard and Janice Gill Williams.

February 26, 1 pm EST: Cornell University’s Jewish Studies department sponsors a roundtable on Noah Tamarkin’s recent book Genetic Afterlives

Virtual Events in January

Start your new year off right with some great virtual events featuring our authors.

PostmodernismJanuary 9-February 26: Fans of Jane Bennett’s work may want to check out a new art exhibit inspired by her most recent book Influx and Efflux. Artist Taney Roniger’s drawings will be on display at the SVA Flatiron Project Space in New York City, where they can be viewed from outside while social distancing.

January 10, 10:15 am EST: Attendees at the virtual MLA conference won’t want to miss the panel on the thirtieth anniversary of Fredric Jameson’s classic book Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. Many of our other authors are also appearing on panels at the virtual MLA, including Fred Moten, Lisa Lowe, Katina Rogers, and Kandace Chuh. There’s also a panel centered on Ronak Kapadia’s recent book Insurgent Aesthetics.

January 20, 12:00 pm CST: Kaiama L. Glover, author of A Regarded Self, joins five other authors for a conversation about global race studies, Black diaspora studies, and transnational feminism, sponsored by Transnational Feminist Scholars.

January 21, 12:00 pm EST: Daisuke Miyao talks about his book Japonisme and the Birth of Cinema in an event sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan.

January 21, 5:30pm EST: The Phillips Collection hosts a book club discussion about Latinx Art by Arlene Dávila. The discussion will be led by Fabiola R. Delgado.

January 29, 6:00 pm GMT: Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan celebrates the launch of his book The Globally Familiar with commentary and discussion by eleven scholars.

Virtual Events in December

Even as the semester is winding down, our authors are still doing virtual events. Here are a few we know about now; be sure to follow our Twitter feed to learn of more as they are scheduled. Please note the local time zone for each event and adjust accordingly for your own.

December 3, 2:00 pm EST: Brigitte Fielder, author of Relative Races, gives a talk about her book sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society.

Liquor Store TheatreDecember 3, 6:30 pm EST: Maya Stovall, author of Liquor Store Theatre, joins Bridget Finn and Michael Stone-Richards for a conversation about her book sponsored by White Columns, Reyes Finn, and NADA Miami.

December 3, 7 pm EST: The Whitney Museum hosts an “Ask a Curator” event for their new exhibition Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop. This exhibition originated at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and we distribute the catalog.

December 4, 12 pm EST: Julie Livingston will talk about her recent book Self-Devouring Growth in a talk sponsored by Cornell University.

December 4, 10 am PST: Saiba Varma joins Michael Busch for a conversation about her book The Occupied Clinic. Sponsored by The Polis Project.

africanreligions_party_socialmediaDecember 4, 4pm EST: Editors Terrence L. Johnson, Jacob K. Olupona, and Dianne M. Stewart of the Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People book series will celebrate the series with an event featuring recent and upcoming authors. Yolanda Covington Ward, Roberto Strongman, Todne Thomas, and Joseph R. Winters will open the event with readings from their books in the series, followed by a panel and time for audience questions.

December 8, 9 am AEDT: Caren Kaplan, author of Aerial Aftermaths, gives the keynote address at the Drone Futures symposium sponsored by Media Futures Hub and the University of New South Wales.

Unseeing EmpireDecember 9, 12 pm EST: In an event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Bakirathi Mani, author of Unseeing Empire, is joined by the artist Annu Palakunnathu Matthew and Contemporary Curator Jodi Throckmorton for a discussion on Matthew’s series, An Indian From India and Mani’s book.

December 10, 12:30 PM PST: The University of California Irvine Department of History hosts a book launch for Jie Li’s latest book, Utopian Ruins.

December 17, 3:30 PM CEST: Karen Strassler, author of Demanding Images, discusses her book with Annemarie Samuels and David Kloos, in an event sponsored by the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies at the University of Leiden.


Virtual Events in November

There are many great ways to meet our authors online in November. We hope you can attend one of these virtual events. Note that we have included the local time zone for each event; please adjust for your own geographic location.

Influx and EffluxNovember 3, 12 pm EST: Duke University Press will host a panel discussion on Jane Bennett’s book Influx and Efflux, featuring Kathy Ferguson, Emily A. Parker, Bernd Herzogenrath, Derek McCormack and Peter M. Coviello. Register here.

November 5, 7 pm EST: The National Museum of African American History and Culture sponsors an event featuring Maureen Mahon, author of the new book Black Diamond Queens, in conversation with NPR’s Ann Powers. The event will be streamed on the NPR Music YouTube channel.

November 6, 9:30 am EST: Fadi A. Bardawil, author of Revolution and Disenchantment, gives a talk entitled “Overcoming Theory’s Resistances: Translating Arab Revolutions Past and Present,” sponsored by Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center and Franklin Humanities Institute.

November 6, 5:00 pm EST: Brigitte Fielder, author of Relative Races, joins three other scholars for a celebration of new and noteworthy books by members of the Civil War Caucus of the Modern Language Association.

November 10, 12 pm EST: Dr. Louise Amoore presents her new book, Cloud Ethics: Algorithms and the Attributes of Ourselves and Others in an event hosted by the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia.blackdiamondqueens

November 10, 5 pm EST: Tune into a roundtable discussion about Latinx Art by Arlene Dávila. This event is sponsored by the NYU Center for the Humanities and the Latinx Project.

November 11, 3 pm EST: The University of Virginia’s Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures sponsors a talk by Joanne Rappaport, author of Cowards Don’t Make History, in which she will discuss the impact of research on liberation and its emancipatory power.

November 11, 7:30 pm EST: Maureen Mahon joins Bridgette Davis for a conversation about Mahon’s new book Black Diamond Queens, in an event sponsored by Greenlight Bookstore.

November 12, 3:30 pm CST: Samantha Pinto, author of Infamous Bodies, discusses her book with Jennifer Nash, author of Black Feminism Reimagined, in an event sponsored by the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas.

Resource RadicalsNovember 13, 12 pm EST: Thea Riofrancos will present her new book, Resource Radicals, in an event sponsored by the Rhodes Center and Climate Solutions Lab at Brown University.

November 14, 2 pm EST: Join author Ronak K. Kapadia and panelists Jodi Kim, Keith P. Feldman, Sara Mameni, and Kareem Khubchandani for a one-year publication anniversary celebration of Kapadia’s book Insurgent Aesthetics.

November 20, 10 pm EST: Watch a roundtable discussion, featuring Lyle Fearnley, author of Virulent Zones, and Saiba Varma, author of The Occupied Clinic, about the therapeutic politics of care. Sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

We also encourage you to check out our In Conversation video series on YouTube. Recent videos include Senior Executive Editor Ken Wissoker speaking with Vanessa Díaz about her book Manufacturing Celebrity and Assistant Editor Joshua Gutterman Tranen talking with Ricardo Montez about his book Keith Haring’s Line.

Online Events in October

There are so many great ways to (virtually) see our authors in October. Note that we have included the local time zone for each event; please adjust for your own geographic location.


October 1, 6 pm EDT: Join Arlene Dávila, author of Latinx Art, as she discusses representation of Latinx art and artists in today’s world with Adriana Zavala at an event sponsored by the Whitney Museum of Art.

October 1, 7 pm EDT: The Swerve Conversation Series, sponsored by the Dedalus Foundation and Denniston Hill, will feature Fred Moten, the author of the consent not to be a single being trilogy: Black and Blur, Stolen Life, and The Universal Machine.  Tune in via Instagram Live here.

October 2, 3:30 pm CDT: The Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee will host Ronak K. Kapadia. He draws connections to his book Insurgent Aesthetics, which examines artistic responses to US domination in the Middle East. 

October 3, 7:00 pm WIT: Todd Henry, editor of Queer Korea, joins Hendri Yulius Wijaya for a talk sponsored by Jakarta’s Transit Bookstore.

October 4, 8 pm EDT: The Brooklyn Book Festival will take place virtually and feature a full day of programming with nearly 100 authors, including Maureen Mahon. She will speak about her book, Black Diamond Queens, and power of music to enact change.

October 5, 5 pm CEST: Daisuke Miyao will discuss his book Japonisme and the Birth of Cinema and Marsha Gordon and Allyson Nadia Field, co-editors of Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film, will talk about their book during the online Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

Resource RadicalsOctober 9, 3:30 pm CDT: Listen to Thea Riofrancos discusses her new book Resource Radicals with George Ciccariello-Maher, author of Decolonizing Dialectics, and co-editor of the Radical Américas series, of which Riofrancos’s book is a part. This event is hosted by the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

October 14, 12 pm PDT: Judith Madera, author of Black Atlas, gives a talk entitled “Black Worldmaking and the Radical Histories of Black Geography.” This event is sponsored by JourneysRussianEmpireWa Na Wari and the Seattle Public Library.

October 15, 11 am HST: Nandita Sharma discusses her book Home Rule with The Polis Project.

October 21, 7 pm CDT: The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis will be hosting William Craft Brumfield to discuss his new book Journeys through the Russian Empire, in which he juxtaposes his own photos of architecture in Russia with those of early-twentieth-century photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky.

October 28, 4 pm MDT: Margaret Randall, author of I Never Left Home, speaks with Gioconda Bello. This conversation is organized by the University of New Mexico. Register here.


In Conversation: Contributors to Writing Anthropology

We invite you to view our newest In Conversation video, featuring contributors to the new book Writing Anthropology: Essays on Craft and Commitment. Join the volume’s editor Carole McGranahan, Duke University Press Senior Executive Editor Ken Wissoker, and contributors Bianca Williams, Anand Pandian, and Katerina Teaiwa as they discuss pathways for doing anthropology differently and the relationship between writing, community, and accountability.

Online Events in September

Although you can’t see them in person, there are many opportunities to catch our authors at online events in September.

manufactuing-celebritySeptember 4, 12 pm EDT: Vanessa Díaz, author of  Manufacturing Celebrity,  will be joined in conversation by Jonathan Rosa at an event sponsored by Harvard Bookstore.

September 4, 9 pm EDT: Margaret Randall and Cedar Sigo discuss Randall’s recent memoir I Never Left Home in an event sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Company

September 16, 4 pm CDT: Katina Rogers will participate in an online conversation about her book Putting the Humanities PhD to Work. This event is sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies with support from Humanities for the Public Good; Prairie Lights Bookstore; and The Futures Initiative, and The Graduate Center, CUNY.

978-1-4780-0945-0September 17, 12 pm EDT: Arlene Dávila discusses her new book Latinx Art in an online talk sponsored by CARGC UPenn

September 21, 6:30 pm EDT: Intellectual Publics sponsors an online conversation between Arlene Dávila and Patricia Banks.

September 22, 2 pm EDT:  Difficult Objects: A Transnational Feminist Book Conversation. Moderated by Samantha Pinto, author of Infamous Bodies, this conversation features Simidele Dosekun, Durba Mitra, and Laura Hyun Yi Kang, author of Traffic in Asian Women, talking about their recent books and transnational feminist methodologies.

We hope you can tune in to some of these great talks. Keep up with all our author events on our Twitter feed.

New Titles in Science Studies

SocialMediaforConferences_Blog_4SThis year the annual meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) was to be held in Prague. Like most academic conferences, it has moved online. We are pleased to partner with Combined Academic Publishers to showcase new work in science studies. Customers in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia can shop their site and save 30% off new titles with coupon code CSF20EASST. Customers in the US, Canada, and Latin America can save at our own site using coupon 4S2020. You’ll also want to check out the giveaway opportunity at CAP’s site for a chance to win a copy of Fractivism by Sarah Ann Wylie!

978-0-8223-7124-3_prSeveral of our authors will be participating in online panels. Noemi Tousignant, author of Edges of Exposure, is presenting a paper entitled “Mutagenic Residues of Senegal’s Peanut Export Economy.” Juno Salazar Parreñas, author of Decolonizing Extinction, is presenting a paper called “Geriatric Ex-Dairy Cows: Caring for Otherwise Expendable Life.” Kalindi Vora, co-author of Surrogate Humanity, has organized a panel entitled “Teaching interdependent agency I: Feminist STS approaches to STEM pedagogy,” and is presenting a paper called “Teaching Technoscience Infrastructures of Care.” And Noah Tamarkin, whose book Genetic Afterlives will be out next month, is presenting a paper entitled “Locating Controversy in Established Technoscience: Debating National DNA Databases in South Africa.”

Wild Blue MediaWe hope you’ll check out these recent titles that we would have enjoyed showing off to you in our booth. In Anaesthetics of Existence, Cressida J. Heyes draws on examples of things that happen to us but are nonetheless excluded from experience, as well as critical phenomenology, genealogy, and feminist theory, showing how and why experience has edges, and analyzes phenomena that press against them.  In Rock | Water | Life Lesley Green examines the interwoven realities of inequality, racism, colonialism, and environmental destruction in South Africa. In Wild Blue Media, Melody Jue destabilizes terrestrial-based ways of knowing and reorients our perception of the world by considering the ocean itself as a media environment—a place where the weight and opacity of seawater transforms how information is created, stored, transmitted, and perceived.

An Ecology of KnowledgesWe have a number of recent books that engage with agriculture and resource extraction in Latin America, placing the non-human at the center of their studies. Vital Decomposition by Kristina M. Lyons presents an ethnography of human-soil relations in Colombia. In An Ecology of Knowledges, Micha Rahder examines how technoscience, endemic violence, and an embodied love of wild species and places shape conservation practices in Guatemala. Kregg Hetherington’s The Government of Beans is about the rough edges of environmental regulation in Paraguay, where tenuous state power and blunt governmental instruments encounter ecological destruction and social injustice. Seeds of Power by Amalia Leguizamón explores why Argentines largely support GM soy despite the widespread damage it creates. In Resource Radicals, Thea Riofrancos looks at Ecuador, expanding the study of resource politics by decentering state resource policy and locating it in a field of political struggle populated by actors with conflicting visions of resource extraction. And in Bolivia in the Age of Gas, Bret Gustafson explores how the struggle over natural gas has reshaped Bolivia, along with the rise, and ultimate fall, of the country’s first Indigenous-led government. Look for an online conversation about these issues featuring Riofrancos, Gustafson, Hetherington, and Leguizamón later this fall.

Also examining agriculture, Alex Blanchette’s Porkopolis immerses readers into the workplaces that underlie modern meat, from slaughterhouses and corporate offices to artificial insemination barns and bone-rendering facilities, outlining the deep human-hog relationships and intimacies that emerge through intensified industrialization. Check out Blanchette’s recent conversation with Senior Executive Editor Ken Wissoker.

One of our favorite conference traditions is the in-booth selfies that our authors often take with their books. We can’t do that this year, so we’ve asked some of our science studies authors to send them in. Check out our book selfie album on Facebook or look for the photos on Twitter this week.

Save on these and all our science studies titles on our site with coupon 4S2020 (North and South America, Caribbean) or at Combined Academic Publishers with coupon CSF20EASST (UK, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia).

Also check out Environmental Humanities, a peer-reviewed open-access journal that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with the natural and social sciences around significant environmental issues. Start reading here.

We invite you to return to the blog tomorrow to read a message from Executive Editor Courtney Berger.

New Books and Journals in Sociology


August marks the beginning of the fall conference season, when we usually look forward to greeting authors and editors at our booths. Unfortunately, most conferences have been cancelled for the rest of 2020 or have gone online only. The American Sociological Association will hold its online meeting August 8-11. Although we can’t greet you in person at our booth, we invite you check out our web page for the conference and peruse our sociology catalog. You can save 30% on all books and journal issues using coupon code ASOCA20.

Editor Elizabeth Ault was supposed to attend ASA for the first time this year. Instead, she offers you some highlights from our sociology list here.

EAult_webGreetings, sociologists! I’m really sad not to get the chance to meet up with folks in person in San Francisco. Not only because, well, San Francisco!!, but also because this was supposed to be my first ASA as the editor primarily responsible for our sociology lists here at Duke. It’s an honor to be stepping into a strong list in a field that has lots of important insights to offer about the current uprisings against white supremacy and anti-Black policing, the healthcare disparities being laid bare by COVID-19, and so much more. I’m disappointed to miss out on the chance to celebrate the publication of important books like We Are Not Dreamers, a collection of work by undocumented scholars, edited by Leisy J. Abrego and Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales; Symbolic Violence, a new engagement with Bourdieu from Michael Burawoy; and Nandita Sharma’s crucial work on sovereignty and migration, Home Rule

Even without meeting in person, though, there’s lots to look forward to: I’m eager to see how Duke Press’s recent books on intersectionality, by Patricia Hill Collins and Jennifer Nash, are changing conversations and methods! And I’m really excited about the highlighted conversation on  “Power, Resistance, and Inequality in Tech,” which I know will draw on important insights from Ruha Benjamin’s edited collection Captivating Technology. I am looking forward to learning from you all as we continue the conversations represented by these books and begin new ones. 

A little bit about me: I’ve been acquiring books primarily in disability studies, Black studies, trans studies, global urban studies, and African and Middle East studies. I’m also interested in Latinx and other critical ethnic studies, critical studies of policing and prisons, and higher education. I know there’s lots of great work on these topics happening in sociology!

To give us the opportunity to meet face-to-face, I’ll be holding Zoom office hours, in lieu of the casual chats we might have had in the book room (or at the hotel bar!) on the Monday and Tuesday of the conference. You can sign up for those here. And you can always find me on Twitter.

If you were hoping to connect with Elizabeth or another of our editors about your book project at ASA, please reach out to them by email. See our editors’ specialties and contact information here and our new online submissions guidelines here.

In addition to the panel featuring Ruha Benjamin that Elizabeth mentions above, several of our authors are presenting at the virtual ASA conference. Michael Burawoy has organized the panel “The Neoliberal University,” is a discussant on the panel “Canonization,” and will serve as a moderator on the panel “The Specter of Global China.”  And Trevor Hoppe, co-editor of The War on Sex, has organized the panel “Deviance and Social Control.”

978-1-4780-0840-8This week we are also pleased to launch the first in a series of online conversations we are planning for the fall. Watch Alex Blanchette discuss his recent book Porkopolis with Senior Executive Editor Ken Wissoker. 

Flip to page 15 of our virtual sociology catalog to peruse imaginative new journal issues on disability, sanctuary, alternatives to policing, Indigenous land reclamation, and more.

And finally, we’re really going to miss one of our favorite conference traditions, the in-booth photos of authors with their recent books. Please check out our album of author selfies instead. We’ll be posting those photos on Twitter this weekend as well.

Although you can’t pick up books in our booth this year, you can save 30% online with coupon code ASOCA20. If you live in the UK or Europe, head to Combined Academic Publishers and save there with coupon code CSDUKE30.