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New Titles in Literature and Literary Studies

We will miss meeting with authors, editors, and friends of the Press in person at the Modern Language Association annual conference, but we look forward to connecting with you all virtually. Until February 28, save 40% on books and journal issues with coupon code MLA22 when you order on our website. Customers in the UK and Europe can order books with this code from our UK partner, Combined Academic Publishers.

Registered attendees can find our listing on the conference website. For all of our newest titles in literature and literary studies, see below for our digital catalog. And browse all books and journals in literary studies here.


Senior Executive Editor Ken Wissoker will be a virtual presenter on the panel, “Getting Your Book Published,” Friday, 7 January at 12:00pm EST in the Marriott Marquis, Mount Vernon Square.

Join Executive Editor Courtney Berger in the virtual panel, “Navigating the Changing Landscape of Scholarly Book Publishing in Literary and Cultural Studies,” Saturday, 8 January at 10:15am EST.

DUP author Elizabeth McHenry will be presenting on her new book in the panel, “Unsettled Genealogies of Black Writing: Elizabeth McHenry’s To Make Negro Literature,” Saturday, 8 January at 3:30pm EST in the Mint Room of the Marriott Marquis.

And you can find other authors on many panels around the conference!

If you were hoping to connect with Courtney Berger, Ken Wissoker, or one of our other editors about your book project at the Modern Language Association annual conference, please reach out by email. See our editors’ specialties and contact information here and our online submissions guidelines and submission portal here.

New Journals in 2022: Agricultural History & Trans Asia Photography

This coming year, we’re thrilled to welcome two journals to our publishing program: Agricultural History and Trans Asia Photography. Both journals will begin publication with Duke University Press in the spring.

Agricultural History, edited by Albert Way, is the journal of record in its field. As such, it publishes articles that explore agriculture and rural life over time, in all geographies and among all people. Articles in Agricultural History use a wide range of methodologies to illuminate the history of farming, food, agricultural science and technology, the environment, rural life, and beyond. The journal includes innovative research, timely book and film reviews, and special features that unite diverse historical approaches under agriculture-related themes.

Trans Asia Photography, edited by Deepali Dewan, Yi Gu, and Thy Phu, is the first and only open-access international peer-reviewed journal devoted to the interdisciplinary exploration of historic and contemporary photography from Asia and across the Asian diaspora. The journal examines all aspects of photographic history, theory, and practice by centering images in or of Asia, conceived here as a territory, network, and cultural imaginary. Bridging photography and area studies, the journal rethinks transnational and transcultural approaches and methodologies. By centering photographic practices of Asia and its diasporas, the journal foregrounds multiple ways of seeing, knowing, and being, which are distinct yet inseparable from other regional formations. The journal brings together the perspectives of scholars, critics, and artists across the humanities and social sciences to advance original and innovative research on photography and Asia, and to reflect and encourage quality, depth, and breadth in the field’s development.

Check out our full list of journals here.

Scholarly Publishing Collective Launches New Journal Hosting Platform

The Scholarly Publishing Collective (the Collective) is pleased to announce that its online content platform is now live, with content from over 130 journals published by Michigan State University Press, Penn State University Press, SBL Press, and the University of Illinois Press.

Through the Collective, managed by Duke University Press, publishers have access to resources that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive, such as a best-in-class web platform, proven customer relations and library relations teams, and a network of global sales agents with insight into university press content. Journals are hosted on the Silverchair hosting platform, which is home to Duke University Press’s publications as well as publications from the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Wolters Kluwer, and many other distinguished publishers.

Through the Collective’s partnership with Silverchair, publishers benefit from fully responsive journal websites that adapt to any display size and have a user-friendly, easy-to-navigate interface. Features of the platform include support for advance-publication articles; the ability for non-subscribers to purchase access to full issues and articles; the ability to search and filter results across journal, publisher, or Collective content; robust usage statistics; and support for supplemental data files, including media.

“Silverchair is very proud to support the Scholarly Publishing Collective and, through Duke University Press, to support more presses and other mission-driven publishers,” said Sarah Heid, Vice President of Customer Success at Silverchair. “Scholarship and society are enriched by these types of organizations being able to share their content with the world, and we’re honored to be a part of that.”

The Collective platform currently hosts the journals content of four publishers migrating from the JSTOR Journal Hosting Program, which is ending after 2021. All content is temporarily free to access until March 31, 2022. One journal, Real Analysis Exchange, will be hosted on the Project Euclid platform for mathematics and statistics journals.

“Duke University Press has developed infrastructure for our own publishing program that we can share with our fellow UP journal publishers and society publishers to support them at a time when sustaining their journals program is critical to sustaining their overall mission. Through the Collective, the partners expand their ability to disseminate, promote, and increase the impact of scholarship. More than fifteen years of investment and experience and skill-building have gone into being able to do this, and we want to leverage our experience for our Collective partners,” said Allison Belan, Director for Strategic Innovation and Services at Duke University Press.

Learn more about the Collective here.

For more information, contact:
Allison Belan
Director for Strategic Innovation and Services
Duke University Press
allison [dot] belan [at] duke [dot] edu

New Books in January

It’s almost 2022. Ring in the New Year with these books, coming out in January!

978-1-4780-1783-7In Sissy Insurgencies, Marlon B. Ross explores the figure of the sissy as central to how Americans have imagined, articulated, and negotiated black masculinity from the 1880s to the present. 

In Rainforest Capitalism, Thomas Hendriks examines the rowdy environment of industrial timber production in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to theorize the social, racial, and gender power dynamics of capitalist extraction.

In Confidence Culture, Shani Orgad and Rosalind Gill examine how imperatives directed at women to “love your body” and “believe in yourself” imply that psychological blocks hold women back rather than entrenched social injustices.

 

978-1-4780-1444-7Tani Barlow’s In the Event of Women outlines the stakes of what she calls “the event of women” in China—the discovery of the truth that women are the reproductive equivalent of men, revealing how historical universals are effected in places where truth claims are not usually sought.

In Making Women Pay, Smitha Radhakrishnan explores India’s microfinance industry, showing that despite the rhetoric about improving the everyday lives of women borrowers, the practice is a commercial industry that seeks to extract the maximum value from its customers.

In How Do We Look?, Fatimah Tobing Rony draws on the transnational visual images of Indonesian women as a way to theorize what she calls visual biopolitics—the ways visual representation determines which lives are made to matter more than others.

 

978-1-4780-1075-3In Warring Visions, Thy Phu explores photographs produced by dispersed communities throughout Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora, both during and after the Vietnam War, to complicate prominent narratives of conflict and memory and to expand understandings of how war is waged, experienced, and resolved. 

In Horn, or The Counterside of Media, Henning Schmidgen reflects on the dynamic phenomena of touch in media, analyzing works by artists, scientists, and philosophers ranging from Salvador Dalí to Walter Benjamin, who each explore the interplay between tactility and technological and biological surfaces.

 In African Motors, Joshua Grace examines how everyday Tanzanian drivers, mechanics, and passengers reconstituted the automobile into a uniquely African form between the late 1800s to the early 2000s.

 

978-1-4780-1762-2In Subversive Archaism, Michael Herzfeld documents how marginalized groups use official discourses of national tradition against the authority of the bureaucratic nation-state state and violent repercussions that can often follow.

In The End of Pax Americana, Naoki Sakai examines the decline of US hegemony in Japan and East Asia and its impact on national identity and legacies of imperialism.

In Ugly Freedoms, Elisabeth R. Anker reckons with the complex legacy of freedom offered by liberal American democracy, identifying modes of “ugly freedom” that can lead to domination or provide a source of emancipatory potential.

In Unintended Lessons of Revolution, Tanalís Padilla traces the history of the normales rurales—rural schools in Mexico that trained campesino teachers—and outlines how despite being intended to foster a modern, patriotic citizenry, they became sites of radical politics.

 

978-1-4780-1770-7In Diminished Faculties, Jonathan Sterne offers a sweeping cultural study and theorization of impairment, in which experience is understood from the standpoint of a subject that is not fully able to account for itself. 

Edited by Laurent Pordié and Stephan Kloos, the contributors to Healing at the Periphery examine Sowa Rigpa, or Tibetan medicine, and the central part practitioners of Tibetan healing known as amchis play in Indian Himalayan communities and the exile Tibetan community.

In Collective Biologies, Emily A. Wentzell analyzes a longitudinal study of HPV occurrence in men in Cuernavaca, Mexico, exploring how people can use individual health behaviors like participating in medical research to enhance group well-being amid crisis and change.

In Reactivating Elements, edited by Dimitris Papadopoulos, María Puig de la Bellacasa, and Natasha Myers, contributors explore how studying elements—as the foundations of the physical and social world—provide a way to imagine alternatives to worldwide environmental destruction.

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The Best Books We Read in 2021

Through the ups and downs of 2021, reading–in a variety of genres–can be just what the doctor ordered. Below, Duke University Press staff recommend some of their favorites. We hope you’ll check them out!

Jones_CorregidoraEditor Elizabeth Ault recommends Gayl Jones’s Corregidora, a book she says she “probably should have read a decade or two ago.” She writes, “Somehow, I never encountered Jones in college or grad school, but I have learned so much in my work here at the Press from and about this formidable text. With all the renewed attention to Jones this fall around the publication of her new book, Palmares, it felt like time to finally correct this oversight. And wow, the book was just beyond powerful. And it’s given me a newfound appreciation for the amazing Black feminist work that has taken Jones up as a theorist of gender for generations.” She adds: “On a very different note, this was also the year I discovered reading books on my phone via the Durham Public Library’s Libby app as a wonderful alternative to social media scrolling, so I also read a LOT of sanity-saving romance this year; shouts out to Talia Hibbert, Jasmine Guillory, Helen Hoang, and Casey McQuiston.”

Good MorningCopywriter Christopher Robinson suggests Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. He writes, “This beautiful heartbreaker was recommended to me by DUP’s own Cason Lynley (Director of Marketing, Sales, and Finance). It takes place in the immediate aftermath of an undisclosed global apocalyptic calamity and it follows the story of an astronomer who decided to stay behind when his arctic science station evacuated and the crew of a spaceship on its return voyage to a suddenly quiet Earth. As its story lines begin to converge, the novel tackles some biggies: the choices we make in our lives, regret, missed opportunities, and what remains valuable at ‘the end.'”

 

Know My NameJocelyn Dawson, Journals and Collections Marketing Manager, recommends Know My Name: A Memoir, by Chanel Miller, which was the Duke University 2019 Common Experience Summer Reading Program pick. “The story of the sexual assault survivor known as Emily Doe, whose victim impact statement addressed to Brock Turner went viral, Know My Name was published to critical acclaim and topped many best-book-of-the-year lists. Miller draws you into her life, her experience of sexual assault, and her navigation of the justice system in a way that is riveting, relatable, and incredibly vivid.”

 

Razorblade TearsProduction Coordinator Erica Woods Tucker recommends Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby. “Razorblade Tears turns the buddy/crime/revenge genre on its ear and tells a story of two imperfect fathers trying to make up for years of neglect by finding the men who murdered their sons. It’s an intense book filled with pathos and energy that is really remarkable. There’s violence in this story, but Shawn uses the violence to make Ike and Buddy Lee tools of redemption. It’s on a lot of ‘best of’ lists this year and is totally deserving of every accolade. I think you’ll really enjoy it.”

 

 

The DeliveryCustomer Relations Representative Alex Brown recommends The Delivery by Peter Mendelsund. “In The Delivery,  Peter Mendelsund uses fiction as a vehicle to explore ‘gig economy’ labor through the lens of a worker who delivers food to wealthy city-dwellers on a power-assist bicycle. The reader is led through a world of omnipresent labor-surveillance, all-powerful phone app ratings, and a corporate machine in which the main character is trapped. Mendelsund interrogates some of the more pressing questions of our time­–global citizenship, labor exploitation, oppressive technologies–by humanizing a narrative that’s often reduced to news headlines and/or statistics. A relatively quick read that offers insight into a world that often lives in the shadows.”

 

Leave the WorldAmy Buchanan, Director of Editing, Design, and Production, was struck by Leave the World Behind, by Rumaan Alam. She writes: “The promise of Rumaan Alam’s ‘insufferable family’s air B&B vacay goes wrong’ was too juicy to resist. But what I got instead was so much better, and it has lingered with me all year. White NYC couple Clay and Amanda’s unquestioned liberal identities are put to the test when an unknown Black couple shows up at their vacation home’s door late one night, seeking refuge from a mysterious, potentially apocalyptic, disaster. What follows is a slow, beautifully wrought unraveling of some tightly wound people. The familiarity of these families’ political, race, gender, and class identities are punctured by Alam’s sharp observations, and the two adolescent characters are unforgettable as well.”

Actual StarMarketing Designer Dan Ruccia suggests The Actual Star by Monica Byrne. “This is a difficult book to describe briefly. It encompasses three interconnected storylines spanning 2000 years from the end of a Mayan royal lineage in the 11th century to a radical, post-climate change future. Despite all that complexity, Byrne’s writing is rich and engaging and, like Ursula K. Le Guin and Octavia E. Butler, raises lots of big, fascinating questions about how we’re all connected.”

 

 

UnaccustomedStaff Specialist Bunmi Fatoye-Matory recommends Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. Bunmi writes: “It is a deeply engaging fictional story about the physical, emotional, and psychic dislocations of professional Bengali-Indian immigrants in America. I identified with it strongly because I am an immigrant, and this is really an immigrant story of the sort not usually seen in the media or movies. It is also a universal human story of anyone who has ever felt alienated and disoriented in new situations.”

 

 

Project Hail MaryFinally, Digital Content Manager Patty Chase says the most memorable book she read this year was Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir, author of The Martian. She adds: “This book is very different from that one, but no less entertaining. Lots of science, but plenty of humor to keep me from zoning out. A fun ride!”

Duke University Press and Clarivate partner to offer ScholarOne Manuscripts system to journals

Durham, NC, and Philadelphia, PA — Duke University Press announced today that it will offer ScholarOne Manuscripts, the journal peer review and submission system from Clarivate, to its journal partners in the humanities and social sciences beginning in 2022.

Through ScholarOne Manuscripts, Duke University Press will provide its editorial partners with editorial management tools like enhanced analytics, anti-plagiarism technology, and access to an expanded reviewer database. It will create multiple workflow efficiencies and will integrate with the Press’s technology systems. 

”After a long and thorough assessment of peer review systems, we believe ScholarOne is the most user-friendly system for our journals and will expand our capabilities as a publisher and the services that we offer our editorial offices,” said Rob Dilworth, Journals Director at Duke University Press.

“Hundreds of international publishers and societies trust ScholarOne to look after their submission and peer-review workflows across more than 8,000 sites,” said Keith Collier, Senior Vice President of Product at Clarivate. “We’re delighted to welcome Duke University Press as our latest customer and know that ScholarOne Manuscripts will make the submission and peer-review process simpler for Duke authors, editors, and reviewers, ultimately accelerating their research and the pace of innovation.”

Duke University Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher with a focus on the humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics. The Press publishes approximately 140 books annually and 60 journals, as well as offering several electronic collections and open-access publishing initiatives.

Clarivate is a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to the world’s leading research organizations to accelerate the pace of innovation.

For more information, contact
Rob Dilworth
Journals Director, Duke University Press
rob [dot] dilworth [at] dukeupress [dot] edu

The Most Read Articles of 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, we’re reflecting on the most read articles across all our journals. Check out the top 10 articles that made the list, all freely available until the end of January.

Instafame: Luxury Selfies in the Attention Economy” by Alice E. Marwick
Public Culture no. 75

Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin” by Donna Haraway
Environmental Humanities volume 6, issue 1

Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid for Mobilization and Survival” by Dean Spade
Social Text no. 142

Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1959)” by Shamus Khan
Public Culture no. 91

Necropolitics” by Achille Mbembe
Public Culture volume 15, issue 1

Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities (1983)” by Manu Goswami
Public Culture no. 91

Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?” by Cathy J. Cohen
GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies volume 3, issue 4

All Power to All People?: Black LGBTTI2QQ Activism, Remembrance, and Archiving in Toronto” by Syrus Marcus Ware
TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly volume 4, issue 2

Radical Care: Survival Strategies for Uncertain Times” by Hi‘ilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart and Tamara Kneese
Social Text no. 142

Young Adults’ Migration to Cities in Sweden: Do Siblings Pave the Way?” by Clara H. Mulder, Emma Lundholm, and Gunnar Malmberg
Demography volume 57, issue 6

Q&A with Bharat Jayram Venkat

Venkat

Bharat Jayram Venkat is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Society and Genetics and in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His new book, At the Limits of Cure, draws on historical and ethnographic research on tuberculosis in India, exploring what it means to be cured and what it means for a cure to be partial, temporary, or selectively effective.

What led you to the study of cure and its limits?

My book, an anthropological history of tuberculosis in India, is about what it means to be cured—as well as what it means for cure to come undone. As is the case with many ethnographers, however, my fieldwork began elsewhere, with a focus on HIV treatment in a small clinic in the city of Chennai. As I discuss in the preface of the book, I was struck by the fact that the majority of deaths in the clinic were from tuberculosis rather than HIV—tuberculosis, a condition that I was repeatedly told was curable.

This became for me a kind of ethnographic problem: if many people were dying from a curable disease—and not necessarily for lack of treatment—what then did it mean to be cured? And on the flip side, what did it mean for a condition to be incurable? Suddenly, those staid dichotomies (curable v. incurable, curable v. terminal, curable v. chronic) felt inadequate to understanding what was going on in front of me. And my efforts to understand what was at stake in cure required me to go beyond clinical ethnography, to think historically about how cure had been shaped over the last century and a half.

Does your title imply a pessimism/disillusionment about the possibilities of cure, or how would you describe the tone and vision of your project?

Pessimism—I hope not! Disillusionment, perhaps. But I would say that more than simply dispelling illusions (which was, after all, what Susan Sontag was aiming for in her Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors), we need to consider our illusions carefully. In the book, I make a methodological plea for imagination while simultaneously describing how many people have themselves imagined cure (and to be clear, imagination can include experience).

This is all to say—there’s no escaping illusion, fantasy, or imagination. There is, however, the possibility of actively forging something otherwise, through a rigorous use of imagination. That is the aim of the book: to sort through the detritus of history and present, to deliberately juxtapose these fragments to better understand how we have imagined cure, and how we might imagine it anew.

Venkat_pbk_and_litho_covers.inddAt The Limits of Cure is part of a series at Duke University Press called Critical Global Health: Evidence, Efficacy, Ethnography, whose intervention lies in “offering an alternative framework to ever-more dominant quantitative-based approaches to global health science and policy.” What kinds of ethnographic tools do you use in your project, and how do they enrich the study of medicine/cure?

My book draws on film, folklore, and fiction, as well as oral histories, archival research, and of course, ethnographic fieldwork. In this sense, it might be described as multisited, but I don’t think this goes far enough. To speak of multiple sites suggests that we might know where a site begins and ends—but when you follow a question or concept, you must go where it takes you. This for me has meant trying to understand how, where, and when cure has emerged, and what it has meant in each of these instantiations.

My proclivity as a researcher is to try to understand how something came to be: for example, an early-twentieth century tuberculosis sanatorium on the outskirts of Chennai, which had been transformed into an HIV hospital. Who had built this sanatorium, and why? What could this building, located at the periphery of one of India’s largest cities, tell me about the longer history of tuberculosis and its cures? And how might the history of Indian sanatoriums shed new light on our present moment, one in which we grapple with the spread of antibiotic resistance?

Your book has been lauded by critics for incorporating a number of genres and media, in fact, making it more than a strict ethnography. What are some of these traditions or bodies of work that you pull from, and what kinds of readers do you hope to draw in?

I’ve had a few people tell me that it’s a challenging book to place—not a conventional ethnography, nor a proper history of medicine. But I actually think it’s firmly part of a lineage of scholars whose work has deeply inspired me, and who themselves engage in a kind of promiscuity related to material, method, and mode. I’m thinking here of the work of members of my dissertation committee at Berkeley, including Lawrence Cohen and Stefania Pandolfo, as well as other scholars of science and medicine whom I deeply respect, such as Sarah Pinto, Warwick Anderson, Banu Subramaniam, and Michelle Murphy. Their work gave me the—maybe the right word is license?—to unabashedly engage with the world beyond what sometimes gets defined as a narrowly ethnographic ambit.

As an example, each chapter of the book begins with a quasi-folkloric or apocryphal scene, as a way to invite readers to engage with certain questions in unexpected places: for instance, how might the story of a child-saint curing an afflicted monarch come to illuminate or reorient the question of curative efficacy vis-à-vis the history of randomized controlled trials in India? Or what does an imagined train journey into the Himalayan foothills, pieced together from archival scraps, reveal about how cure might be mediated by the body’s enclosure from or openness to its environment?

So while the book might most readily speak to the concerns of cultural and medical anthropologists, historians of science and medicine, and scholars of South Asia, I hope that anyone interested in questions of method—and writing!—is drawn to this book.

How might your book on cure and “curability” resonate with current debates around vaccines, especially in the era of COVID-19, and the rise of anti-vaxxers (in the United States, at least)?

And not just vaccines! Now we have two potentially effective new antivirals from Merck and Pfizer. But we also have the Omicron variant.

I’ve been very hesitant to extend my work on tuberculosis for thinking about COVID. As I write in the introduction, “this book was not written for the quick excerption of ‘theory,’ for the canny lifting of a term or phrase that can be laid down wherever you may go.” But the sentence that follows might offer a way forward: “The method of the book is a plea for a renewed attention to scholarly form, specifically, to the kinds of juxtapositions (and contexts) we depend upon and demand.” In thinking about COVID, about antivirals and vaccinations, I think we need to understand why cure has failed to emerge as a critical concept, how the condition described as “long COVID” directs our attention to the limits of both prophylactic and curative responses, and what it might mean—especially with the rise of Omicron—to think about an ending. As I’ve argued in the book, there are no dearth of endings. So as a final note, I might suggest that we think carefully about the many endings, some that are deferred and others that come all too soon, that comprise this pandemic, as a global phenomenon that is nevertheless experienced in intensely specific ways. Many hoped that the development of a vaccine would be the end. Instead, it has proven to be only one of many endings.

There is, as I write, “no end to endings.”

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Support Duke University Press on Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday, please consider supporting the innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship we publish here at Duke University Press! Over the years, our publications have developed new areas of study that transform current thinking and open up new avenues to effect positive change in our world. Our mission-driven publishing work relies on individual and institutional contributions. We are grateful to the many authors who donate their royalties each year to sustain our publications and to the authors, readers, librarians, and other supporters who help make our work possible. Consider supporting our work through one of the six funds listed below.

Translation Fund
Our Translation Fund supports the translation of crucial intellectual work originally published in languages other than English. To date, this fund has supported eight translations of important works, including Achille Mbembe’s Necropolitics (2019) and Françoise Vergès’s The Wombs of Women (2020). Donate to the Translation Fund.

Scholars of Color First Book Fund
This fund supports books authored by scholars of color which show extraordinary promise as important scholarly interventions. This fund helps us maintain our commitment to publish works by rising stars and to celebrate books by scholars of color, especially those who might otherwise not receive recognition and support from their institutions. The fund supports production expenses, including the cost of indexing, which is ordinarily paid for by authors. Donate to the Scholars of Color First Book Fund.

Editorial Director Gisela Fosado says, “Every first book we publish is usually tied to a happy tenure story. Supporting first books by scholars of color is therefore essential to fundamental changes we need in higher education.” Read our blog post about the first cohort of award recipients.

The Lauren Berlant Fund for Utopian Thought
This fund celebrates the life and work of long-time author Lauren Berlant. The fund supports critical-creative and interdisciplinary books that take intellectual risks with both the conception and form of scholarly work, in order to discover how problems look different, and solutions look possible, when we show up to them differently—and together. Awards will be given annually by Duke University Press editors to titles that are distinguished by their creativity in thought and/or attentiveness to the challenges of working within their chosen form. The funds will be used to help cover production costs for the book and will help support the author’s costs as well. Donate to the Lauren Berlant Fund for Utopian Thought.

World Readers Fund
Our World Readers Fund supports the publication of our Latin America Readers and World Readers series—two series that involve extensive translation and permissions costs. Books in these series provide vivid, thought-provoking introductions to the history, culture, and politics of countries, cities, and regions around the world. Each volume features dozens of original documents, most of which have been translated into English for the first time. Donate to the World Readers Fund.

Demography Journal Fund
Publishing the data of disparity and inequality on a regular basis, Demography is a quintessential Duke University Press publication in that it disseminates peer-reviewed research designed to make the world a better and more equitable place for all. The flagship journal of the Population Association of America (PAA), Demography became open access in 2021 as it joined the Duke University Press journals publishing program. Demography’s open-access funding model relies entirely on financial support from individuals, libraries, and other institutions. The 2020 Journal Citation Reports ranked Demography as #1 in citations and #2 in impact factor in its field. Donate to the Demography Journal Fund.

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New Titles in Middle Eastern Studies

We will be celebrating the Middle East Studies Association conference virtually this year. Until January 15, 2022, save 40% on books and journal issues with coupon code MESA21 when you order on our website. Customers in the UK and Europe can order books with this code from our UK partner, Combined Academic Publishers.

Registered attendees can find us in the official virtual exhibit hall. For highlights of our newest titles in Middle East studies, check out our conference landing page. And browse all books and journals in Middle East studies here, including the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Join DUP authors for panels throughout MESA 2021:

  • Hatim El-Hibri, 2:00pm Tuesday, November 30, “Gaza on Screen.”
  • Jill Jarvis, 1:30pm Wednesday, December 1, “Deserts as Archives Part 2.”
  • Sa’ed Atshan, 2:00pm Wednesday, December 1, “Ethnographies of Uprisings: Exploring Approaches to Understanding Revolt in the Middle East.”
  • Elizabeth Bentley, 2:00pm Thursday, December 2, “Narratives of Loss and Violence.”

If you were hoping to connect with Elizabeth Ault or one of our other editors about your book project at the Middle East Studies Association conference, please reach out by email. See our editors’ specialties and contact information here and our online submissions guidelines and submission portal here.