There are only three more days to shop during our Spring Sale! If you’ve been procrastinating because you aren’t sure what to buy, here are some recommendations from editors Elizabeth Ault and Courtney Berger. Use coupon SPRING21 to save fifty percent on all of them.
A handful of new books you might have missed!
In African studies, Luise White’s revisitation of the Zimbabwean war for independence and Rhodesia’s place in the global white supremacist imagination, Fighting and Writing.
Three fun and surprising new books in media studies: City of Screens, considers the complex ecosystem of film culture in Manila; Experts in Action, centers stunt performers and provides a new way to understand action movies; Media Crossroads rethink the importance of intersectional identities and screen spaces.
Finally, two books that rethink settler economies of dispossession: Rosaura Sanchez and Beatrice Pita’s new book brings together indigenous studies, Chicanx studies, American studies, and geography in innovative ways to tell a new story about the US Southwest. And deeply rooted in Hawaii, Candace Fujikane’s Mapping Abundance for a Planetary Future centers Native Hawaiian cartographies and relations to land and provides an important model for settlers who want to resist settler capitalism and its ideas about what counts as “useful.”
Editor Elizabeth Ault acquires books in African and Middle East studies, Black and Latinx studies, trans studies, disability studies, and Sociology and critical studies of prisons and policing.
At the top of my list is Kevin Quashie’s Black Aliveness, or A Poetics of Being, the latest installment in the Black Outdoors series edited by J. Kameron Carter and Sarah Cervenak. Quashie builds his book on a seemingly simple prompt: “Imagine a black world.” Not a world where the racial logics of antiblackness are inverted, but rather a world where blackness is totality, where black being and the rightness of black being is assumed rather than justified. It’s a beautiful book that draws upon a wealth of Black feminist writing and poetry, from Audre Lorde to Nicky Finney.
A must-read for folks in queer studies: Evren Savci’s Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics under Neoliberal Islam. In considering how Western LGBT terminology has been taken up by queer activists in neoliberal Turkey, Savci pushes back against the “homolingualism” that has shaped queer studies and dislodges Western presumptions about the kinds of political strategies that might benefit marginalized groups outside the West.
For those working on minoritarian aesthetics, I recommend Hentyle Yapp’sMinor China: Method, Materialisms, and Aesthetics. Through a study of the rise of contemporary Chinese art in the global art market, Yapp develops a theory of the minor as a “hesitant method” that highlights the assumptions of the major, forcing us to pause and consider how liberal humanism has endured and has rendered so many lives and perspectives unimportant or imperceptible in major frameworks.
Finally, carnivores and vegans alike will appreciate Meat!: A Transnational Analysis, edited by Sushmita Chatterjee and Banu Subramanian. The contributors to this volume ask: What counts as meat? How and when do objects or animals become meat? And what are the geopolitical terms through which we understand the importance of meat as environmentally harmful, as a sexual or racial signifier, as a technological wonder, or as a point of ethical or religious conflict? A perfect volume for teaching.
Executive Editor Courtney Berger seeks out books that are theoretically and politically engaged and that speak to a wide, interdisciplinary audience.
In this inaugural Duke University Press issue—the first of three on the journal’s foundational concepts of “liquidity,” “blackness,” and “aesthetics”—leading voices in Black studies and beyond reflect on the conceptual and practical possibilities and shortcomings of Black liquidity. Conceived as a musical ensemble and framed by a lyrical history of the liquid blackness research group’s method, practice, and praxis, the issue gathers the work of theorists and practitioners spanning different modes of intellectual inquiry and champions experimentalism as a theoretical and artistic practice. In doing so, the issue unflinchingly addresses the entanglement between race, capital, and the constitution of the modern subject as well as the jurisgenerativity of liquid aesthetic practices and their unruly archives—all within the context of what Toni Morrison described as the liquidity of the Black arts.
liquid blackness, edited by Alessandra Raengo and Lauren McLeod Cramer, seeks to carve out a place for aesthetic theory and the most radical agenda of Black studies to come together in productive ways, with the goal of attending to the aesthetic work of Blackness and the political work of form. In this way, the journal develops innovative approaches to address points of convergence between the exigencies of Black life and the many slippery ways in which Blackness is encountered in contemporary sonic and visual culture. The journal showcases a variety of scholarly modes, including audio-visual work and experimental and traditional essays. It aims to explore who can do theory (scholars, artists, activists, individuals, and ensembles), how theory can be done (in image, writing, archiving, curating, social activism), and what a Black aesthetic object is (“high”/“low” art, sound and image, practice and praxis).
Our Spring Sale is underway! Have you shopped yet? If you’re overwhelmed by all your great choices, our editors have some suggestions. Today we offer some ideas from Senior Executive Editor Ken Wissoker and Assistant Editor Sandra Korn.
If you are still spending your evenings in quarantine watching Catfish, this is a perfect time to pick up Amanda Ann Klein’s brand-new book Millennials Killed the Video Star. Klein traces gender, race, and class through the history of MTV’s reality TV series, and the book includes some incredible interviews with producers and cast members.
For religion scholars, Todne Thomas’s Kincraftjust came out, and will be a vitally important book for those interested in black evangelicals and the kinship networks of religious social life.
Evren Savci’s new book Queer in Translation turns to queer organizing in Turkey – in particular, looking at how Western LGBT discourses are taken up by queer activists – to consider how queerness, Islam, and neoliberalism interact in a Muslim-majority context. Finally, don’t forget that the 50% off sale also applies to journals – I have really enjoyed reading the newest issue of GLQ, on “Queer Political Theologies.”
Sandra Y. L. Korn is an Assistant Editor who acquires books in religion and works with the Political Theology Undisciplined Series.
This is the perfect time for the sale. There is a fantastic set of brand new books that need to be in everyone’s hands. At the top of this stack are the two new volumes from the Stuart Hall series, collecting his writings on race and on Marxism. The two volumes of EssentialEssays are just that, but I’ve been looking forward to these books since we first thought of the series. Stuart Hall, Selected writings on Race and Difference is edited by Paul Gilroy and Ruthie Gilmore, who have been talking about the need for such a book for decades. Stuart Hall, Selected Writings on Marxism is edited by Gregor McLennan, similarly in dialogue with Hall over many years. In both books Hall’s thinking opens out unexpected theoretical and political possibilities in ways that are absolutely crucial today.
Opening conceptual and political possibilities is central to Katherine McKittrick’s brilliant new Dear Science and Other Stories, where finding Black methodologies is simultaneously a going back and naming what they have been and an opening widely to what they might become. It’s an astonishing and inspiring book, as creative in form as it is in thinking.
Lorraine O’Grady has spent almost fifty years creating in form and thinking. Her long-awaited retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum is a must see. Whether one can make it in person or not, the collection of her thinking in Writing in Space, 1973-2019, edited by Aruna D’Souza, is a revelation. Studio Museum Director Thelma Golden calls her “one of the foremost conceptual artists of the last century” and the range of that thinking is amply and brilliantly displayed in the pages of the book.
Beth Povinelli has written some of the most crucial social theory of the past decades. She has also painted and made films with the Karrabing Film Collective. The Inheritance takes her work in a completely unexpected direction. A graphic memoir that tells the story of her figuring out her family growing up. She draws out their attachments to land, race, and identity along with the myths and traumas produced around them. Beth did all the art, and the story is compelling and beautiful. Also smart, as you might guess.
Finally, just out are two books I have been waiting for all spring. Rinaldo Walcott’s The Long Emancipation, a brilliant and compelling essay on how emancipation doesn’t produce Black freedom, only the return to the scene of emancipation, again and again. This is going to be one of those books that changes the conversation; one that will be thought with for a long time to come.
Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu’s Experiments in Skin links the production of modern cosmetics to the skin destroying chemicals of the Vietnam War. Race, beauty, colonialism, and biomedicine turn out to be inseparable historically and into the present. This is an incredible work that engages sp many topics of aesthetics, science, and imperialism, while telling the most unexpected historical story.
There are lots more books I could mention, but let these be a start to your cart!
Ken Wissoker is Senior Executive Editor, acquiring books in anthropology, cultural studies, and social theory; globalization and postcolonial studies; Asian, African, and American studies; music, film and television; race, gender and sexuality; science studies; and other areas in the humanities, social sciences, media, and the arts.
Pick up all these titles and more for 50% off using coupon code SPRING21. Check back here next week for recommendations from editors Courtney Berger and Elizabeth Ault.
Since 1970 we have celebrated Earth Day every April 22. Here are some of our new and forthcoming titles that take contemporary approaches to ecological perspectives.
In Animal Traffic, Rosemary-Claire Collard investigates the multibillion-dollar global exotic pet trade economy and the largely hidden processes through which exotic pets are produced and traded as lively capital.
Mimi Sheller, in Island Futures,delves into the ecological crises and reconstruction challenges affecting the entire Caribbean region, showing how vulnerability to ecological collapse and the quest for a “just recovery” in the Caribbean emerge from specific transnational political, economic, and cultural dynamics.
Bret Gustafson examines the centrality of natural gas and oil to the making of modern Bolivia and the contradictory convergence of fossil-fueled capitalism, Indigenous politics, and revolutionary nationalism in Bolivia in the Age of Gas.
In Mapping Abundance for a Planetary Future, Candace Fujikane draws upon Hawaiian legends about the land and water and their impact upon Native Hawai‘ian struggles to argue that Native economies of abundance provide a foundation for collective work against climate change.
Forthcoming in May, Max Liboiron’s Pollution Is Colonialism models an anticolonial scientific practice aligned with Indigenous concepts of land, ethics, and relations to outline the entanglements of capitalism, colonialism, and environmental science.
Thea Riofrancos explores the politics of extraction, energy, and infrastructure in contemporary Ecuador in order to understand how resource dependency becomes a dilemma for leftist governments and movements alike in Resource Radicals.
Drawing on ethnographic research with policy makers, politicians, activists, scholars, and the public in Manchester, England, in Thinking Like a Climate Hannah Knox confronts the challenges climate change poses to knowledge production and modern politics.
In Seeds of Power Amalia Leguizamón reveals how the Argentine state, agribusiness, and their allies in the media and sciences deploy narratives of economic redistribution, scientific expertise, and national identity as a way to gain the public’s consent to grow genetically modified soybeans despite the massive environmental and social costs.
Forthcoming this month, Rafico Ruiz’s Slow Disturbance uses the Grenfell Mission in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, to theorize how settler colonialism establishes itself through the building, maintenance, and mediation of site-specific infrastructure.
In the shadow of climate change, it is common to presume that solar energy is the big solution to our energy problems. The contributors to “Solarity,” a special issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly, investigate whether and how solar energy might avoid, or reproduce, the pathologies of existing capitalist and colonialist petrocultures.
Lastly, Environmental Humanities is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes outstanding interdisciplinary scholarship drawing humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, and with the natural and social sciences, around significant environmental issues. Start reading here.
Save 50% on all in-stock books and journal issues with the coupon code SPRING21 through May 7.
We’re excited to announce that our Spring Sale starts today. Save 50% on all in-stock books and journal issues with coupon code SPRING21 through May 7.
Our distributor in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific, Combined Academic Publishers, is pleased to extend the same 50% off discount to our customers there. Since overseas shipping is very slow these days, we highly encourage everyone in their territory to order directly from them using the same SPRING21 coupon code.
Here’s the usual fine print: The discount does not apply to apparel, journals subscriptions, or society memberships. You can’t order out-of-stock or not yet published titles at the discount. Regular shipping rates apply.
If you have any difficulty ordering via our website, you can call our customer service department at 888-651-0122 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8-5 Eastern Time).
We wish we could be meeting authors and readers in-person at the Organization for American Historians Annual Conference. We know that many of you look forward to stocking up on new titles at special discounts at our conferences, so we are pleased to offer a 40% discount on all in-stock books and journal issues with coupon code OAH21 until May 31, 2021.
Check out the latest American history titles in our virtual catalog, below. And explore all of our books and journals in American history here.
If you were hoping to connect with Gisela Fosado or one of our other editors about your book project at OAH, please reach out to them by email. See our editors’ specialties and contact information here and our online submissions guidelines here.
Smoking cigarettes in my one clean undershirt. This summer feels like a sermon on pride and speed and neon. We’re indistinct as stars or skateboarders blurry under streetlights. There’s a savant that can mimic creation, from birds in a sack to bullets the size of a boy’s hand. Truckers have jokes about the Department of Transportation we’ll never understand. Our ideals of authenticity and progress stalemate over the sushi place turned Waffle House. Some say it’s all about culture with a lowercase c, while others insist it’s what I do when no one’s looking that matters (e.g., bondage lit, lots of Sheryl Crow). The truck stop up ahead glitters like a mirage. We may never be in the same time zone long enough to compromise our feelings of this place. Its moments of familiarity as fleeting as an oldies station from a passing car, before it becomes another thing altogether. Girls’ night resurfaces, but only as some antinomian treat. The murals conceal their hobo aesthetics beneath layers of persimmon and mauve. It’s not enough to say we valued risk, that we were beautiful as hunters— the ones who said tombstones arch like lovers in a field, their spines thrust in the air, their backs black with crows.
We wish we could be meeting authors and readers in-person at the Association for American Geographers Annual Conference. We know that many of you look forward to stocking up on new titles at special discounts at our conferences, so we are pleased to offer a 40% discount on all in-stock books and journal issues with coupon code AAG21 until May 31, 2021.
Check out the latest geography titles in our virtual catalog, below. And explore all of our books and journals in geography at dukeupress.edu. Since we cannot take photos of authors with their new books in our booth, this year, we instead offer an album of book selfies they have taken from home.
Executive Editor Courtney Berger has a welcome message for AAG attendees.
While I’ve been attending the AAG conference for quite a few years now, it was only in 2019 that the press set up a full book exhibit at the conference. And AAG-ers, you welcomed us with open arms. It was exciting to witness in person the enthusiasm for Duke’s books and the wide-ranging and interdisciplinary interests of the scholars who visited our booth. We haven’t been able to gather in person since then, but we still have plenty of new and important books for you to browse on our website. I’m especially excited about recent books from Katherine McKittrick, Louise Amoore, Rosemary-Claire Collard, Christopher Harker, Hagar Kotef, Candace Fujikane, and Thea Riofrancos. Katherine McKittrick’s book, Dear Science and Other Stories, kicks off the Errantries book series, edited by Simone Browne, Deborah Cowen, and Katherine McKittrick. Keep an eye on this series, which features “radical, interdisciplinary, and theoretically rigorous scholarship that explores geographies of race, anticolonial thought, and rebellious methodologies.” More groundbreaking and rebellious work is coming!
I hope that next year I will be seeing you all in person and showing off our new books in the booth. Until then, please feel free to contact me directly or you can submit a proposal to me through our online submissions portal.
If you were hoping to connect with Courtney Berger or one of our other editors about your book project at AAG, please reach out to them by email. See our editors’ specialties and contact information here and our online submissions guidelines here.
On April 1, our dear colleague and friend David Southern, age 74, passed away peacefully at home. David had been an invaluable member of the Press since 1998, and he was passionate in his work as managing editor of the Carlyle Letters, a project that reflected his love of the written word. David grew up in North Carolina and was an accomplished local historian. His lifelong interest in poetry is reflected in years of correspondence with and publication of numerous poets, including those associated with the former Black Mountain College near Asheville. His obituary is available here. In today’s post, we share memories of David’s time at the Press.
“I—like many others at the Press—really cared about David. I had worked with him since 1999 and had some incredible conversations with him throughout the years. He was an intellectual decathlete–a person who knew more about more subjects than anyone I’ve probably ever met. He was incredibly kind, thoughtful, conscientious, funny, and humble. He’ll be deeply missed.
“In 2007, my daughters and I went on a hike with David. David talked to them about odology, different wildflowers and birds, colonial history, etc. It was like spending the afternoon with a very intellectual park ranger, but we never left Durham. My kids were like, ‘David knows something about everything.'” —Rob Dilworth, Journals Director
“David never wanted to be a bother or impose on anyone. To a fault. I often found myself in our check-ins caringly upbraiding him for being (what I felt was) too self-effacing and even nagged him on occasion like the Jewish mother I am. Speaking of which, he always remembered to wish me well on the Jewish holidays. He also always inquired about my kids. He was a mensch.
“Every status report he submitted read more like something I would want to pore over while drinking a glass of wine rather than something I would want to get through efficiently. That’s not to say they weren’t informative or pertinent to work; they were just also so imbued with the affable kind of character you yearn for in a narrative voice and so rich with historical digressions and juicy aside. I (half)joked several times in meetings with him that we should publish his status reports in their own right.
“He’d be so upset to know that he wasn’t able to see the publication of the final volume of the Carlyle Letters. And my tears come as I think of this especially. He always noted that he wanted to leave everything in good order, not to be a bother, impose. I would just tell him, as I tell him in my mind now, that he did so much and that all he had done was already enough. That he was always welcome to bother me more and didn’t have to apologize ever for imposing.” —Stacy Lavin, Senior Managing Editor
“I’m very saddened that we’ve lost David. When I first started at DUP I was fortunate to have an office space directly across from his. David was so kind and generous. I looked forward to seeing him every day in the “JEDIT loft” and always enjoyed talking with him, especially about history and baseball (and how our teams, Atlanta and Kansas City, were faring). I learned so much from David about the history of my new home city and state. I very much admired David and his remarkable erudition, wit, and genuineness. He will be greatly missed. I’m so sorry for his family and for everyone who cared so much for him.” —Ray Lambert, Senior Managing Editor
“The courtliness is real. I can’t count the number of times I was walking behind him in the halls of Brightleaf and he jogged back to open whatever door I was headed for. I fondly recall an evening at the Federal when I sat next to him and his friend at the bar, and David facilitated the entire conversation between us—feeding us tidbits of information about each other that he knew would provoke interest and connection, making sure we came to know and enjoy each other.” —Allison Belan, Director for Strategic Innovation and Services
“I was visiting Bennett Place in Durham with some visiting family and was surprised to hear David’s voice narrating the film at the visitor’s center. He was uncredited but admitted to me that it was indeed him, doing a favor for a friend. So typical. Always full of surprises.
“Upon seeing all the dictionaries in my office, he said I could have his 1934 Webster New International 2nd edition when ‘he was done with it.’ I just smiled thinking that was a long way off. Now I know returning to work will definitely not be the same.” —Charles Carson, Managing Editor
“I want to share a video that features David’s beautiful voice: a fundraising video for the Carlyle Letters that the marketing team created. David shared with me once that he’d been told that the Carlyle Letters would be considered one of the Press’s greatest contributions long after all of us were gone…in addition to the Carlyles, it captures correspondence with so many luminous minds of that time (Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Elizabeth Gaskell). No wonder David had such a passion for the project—he was always in good company. Like Stacy, I am so sorry that he won’t see the publication of the final volume.” —Jocelyn Dawson, Journals Marketing Manager
“David’s courtliness cannot be overstated. It showed in his manner with all of us, in his choice of words, even in his style of composing an email. Here’s one he sent last June to the DUP list in response to some insect photos I had circulated.
“The salutation is naturally a classic southern colloquialism (with a comma added in). But before that, the date. Besides the expressions David chose, I loved his way of dating emails, as if he were writing with a quill pen from the desk of. That habit was part whimsy but also, I think, part an act of resistance to technological constraints. David had to use email, as we all do, but he, immersed in Victorian correspondence, wanted it to be something more—a letter.” —Chris Mazzara, Assistant Managing Editor
“I had the honor to work with David on The Carlyle Letters as the liaison to the technological team at the University of South Carolina that develops and manages the Carlyle Letters Online. David was always courtly and generous in person and in his gracious emails; indeed, I wasn’t sure what I had done to merit such kind appreciation! I especially enjoyed when the academic editors would come to town and the four of us would go out for ‘tea,’ a charming euphemism. Our conversations ranged widely, and I began to realize that David had a wonderful knowledge of many things and had some sort of mysterious connection to everyone and everything. He seemed to magically combine all the best qualities of a scholar, a gentleman, and a hippie. With deep attention, expertise, and patience, he maintained the highest editorial standards on the Carlyle Letters; I am so sad for us and the project that he will not be the one to produce the last volume. We should have been saying all these things at his retirement party after publication of volume 50! I feel that we have lost something incalculable with his passing and that when this special and unique person went away from us, he took a whole world with him.” —Sylvia Miller, Senior Program Manager, Franklin Humanities Institute
“It is so sad to hear of the passing of David Southern. I’d had some interesting conversations with him over the years I’ve been at Duke University Press. I’d always tell him, you definitely have a radio voice (and I thought at least one of those movie announcing voices). I’d once discussed inquiring with him on some North Carolina history of Halifax, Warren, and Nash counties, and he told me, sure, anytime. Now, I sadly wish I’d added that time to my schedule. I’m sure I’d have gained a lot.
“In hearing the news of the loss of him I was stopped in my tracks. He always greeted me warmly in the hallways. Kindness can be rare these days and I truly appreciated his kindness. I will continue to remember him as a quiet, gentle soul. To the man of The Carlyle Letters, you will be missed. Rest in peace, David. And know on a Friday afternoon, we stopped the Press for a moment in your honor.” —Sonya Johnson, IT Project Manager
“I am so honored to have known David. Even with all of his knowledge and accomplishments, he was always so unassuming, welcoming, encouraging, and kind. He taught me what a Japanese apricot was. Once, when I passed him straightening the rug in the Brightleaf hallway, he said he just liked to keep it neat—that is the kind of careful, generous person he was. He will be greatly missed.” —Sadye Teiser, Managing Editor
“Shortly after I began working at DUP, our annual meeting theme was on Press history. We were able to benefit from David’s incredible history of DUP. He graciously met with us to provide information and even accompanied our Front Desk Coordinator, Jennifer Tyska, to Duke Archives for research. My initial impression of David being an incredibly intelligent and kind man never changed from that first interaction. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed.” —Bonnie Conner, HR Director