About this survey and project

The diversity of publications arising from publicly engaged scholarship has been steadily increasing over the past five years. While typical publishing models continue to be favored across academic research and publishing systems, the diverse forms of knowledge emerging from publicly engaged projects derived from working directly with and for communities requires novel and more dynamic publishing solutions. This knowledge has the potential to lead to faster and more effective forms of impact for the people and places involved.

Building on previous investigations into the publishing challenges and opportunities for publicly engaged scholars in the humanities, Kath Burton (Routledge), Daniel FIsher-Livne (HUC-JIR and NHA), and Kendra Sullivan (CUNY Graduate Center) are launching the first part of a collaborative project kindly supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research from the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Designed to investigate the place of academic and extra-academic publication in U.S. public humanities research, teaching, and programming, the project will document and analyze the ways in which different modes of publication have impacted academic and public life and comprises two related components:

1) a qualitative survey and;

2) a series of focus groups.

The results of the project will be presented at the 2023 National Humanities Conference in Indianapolis, IN and prepared for wider distribution and further engagement as we work towards defining publishing solutions for publicly engaged scholars.

We invite anyone who would like to contribute to the project to complete this short survey (10 minutes) which will remain open until September 30th, 2023.

Our thanks to colleagues and friends who provided valuable feedback on and inputs into the creation of this survey and to the many scholars whose dedication to publicly engaged work continues to inspire our thinking.

For further details about the project, please contact Kath Burton ([email protected]) or Daniel Fisher-Livne ([email protected]).

Collage of publicly-engaged humanities projects from the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.

For additional context and information, please find the following resources and readings about Public Humanities and Publishing Public Engaged Scholarship: