Re:Publishing: Publishing as Conversation
Friday, Dec. 1, noon-1pm
The Edge Workshop Room (Bostock 127)

Scholarly publishing is often treated as one-way communcation: send some knowledge out into the world, then hope others learn from it and maybe cite it somewhere down the road. But how can we make publishing an opportunity to engage with others? How can it be a conversation while avoiding trolls, hecklers, and defeatists? This moderated discussion among members of the Duke community explores what it means to appraoch scholarly publishing as a conversation and how to find, seed, and engage in broader discussion of your scholarly work.

Registration is required for lunch. Please RSVP here: 
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  • Martha Adams   (General Internal Medicine, Dept of Medicine)
    For over two decades Martha has been immersed as an educator and a translator of technology and medicine. An early adopter of technology, she helps others effectively incorporate new information management and communication systems into their work. She is now embarking on a start-up project and working through questions of how to position that work through social media. 
  • Misha Angrist  (Duke Initiative for Science and Society)
    A Senior Fellow in Science and Society at Duke, Misha leads the Public Impact & Engagement track for the MA in Bioethics & Science Policy. In addition to hosting Periodic Tables, a monthly science cafe at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, Misha was among the first to have his entire genome sequenced and made public as part of the Personal Genome Project.
  • Sonja Foust  (Office of News & Communication)
    Sonja is the Director of Social Media & Content Strategy in Duke’s Office of News & Communication. With expertise in social media strategy, analytics, and sharing content across platforms, Sonja brings experience and a broad perspective to questions of how scholars engage in broader conversations of their work. 
  • Jonathan Mattingly  (Dept of Mathematics)
    As chair of the Mathematics department, Jonathan has worked with the Office of News & Communication to help demonstrate the human relevance of mathematics. His field has long embraced alternatives to traditional publishing, having been the originators of the pre-print archive approach to broadly and quickly sharing scholarly work. More recently, Jonathan and the work Duke students have been covered in mass media outlets for their investigations into partisan gerrymandering in the 2012 elections. 
  • Yuridia Ramírez  (Dept of History)
    Yuri is a PhD candidate in history at Duke. She has created, along with collaborators at Duke’s Forum for Scholars & Publics, a digital humanities project called “Borders Beyond the Border” that examines immigrant communities in contemporary North Carolina. The project serves as a teaching tool for students, but perhaps most importantly, was created with the sustained engagement of people -- public intellectuals -- whose collaboration has been so critical to the project.

Continuing the Conversation

Duke University offers its community many resources for building and engaging in conversations around their scholarly work, including the following organizations and opportunities. 

Duke Science & Society

As part of its mission to examine the role of science in social institutions and culture, Science & Society hosts events and offers training to help scientists connect with the public and the public engage with science: 
Duke’s ONC provides toolkits, guides, courses, and consultations around putting yourself and your scholarly work in the public sphere, including the following:
Duke Libraries offer a range of assistance and advice for disseminating one’s scholarly work to new audiences and through new media, as well as for tapping into current scholarly conversations:

FSP, through its programs, partnerships, and resources, connects disparate publics and scholars around issues of common interest and helps facilitate thoughtful conversations. 

Publishing Humanities Initiative
This new initiative of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute offers events and opportunities for learning about humanities publishing.  


Duke University Libraries thank their co-sponsors for lending support and ideas for this event:

Learning Innovation (née Center for Instructional Technology, or CIT) • Digital Scholarship Services (Duke University Libraries) • Office of Copyright & Scholarly Communication (Duke University Libraries) • Forum for Scholars and Publics • Office of Interdisciplinary Studies  •  John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (Digital Humanities Initiative, PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge, and Humanities Publishing Initiative)  • Duke University Press  •  Wired! Lab for Digital Art, History, and Visual Culture.