Here is a version of my talk, which I presented at the Digital Frontiers 2014 conference at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas on September 18, 2014.
In the introduction to her book, Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology and the Future of the Academy, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, writes, it is “important for us to consider the work that the book is and isn’t doing for us; the ways that it remains vibrant and vital; and the ways that it has become undead, haunting the living from beyond the grave.”1 What I think Fitzpatrick means by “undead,” is that although the scholarly monograph may not be as viable a format as it once was, it is still considered to be the gold standard in humanities scholarship, primarily when it relates to promotion, tenure, and peer review. At my current institution, I am not limited to publishing exclusively in print format or an individually authored monograph, therefore, I felt free to explore open modes of scholarly publishing and digital technologies, which could greatly enhance my research. (more…)
- Kathleen Fitzpatrick. Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology and the Future of the Academy. (NYU Press, 2011):5. ↩