Q&A with “Sampling and Remixing Blackness in Hip-hop Theater and Performance” Author, Nicole Hodges Persley

by Briana Johnson October 26, 2021

How do the topics in Sampling and Remixing Blackness expand on current research in Blackness and theater? How does it expand upon the performance of Blackness in digital spaces?  These are great questions. I think the book seeks to complicate Blackness as a site of identity formation and creative inspiration for Black and non-Black artists, consumers, scholars, etc. The act of sampling itself suggests an opportunity to reference and recontextualize a piece of music, art, movement, etc. I really am interested in a multi-centered, transnational, and intersectional experience of Blackness that is not conflated uniquely with African American particularity as […]

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Building Structural Equity: Michigan Publishing Celebrates Open Access Week

by Briana Johnson October 25, 2021

This is a post by University of Michigan Press Sales, Marketing, and Outreach Director, Kristen Twardowski.  Today marks the start of this year’s Open Access Week, and we at Michigan Publishing are eager to share with you the ways that we are working to open research now and in the future. At its core, open access (OA) is an ever-evolving approach to sharing research. It is the practice of making journal articles, books, data, and infrastructures freely available to use online. Opening this content to everyone, no matter where they are located, allows people to be part of larger, global […]

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Announcing the Winner of the 2021 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities

by Briana Johnson October 13, 2021

The University of Michigan Press is pleased to announce that the 2021 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities has been awarded to Susan Antebi for her book, Embodied Archive: Disability in Post-Revolutionary Mexican Cultural Production.“I have learned so much from Tobin Siebers’ work,” said Antebi upon receiving the award. “His Disability Theory and Disability Aesthetics, texts I read, reread, and debated in seminars over the years, have especially shaped my thinking and that of so many academics within and beyond disability studies. I am incredibly honored and thrilled that my book has been selected for this prize.” […]

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Revisiting “Doctor Zhivago Comes to Michigan”

by Briana Johnson September 28, 2021

Today’s guest post for Banned Books Week is by James Tobin, author of Sing to the Colors: A Writer Explores Two Centuries at the University of Michigan. Tobin teaches literary journalism and narrative history in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at Miami University in Oxford, OH. He earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Michigan and worked for 12 years as a reporter for The Detroit News. He is author of several books, including Ernie Pyle’s War, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. *** Last summer I read a truly subversive book. It was Richard Powers’s The Overstory. To say it’s a novel about trees is like saying The […]

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2021 University of Michigan Press Book Award Winner

by Danielle Coty-Fattal September 17, 2021
Cover of For Dear Life: Women's Decriminalization and Human Rights in Focus by Carol Jacobsen, with a foreword by Lucy R. Lippard

The University of Michigan Press is excited to announce that the 2021 University of Michigan Press Book Award has been awarded to For Dear Life: Women’s Decriminalization and Human Rights in Focus, by Carol Jacobsen! The book will be honored at the University of Michigan Faculty Awards dinner on October 18, 2021.  For Dear Life brings together the faces, letters, and testimonies of dozens of incarcerated women with whom Jacobsen has worked and essays from leading feminist scholars to reveal the methods they have used to obtain justice. This book documents Jacobsen’s love and lifelong commitment to creating feminist justice […]

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