Top 10 most-cited UMP books are “oldies but goodies”

by Charles Watkinson April 24, 2018

We’ve added a new tool to the University of Michigan Press website — “Dimensions badges” that give an indication of how many times our different books have been cited over the years. Created by our friends at Digital Science, whose Altmetric for Books tool we’ve been using for several years, Dimensions badges are interactive visualizations that showcase citation data for individual publications. Now on the UMP website you’ll find them attached to every book for which the Dimensions database provides information. The first thing you see on every Dimensions badge is the citation count. If you click through to the […]

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NEH investment brings Michigan’s expertise in Asian studies to readers around the world

by Charles Watkinson April 9, 2018

A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will make significant books about Asia published by the University of Michigan freely and publicly available online, in editions that use digital affordances to enrich the reading and teaching experience. Together these titles will dramatically advance public understanding of the diversity of society, culture, and history in East, South, and Southeast Asia at a time when the region is rarely out of the headlines. The $200,000 grant announced on April 9 is part of the Humanities Open Book Program, created and funded jointly by NEH and the Andrew W. Mellon […]

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Tools fit for purpose: Gabii on Fulcrum

by Charles Watkinson April 2, 2018

You wouldn’t use a fork to eat soup, a saw to cut bread, or a kettle to make stew. But the feeling of having an inappropriate tool for the job is too often the experience of scholars using ebooks. A passion for creating tools that allow specialist users to interact with scholarly publications in a way that is appropriate for their discipline drives the development of University of Michigan Press’s new Fulcrum reading platform, https://www.fulcrum.org, created with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Built on open source software, Fulcrum supports bespoke reading experiences that fit the varying needs of different […]

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Amy Cook (“Building Character”) on the Oscars

by Kathryn Beaton March 1, 2018

Our author Amy Cook, an Associate Professor of English and Theatre Arts at Stony Brook University, recently answered some questions about her new book, Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting.   Films play a prominent role in your book’s examination of casting choices. When you look over the list of nominees for this year’s Academy Awards in acting, what casting choices stand out as exceptional? Some of these actors originated the roles they are in: there was no other Lady Bird or Elisa Esposito before Saoirse Ronan and Sally Hawkins were cast in those roles. Other actors are […]

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2018 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities

by Kathryn Beaton February 27, 2018

Ends on September 15, 2018   About the Tobin Siebers Prize The Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities is awarded in memory of disability studies pioneer and Michigan faculty member Tobin Siebers (1953-2015). Siebers was author of many influential books and articles and co-chair of the University of Michigan’s Initiative on Disability Studies. The prize is awarded yearly for best book-length manuscript on a topic of pressing urgency in this field. Reflecting the work of the scholar the prize commemorates, the competition invites submissions on a wide range of topics, from literary and cultural studies, to trans-historical research, […]

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