Read and Annotate with UM Press

by Kristen Twardowski on January 23, 2022

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The University of Michigan Press is launching a new social annotation project: UM Press Annotates. With UM Press Annotates, we are inviting readers to share their digital marginalia to engage in new scholarly conversations.

Our ebook platform Fulcrum uses Hypothesis, a tool for social annotation across the web, to allow readers to write public and private annotations on our more than 250 open-access titles. With our Fund-To-Mission initiative, the number of open-access titles grows each season.

This winter, we hope you’ll join us in a series of scholarly annotation events. Each month we’ll invite readers to explore a new theme with us, collaboratively reading and annotating our open-access ebooks.

Our first theme is COVID 3.0. As we embark on our third year of living in the COVID pandemic, we invite readers to join in conversation about the pandemic’s effects. Our first text in the COVID 3.0 series is Holly Jarman’s “State Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic: Governance, Surveillance, Coercion, and Social Policy.“ Jarman’s chapter comes from Scott L. Greer, Elizabeth J. King, Andre Peralta, and Elize Massard da Fonseca’s edited collection, Coronavirus Politics: The Comparative Politics and Policy of COVID-19 (University of Michigan Press, 2021).

While Jarman’s chapter was published before COVID-19 vaccines were available, her discussion of how countries responded to the global health crisis remains relevant today. As the Omicron variant spreads and produces record-high numbers of infections, Jarman’s “State Responses” pushes us to question how governments are responding to the continuing challenge. Jarman helps us to ask, what political consequences have we witnessed and what might we expect as the pandemic continues into its third year?

To learn more about Coronavirus Politics, check out this interview with editor Scott L. Greer and a 2021 U-M International Institute Round Table focused on the book. 

The University of Michigan Press looks forward to engaging with readers through UM Press Annotates. To help make the conversation productive for all, we ask annotators to follow these community guidelines:

  • Seek to understand differing perspectives. Questions can inspire meaningful conversation and help us develop shared understandings, even where we may disagree.
  • We welcome scholarly disagreements, but ask all annotators to engage in respectful communication practices.
  • Help make the conversation searchable across social media with the hashtags #UMPAnnotates and #COVIDYear3.

We hope you will join us in annotating Holly Jarman’s “State Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic: Governance, Surveillance, Coercion, and Social Policy” this week.  

To add annotations and respond to others, sign up for a free Hypothesis account. Once you have an account, there’s no need to install a browser extension; Hypothesis is embedded in our Fulcrum platform. Then sign in, select some text, and click the annotate button to join the conversation: happy annotating!

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