Mellon Foundation

U-M Humanities Collaboratory funds “Book Unbound” project to improve the practice of digital publication in the humanities

by Charles Watkinson August 29, 2017

A group of five faculty members from English Language and Literature, Classical Studies, and Screen Arts and Cultures have been awarded $475,000 for a two year project starting September 1, 2017, to collaboratively study and improve the practice of digital publication in the humanities. The grant comes from the Humanities Collaboratory at the University of Michigan, established in 2015 by Provost Martha Pollack to provide resources for humanities scholars to experiment with collaborative, team-based approaches to humanities research, its communication to the broader public, and the training of the next generation of humanities scholars. Entitled “The Book Unbound” this ambitious […]

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LYRASIS and Michigan Publishing Announce Partnership

by Charles Watkinson May 10, 2017

Michigan Publishing, the publishing division of the U-M Library (and parent organization of U-M Press), and LYRASIS, a member-based nonprofit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, are proud to announce a partnership. Michigan Publishing and LYRASIS will collaborate to provide sales and administrative support for content and services offered through the platform known as Fulcrum (fulcrum.org), currently under development at Michigan Publishing with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Both parties share a vision of creating new models in order to disseminate digital content and new forms of scholarly output to the scholarly community. LYRASIS and Michigan Publishing will […]

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“Animal Acts” Now on Fulcrum

by Kathryn Beaton January 11, 2017

The University of Michigan Press/Michigan Publishing is proud to announce the launch of new video content on its publishing platform, Fulcrum. Animal Acts: Performing Species Today, a multidisciplinary anthology, is the first book from University of Michigan Press to have material on Fulcrum. The book examines how personal anecdotes about animals influence our understanding of what it means to be human. Eleven leading theater artists share their stories in this collection, and the writing—which explores race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, and environment—is accompanied by scholarly commentary. Because the text references visual aspects of the work, the ability to now see clips […]

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Gabii and UMP Digital Publishing

by Charles Watkinson December 31, 2016
Cover image for A Mid-Republican House from Gabii

The University of Michigan Press exhibit at the Archaeological Institute of America / Society for Classical Studies joint Annual Meeting has for decades been a highlight of our year. It’s a great chance to exhibit the Press’s latest books, as well as distributed publications from distinguished partners such as the American Academy in Rome and the American Society of Papyrologists. And Dr. Ellen Bauerle, the senior acquiring editor for classics and archaeology, always has a full meeting schedule with current and prospective authors. This year’s meeting in Toronto (January 5-8) will feature the usual spread of bestselling books (including Eric […]

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Mellon grant funds U-M Press collaboration on digital scholarship

by University of Michigan Press April 1, 2015

The University of Michigan Press has received a three-year $899,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development of a new platform that will enable the publication and preservation of digitally enriched humanities monographs. Charles Watkinson, director of the U-M Press, said the project takes on a key challenge to the publication of long-form scholarship in the digital age. “These days faculty are working with and producing digital resources of various kinds, but our existing publishing platforms are not equipped to reflect that,” Watkinson said. The grant will fund an effort to meet the growing needs of […]

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