Open Access

Elections in Modern Dictatorships: Why Do Some Autocrats Tie Their Hands by Credible Elections?

by Briana Johnson July 19, 2022

Today, most autocracies hold elections. Surprisingly, opposition parties are allowed to participate in such elections despite the presence of electoral manipulation. This seems to contradict our stereotype of authoritarian regimes, where autocrats are seen as essentially repressive and do not allow any dissent against them. Intriguingly, some of those modern autocrats even embark on political reforms that attempt to reduce blatant forms of electoral manipulation, as well as willingly accept the participation of opposition parties. How do authoritarian leaders design elections? What consequences do autocratic elections have on autocratic stability? My new book, The Dictator’s Dilemma at the Ballot Box […]

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UM Press Annotates Digital Writing: Wrap Up

by Danielle Coty-Fattal April 10, 2022
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Our #DigitalWriting and #DigitalEducation event wraps this week. Our conversations have explored topics ranging from multimodal translation to digital writing workflows to composing in communities beyond the printed page.                   Though the event is ending, our ever-expanding digital margins still have space for your contributions to the conversations. Consider these ideas for adding your own annotations to the topics of the past three weeks: Reflections on how you work with multiple languages and modalities in your own field in Sites of Translation: What Multilinguals Can Teach Us About Digital Writing and Rhetoric […]

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Q&A with Hikmet Karčić, Author of “Torture, Humiliate, Kill”

by Danielle Coty-Fattal March 22, 2022
Cover of Torture, Humiliate, Kill: Inside the Bosnian Serb Camp System by Hikmet Karcic

This guest author post is a Q&A with Hikmet Karčić, author of Torture, Humiliate, Kill: Inside the Bosnian Serb Camp System from the University of Michigan Press. This book is available in hardcover, paperback, and open access. Your book is the first comprehensive study of concentration camps in Bosnia and Herzegovina, during the Bosnian Genocide 1992-95 – why did you choose to focus on Bosnian Serb Camps for this book and your theory? My interest in this topic was twofold. Firstly, concentration camps were the main institution perpetrators used during the Bosnian Genocide. The fact that in the post-World War Two […]

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UM Press Annotates Disability Studies: Academic Ableism

by Kristen Twardowski February 20, 2022

Welcome to our second month of UM Press Annotates. For the next four weeks, we invite readers to join us in annotating some of our open access ebooks around the theme of disability studies. We’re kicking off our disability studies exploration with Jay Timothy Dolmage’s Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education (University of Michigan Press, 2017). Academic Ableism asks us to center disability in the ways we think about higher education. Learn more about Academic Ableism in part 1 and part 2 of our interview with Dolmage. This week, UM Press invites readers to annotate Ch. 2, “The Retrofit.” In […]

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UM Press Annotates COVID 3.0: Being Human during Covid

by Kristen Twardowski February 6, 2022

Welcome to the third week of exploring COVID 3.0 with UM Press Annotates. Readers have been sharing annotations in the digital margins of Jing Sun’s Red Chamber, Dream World: Actors, Audience, and Agendas in Chinese Foreign Policy and Beyond (University of Michigan Press, 2021) and Scott L. Greer, Elizabeth J. King, Andre Peralta, and Elize Massard da Fonseca’s edited collection, Coronavirus Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2021). We turn this week to Kristin Ann Hass’ edited collection, Being Human during COVID (University of Michigan Press, 2021). Hass’ collection helped us to document, in real time, the first year of the […]

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