The Humanities in the World

Call for Manuscripts

The University of Rochester Press is thrilled to announce its new series The Humanities in the World, led by series editors Peter Christensen, Arthur Satz Professor of the Humanities and Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director of the Humanities Center, and Tanya Bakhmetyeva, Professor of History and Associate Director of the Humanities Center, both at the University of Rochester. The series addresses vital issues facing the humanities and humanistic inquiry. Volumes will advance the conviction that, despite the unceasing drumbeat of stories bemoaning the “crisis” in the humanities, the current moment represents not just a crisis, but a critical opportunity for the humanities. The series’ aim is to demonstrate how the humanities can be prominently and permanently reinserted into public and scholarly discourse. Political Science desperately needs to draw on history and ethics to repair our increasingly perilous and authoritarian global political landscape. The climate sciences desperately need to draw on the environmental humanities to understand not just how our environment is changing but what notions of justice must change with it. Artificial intelligence has gone and will continue to go wrong if it is not guided by the principles of equity, privacy, and care taught to us by the humanities. The Humanities in the World brings this recuperative, emancipatory promise of the humanities to the fore through a mix of both thematic edited volumes and topical scholarly monographs. Topics that might be at the forefront include, in addition to those already mentioned, antiracism, cosmopolitan ethics, the value of creativity, and care and stewardship.

In selecting and developing manuscripts, the series editors are assisted by an editorial board consisting of internationally renowned scholars in the humanitites. Funding from the University of Rochester will enable volumes selected for the series to be published in open access format to increase their accessibility to a wide swath of readers.

The Humanities in the World will foment a new (and post-crisis) tradition of thought that positions the humanities not defensively but rather as an umbrella of emancipatory thought relating to major questions facing humanity today. While this series will not be able to offer ready-made answers to the big problems of our time, it will be able to frame and disseminate foundational ways to approach them.

To submit an appropriate project for consideration, please fill out the University of Rochester Press proposal form, available here, and return it to series editors Peter Christensen and Tanya Bakhmetyeva, with a copy to editorial director Sonia Kane. Please make sure to include the following when you return the form:

  1. A detailed synopsis of the work, outlining its original contribution to the existing literature
  2. An abstract of approximately 200 words, summarizing the work’s content
  3. A table of contents and, if possible, one or two representative sample chapters
  4. An updated CV for the author or editor of the volume

Series Editors
Peter Christensen, University of Rochester (Rochester, NY, United States)
Tanya Bakhmetyeva, University of Rochester (Rochester, NY, United States)

Series Editorial Board
Nadia Al-Bagdadi, Central European University (Vienna, Austria)
Maya Dodd, Flame University (Pune, India)
Roland Greene, Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA, United States)
Kader Konuk, University Duisburg-Essen (Duisburg, Germany)
Jie-Hyun Lim, Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea)
Nomusa Makhubu, University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa)
James Ogude, University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa)
Pablo Oyarzun, University of Chile (Santiago, Chile)
Erika Pani, Colegio de Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico)
Rosana Pinheiro-Machado, University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)
Samantha Pinto, University of Texas – Austin (Austin, TX, United States)
Nasser Rabbat, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, United States)
Carlos Rojas, Duke University (Durham, NC, United States)
James Stark, University of Leeds (Leeds, United Kingdom)