Publishing in the Public Humanities

This is the third of four linked publishing events for Humanities scholars. Please also see:

December 8, 2022 | Publishing Your First Book: The Presses’ Perspectives
January 19, 2023 | Publishing Your First Book: A Seminar for Pre-Tenure Faculty: The Authors’ Perspectives
February 21, 2023 | A Workshop on Book Proposals

How do you publish on a co-creative community collaboration, a scholarly podcast, or a multimedia project that respects Indigenous protocols? How do you co-publish with a non-university community partner? What does peer review look like for publicly engaged scholarship?

For this panel and mini workshop event, we’ve invited three editors representing different university presses in Canada and the U.S. to present on publication opportunities for publicly engaged work. Following the panel, editors will host individual breakout sessions with a smaller cohort of registrants for a more focused discussion session. Registrants who are staying for the mini workshop, please come prepared to discuss a potential project (either existing or imagined)! You will be asked to select a workshop group during registration. 

This event is part of our Public Scholarship Series and is especially aimed at scholars working in the humanities though other fields are welcome! Junior faculty and graduate students are particularly encouraged to attend.

  • Bonus material: The National Humanities Alliance and Routledge, Taylor & Francis convened a working group in February 2020 to build out recommendations for public humanities publication. Read their final report here.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 
10:00 am-12:30 pm (Pacific Time)
Online via Zoom

Brief Timeline

  • Part 1 (90 min): Panel and moderated discussion (recorded)
  • Break (10 min)
  • Part 2 (50 min): Mini workshop/breakout groups (not recorded; registration limited)

Please note that capacity is limited for the mini workshop portion of the event. Though anyone may sign up for this session, priority will be given to UBC humanities scholars in the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, and the Peter A. Allard School of Law. 



Speaker Bios

Darcy Cullen is Assistant Director, Acquisitions, at UBC Press. She oversees the direction of UBC Press’s editorial department and acquires manuscripts in Indigenous studies, gender studies, and across the Press’s imprints. She enjoys learning about new book projects and working with authors to bring unique ideas to publication. Darcy is also the founder and lead of RavenSpace, a new model of publishing that embraces collaboration, respects Indigenous protocols, and uses digital tools in imaginative ways to make knowledge accessible and shareable across communities and generations. She welcomes queries and requests for the RavenSpace proposal template.

Teresa Mangum is a professor in the departments of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and English and director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa. Mangum’s research interests include best practices in publicly engaged scholarship and collaboration, 19th-century British literature, cultural negotiations with aging and between humans and other species. She recently co-directed a Mellon-funded initiative with Grinnell College, “Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry,” and currently leads a Mellon project to design an interdisciplinary, “applied” graduate degree, “Humanities for the Public Good.” With public historian Anne Valk, she co-edits the book series Humanities and Public Life for the University of Iowa Press.

Siobhan McMenemy is Senior Editor at WLU Press and Co-Director of the Amplify Podcast Network. She has worked in scholarly publishing for 24 years, during which time she has built book lists and edited scholarship in the social sciences and humanities. She is committed to publishing scholarship by and about members of historically underrepresented communities. Her editorial work includes cross- and interdisciplinary research, hybrid genres, and collaborative, born-digital scholarship. Through her work on new forms of scholarly publishing, she hopes to contribute to the transformation of peer review practices in aid of equity, inclusion, accessibility, and collaboration.

Paige Raibmon (moderator) is a professor of history at the University of British Columbia with a long-standing commitment to collaborative and community-based research practice and a keen interest in new modes of research dissemination and scholarly output. She is also the editor of BC Studies: The British Columbia Quarterly, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that publishes regional scholarly work in print, audio, and multi-media formats. With Elsie Paul, Davis McKenzie and Harmony Johnson, she is co-author of the open access digital book As I Remember It: Teachings (Ɂəms tɑɁɑw) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder (2019).