Visual arts & design forum: Ken Wissoker – curious arts

Writing & Publishing in a Time of Media Transformation this Thursday, October 16

The Visual Arts & Design Forum has assembled a diverse array of speakers to educate and inspire faculty and students alike at the University of Alberta this Fall 2014 term. This week, I’m looking forward to the arrival of Ken Wissoker, Editorial Director of Duke University Press and Director of Intellectual Publics at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

Ken Wissoker, Editorial Director, Duke University Press

Ken Wissoker, Editorial Director, Duke University Press

His lecture “Writing & Publising in a Time of Media Transformation” will discuss the dynamic forefront of academic publishing in the digital age, considering how the conventional avenues of disseminating research to a target demographic is being impacted by financial pressures and electronic platforms, and the opportunities and challenges pertaining to this shift. Fascinatingly, Wissoker will speculate as to what we can expect from publishing in the immediate future, whilst also sharing invaluable advice of relevance to individuals looking to write and share their papers with an audience.

For great background information, check out Adeline Koh’s interview available through the Chronicle of Higher Education’s website .

About Ken Wissoker:

Ken Wissoker has published close to 900 books, many of which have won awards. His career trajectory at Duke University Press has seen him transition from joining as Acquisitions Director in 1991 before acquiring further responsibility as Editor-in-Chief (1997) and being appointed as Editorial Director in 2005.

During his tenure with Duke University Press, Ken has worked with authors including Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Jack Halberstam, Charles Taylor, Joan Scott, Lisa Lowe, Lauren Berlant, Brian Massumi, Arjun Appadurai, Sara Ahmed, Randy Weston, and Fred Wesley, in fields of interest as diverse as anthropology, cultural studies and social theory; globalization and post-colonial theory; Asian, African, and American studies; music, film and television; race, gender and sexuality; science studies; and other areas in the humanities, social sciences, media, and the arts.

Ken Wissoker’s essays include “The Future of the Book as a Media Project”, published in Cinema Journal, and Chronicle of Higher Education articles “Scholarly Monographs Are Flourishing, Not Dying” and “Negotiating a Passage between Disciplinary Borders”.

Ken Wissoker’s visit is hosted by the KIAS funded Research-Creation Working Group (RCWG) and the Canadian Institute for Research Computing in Arts (CIRCA).

Presenter: University of Alberta Department of Art & Design
Event Title: Writing & Publishing in a Time of Media Transformation
Guest Speaker: Ken Wissoker, Duke University Press
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Venue: Humanities Centre L-3, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Light reception to follow in Humanities Centre 4-29.
Admission: Free.

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