The Humanities Center coordinates regular programs to support faculty research, promote publication, and bring public and institutional attention to faculty work.  

The Book Proposal Workshop gathers an interdisciplinary group of scholars to collaborate on new book projects.  Faculty at all ranks and career stages are eligible.  Among the most popular Humanities Center programs, the workshop began in 2014, when 17 faculty members in three divisions took the workshop with Drew Cayton, Distinguished Professor of History.  A dozen later received individual consultations with Robert Lockhart, Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press.  In 2016, twelve faculty members took the workshop with Mary Jean Corbett, Distinguished Professor of English, and later met with Peter J. Potter, Editor-in-Chief of Cornell University Press.  In 2017, the Book Proposal Workshop was open only to junior scholars and was called "From Dissertation to Book." 

In some years, the Book Proposal Workshops is not offered so the the Center can offer programs on Writing for the Public or Digital Humanities methods.  


Call for Applications to the January 2018 Workshop

The Humanities Center's 2018 Book Proposal Workshop will be led by Elaine Miller, Professor of Philosophy.  Participants will receive $250 in research support and a one-on-one meeting with Courtney Berger, Senior Editor and Editorial Department Manager at Duke University Press.

The workshop is open to all full-time faculty in the humanities, broadly construed.  Visiting faculty are eligible, though priority will be given to tenure-line faculty. Application is simple: please  submit a c.v. and a brief (one-paragraph) statement describing your book project and your interest in the program.  In your statement, please indicate your position and years of service at Miami and the current status of your project.  In selecting participants, the Humanities Center Steering Committee will consider scholarly record, progress on the project, and career stage.  Applications are due Friday, December 1, 2017 to humanitiesgrants@miamioh.edu.  Please write “Book Proposal Workshop” in the subject heading of your message.

Selected participants agree to submit to the Humanities Center a draft book proposal of at least 4 single-spaced pages by 5 p.m. Sunday, January 7, 2018.  All proposals will be circulated shortly thereafter to members of the workshop for review and critique.  Participants are expected to provide detailed written and oral feedback on all other proposals. 

The workshop will meet Tuesday, January 16, 12p.m.-4 p.m., and Wednesday, January 17, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Tuesday's session will begin with a lunch at which participants can get to know each other, and Wednesday's session will concluded with a reception and a presentation on humanities grant applications.  Applicants should keep open Thursday, January 18 as a make day in the event of snow.

Each participant will be offered a one-on-one consultation with Courtney Berger, Senior Editor and Editorial Department Manager at Duke University Press on either Thursday, February 1 or Friday, February 2.  Ms. Berger will also give a talk on scholarly publishing on Thursday, February 1 at 5 p.m.  Workshop participants are expected to attend.  Applicants should realize that visiting editors are consultants only and are not on campus to solicit material for publication.  



In 2017, the Faculty Publishing Program was entitled "From Dissertation to Book."  Topics covered included the transition from dissertation to book, the creation and submission of a first book  proposal, contacting and working with editors, and repurposing the book proposal for grant applications. All members of the workshop received detailed feedback on their proposals (and, to some extent, on their books) from peers and the workshop coordinator.  Participants also received $250 to support their research.

"From Dissertation to Book" was coordinated by Steve Conn, W. E. Smith Professor of History. The workshop met from January 17 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and January 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Tuesday's session began with a lunch at which participants could get to know each other, and Thursday's session concluded with a reception and a presentation on humanities grant applications. 

Participants who completed the workshop received a one-on-one consulation with Nancy Toff, Executive Editor at Oxford University Press, on either Thursday, February 9, or Friday, February 10.  
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