Publishing Anthropology, Part 2: Process and Infrastructure

This episode of AnthroPod is the second of a two-part series on publishing in academia. We go behind-the-scenes of academic publishing, looking to the past and the future with the incoming editors of Cultural Anthropology, Dominic Boyer, James Faubion, and Cymene Howe; the first editor of Cultural Anthropology, George Marcus; and former acquisitions editor at Princeton University Press currently doing research on the future of the book, Mary Murrell. Part 1 featured Anne Allison, Tom Boellstorff, and Tim Elfenbein.

Dominic Boyer, James Faubion, and Cymene Howe are the incoming editors of Cultural Anthropology (2015-2018).

Dominic Boyer is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University and Director of CENHS (Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences). Dominic's most recent book is The Life Informatic: Newsmaking in the Digital Era (Cornell University Press, 2013).

James Faubion is Tsanoff Chair and Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. James' most recent book is Foucault Now: Current Perspectives in Foucault Studies (ed., Polity, 2014).

Cymene Howe is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Core Faculty in The Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. Cymene is the author of Intimate Activism: The Struggle for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua (Duke University Press, 2013).

Dominic, James, and Cymene are all contributors to the forthcoming book Theory Can Be More Than It Used To Be (Dominic Boyer, James Faubion, George E. Marcus, eds., Cornell University Press, expected 2015). Coincidentally, the three incoming editors of Cultural Anthropology each had their first article publications in Cultural Anthropology.

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Dominic Boyer
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James Faubion
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Cymene Howe

George Marcus is Chancellor's Professor and Chair in the Department of Anthropology at University of California Irvine. Professor Marcus was the first editor of Cultural Anthropology.

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George Marcus

Mary Murrell is A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Mary Murrell received her Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012. Before earning her Ph.D., Mary was an acquisitions editor at Princeton University Press, where she acquired titles in the humanities and social sciences.

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Mary Murrell

Jessica Lockrem is the producer of this episode of AnthroPod. Special thanks to Rupa Pillai for help in editing. And many thanks to Grant Otsuki and Bascom Guffin for technical assistance.

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Music:

Sweeter Vermouth by Kevin MacLeod, Border Blaster (Instrumental Version) by Josh Woodward, Gravy by Podington Bear