In 2017 - 2018, Object Lessons will host four National Endowment for the Humanities Institutes. The workshops will offer guidance and strategies for how scholars and nonfiction authors can write for broader audiences while maintaining intellectual rigor and developing their academic profiles.
The multi-event Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities are being directed by Ian Bogost, Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and professor of interactive computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Christopher Schaberg, associate professor of English, Loyola University New Orleans. They are funded by a grant to Georgia Institute of Technology Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Applicants should apply to a single workshop, below, no later than Friday, June 30, 2017.
Given current scholarship trends in the humanities, shifting expectations for tenure and promotion, and new publishing platforms cropping up for scholars and public intellectuals, this two-week seminar will focus on writing for a general readership — with a focus on contemporary technological subjects. Lectures and practical workshops from the organizers, as well as visiting experts in journalism, publishing (trade and academic), will cover pitching, proposing, and crafting essays and book manuscripts.
The hosts are Ian Bogost and Christopher Schaberg, founding editors of the Object Lessons essay and book series published by The Atlantic and Bloomsbury. Bogost and Schaberg will draw from their experiences to help participants navigate the new frontiers of academic publishing and increasing pressures on the humanities to make its work legible to broad audiences.