April Opportunity Update

CFPs – Journals, Chapters, Volumes


Workshops, seminars, fellowships

  • ICPSR Scholarships Deadline, ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research – University of Michigan.  Deadline: April 15, 2014


Additional opportunities

Publishing Perils…Watch Out!

We all know that publishing is a part of academic life.  But beware the call of the “print content farms”…

Joseph Stromberg at Slate details his experience in publishing his undergraduate thesis with a content farm publisher.

At this point, I did a bit more research into LAP Lambert and found that it’s really just the tip of the book-mill iceberg. Both it and AV Akademikerverlag GmbH & Co. KG are part of an enormous German publishing group called VDM… The company declines to release financial data but claims to publish 50,000 books every month, making it, by its own accounting, one of the largest book publishers in the world.

How can it possibly churn out this many titles?

These outlets will not add to your academic credentials.

From the blog posts I found (and the hundreds of comments posted on some of them), I saw that many authors came away from the deal less than satisfied. Some naive academics think publishing will add cachet to their C.V., but they find that having the Lambert name on it is an embarrassment. Meanwhile, the contract stripped them of the right to publish it elsewhere or even publish chapters of it in an academic journal.

The end product doesn’t even seem to be worth it.

Then, as I paged through the book, I remembered something funny I’d done when reformatting the text for submission. For kicks, I’d buried an errant phrase deep in the middle, partly to see if LAP Lambert’s editors ever actually read the thing. When I got to Page 86, I was gratified to find that they hadn’t noticed it. Right there on the middle of the page, amid talk of Oglala Lakota politics and tribal sovereignty was my insertion.

“Is any proofreader actually reading this book before it gets printed?” I’d asked. “Didn’t think so.”

To read all of Joseph Stromberg’s article, click here.

Many Paths to Freedom: Looking Back, Looking Ahead at the Long Civil Rights Movement

Looking for something to do?! 

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is hosting a series of events between now and September under the program title of Many Paths to Freedom: Looking Back, Looking Ahead at the Long Civil Rights Movement. 

The program  is a  series of public educational programs featuring scholars, activists, and artists who will address a range of topics on the theme of civil rights and the struggle for freedom, social justice and equality for African Americans.  Programs in the series aim to present audiences with a range of perspectives on the topic, highlight the Library’s unparalleled collections about the freedom struggle, and explore questions about the legacy and influence of the Civil Rights Movement.

The series features roundtable conversations among scholars and movement participants, book talks, film screenings, and concert performances, among other events.

More information click here.