Ancrene Wiseass

A would-be medievalist holds forth on academia, teaching, gender politics, blogging, pop culture, critters, and whatever else comes her way.

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Yes, this really is yet another blog by a disillusioned grad student. I sympathize, but that's just the way it has to be. For hints as to what my bizarre alias means, click here and here and, if needed, here and here. To get a sense of what I'm up to, feel free to check out the sections called "Toward a Wiseass Creed" and "Showings: Some Introductory Wiseassery" in my main blog's left-hand sidebar. Please be aware that spamming, harassing, or otherwise obnoxious comments will be deleted and traced.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

ElectraPress and academic publishing online

An especially exciting development: Kathleen Fitzpatrick of Planned Obsolescence and others are working toward the formation of ElectraPress, an online publisher of academic work. They're planning an April 24 meeting to discuss how to proceed, and you can read about the questions under consideration here. You also can view Prof. Fitzpatrick's proposal here and her very interesting January Valve post on the issues surrounding it here.

She sees ElectraPress as a way of addressing the current crisis in academic publishing, as well as a way of facilitating quicker and more thorough intellectual exchange: I think it's certainly an idea whose time has come.

Hat tip to Michael Bèrubè.