Publishing and the Publicly Engaged Humanities
Articles selected by the National Humanities Alliance in partnership with Routledge, Taylor & Francis
By Daniel Fisher, National Humanities Alliance
Across the humanities, faculty and students are engaging communities with their research, teaching, preservation, and programming. In Humanities for All, the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) documents and presents over 1,500 examples of this work in US higher education. These publicly engaged humanities initiatives enrich community life and advance scholarship, opening new and more inclusive horizons for the humanities.
This collection brings together previously published articles featuring publicly engaged humanities scholarship from across the Routledge, Taylor & Francis program. Together, they show how public engagement can lead to—and indeed enhance—publication, a core expectation for faculty promotion and tenure in the humanities. They are also a testament to how publishing can raise the profile of the processes, outcomes, and overall impact of publicly engaged humanities initiatives.
The publications in this collection include a range of formats, including case studies and considerations of publicly engaged projects in the context of larger disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies. Significantly, published publicly engaged humanities scholarship comes from across humanities disciplines and appears in a variety of Routledge, Taylor & Francis journals—ranging from primary disciplinary journals to journals devoted to engagement with social issues, innovative scholarship, pedagogy, and community development. The breadth in disciplinary background, format, and venue is encouraging, suggesting that scholars should consider different approaches to publishing both in their disciplines and in connection with their work’s areas of impact.
For more information and additional reading, please visit the Humanities for All website.
Daniel Fisher (PhD, UC Berkeley) is a Project Director at the National Humanities Alliance. He leads Humanities for All, NHA’s initiative to document and promote publicly engaged humanities work in US higher education.