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University of Illinois Press Publishing Symposium

February 15, 2019, 8:30am-6:00pm

Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor, 909 West Illinois St., Urbana, IL

This venue is wheelchair accessible. Complete information about accessible parking and accessibility within the building, can be found here: http://ada.fs.illinois.edu/0126.html.

Pre-registration for the symposium is now open! https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/9516932. Registration is not required to attend the symposium, but we encourage pre-registration to help us organize our space for attendees.

We are no longer taking lunch orders, but we welcome you to bring a sack lunch and join us for the lunch session!

Symposium Agenda

*We encourage you to join us throughout the day as your schedule permits!*

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8:30 to 9:00 Coffee/tea and conversation
9:00 to 9:15 Welcome

Laurie Matheson, Director, University of Illinois Press

Cynthia Oliver, Department of Dance and Associate Vice Chancellor - Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields

9:15 to 10:30 One-on-One Proposal Meetings with Editors

University of Illinois Press Acquisitions Editors: Dawn Durante, Danny Nasset, Marika Christofides, and James Engelhardt


Behind the Curtain: Demystifying Scholarly Publishing
Presenter: Laurie Matheson

We open our inaugural publishing symposium with a "soup to nuts" overview of scholarly publishing. The session will include plentiful tips on preparing a proposal, approaching an editor, and navigating the peer review and revision process; advice on revising a dissertation; and insights on the current, rapidly evolving publishing landscape.

10:45 to 12:00 New Directions in Journal Publication

Compared with books, journal publication offers more direct access to core readerships, shorter production times, a breadth of peer review practices, integrated multimedia features, and other benefits—as well as a chance to broaden a scholar's publishing purview or stake an early claim on an area of pioneering research. This panel brings together experienced journal editors from UI Press and faculty for a discussion of best practices and innovations in this flexible, forward looking domain.

Moderator: Gayle Magee, School of Music

Laura Hetrick, Department of Art Education and co-editor of Visual Arts Research

Amy Ando, Department of Agricultural & Consumer Economics

Carol Symes, Department of History and founding editor of The Medieval Globe

S. Lance Cooper, Department of Physics

Jeff McArdle, Associate Journals Manager, University of Illinois Press

12:00 to 1:00 Lunch and Learn: Debunking Publishing Myths

Facilitator: Rebecca Ferrell, Director of Public Relations and Engagement for the Department of Dance

In a campy, comfy, lunch-eating, fun session, Rebecca Ferrell entertains and dispenses with the myths of publishing. Strike down your fears, and get the nitty gritty—on the real! There will be costumes, knowing sages, and who knows what else??? Bring your appetite and your sense of humor.

We are no longer taking lunch orders, but we welcome you to bring a sack lunch and join us for the lunch session!

Facilitator: Rebecca Ferrell, Director of Public Relations and Engagement for the Department of Dance

1:00 to 2:15 Professional Development Roundtable: Tips for the First Book, Establishing Authority in a Field, and Navigating the Tenure Track

In this roundtable, panelists will share their experiences with publishing and navigating academia. They will discuss revising a dissertation and publishing a first book; establishing authority in a field through conferencing, journals, popular press/social media, etc.; and other professionalization issues like work-life balance, pursuing tenure, and publishing after the first book.

Moderator: Dawn Durante, Senior Acquisitions Editor

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, Department of History and Director of American Indian Studies

Ruth Nicole Brown, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Nicole Cooke, iSchool

2:30 to 3:45 Building a Relationship with a University Press

Join us for a panel discussion about building a relationship with a university press. Panelists will present on and answer questions about different aspects of the publishing process including editing, design, production, and marketing.

Jennifer Comeau, Assistant Director and EDP Manager, U of I Press

Heather Gernenz, Publicity Manager, U of I Press

Dustin Hubbart, Art Director, U of I Press

Michael Roux, Director of Marketing, U of I Press

4:00 to 5:00 Keynote Address: #PublishingWhileBlack: Reflections on "Diversity," Antiracism, and Equity

Speaker: Jill Petty, Former Editor for South End Press, Beacon Press, and Northwestern University Press

In this wide-ranging yet personal talk, editor, activist, and educator Jill Petty will reflect on her 15 + year career in social justice publishing, and share assessments of efforts to "diversify" publishing and other knowledge production industries. Petty will touch on her recent move away from traditional/corporate book publishing, and explore her engagements with explicitly radical houses; the former South End Press editor/publisher now consults for Haymarket Books. She will also discuss her new communications post with the Kellogg Foundation, a philanthropic organization that centers racial equity and community health.

5:00 to 6:00 Continuing the Conversation

We invite you to stay after the keynote for an opportunity to continue the conversations generated throughout the day!


Please contact Julie Laut (jlaut2@illinois.edu) with questions or to request accommodations.

Co-Sponsors: OVCR Office of Research Advising and Project Development, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, IPRH, Center for Advanced Study, and the Unit for Criticism

Download the Symposium Agenda as a PDF document