A Feminist Note on “Publication, Power, and Patronage”

  1. a brief history showing how publishing overtook patronage and patrimony as the standard for academic advancement in German universities in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries — this intends to counter the claim that publishing metrics are simply a “neoliberal” incursion — and
  2. a quantitative analysis of “four leading journals in the humanities” (PMLA, New Literary History, Representations, and Critical Inquiry), showing that the majority of their articles are written by scholars affiliated with a small handful of elite universities. (With some exceptions, the gender parity isn’t great either — but you read a critical response to this part of the paper by Jordan Brower and Scott Ganz here.)

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whitney trettien

whitney trettien

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Academic zoophyte working at the fringes of book history, media studies, and digital humanities.