CFP: Contribute to an Edited Collection: ‘Hacking the Academy’

megaphoneOccasionally, ProfHacker will break out of our standard three-posts-per-day schedule to publicize CFPs and other events we believe would be of special interest to our readers. This is one of those times, as a very exciting tweet came across the wires earlier today.

Tom Scheinfeldt, Managing Director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University tweeted: “One Week, One Book: Help @dancohen and I publish an edited volume, “Hacking the Academy,” in a week”.

Following is the entire CFP, also available online:

Tom Scheinfeldt and I [Dan Cohen] have been brewing a proposal for an edited book entitled Hacking the Academy. Let’s write it together, starting at THATCamp this weekend. And let’s do it in one week. [Ed. note: you do not have to be a THATCamper to participate, and all disciplines are welcome, which is why we're helping to announce it to the world.]

Can an algorithm edit a journal? Can a library exist without books? Can students build and manage their own learning management platforms? Can a conference be held without a program? Can Twitter replace a scholarly society?

As recently as the mid-2000s, questions like these would have been unthinkable. But today serious scholars are asking whether the institutions of the academy as they have existed for decades, even centuries, aren’t becoming obsolete. Every aspect of scholarly infrastructure is being questioned, and even more importantly, being hacked. Sympathetic scholars of traditionally disparate disciplines are cancelling their association memberships and building their own networks on Facebook and Twitter. Journals are being compiled automatically from self-published blog posts. Newly-minted Ph.D.’s are foregoing the tenure track for alternative academic careers that blur the lines between research, teaching, and service. Graduate students are looking beyond the categories of the traditional C.V. and building expansive professional identities and popular followings through social media. Educational technologists are “punking” established technology vendors by rolling their own open source infrastructure.

Hacking the Academy will both explore and contribute to ongoing efforts to rebuild scholarly infrastructure for a new millenium. Contributors can write on these topics, which will form chapters:

  • Lectures and classrooms
  • Scholarly societies
  • Conferences and meetings
  • Journals
  • Books and monographs
  • Tenure and academic employment
  • Scholarly Identity and the CV
  • Departments and disciplines
  • Educational technology
  • Libraries

In keeping with the spirit of hacking, the book will itself be an exercise in reimagining the edited volume. Any blog post, video response, or other media created for the volume and tweeted (or tagged) with the hashtag #hackacad will be aggregated at The best pieces will go into the published volume (we are currently in talks with a publisher to do an open access version of this final volume). The volume will also include responses such as blog comments and tweets to individual pieces. If you’ve already written something that you would like included, that’s fine too, just be sure to tweet or tag it (or email us the link to where it’s posted).

You have until midnight on May 28, 2010. Ready, set, go!


And there you have it. Again, read the full CFP and tweet at @foundhistory (Tom) or @dancohen (Dan) for more information. I can’t guarantee that they’ll read comments left here, but if you do leave any here, we will pass them along.

[Creative Commons licensed photo by Flickr user djfoobarmatt]

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