Publishing in the Humanities

The Leslie Center for the Humanities presents a virtual university press editor's talk with the University of Minnesota Press, Wednesday, December 8th, 2021.

The Leslie Center for the Humanities presents, "Publishing in the Humanities", a university press editor's talk with Leah Pennywark, Humanities Editor, and Jason Weidemann, Editorial Director, at the University of Minnesota Press, on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021. This event will be held as a Zoom webinar.

In addition to the webinar, Leah Pennywark will be hosting virtual one-on-one meetings for those with more specific publishing questions on Thursday, December 9th, 2021.

Leah Pennywark seeks innovative book projects that overturn expectations and offer new ways of thinking about culture, literature, and media. She values interdisciplinary work in emerging areas of scholarship as well as manuscripts that speak to broader audiences, particularly within the fields of disability studies, childhood studies, queer/transgender studies, and feminism. Her primary editorial interests include critical race and ethnic studies, avant-garde and experimental cinema, digital culture and new media, gender and sexuality, and literary criticism. Special interests include multiethnic and comparative race, mass media, and labor studies. Leah also acquires titles for our Forerunners: Ideas First series, a thought-in-process series of short, breakthrough works in all areas were Minnesota currently acquires.

Subject areas: American studies, critical race and ethnic studies, literary and cultural studies, queer/transgender studies, disability studies, cinema and media studies, digital culture

Jason Weidemann seeks manuscripts that make field-defining interventions in their core disciplines, contribute to interdisciplinary conversations, and communicate to readers beyond the academy, including activists, policymakers, and general readers. His interest in Native and indigenous studies draws on literary studies, the social sciences, legal studies, and education. He also acquires works in cultural and human geography, anthropology, and sociology. Special interests include environmental politics, multispecies ethnography, urban studies, global flows of labor and capital, and Asian studies. Of specific interest are manuscripts that examine the social and racial dimensions of medicine and science. Proposals for translations from Japanese are welcomed, specifically science fiction and critical theory. He is also interested in manuscripts on the social aspects of video games and digital communication.

As Chair of the Press's Journals Program, Jason Weidemann is interested in forging publishing partnerships with new and existing journals based on principles of intellectual independence and a commitment to ethical and equitable partnerships.  

Subject areas: anthropology, Asian studies, media studies, geography, Native and indigenous studies, sociology, scholarly journals


This event will be held as a Zoom webinar, Wednesday, December 8th, 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm.

Register in advance for this webinar here:

Virtual one-on-one meeting sessions with Leah Pennywark will be held Thursday, December 9th, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

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For further information on this event and the individual meeting opportunities, please contact the Leslie Center at