Just a quick blog post this morning! This week, I’ll submit my first timid foray into the scholarship of publishing archaeology. It’s mostly a position paper that frames my work at The Digital Press. This short piece originated as a paper delivered at the 12 annual IEMA conference at the University at Buffalo last year titled “Critical Archaeology in a Digital Age.” It’s due in revised and updated form at the end of this week.
You can download the more or less final version of the paper here: Collaborative Digital
Publishing in Archaeology: Data, Workflows, and Books in the Age of Logistics.
As always, I’d appreciate any feedback on this and I continue to think about writing a longer, more developed version of these ideas for a journal article. In many ways, changes in how we think about publishing and its relationship to archaeological work more broadly are already well underway in archaeology as a discipline. Not only do experienced field archaeologists direct several major (and several smaller) presses that specialize in archaeological publications, but platforms designed to disseminate reviewed data sets have emerged to bridge the gap between field work and final publication. At the same time, the various professional barriers between archaeological work and publishing work continued to exist and, to my mind, these barriers are relatively under-theorized as part of the larger continuum of archaeological practice and knowledge making. Even as scholars have become more invested in the social construction of archaeological fields work, reflexive critique of methods, and the relationship between practice and the structure of the discipline more broadly, they rarely extend this critique to publishing practices despite a growing dissatisfaction with many of the financial and professional models that exist in academic publishing today.
Hopefully this paper provides a framework for this discussion which I suspect can be more ably developed by others in our field.