Do you like whiteboards? Are you excited by oversize pads of paper on easels? Then you'll want to hear all about our editorial retreat.
Last month the acquisitions editors at Nebraska conducted a self-study aimed at setting our priorities for the next five years. The official results of our retreat are, of course, written in code and kept in a briefcase handcuffed to my wrist. But here's a taste of what you can expect:
1) More social science. Nebraska's had some pathbreaking books on environment and food in our At Table and Our Sustainable Future series – check out something like Green Illusions, if you haven’t already – and we've got one of the best lists in the anthropology of indigenous North America anywhere. But there's an opening for more along these lines, particularly given excitement on campus about the Water for Food Institute and similar initiatives. We've already started to grow in that direction with the announcement of a new series called Critical Environments – led by, among others, the hotshot geographer and public intellectual Julie Guthman, author of “Why Michael Pollan Makes Me Want to Eat Cheetos” – which will explore the relationship among science, politics, and environment. You'll start to see a more diverse portfolio in anthropology, too, particularly in fields like public anthropology, environmental anthropology, and ethnographies of the contemporary United States.