Lean Semesters: How Higher Education Reproduces Inequity – Q&A with author Sekile M. Nzinga

by eea | Friday, January 22, 2021 - 4:00 PM

Why did you write Lean Semesters: How Higher Education Reproduces Inequity ? I wrote this book to map neoliberalism in action and to expose the opaque market practices of contemporary higher education institutions that are compounding inequality for Black women in the twenty-first century. In addition, Lean Semesters maps insidious ways in which Black women’s motivations toward achievement have often been packaged to figure centrally in higher education institutions' marketing campaigns, which target them with false promises that colleges provide opportunity and access to all, regardless of their social and economic position. The market logic and exploitive practices of the university have long been exposed, yet universities have often positioned themselves as passive victims, who are simply responding to the massive defunding of higher education. Yet the rise of the managerial class in academia is a key indicator that the university is no longer centrally committed to educating students and employing intellectual workers but instead is concerned with managing bodies and profiting from a corporatized k nowledge economy (Ross 2012). Lean Semest ers provides living examples of how these decisions at the top land on those at the...Read More

Semi-aquatic Mammals: Ecology and Biology

by eea | Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 3:00 PM

Freshwater semi-aquatic mammals represent some of the world’s rarest species living within some of its most threatened habitats. Better known species, including the platypus, North American and Eurasian beavers, the common hippopotamus, and various species of otters, are immediately identifiable as mammals that bridge the divide between an aquatic and terrestrial lifestyle. Semi-aquatic Mammals: Ecology and Biology weaves the evolutionary and ecological stories of these species into those of dozens of other less familiar species that are equally fascinating. With so many populations of these species in decline or of unknown status, it was time to compile what is known about these freshwater specialists to help us understand why these mammals are so special, and to help us discover what we still need to learn to ensure their ongoing survival. There are more than 140 species of mammals that have an obligatory dependence on freshwater habitats. Therein lies the problem, freshwater and riparian habitats are disappearing at much faster rates than other habitats. Despite the rarity of intact aquatic ecosystems, freshwater semi-aquatic mammals are found on all continents, except for Antarctica and some of the larger oceanic islands, and represent all three major groupings of mammals...Read More

Swansea Copper: A Global History

by eea | Monday, January 11, 2021 - 4:00 PM

We wrote Swansea Copper out of a sense of frustration. Histories of global trade and industry seemed to have no place for copper. Cotton, sugar, tobacco: yes. But copper? What could copper tell us that we didn’t already know about global industrial history? Well, quite a lot as it happens. Here was a commodity with a genuinely global history, but one that was far from simple to tell. What did it look like? Even this basic question has a multitude of possible answers depending on which point in the ‘life cycle’ of copper you care to look at: dug out of the ground, heated, roasted, cast, hammered, rolled, drawn, granulated, alloyed with other metals. It takes on so many different forms that it almost defies categorisation. And then there’s the question of how to trace its uses and markets. How do you track the journey of a metal that so often disappears from view? In the maritime world of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, you have to look below the waterline to find it in thin sheets protecting the hulls of ships from damage and erosion. By the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it was...Read More

JHU Press Journals, Journals Marketing Division Take Home Awards 

by may | Monday, January 11, 2021 - 3:51 PM

The JHU Press Journals Division has much reason to celebrate! At last week’s Modern Language Association (MLA) annual conference, the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) announced the winners of their 2020 awards for scholarly publications. Three journals published by JHU Press were among the winners.

AQ-front_cover.jpg Best Special Issue: American Quarterly , vol. 71, no. 3, Origins of Biopolitics in the Americas

This special issue showcases the abundance of exciting new works that have emerged on early Americanist work, especially in tandem with the growth of such fields as Indigenous studies, studies of empire and settler colonialism, the Atlantic world, environmental studies, and racial capitalism. Guest editors Greta La Fleur and Kyla Schuller brought together an array of cutting-edge scholarship that sheds light on differential valuations of life in early America.

PBM_front_cover.jpg Best Public Intellectual Special Issue: Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, vol. 63, no. 1, Special Issue on CRISPR

The 12 essays in this special issue focus on CRISPR...Read More

Living the Teaching Life in a Time of COVID-19

by may | Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 9:48 PM

As members of The College English Association prepared for annual conference last spring, the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic led organizers to a now all too familiar decision: the conference had to be cancelled. The CEA Critic Editor Jeraldine Kraver was not only gutted about missing this annual event, but now had another challenge: the journals' third issue each year is normally a proceedings of the annual meeting. Along with everything else going on, she was now without a journal issue. But Jeri did what all talented educators know how to do well: change the plan and pivot accordingly. Within a few short weeks, The CEA Critic put out a call for papers for reflections of educators' and students' experiences teaching and learning during the early days of the pandemic. Join us in a candid and congenial conversation to find out how this special issue, Living the Teaching Life in a Time of COVID-19 came together: Living the Teaching Life in a Time of COVID-19 Audio titled Living the Teaching Life in a Time of COVID-19 The JHU Press Podcast is a production of the Johns Hopkins University Press, produced by...Read More