Anthropological publishing is undergoing rapid change as digital technologies, new forms of presentation, and an increasing desire to move to the free distribution of knowledge unfold. Whether existing models of publishing can be sustained is questionable. The AAA is currently assessing its own publication program and seeking to understand how that articulates with the wider realm of anthropological publishing. We need to understand current and emerging trends in the dissemination of knowledge so we can position the AAA to support its members in their intellectual activities.
In Montreal, the Committee for the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing and the Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology co-sponsored sessions to expand the conversation about the future of the AAA publishing program. The first set of speakers discussed the services of the program and a second set of speakers spoke to the future directions and sustainability. Some speakers did not sign releases and so we did not record their papers.
We invite anyone who could not come to Montreal or who could not come to the sessions to view these papers, to look at earlier blog posts (October 18, October 25, and November 9), and to join us in thinking about the long-term options and opportunities.