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The Institute for Humanities Research is pleased to announce that it is opening this workshop for observation by anyone interested in scholarly book writing.
This workshop, led by William Germano, will focus on how to conceptualize a scholarly book, how to distinguish research from idea, how to determine a structure that works and how to refine a document so that a publisher will give it serious consideration.
RSVPs are to observe the workshop only. If you are interested in submitting a book proposal for hands-on feedback at the workshop, please review the call for proposals.
William Germano is professor of English at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where he has taught since 2006 and where he has served as dean of humanities and social sciences (2006-2017). He was previously vice president and publishing director at Routledge, where for almost twenty years he led a program that helped ground big conversations in the humanities, theory, gender and race, and cultural issues from antiquity to cyberspace, and before that editor-in-chief at Columbia University Press.
He is the author of four books. Two have become familiar sources for scholars: "Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books" ( Chicago; 3/e 2012) and "From Dissertation to Book" (Chicago; 2/e, 2016). Two are studies in film and cultural history: "The Tales of Hoffmann" (British Film Institute, 2012), on Power and Pressburger's film adaptation of Offenbach's opera, and "Eye Chart" (Bloomsbury, 2017), a cultural history of vision and its measurement. He has just completed a cowritten book on, of all things, the idea of the syllabus. Current projects: finally finishing a book on revising writing and a book on the history of Shakespeare's operatic adaptations.
Photo of William Germano by Awol Erizku.