Welcome Bill Germano and Cliff Siskin!


Attention all Graduate Students in the Humanities (from year one of the M.A. to the final year of the PhD):
The Romanticist Reading Group of NYU’s English Department presents “From Paper to Publication” this Friday,October 21 from 3- 5 pm at 19 University Place, Room 222.

Bill Germano (former VP at Routledge/ Editor at Columbia University Press) and our very own Cliff Siskin (Co-Editor, Palgrave Studies) will discuss the many tips and insights to get your paper to the next, published level. Germano’s books will be sold at a 40 % discount courtesy of UChicago Press (See below).
All fields in the Humanities are welcome! Information is pertinent for all graduate students ranging from year one of the M.A. up to the final year of the PhD! 
Wine and other refreshments will be served.
Friday, October 21 
3 – 5 pm 
Room 222 (19 University Place).

William Germano:
Dean and Professor of English at The Cooper Union, William Germano is the author of Getting it Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious About Serious Books and From Dissertation to Book. He served as editor at Routledge and has worked with numerous prominent scholar including Peter Galison, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Raymond Williams, and Stephen Greenblatt.

Cliff Siskin: 
In addition to publishing numerous books and articles, Professor Siskin is co-editor, with Anne Mellor, of the Palgrave-Macmillan monograph series in “Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print.” His subject is the interrelations of literary, social, and technological change, with a particular emphasis on print culture: both its historical formation and its current remediation in the face of the electronic and the digital.

****Both of William Germano’s Books will be sold at a 40% discount courtesy of University of Chicago Press****

2 thoughts on “Welcome Bill Germano and Cliff Siskin!

  1. Retrospective:
    We were pleased to see the panel on publication well attended, with graduate students from English, German, French, Italian, Cinema Studies, and several other departments present.
    Bill Germano gave useful advice on turning papers into articles and dissertations into book projects, rather than book-length projects. He suggested that writers focus on their readers’ needs, asking themselves how their work might be useful to other scholars. If you cannot see someone else using your work in another project, he suggests it may not be well written. The ideal reader to have in mind while writing, Germano said, is someone with a PhD in your field but not in your specialty.
    Germano suggested that dissertations might be likened to snowglobes; that is, that the dissertation is very defensive, hermetically sealed–not truly engaging other works in discussion. He suggested that unlike a dissertation, a book should be concerned with what readers need, rather than with what occupies the author.
    Most striking for me, Germano suggested that liberal arts scholars don’t solve problems. Scholars in the quantitative and social sciences solve problems; we give problems clarity. If you are trying to solve a problem, then your work will be of limited use to your field.
    Cliff Siskin emphasized the socialization aspect of publication. That is, he recommended that graduate students make the most of conversations at conferences, seminars, and other events where they can converse with other scholars about where their work has been published, and how the publication process went. We need to know what’s going on in our field, and to accomplish that, Siskin suggests attending as many conferences as is feasible.
    Siskin also emphasized the importance of submission. If you think your work is valuable, he urged grad students to get it out there, by submitting to journals—and by not delaying revision and resubmission when feedback is received, or letting rejection by one journal prevent you from submitting to others. Both panelists emphasized that the quality of the journals in which your work is published often outweighs the number of publications. Siskin encouraged grad students to submit to journals which publish scholarship in which we are interested.

  2. We still have a few copies of Germano’s Getting It Published available. This book is a valuable addition to the professional library of any graduate student. If you are interested in obtaining a copy at sale price, please contact the Romanticist Reading Group at nyurrg@gmail.com.

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