by JENNIFER AHERN-DODSON for DUKE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES, SUMMER 2014: 

NOTE from KEVIN SMITH, DUKE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES— Authorship can be a tricky thing, impacted by contractual agreements and even by shifting media. In this guest post by Jennifer Ahern-Dodson of Duke’s Thompson Writing Program we get an additional perspective on the issues, one that is unusual but might just become more common over time it illustrates nicely, I think, the link between authorship credit, publication agreements and a concern for managing one’s online identity. A big “thank you” to Jennifer for sharing her story:

EXCERPT: I stared at my name on the computer screen, listed in an index as a co-author for a chapter in a book that I don’t remember writing. How could I be published in a book and not know about it? I had Googled my name on the web (what public digital humanist Jesse Stommel calls the Googlesume), as part of my research developing a personal website through the Domain of One’s Own project, which emphasizes student and faculty control of their own web domains and identities. Who am I online? I started this project to find out.

I was taken aback by some of what I found because it felt so personal—my father’s obituary, a donation I had made to a non-profit, former home addresses. All of that is public information, so I shouldn’t have been surprised, but then about four screens in I found my name listed in the table of contents for a book I’d never heard of. Because the listed co-author and I had collaborated on projects before, including national presentations and a journal publication, I wondered if I had just forgotten something we’d written together.

I emailed her immediately and included a screenshot of the index page. Subject line: “Did we write this?”

She wrote back a few minutes later.

WHAT??!!! We have a book chapter that we didn’t even know about???!!!!! How is this possible? Ahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

It’s a line for our CV! But, wait, what is this publication? Do we even want to list it? Would we list it as a new publication? Is it even our work? How did this happen? FULL ARTICLE 

 

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN, for DUKE TODAY on JULY 22, 2014:

Omid Safi
Omid Safi

Omid Safi, (pictured) a prominent Islamic studies professor and scholar, joined the faculty of Duke this month as director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC).

As the new William and Bettye Martin Musham Director for Islamic Studies, Safi will oversee DISC, the university’s hub of teaching, learning and research about Islam and Muslim communities.

Bettye Musham, whose $3 million gift supported the creation of the directorship, is also a founding member of the DISC advisory board. (For more information about the gift, click here.) Continue reading

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, TIRN & ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 30, 2014: 

tirn_logo_web[1]Happy Academic Summer!  And thanks for reading our web site. We will be on a limited posting schedule during the Summer 2014 term, but if you subscribe (it’s free!) you WILL get updates in your email when there are new posts.

MEANWHILE: 

1) Please take some time to acquaint yourself with our searchable Directory of Scholars and Experts on Islam and Muslim communities. The primary purpose of this database is to provide a way for other scholars, policymakers and journalists to locate university-based scholars and researchers. We do recognize that not all experts have university affiliations, and therefore we do consider applications from experts outside the academy.

2) AND — Interested in submitting a working paper or a paper you’ve already presented at a conference or workshop that you would like to have published on this TIRN website? Send me an email at [email protected]

3) OR, have a new book or publication coming out and want to submit a short summary and submit hook cover image and publish it on this website ? Essays or excerpts from publications are also welcome at our partner site ISLAMiCommentary. Send me an email at [email protected] if you are interested in these opportunities.

4) ISLAMiCommentary will be continuously updated throughout the summer, so go over and check out it’s original commentaries, featured videos, our new By the Book Q & As and Comics & Dialogue columns, our American Muslims page,  and aggregated analyses based on the news themes of the day.

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by BRIAN CROXALL for CHRONICLE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION/PROF HACKER BLOG on JANUARY 6, 2014: 

It’s no surprise that we here at ProfHacker like Twitter. We’ve covered how to start tweeting (and why you might want to) and practical advice for teaching with Twitter. I’ve found Twitter to be a tremendous boon to developing my professional networks and helping me stay on top of what’s happening in my fields of scholarship. But there’s one place where where Twitter perhaps ends up being more valuable for me than other place: at conferences. Continue reading

by EDWARD E. CURTIS IV for BULLETIN FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGION (EQUINOX PUBLISHING BLOG) on MAY 2, 2014: 

arabic_alchemy03Editor’s note (Bulletin for the Study of Religion): This post is part of the Reflections on Islamic Studies series.

By any measure, Islamic studies is a vibrant field. In the last several decades, the number of tenure-track positions dedicated to the study of Islam as a religion and to Muslim politics and societies has expanded. New journals have appeared; book sales are good; and interest in Islamic studies has led to important public humanities projects such as the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.

What makes Islamic studies so dynamic? For one, its ever-expanding body of participants, who come from a number of disciplinary perspectives. The field is populated by intellectual networks rather than one identifiable set of intellectual authorities. Islamic studies finds institutional homes not only in religious studies and Near Eastern languages departments, but also in history, anthropology, sociology, political science, ethnomusicology, and art and architecture, among other academic units. Continue reading