In late 2020, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our very first Open Access book publication and to support the open research movement we decided to start a call for book proposals. Winners would get their title published in Open Access at no cost to them. We asked academics worldwide, from all subject areas, to tell us about their monograph ideas, their envisioned audiences, and a little about themselves.
Within 10 weeks, we received almost 120 entries. An expert committee of renowned researchers from a variety of academic disciplines reviewed all of the submissions and ultimately had to make some hard choices.
We are now happy to announce the 10 winning titles:
- Peter Brown: “Meteorological disasters in medieval Britain (AD 1000-1500): Archaeological, historical and climatological perspectives within a wider European context”
- Alexandra Chiriac: “Performing Modernism. A Jewish Avant-garde in Bucharest”
- Özkan Ezli: „Narrative der Migration. Eine andere deutsche Kulturgeschichte“ (Narratives of Migration: The Other History of German Culture)
- Dominique Haensell: “Making Black History. Diasporic Fiction in the Moment of Afropolitanism”
- Katrin Kleemann: “A Mist Connection. An Environmental History of the Laki Eruption of 1783 and Its Legacy”
- Michael Navratil: „Kontrafaktik der Gegenwart. Politisches Schreiben als Realitätsvariation bei Christian Kracht, Kathrin Röggla, Juli Zeh und Leif Randt“ (Counterfactual Fiction of the Present: Political Writing as a Variation on Reality in Christian Kracht, Kathrin Röggla, Juli Zeh, and Leif Randt).
- Frank Ejby Poulsen: “A Cosmopolitan Republican in the French Revolution: The Political Thought of Anacharsis Cloots”
- Frédérique Renno: „Die deutschsprachige weltliche Liedkultur um 1600“ (Worldly Lied Culture in German around 1600)
- Atle Ottesen Søvik: “A Basic Theory of Everything: A Fundamental Theoretical Framework for Science and Philosophy”
- Lena Zschunke: „Engel in der Moderne. Eine Figur zwischen Exilgegenwart und Zukunftsvision“ (The Angel in Modernity. A figure between exiled presence and future vision)
The winners will receive an immediate Open Access publication available on www.degruyter.com plus services such as indexing and distribution. The books will also be available as print editions.
We will furthermore present the winning titles via short author interviews on our blog De Gruyter Conversations, starting with Dominique Haensell and her title “Making black history”. Dominique Haensell is editor-in-chief of the feminist Missy Magazine.
You can find further information on the competition here.