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Exploring & Mobilizing Knowledge in a Digital Age

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New Digital Culture Program

Venturing into the vast and exciting realm of digital culture, the SSRC’s newest program will bring together scholars, journalists, publishers, librarians, tech industry professionals, and others to assess the ways that digital media is transforming the production, circulation, and consumption of knowledge and culture. As transformations associated with digitization and digital media test and alter established practices in academia and publishing, they simultaneously open remarkable new opportunities for learning, research, and communication. Varied responses to these opportunities have begun to shift the landscape of scholarship, accompanied by vibrant discussions regarding diverse forms—and differential norms—of knowledge generation, editorial practice, and curation. With this new Digital Culture program, the Council seeks to deepen and extend these discussions and to critically explore a series of related changes and challenges.

New Creative Commons License

In keeping with the Council’s longstanding mission to mobilize necessary knowledge on important public issues, and to ensure that our digital content remains as widely accessible as possible, the SSRC has adopted a Creative Commons license for our public website and affiliated sites and forums. This license is not an alternative to copyright but rather works alongside it to enable republication, redistribution, and accessibility. While still protecting the rights of authors, the license alters copyright terms from “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.” Readers are permitted to copy, distribute, and display work appearing on our website as long as they mention and link back to the SSRC, attribute the work appropriately (including both author and title), and do not adapt the content or use it commercially. The license applies to content posted on and after January 1, 2014.

In Council News

The result of a collaborative preservation project pioneered by the Cuba Program, the JFK Presidential Library and Museum's newly digitized Ernest Hemingway Collection makes available documents housed at the Hemingway Museum at Finca Vigía, the writer’s former residence outside of Havana. The New York Times highlighted a range of ephemera from the collection, and BBC News shared Hemingway’s favorite burger recipe.

Islam for Journalists: A Primer on Covering Muslim Communities in America, a free e-book funded by the Academia in the Public Sphere Grants Program, was released by lead editor Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Designed and produced at the University of Missouri's Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, contributors include both academic experts and leading journalists.

The Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project released North Korea Chronology: 2013 [PDF], the latest installment in a series tracking events, negotiations, and media coverage surrounding North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. A resource for those reporting on, researching, and responding to developments on the Korean Peninsula, the annual chronologies date back to 2001.

The Justice and Security Research Program published its latest paper, “Practice without Evidence: Interrogating Conflict Resolution Approaches and Assumptions,” coauthored by Tatiana Carayannis, deputy director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, and former program associate Nathaniel Olin, with colleagues from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Measure of America data and maps were employed by the Atlantic in a comparative analysis: “What Country Does Your State's Life Expectancy Resemble?CNNMoney applied the program’s research for a close look at “Where the Middle Class Thrives.”

The African Peacebuilding Network was featured in an Inside Philanthropy piece on the role of African scholars in regional and global policymaking.

The Abe Fellowship Program cohosted a public symposium on “Possible Futures for Japan” at the University of Southern California. Moderated by former SSRC Japan representative and senior advisor Frank Baldwin, the event brought together experts on political economy, disaster management, and civil rights to discuss the outlook for post-Fukushima Japan.

President Ira Katznelson contributed a chapter to Boundaries of Toleration, edited by Alfred Stepan and Charles Taylor, the latest in the Columbia University Press series Religion, Culture, and Public Life.

New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Elizabeth McAlister talked to Public Radio International about Haitian vodou and one man’s struggle to protect it from the spread of evangelicalism.

From Our Forums

At Reverberations, Winnifred Sullivan’s essay “Law’s Prayer: Town of Greece v Galloway inspires Benjamin Berger to reflect on “The Legal Unintelligibility of Prayer” and Yvonne Sherwood to probe Sullivan’s claim that “prayers are tamed by law.” Ongoing responses to John Modern’s Vinyl Prayers prayer portal include pieces on historical particularity and prayerful nostalgia.

A new series at The Immanent Frame, Beyond Critique, invites contributors to reflect on the theoretical and methodological choices in their study of religion. In the latest Off the Cuff, respondents including philosophy scholars Georges Leroux and Charles Taylor and law scholars Jeremy Webber and Daniel Weinstock discuss the controversial Charter of Quebec Values.

On Deadline

Korean Studies Workshop for Junior Faculty
Applications Due: April 15

Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop
Applications Due: May 1