Re: Stacie's post about the OAC seminar series, yes it's definitely happening. We've got four presenters lined up for the coming academic year, starting 8-22 December with Vered Amit. More details here:
All suggestions for suitable discussants most welcome
Keith writes: "What matters is ... to set the standard people will come to expect from us. This is not going to be a vanity press."
So there will be a review to pick good submissions and reject weak submissions? Editorial review or peer review? Will there be a specification of criteria?
Is it possible to identify anthropologists who have already made strides in this direction and gauge their interest in serving on the editorial board?
What counts as a diverse group? You could also send a broadcast message to the OAC asking for volunteers from a broad variety of geographical backgrounds and experience levels, although technically that's what the forum post is.
What kind of costs are we looking at for something like a free online publication with a paid print subscription option?
Britain's ASA (Association of Social Anthropologists) was thinking of launching a similar initiative, inspired by Prickly Pears pamphlets, a couple of years ago but I don't know what happened in the end. Simone Abram at Leeds Met was leading this.
"One issue is whether to follow the model of a standard academic press or that of a trade publisher backing its in house judgment."
Could you translate Keith?