Jeffers Engelhardt, series editor

The Amherst Series in Ethnomusicology offers scholars in the field a more holistic means of communicating the ideas, sounds, and sights that are of central importance to their work. In supporting this series, the objective of the Press is nothing short of stimulating the emergence of new standards of scholarship and public engagement in the field of ethnomusicology through pressing forward the full realization of the potential inherent in digital technology. By providing these works to the community of scholars and to broader audiences on an open-access basis, we intend to make the fruits of scholarship in this field available, to an unparalleled degree, to the peoples and cultures we study and to diverse academic and non-academic readerships.

Conceived as digital-first works, titles in the Amherst Series in Ethnomusicology will discover, nurture, and promote multimodal and nonlinear representation and more collaborative modes of scholarship.  The series particularly seeks authors and approaches that will engage the peoples and cultures of the world’s musical expressions as partners in the work, offering not only our colleagues but our field-work interlocutors a voice in the conversation of scholarship through the utilization of technology supporting the emergence of a commenting and annotating community.

We will develop these works in more collaborative ways, supplementing traditional processes of peer review with approaches that value not merely the scholarly content of a final product but the intellectual contributions of the working process of ethnography and digital scholarship—the collection of field data, the synthesis of narrative and documentary record (audio, video, and transcription), and the engagement with other disciplines and scholarly perspectives.  All of these elements of the research ethnomusicologists do create digital artifacts that, in turn, will become part of the infrastructure we create to support, extend, and communicate research in this and other fields in the humanities.

Guided with input from a colloquy of some fourteen senior and junior faculty in the field drawn from across the nation and hosted in August of 2014 by the Amherst College Press, we now seek submissions from scholars eager to explore how the possibilities of digital technology can support the communication of their ideas to colleagues, students, and an interested readership/listenership of potentially global reach. We are especially eager to hear from scholars now at a point early in the development of their projects, so as better to enable the press to understand and support the development of the digital requirements underlying the vision of a given project. Advising us on the work will be a team of colleagues in other institutions with strong capabilities in the digital humanities (notably Hamilton College’s Digital Humanities Initiative) and leaders of the field’s learned society, the Society for Ethnomusicology. All this will be supported by the editorial capability of the Amherst College Press to assure rigorous review of each phase of the new work. At the highest level of our aspiration, we hope that the process, infrastructure, and result of our efforts can offer new pathways for scholarship in other fields of the humanities—fields increasingly challenged by the limits of traditional modes of scholarly communication.

As works licensed under Creative Commons licenses, the work of our authors will acknowledge and guard the creative rights of interlocutors in the work by prohibiting the commercial or derivative use of materials collected under conditions of adherence to the ethical practice guidelines of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

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