Coming Soon: International Open Access Week 2016!

by Lauren Naus on October 21, 2016

OA Week

International Open Access Week 2016 is fast approaching! We are looking forward to celebrating and bringing awareness to the benefits of openness in scholarly communication.

Open Access promotes and provides free and immediate online access to scholarly research, which in turn helps to elevate the visibility of scholarship as a whole.

Today, Open Access material has become a regular fixture in the world of scholarly publishing, and it continues to garner more support from institutions, publishers, faculty, researchers, students, and members of the general public each year.

With this year’s theme of “Open in Action,” we at UTP Journals would like to show our support for Open Access initiatives by sharing how we have taken action to make OA an integrated part of our publishing program, which is why we are dedicating all of next week to shining the spotlight on OA content in our journals!

Stay tuned for a ton of fantastic and free content coming your way!

International Open Access Week 2016 takes place from October 24–30. For more information, please visit

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Written by guest blogger, Geoff Keelan

Something just never clicked about Canada’s First World War history. Beyond the divides of French and English languages, of social and political history, and other disagreements that weave throughout most Canadian historical fields, something always seemed to be missing. It was a total war that engulfed the country, but national narratives are unsatisfying. It was an extremely personal experience, but individual perspectives don’t capture its enormity. How could an event be so overwhelming in its magnitude – be it on Tim Cook’s “sharp end” or Robert Rutherdale’s “hometown horizons” – yet feel so disconnected?

a000335A 17′ shell hole in the Main Square, Ypres. Brig.-Gen. Burstall and Captain Papineau. July, 1916. c. Library and Archives Canada.

Six years ago, I completed my Master’s project at the University of Waterloo on Talbot Mercer Papineau’s wartime correspondence. I argued then (as I do now) that Papineau, despite the acclaim surrounding his writing in 1916, was no French Canadian. Instead, he was the French Canadian that English Canadian patriots most wished to see in the province of Québec – French in name, “English” in spirit. It was a contradiction that Papineau essentially ignored. If he hadn’t died at Passchendaele in October 1917, I wonder how that problem would have been resolved by the young officer.

As I transitioned into doctoral research on his cousin, Henri Bourassa, I kept telling myself one day I would write an article on Papineau to fill out the meagre academic offerings on an individual who had, if only for a few months or years, figured so prominently in the Canadian public sphere. I never did. I could never quite figure out how to address the uniquely Canadian problem of Papineau’s strange place between French and English Canada – straddling both sides of the cultural divide, but fitting into neither.

Years and a doctoral dissertation later, I attended a conference on the First World War hosted by the International Committee of Historical Sciences. For the first time, I learned in detail about European approaches to the messy cultural landscape of the Great War and how they dealt with its complex and sometimes-contradictory nature. I delved into the literature and discovered how historians of Europe struggled with similar problems as I had.

Anticonscription_Riot Défilé anti-conscription au Square Victoria.
c. Library and Archives Canada

I realized that European approaches, using concepts such as “cultural
mobilization” from John Horne and “war culture” from Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau and Annette Becker, seem to explain my old friend Papineau. I was approaching Papineau as an individual who denied the reality of French Canada at war – so he could not be a “true” French Canadian – even as he positioned himself and was praised as a voice for the province. This contradiction had led many historians to dismiss Papineau as irrelevant (and rightfully so). Yet, I asked, what if we tried to understand Papineau not within the realm of Canada’s two solitudes, but as a product of a coherent war experience? What if Canadian cultural products like newspapers, speeches, and books, could be understood as reacting to the same thing – the war – and thus point towards a larger framework and connection?

Rather than asking how Canadian war experiences were different, concepts like cultural mobilization and war culture ask us to see the linkages between them. It does not mean that we must view the past as we once did, as a homogenous “national” or “political” undertaking, but it does mean we can understand that separation between French and English or home front and battlefront are not nearly as discrete as we might like. We cannot ignore that Papineau was a frontline soldier reacting to events at home and, though however wrong or right he may have been, he added to others’ understanding of the war and Canada’s place within it when his thoughts were published. Like so many Canadians, he was reacting to a vast mobilization of Canadian identity and culture that defies individual comprehension even as it is built upon it. Individuals contributed to it every day during the war and were likewise affected by it. Affirming, rejecting, or ignoring the war does not belie a link between Canadians connected by that shared cultural space.

I hope that this article sparks further investigation of these ideas in a Canadian context. I do not know if they are the right path, but I believe they at least point to a path forward that addresses some of the problems suggested in the historiographical review of First World War literature in Canada from the September 2014 Canadian Historical Review. For me, these concepts made the disparate experiences of the war suddenly emerge in parallel, following a similar path even if they started and ended at different places.

Geoff Keelan’s article, “Canada’s Cultural Mobilization during the First World War and a Case for Canadian War Culture” is available in the Canadian Historical Review Vol. 97, Issue 3. Read it at CHR Online or on Project MUSE.

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Calling All Librarians! We want to hear from you!

by Lauren Naus on October 17, 2016

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Because you are such a valued part of the scholarly community, we have prepared a brief survey that will allow you to let us know how we can best be of service to you and your library patrons.

Don’t hold back! We want to know as much as we can about your experiences with us and/or with other publishers, especially what works and what doesn’t work for you.

For instance, is there a particular time in the year when you would most like to receive special offers and renewals? Let us know in our survey!

Is there anything you need that we are not currently providing for you? Let us know in our survey as well as any other suggestions you would like to make!

You can take the survey here.

And as an added perk for taking the time to complete our survey, you will receive a special 10% discount on a subscription or archive purchase for your library.

Thank you very much for your feedback! We at UTP Journals greatly appreciate your help in improving the services we provide to you and your library patrons!

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Pluralism and Feminist Bioethics

by Lauren Naus on October 3, 2016

Written by IJFAB Editor, Robyn Bluhm.

This is the third in a series of blog posts from the new editors of IJFAB, and I’ve chosen to write about the wide range of disciplines and methods upon which feminist bioethicists draw. There are two reasons for my choice: first, I think it complements the post of Jackie Leach Scully on the past and future of feminist bioethics and Jamie Lindemann Nelson’s post on the topics and issues she sees as central to feminist bioethics. Second, the topic reflects my own discovery of and continuing approach to bioethics. I discovered feminist bioethics by accident. My research interests initially began with philosophy of medicine and feminist philosophy of science, and, when I began teaching bioethics, feminist bioethics seemed to be obviously the right way to think about bioethical issues. This is partly because, as Jackie pointed out in an encyclopedia entry she wrote with Anne Donchin, one of the defining features of feminist bioethics is its methodological pluralism; they suggest that “feminist bioethics is more likely than mainstream bioethics to draw on empirical data or narrative and phenomenological accounts.”

This pluralism has been reflected in IJFAB. For example, in the most recent open issue, there is a paper that draws on Julia Kristeva’s work to analyze the influence of medical diagnosis on women’s experiences of depression and one that uses content analysis to understand the experiences of American women who choose to participate in commercial gestational surrogacy. Yet another paper argues that feminist pedagogies can be used to build new bioethical practices, while another provides a careful analysis of empirical research on the placental microbiome, as well as the subsequent media coverage of the study. Nor is this IJFAB issue particularly unusual in its breadth and scope: both the open issues and the guest-edited issues focusing on a specific topic have tended to attract contributors who come from a variety of disciplines and use a diverse array of methods.

Why does feminist bioethics invite such pluralism? One answer is suggested by Susan Sherwin’s metaphor of theories as lenses in bioethical inquiry. Sherwin claims that different theories are best used as lenses that bring different aspects of a situation into focus. Recent work in philosophy of science has made it clear that methods can have a similar effect, influencing the details of the questions that researchers ask and what kinds of answers are obtained. Moreover, because ethical issues in health care are so complex, there’s no reason to think that any one method or disciplinary approach will give the “true” or even the “best” answer.

A second possible reason for the pluralism of feminist bioethics is that, simply, it reflects the pluralism of academic feminism. This, of course, raises the question of why feminist scholarship is so diverse. I suspect it’s because the problems it addresses are so pervasive that they are readily apparent to a wide range of scholars (as well as to activists and others). Thus, pluralism is part of the feminist heritage of feminist bioethics. And as feminism has grown to appreciate better the importance of understanding the intersection of gender with race, class, and other aspects of social location, so too has feminist bioethics.

As one of the incoming editors of IJFAB, I am excited to be part of the new editorial team and to help to continue the wonderful work of the journal’s founding editor, Mary C. Rawlinson. I’m also proud to be part of such a vibrant community of feminist scholars. As my coeditors’ posts have made clear, the future is bright for feminist bioethics and for IJFAB.

– Robyn Bluhm

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Celebrating Peer Review Week 2016!

by Lauren Naus on September 22, 2016

It’s Peer Review Week 2016! With this year’s theme being “Recognition for Review,” we at UTP Journals want to express our sincere thanks to peer reviewers for all of their efforts and contributions. Peer review is essential to scholarly communication, and we greatly appreciate our peer reviewers for continuously offering their time, expertise, and dedication to ensuring the quality and integrity of our publications.

In honour of Peer Review Week 2016, we want to help further the understanding of peer review and its essential role in scholarship today by sharing some interesting reads and useful online resources (courtesy of Publons, AAUP, and The Scholarly Kitchen):

Peer Review Resources

Best Practices for Peer Review

“Ask The Chefs: What Is The Future Of Peer Review?”

“Is More Recognition the Key to Peer Review Success?”

• “Peer Review in the Humanities and Social Sciences: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It?”

Join us in celebrating peer review and the important role it plays in scholarly communication by taking part in the conversation on Twitter (#PeerRevWk16 and #RecognizeReview).

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Discoverable Keywords of the New Modernist Studies

September 7, 2016

Written by guest blogger, James Gifford Modernism: Keywords is one of those books that calls out for reviewers. I should know. I’ve been called out to review it three times… But part of what makes this a productive project is that I could think of three different pathways into (and out of) the book without […]

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IJFAB and the Future of Feminist Bioethics: Predictions and Disclaimers

September 2, 2016

Written by IJFAB Editor, Jamie Lindemann Nelson. The World Congress of Bioethics, home to the biennial meeting of IJFAB’s sponsoring organization, the International Network of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, met in Edinburgh this past June. A highlight of the Congress for me was a reception during which the first ten years of the journal were […]

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Transforming the Past to Change the Present–Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s An Octoroon

August 25, 2016

Written by guest blogger, Verna A. Foster A happy combination of circumstances led me to write about An Octoroon. I have been working on contemporary dramatic adaptations, especially plays that adapt other plays, for some years. I also take a perhaps critically unfashionable pleasure in nineteenth-century melodrama. So I was excited to read a couple […]

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Publishing Feminist Bioethics and IJFAB: Looking Back, Looking Forward

August 1, 2016

With this post, we introduce a series by the new editors of IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics addressing issues of importance to feminist bioethicists around the world. We hope to pique your interest and that you’ll participate in the discussion by lending your voice to it. This month’s contribution comes from Jackie […]

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Paradoxes, Politics, and Calculated Silence

July 22, 2016

Written by guest blogger, Patrick Lacroix Immigration and immigrant integration made a sudden and unexpected eruption into Canada’s federal election in 2015. The Conservative Party was determined to prevent Muslim women from wearing the niqab at citizenship ceremonies. The New Democratic Party’s commitment to civic nationalism and its openness on this issue may have cost it […]

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