Writing in Public is my small contribution to the much larger project of the digital humanities, namely to make public and visible, via digital means, the processes by which history making takes place.
Writing in public derives from my work on the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s and 1980s. I follow in the footsteps of other women who sought to erode the distinction between public and private to reveal the politics underneath.
Academic writing practices mystify the labor writing takes. The commodification of ideas as currency in academia means that writing is often concealed. Many academics conceal interim versions in the struggle towards a publishable version.
Finally, writing in public counters the isolation of the academic writer.
Current projects for open review
Book manuscript in progress, The Politics of Women’s Culture
All Histories are Fiction, All Historians are Reenactors for the volume Subjecting History