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We are writing to share the Call for Proposals for The Routledge Companion to Publicly Engaged Humanities Scholarship, a new edited volume on theories and practices of the publicly engaged humanities to be published in 2023 by Routledge.

The core of this companion will consist of 25 wide-ranging, practice-based essays, exploring the history, concepts, and possible futures of publicly engaged humanities scholarship in the United States. To build a foundation for these futures, this volume will collect case studies grounding discussion of their methodologies and objectives.

The project meets an acute need in the field of publicly engaged humanities scholarship, and we hope it will serve as a standard reference guide for future training in a higher education context.

Following an introduction to the field and its history and methods, the volume will be organized around five areas of particular impact in public humanities scholarship:

  1. Informing contemporary debates

  2. Amplifying community voices and histories

  3. Helping individuals and communities navigate difficult experiences

  4. Preserving culture in times of crisis and change

  5. Expanding educational access

Complementing these core case studies, the companion will conclude with a glossary of roughly 25 key terms, sourced from the case study authors, introducing the conceptual vocabulary of publicly engaged humanities scholarship. The entries in this section will draw on the case studies to explore critical concepts and methods, such as anti-colonial praxis, gallery walk, and partnership.

The full call for proposals is available here:

If you are interested in contributing, please email the editors by December 1, 2021 with the following:

  • A 100-word biographical statement

  • A 300-word chapter abstract outlining the case study you would like to discuss and the broader lessons it might teach current and future generations of publicly engaged humanities scholars.

  • A proposed subject for your glossary entry, surfacing and discussing a key issue or method relating to your case study.

Many thanks and all best regards,

Daniel Fisher-Livne ( and Michelle May-Curry (