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MIP and Arc signed up no fewer than 118 books in 2016. That is exactly on target to reach a publishing level within five years of over one hundred books on late-antique, medieval, and early-modern studies. The same acquisitions team also works on the History list for our partners, Amsterdam University Press, who themselves offered contracts for sixty books to medievalists, early modern scholars and others last year. Even though we are, of course, working in a small niche in humanities scholarship, this is a significantly higher number than any other university press.
Below you will see the first fruits of an exciting new series, Past Imperfect, that aims to present topics in accessible and exciting ways for scholars, students, and the wider public. They are all available as affordable paperbacks, as e-books, and on Kindle worldwide. These are lively reads, perfect for a train or plane journey, and for setting on course reading lists. The Q&A blogs with each author give a good feel for the purposes of each volume.
As we kick off a new year, may I acknowledge our superb team of acquisitions editors, the dozens of scholars who work as series editors on our editorial boards, and the peer reviewers who helped make 2016 so successful.
Dr. Simon Forde (Director and Editor in Chief)
Past Imperfect Series
The Past Imperfect Series presents concise critical overviews of the latest research by the world’s leading scholars. Subjects cross the full range of fields in the period ca. 400-1500 CE which, in a European context, is known as the Middle Ages. Anyone interested in this period will be enthralled and enlightened by these overviews, written in provocative but accessible language. These affordable paperbacks prove that the era still retains a powerful resonance and impact throughout the world today.
Past Imperfect
Customers from North America should use discount code: 798-17 for a 20% discount until February 28th.
Customers from the Rest of the World should enter the code: Past20
Click on the title to route you to purchase page.
Today's Medieval University by M.J. Toswell
Just how medieval is the modern university? From their medieval beginnings in Western Europe, universities have remained monolithic and static entities, renovating themselves just enough to avoid massive interventions by the state or the church. Like parliamentary democracies, they function just well enough that while feelings of despair are frequent, and anticipation of imminent collapse constant, they continue. In the modern era, as universities face a new set of challenges, this book asks if there is not some value in pondering the medieval university, and the continuities that exist as much as do the fractures.

The Scholastic Project by Clare Monagle
This is a somewhat polemical, and very passionate, plea for more work not only about the house that scholasticism built, but those who were excluded from it. This book is the story of how scholastic theology defined this universal subject in terms of the reasonable white man and a catalogue of the exclusions which ensued. The categories of woman, Jew and heretic were core others against which ideal Christian subjectivity was implicitly defined, and this book shows just how constitutive these ‘others’ were for the production of orthodoxy in the Middle Ages.

Chapter 1. Woman
Chapter 2. The Heretic
Chapter 3. The Jew Conclusion

Q&A with Clare Monagle on The Scholastic Project

Medievalism: A Manifesto by Richard Utz
This book is called a manifesto because it has an unapologetically political objective. Richard Utz wants to help reform the way we think about and practise our academic engagement with medieval culture, and he uses his own observations as a medievalist and medievalism-ist over the last 25 years to offer ways in which we might reconnect with the general public that has allowed us to become, since the late nineteenth century, a rather exclusive clan of specialists who communicate mostly with each other.

1. What’s Love Got To Do With It? Our Middle Ages, Ourselves
2. Don’t Know Much About the Middle Ages? Toward Flat(ter) Futures of Engagement
3. Residual Medievalisms in Eastern Bavaria
4. Race and Medievalism at Atlanta’s Rhodes Hall
5. Medievalism, Religion, and Temporality
6. Manifesto: Six (Not So) Little Medievalisms

Q&A with Richard Utz on Medievalism: A Manifesto
Blog Spot
Mary of Nemmegen: Faustian Witchcraft or a Curious Saint’s Legend? by Clifford Davidson
MIP-Arc Humanities Press will be represented at many conferences over the next few months. Come and meet Theresa Whitaker at the ANZAMEMS conference (Wellington, NZ) next week, Erika Gaffney at the College Art Association meeting (New York) and the Renaissance Society of America meeting (Chicago), Shannon Cunningham at the Association for Asian Studies meeting (Toronto) and Simon Forde at the Medieval Academy of America annual meeting also in Toronto.

Erin Dailey, Dymphna Evans and Anne Nolan are attending a range of conferences in the UK and Europe. Meanwhile, our distribution partners, ISD will attend five conferences for MIP in the next few months, Scholars Choice another few, and Amsterdam UP other meetings in western Europe.
Specific details are available
Nicole Has a Job Now
We are excited to announce that Nicole Eddy has officially joined the MIP/Arc Humanities team. Nicole is responsible for peer reviews, supplying correct data to our distributors, managing our inventory, financial transactions, and she oversees our budgets. Nicole says:

 I earned my PhD from the University of Notre Dame with a speciality in medieval romance and manuscript studies. As a student of book history, I am excited now to be part of the publishing world, making that history and shaping the future of the book as a cultural artifact. On a day-to-day basis, Making Book History seems to involve a lot of budget spreadsheets, but on the other hand, Chaucer was a customs official, so I think I must be right where I need to be.

Nicole has also recently been granted an award to attend a Finance Officers meeting organized by the American Association of University Presses in St. Petersburg, FL, in late March. Welcome (officially) Nicole!
Global Libraries Project
Over the years MIP has collected a surplus of books and academic journals. These include review copies, books from Congress, and our own backstock. We would like your help in finding worthy libraries in Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Africa where we can help our fellow medievalists and build up the libraries that they use.

If you know of a library who may be interested in receiving donated books, please contact
Nicole Eddy. We can provide a list of titles available. While we do donate the books for free, we do require that the recipient pay for the shipping.
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