Stefania Pandolfo, Professor

Closed (1) Collaboration in creating a new open access academic journal in the humanities and social sciences: design and conception

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

The Otherwise, a new online, open access academic journal devoted to advanced research in the humanities and the social sciences, is seeking motivated students with interests or backgrounds in graphic design, web design, and book design to help in the creation of the journal’s web platform, graphic interface, and page layouts. The Otherwise is devoted to new critical theoretical developments in the humanities and social sciences, particularly in theories of art, decolonial thought, anthropological theory, Africana philosophy, race and racism, East Asian studies, Middle Eastern studies, queer theory, and scholarship concerned with the global south. Students who have such intellectual interests and have studied or are merely interested in graphic design, book design, publishing, and web design are encouraged to apply. (We are very open to interested individuals, whether or not you think you have the right skills.)

Principal supervisor on this project is Peter Skafish, an anthropologist collaborating with Stefania Pandolfo on the project.


Needed tasks:
1. Web design. Students will research with faculty mentor effective web design and interface approaches to online journals, particularly those fitted for use with the Open Journals software. This is an opportunity to learn or hone web one’s web design skills in ways that make them suitable to the worlds of publishing, information management, etc. Students will learn about the critical dimensions of web design by thinking about the implications of design choices on the experience of users of the site.

2. Graphic and book design: in collaboration with faculty mentors, apprentice will help develop design (fonts, layouts, graphics, images) for individual title page, front matter, table of contents, title pages of essays, back matter, etcetera. Students will learn to reflect on the impact of design on the presentation and reception of ideas, and help create an aesthetic form suited to the intellectual goals of the journal. Your creativity is crucial! Student and mentor will research together the ways that existing journals, online or not, and book designers have used design form to critical and intellectual ends.

3. Editorial Assistant. The Otherwise is also currently looking for one or two students interested in developing editorial skills that could be of future use in a variety of editorial contexts, from book and academic publishing to media and journalism. These students will be involved in copy editing and proofreading articles; keeping track of the status of articles under review or in the process of being edited; compiling information in occasional correspondence with authors regarding their work; compiling information for author biographies, bibliographies to articles, etc.; and, ideally, developmentally editing of articles in coordination with the editor of The Otherwise ****Students interested in doing PhD study in the humanities and humanistic social sciences are especially encouraged to apply for editorial assistant positions.****

Note: Students will be involved in thinking about the relation between both of the above design/editorial elements and the work to be published—so this is an opportunity to read and think alongside a faculty mentor, to engage new ideas in the humanities and to participate in their publication. Students interested in graduate school in the humanities/critical social sciences and/or a career in publishing will find this apprenticeship particularly stimulating.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Peter Skafish, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Qualifications: Above all, creativity and an interest in design, ideas, and, hopefully, art: we are looking for students who want to create as well as to learn about design or refine their existing skills. Students with web design experience should understand those needs. All candidates (since we are seeking creative people): we need you to communicate clearly about your availability from week to week and follow through on projects in a timely manner.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs