HemiPress is the Hemispheric Institute’s digital publication imprint, created to house and centralize our diverse publication initiatives. The Institute’s focus on embodied practice requires both methodological and technological innovation. HemiPress creates immersive, media-rich publication and teaching platforms that produce and disseminate knowledge across geographic, linguistic, disciplinary, and mediatic borders. HemiPress won the ATHE-ASTR 2018 Award for Excellence in Digital Scholarship for its unique interventions in the field of academic publishing.


Tome is an online authoring and teaching platform that enables collaborative creation and long-form publishing in an immersive, media-rich environment. Built on the WordPress framework, Tome features a suite of custom plugins that empowers scholars, students, and artists to create innovative born-digital work. It’s media-rich capabilities include photo galleries, mapping, and the ability to embed video directly from various archives. It supports research methodologies such as oral history and visual, aural, and movement analyses, while offering full bibliographical and referencing options. Tome is specifically designed for scholars of performance, allowing the use to visually render the full experiential dimensions necessary to convey the movement, gestures, and sounds of ‘live’ embodied practice.


Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required. Scalar also gives authors tools to structure essay- and book-length works in ways that take advantage of the unique capabilities of digital writing, including nested, recursive, and non-linear formats. The platform also supports collaborative authoring and reader commentary.