• The Hemispheric Institute is a multilingual institution, and proposals may be submitted in English, Spanish, and/or Portuguese. We also accept and encourage proposals for projects in any other language of the Americas, as long as they are submitted together with a full translation (publishable standard) of your proposal into one of these three languages.
• Please note that in its final iteration, a Gesture should appear in at least two languages, and run no longer than 15 000 words (per language).
• Interested scholars, artists, and activists should submit a short proposal (see specific language requirements above) of 1-2 pages, single space, which includes:
• A description of the intellectual content with a clear articulation of the argument or intervention being made
• A description of the proposed media content
• A description of how the multimodal nature of your proposed publication makes it suitable for the series
• Media samples (please include at least 1 sample per “type” of media that you plan to include i.e. photos, video, sound, etc)
• Copyright statement for media, if you plan to include materials outside of HIDVL
• A sample translation(s) of 1 paragraph drawn from your project’s intellectual content into any and all languages that you would like your Gesture to appear in beyond its “original” language. Please ensure you submit translations of publishable standard, and note that HemiPress cannot provide translation services.
• All proposals should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents, in Times New Roman size 12 font, using Chicago Notes-Bibliography citation styles ONLY.
• Accepted video formats include: .mov, .mp4; accepted photo formats include .dng, .cr2, .jpg (.jpg must be greater than 1MB); accepted audio formats include .mp3, .aiff, .wav; the only accepted zipped file format is .zip.
• Files may be shared via Hard Drive, Data Key, WeTransfer, or GoogleDrive
• Please make sure to include captions and credits for all media in a separate Word document with corresponding file names. Please format captions as follows:
• Image Title. Description (if applicable). Photo: Photographer’s name, Date (just year unless specificity is required).
Authors of selected short proposals will be asked to submit a longer proposal––including all written materials (in “original” language) and media, as well as a longer sample translation(s)––which will be forwarded to the Editorial Board. After the Board’s review, selected long proposals will be officially accepted for publication. Authors will then work with both the Managing Editor and the Media & Design Editor to actualize their Gesture on Tome.
All submissions must be vetted and approved by our Editorial Board, made up of 12 leading scholars drawn from the Hemispheric Institute’s network. Affiliated with various departments in universities across the Americas––Theater & Dance, Performance Studies, Spanish & Portuguese, Modern Languages & Literature, Visual Studies, English, and History, the Board is––like HemiPress itself––hemispheric, multilingual, and multimodal. Fluent across languages (English, Spanish, and Portuguese) and disciplines, the Board is uniquely well-positioned to establish HemiPress as a leading voice in digital humanities scholarship.
All HemiPress digital books are peer-reviewed to ensure both a high standard of publication and that proper scholarly weight is attributed to our digital publications.