Intellectual Publics

Intellectual Publics provides a multi-faceted forum for cutting-edge scholarship across the humanities and social sciences as well as advice on how to best articulate and publish such work.  We present the ideas and approaches that engage the most visionary thinkers of our time through talks and conversations for an audience invested in the ideas themselves.

Intellectual Publics brings together an audience that includes faculty and students from CUNY and beyond, as well as artists, writers, and scholars from outside the academy.  While speakers include stellar theorists actively shaping their fields, the questions, ideas, and approaches are the main attraction.

Intellectual Publics brings that same creative focus to book publishing, a way of writing for an audience invested in the ideas and methodologies, not just the objects of study themselves.

Directed by Ken Wissoker, who is Senior Executive Editor at Duke University Press, Intellectual Publics offers The Graduate Center and CUNY guidance for scholars— from graduate students to senior faculty—on writing and publishing their work.

Both components of Intellectual Publics assume there are thinkers, writers, and readers engaged in ideas beyond those limited to academic niches or to the larger media’s sense of what will appeal to the general public.  Intellectual Publics looks to reconstitute the intellectual landscape through promoting those alternatives.

Recent Event Highlights

Black Disability Politics Now with Sami Schalk and Vilissa Thompson

Bad Education with Lee Edelman and Tvia Nyong'o

The Emancipation Circuit with Thulani Davis and Eric Lott

Genre and Impact: Academic Writing in Trying Times with Ken Wissoker

Who We Are

Our Director

Kenneth Wissoker

Director, Intellectual Publics

current fellow

Chelsea Largent is the Presidential Research Fellow for Intellectual Publics. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Comparative Literature program working in French, German and English. Her work focuses primarily on writing relationality and queer subjectivity in 19th -21st century autobiographical fiction. 


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