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Press Release, Boom: A Journal of California University of California Press

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Boom: A Journal of California

September 22, 2009, Berkeley, CA–University of California Press, the not-for-profit publishing arm of the University of California, is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Boom: A Journal of California.

Written in a scholarly but accessible fashion, Boom is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal, which aims to create a dialog about the vital social, cultural, and political issues of our time. Thoughtful, provocative, and at times playful, Boom speaks not only to the scholarly community but also to the broader public, in California and beyond.

Headed by Editors Carolyn de la Peña, Associate Professor of American Studies at UC Davis and Director of the Davis Humanities Institute, and Louis Warren, UC Davis’ W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of Western U.S. History, the journal will include a wide range of works, including two to three scholarly articles forming the gravitational center of each issue, and setting the foundation for other shorter, often informal works.

“One in eight residents of the U.S. lives in California, and the state has become an unprecedented cultural, economic, and political force in the U.S. and abroad. And yet, no journal has explored the origins and meaning of today’s California in an interdisciplinary and intellectual way. With Boom, we aim to fix that,” said Louis Warren, Boom co-editor.

And according to de la Peña, “To truly grapple with the crisis facing California, we have to gather new knowledge about who we are, how we got here, and what common ground can be built for the future. By featuring the work of researchers in multiple fields and combining that with community voices, we believe Boom will uncover fresh perspectives on the state we’re in.”

Contributions will be made by scholars from within the University of California community, from other universities, as well as by independent scholars, writers, journalists, photographers, and researchers. In addition to a wide range of topical writings in each issue, each year a single, special issue–an outgrowth of a companion annual conference–will assess timely matters of relevance to the state and with global implications.

The first issue of Boom will publish in February 2011 both in print and online.

Boom is supported in part by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “We are deeply grateful to the Mellon Foundation for fostering scholarship in California Studies at this critical moment,” said Lynne Withey, Director of University of California Press.

Few places inspire such a wide range of profound emotions as California. Boom: A Journal of California will harness and direct this passion towards a deeper understanding of the state, its past and future, and role in the wider world.

Click here to download this release as a PDF.


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