De Gruyter and Medieval Institute Publications, a unit housed within Western Michigan University’s College of Arts and Sciences, have signed an official partnership agreement. (See initial announcement here: https://wmich.edu/arts-sciences/mip-degruyter-partnership).
The agreement comes on the heels of recent growth in the number of titles MIP produces in late antiquity, medieval and early modern literature. The partnership will allow MIP to expand its niche publishing market in these areas significantly over the coming years, while also developing new areas of publication.
“We are pleased to enter this new partnership with De Gruyter and look forward to expanding MIP’s international presence,” said Jana Schulman, who is the director of the Medieval Institute, and co-editor-in-chief (with Theresa Whitaker) of MIP. “The new partnership will allow MIP to continue its mission of promoting humanistic study, inquiry and discourse through an ambitious worldwide publication program.”
The benefits of the new partnership are twofold: De Gruyter gains from MIP’s experience and reputation in the field of medieval studies and MIP benefits from De Gruyter’s extensive global reach and advanced mechanisms for marketing and production. Over the years, MIP has become known for quality publications focusing on what it means to be human through the ages, with particular emphases on literature and literary culture, lived experience, and art, music and drama.
“We are delighted to be able to work with MIP to ensure that valuable content in medieval studies is more broadly accessible to researchers across the globe,” said Tom Clark, Vice President Humanities & Social Sciences at De Gruyter. “With existing De Gruyter medieval studies titles, the partnership will also lead to a substantial collection of high-quality content that academics and librarians can find in one place.”
MIP continues to seek submissions from scholars in MIP’s existing areas of expertise for consideration of future publication. Additionally, the partnership will allow both organizations to develop new areas of publication, reach new readership, and build on both WMU’s and De Gruyter’s international reputation for excellence in the humanities.