We’re very excited to launch our first crowd review of the essays to be included in Hoarders and Hordes: Responses to the Staffordshire Hoard, a special issue of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies.
The 8 essays were originally presented in 2 sessions at the 2nd biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group in 2012: “Hoarders” considered the uses and limits of disciplinarity in relation to the Hoard, and “Hordes” was a series of cross-disciplinary collaboration. Both sessions were conceived as a dialogic enterprise from their inception.
In the spirit of our collaborative process, we now ask contributors–and the broader public–to respond to one another’s work in the form of a crowd review. We ask for comments, queries, suggestions, and ideas for new direction. As a reviewer (see How to Use this Site), you are charged with being part of the collaboration, part of the Hoard/Horde. Our goal in this open review process is not to change the form of these experimental contributions, but rather to collaborate to expand, clarify, and refine. The crowd review mirrors the dialogic and collaborative form of the volume itself, and so we have generated an interface that allows for threaded comments in which readers can respond to one another as well as to authors directly. Our hope is that a lively month-long discussion will become its own kind of response to the Hoard, and we intend to archive the threaded comments on the Material Collective website. Authors may also incorporate suggestions into individual essays before final publication of the volume in summer of 2016.
So, please, join us in this crowd review experiment, as we work to crack open the traditional academic peer review process and offer an alternative process facilitated by transparency, dialogue and open conversation.