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Emily Silk

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startquoteI am acquiring books in American history, culture, literature, and religion. While I range widely in terms of period and subfield, I am especially interested in books that reach across disciplines and join surprising arguments with compelling narratives. In literary studies, I also welcome submissions for new anthologies, translations, and collected/selected editions. Recently, I have signed books on the politics of Christian conversion in colonial India; the history of Black opera culture under Jim Crow; and the role of nostalgia in Atlantic world empire-building. I also manage two series at HUP: the I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History, published in collaboration with the Villa I Tatti; and Harvard Historical Studies, published in collaboration with the Harvard History Department. Prior to my work as an editor, I completed my Ph.D. in English with a focus on nineteenth-century American literature.endquote

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In awarding Bruno Latour the 2021 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy, the Inamori Foundation said he has “revolutionized the conventional view of science” and “his philosophy re-examines ‘modernity’ based on the dualism of nature and society.” Below is an excerpt from An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns. For more than twenty years, scientific and technological controversies have proliferated in number and scope, eventually reaching the climate itself. Since geologists are beginning to use the term “Anthropocene” to designate the era of Earth’s history that follows the Holocene