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Third OA book from CEU Press out today

COPIM pilot partner CEU Press publishes third book funded entirely by Opening the Future programme

Published onJan 31, 2022
Third OA book from CEU Press out today

COPIM is pleased to announce that the pilot of our innovative collective funding model - Opening the Future - continues to go from strength to strength. Pilot partner CEU Press today published its third OA book funded entirely by Opening the Future library members: Staged Otherness: Ethnic Shows in Central and Eastern Europe, 1850–1939, edited by Dagnosław Demski and Dominika Czarnecka.

This new monograph demonstrates the complexities in analysing the portrayal of non-European people in front of European audiences. The book focuses on the hitherto unexplored ethnic shows in Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries that reshaped, developed and contested the Western models.

It is fitting that this book will be released with no barriers or borders and is freely-available to anyone, since it concerns many different countries and ethnic groups.

Editor Dagnosław Demski said, “In the period analysed here, the empires that stretched across Central and Eastern Europe (Austria-Hungary, the Second German Reich, Russia) were all multiethnic mosaics. Their metropolitan centres and dominant nations coexisted with ethnic, linguistic, and religious minorities. Imperial policies and goals defined by central authorities were often at variance with the aims and consolidation processes of the nondominant groups. There was a multitude of ‘local voices’—some dominant, some lacking in power.”

Opening the Future at CEU Press is a cost-effective way for libraries to increase their digital collections on the history and culture of Central and Eastern Europe and the former communist countries. Subscribing libraries get unlimited multi-user access to curated packages of backlist books, with perpetual access after three years. The Press uses membership funds solely to produce new frontlist titles like Staged Otherness in OA format. All OA titles will be available via Project MUSE, OAPEN, and the ORL.

Further titles will be announced soon and advance notice will be given to avoid any double-dipping. CEU Press are recording their progress along with plans for further OA books in 2022 on their website at

If you would like to know more about becoming a member of Opening the Future, you can read more about the programme and benefits on the website where there's even a 60 second animation explaining the programme, or contact Emily Poznanski, CEU Press Director, on [email protected]

COPIM’s other partner publisher is Liverpool University Press who also have an Opening the Future membership programme offering books on Hispanic culture, including language, literature, popular culture, theory and history:

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