New Public Issue: Digital Engagements; Or, the Virtual Gets Real

January 22, 2018

PUBLIC: A Journal of Imagining America is pleased to announce the publication of its latest issue: Digital Engagements; Or, the Virtual Gets Real, guest edited by Teresa Mangum, Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa. You can view it online now at

How do knowledge makers in the digital world and IRL (‘in the real world’) make their work both visible to and engaged with a variety of publics?  How can work that is often seen as placeless or ‘not real’ effect real transformations in and with these publics?  And what can we do when kinds and forms of work demanded by 21st-century challenges do not pass muster as real work by people and institutions positioned as gatekeepers?

This issue of PUBLIC introduces and documents a range of imaginative digital and publicly engaged pedagogies and practices, and reflects on how digital platforms and technologies specifically have been transformative.

From digital narratives to mapping projects to gaming to online exhibits, our publicly engaged digital activists, artists, designers, and scholars offer exhilarating answers through their theories, practices, and our new gallery. We hope you’ll join the conversation!

PUBLIC is a peer-reviewed, multimedia e-journal focused on humanities, arts, and design in public life.  It presents projects, pedagogies, resources, and ideas that reflect rich engagements among diverse participants, organizations, disciplines, and sectors.

PUBLIC is part of the national consortium Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, a national consortium of some 100 colleges and universities, currently hosted by University of California, Davis, that catalyzes change in campus practices, structures, and policies regarding public scholarship and creative practice. It seeks to enable publicly engaged artists, designers, and scholars to thrive and contribute to community action and revitalization.  IA is committed to the intersection of culture and participatory democracy; Public is aligned with its Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals.

PUBLIC is published by Syracuse Unbound, a joint imprint of Syracuse University Libraries and Syracuse University Press.


Kathleen Brandt
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