Announcing the Launch of Dangerous Citizens Online


NEW YORK, December 7, 2009 – Dangerous Citizens Online is now live at http://dangerouscitizens.columbia.edu. The website is an interactive, media-rich adaptation of the recently released print book, Dangerous Citizens: The Greek Left and the Terror of the State (Fordham University Press), authored by Columbia University Professor Neni Panourgiá.

Dangerous Citizens Online is the product of a partnership between Panourgiá, Fordham University Press, and Columbia’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS). Panourgiá's monograph uses ethnographic interviews, archival material, unpublished personal narratives, and memoirs to tell the stories and history of Greek Leftists in the twentieth century. "The greatest advantage of partnering with CDRS is that the print book can achieve its full pedagogical potential," said Professor Panourgiá. "CDRS makes it possible for students and instructors to access my research materials online and share them with classes, allowing for open, live commentary."

The website integrates the book's narrative with images, video, illuminating text, an interactive map, and other content to create a dynamic user experience. "We are truly blown away by the interactive online site that resulted from the collaboration between Neni, CDRS, and Fordham University Press. Besides surpassing our expectations, it will enhance the readers appreciation and interpretation of the print book, which is unique in its own right," shared Fredric Nachbaur, Director, Fordham University Press.

"This project's partnership—uniting a university library, author, and press—exemplifies new inroads in scholarly communication, and we're excited to be a part of that," said CDRS Director Rebecca Kennison. "CDRS's role is to partner with Columbia scholars to support and promote their work—this alternate version of Dangerous Citizens does this in innovative ways," said Columbia Deputy University Librarian Patricia Renfro. Fordham University Press released the book in August 2009. Visitors to Dangerous Citizens Online can purchase the print version at a discount.

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) partners with researchers and scholars to share new knowledge. Using innovative new media and digital technologies, CDRS empowers Columbia's research community with the online tools and services necessary to make the most of scholarly communication, collaboration, data-sharing, and preservation. More information about our services and projects is available at http://cdrs.columbia.edu. CDRS is part of the Digital Programs and Technology Services division of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.

Neni Panourgiá is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. She has published Fragments of Death, Fables of Identity: An Athenian Anthropography, winner of the Grand Jury Prize of the International Society of Ethnohistory and co-winner of the Chicago Folklore Prize. She has co-edited, with George E. Marcus, the volume Ethnographica Moralia: Experiments in Interpretive Anthropology (Fordham).

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb is the gateway to its services and resources.

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