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ASAO’s Distinguished Lectures, an annual custom that took shape from earlier occasional special talks, sparked its Special Publications series with the publication of Marshall Sahlins’ lecture, Historical Metaphors and Mythical Realities: Structure in the Early History of the Sandwich Islands Kingdom in 1981. Special Publications have been edited by Ivan Brady, Deborah Gewertz, and Lamont Lindstrom. Lectures and Special Publications were married more firmly when a Board decision limited the series to publishing only Distinguished Lectures. This arrangement decayed after a number of years when no Distinguished Lecture came available for publication. The journal Oceania instead agreed to publish Distinguished Lectures as feature articles in its November issues, and the Special Publication series was discontinued. I review the history, highlights and lowlights, of these two ASAO enterprises.
In 1983, Mac Marshall and Ivan Brady trusted me with the editorship of the ASAO series, a position I held for seven years. During that time the series and the publishing industry changed a lot. I changed a lot, too. I would like to share some of what I learned participating in ASAO and editing the series. Using archival material that Jan Rensel has generously organized and provided, I will consider how the monograph series began, and how it has changed over 45 years.
Questions to be considered include: How does the microcosm of ASAO monograph series editors’ reports from 1971 to the present reflect macro-level challenges and changes in academic publishing? Was/is ASAO a special case? How has the process through which our volumes are created changed? To what extent are these changes driven by the changes in the publishing industry and what other factors are at play? Has the “ASAO Treatment” result in unique kinds of publications? As these questions suggest, the topic is large and I would be pleased to co-create with others the paper that comes out of this working session.
Rupert Stasch, Jeannette Mageo, Michele Dominy, and Pamela Stewart and Andrew Strathern have provided supplemental narratives regarding their own periods as Monograph Series editors.