OA Progress

What progress have we made with our OA publishing programme?

Now that Opening the Future at CEU Press is fully functional and gaining library support, our members will need to know what our plans are for releasing new OA frontlist books. Here we outline progress so far, and our plans for the next year. 

Plans for OA books in 2021-2022

In late April 2021 we announced our first forthcoming OA monograph to be fully-funded by the programme: Words in Space and Time: Historical Atlas of Language Politics in Modern Central Europe by Dr Tomasz Kamusella. Due out in Autumn/Fall 2021, you can read more about the genesis of this work in an interview with the author on our News page.

As of November 2021, through generous library support, we will have accrued funding for five OA monographs in total and they will be published soon. The details of the soon-to-be published titles are given at the bottom of this page.

It is crucial to us and to libraries that there is no chance of ‘double-dipping’ so this does mean there is a slight lead time on being able to give release dates - more on this below. Our distributors require that we announce non-OA books well in advance of the season so right now we’re putting together our Spring/Summer 2022 catalogue. Because we don’t know how much money we’ll have until it accrues from the Opening the Future programme, we are updating our catalogues as soon as we know which books can be funded: https://ceupress.com/catalogs

Publishing OA titles is a rolling process: as soon as we have the funds to produce a title we will publish the next one in line, and so on. Our pricing model takes this gradual growth into account.

Avoiding double-dipping

All new frontlist titles will at first be planned as traditionally-sold ‘closed’ books. But as soon as we have accrued enough library support to fund a book, we will change the metadata before any sales are made and our distributors will move the book to an OA status. This will happen well before the book is published: so far, we’ve estimated between 3-4 months.

Feedback from members and other libraries

We’d very much welcome the views of libraries on how long this lead time should be for you, or any other thoughts about how we should be taking care of this aspect of the model. This is still a very new programme and we’re working hard to make sure it is efficient for our library partners - we welcome any suggestions and discussion on how to improve. Contact us on openingthefuture@copim.ac.uk.

Confirmed forthcoming OA books:

Words in Space and Time: Historical Atlas of Language Politics in Modern Central Europe

Dr Tomasz Kamusella

The atlas offers novel insights into the history and mechanics of Central Europe’s languages as products of human history and a part of culture. It includes forty-two annotated and interactive maps.

Publication date:
forthcoming Autumn/Fall 2021

Constructing Identities over Time: “Bad Gypsies” and “Good Roma” in Russia and Hungary

Jekatyerina Dunajeva

This volume explores how two dominant stereotypes—“bad Gypsies” and “good Roma”—took hold in formal and informal educational institutions in Russia and Hungary. It shows that over centuries “Gypsies” came to be associated with criminality, lack of education, and backwardness. The second notion, of proud, empowered, and educated “Roma,” is a more recent development.
By identifying five historical phases—pre-modern, early-modern, early and “ripe” communism, and neomodern nation-building—the book captures crucial legacies that deepen social divisions and normalize the constructed group images. The analysis of the state-managed Roma identity project in the brief korenizatsija program for the integration of non-Russian nationalities into the Soviet civil service in the 1920s is particularly revealing, while the critique of contemporary endeavors is a valuable resource for policy makers and civic activists alike.

Publication date:
forthcoming November 2021

Memory Crash: Politics of History In and Around Ukraine, 1980s-2010s

Georgiy Kasianov

A vivid reminder that issues of the past worry people no less than issues of the present—with controversies around how a country’s history is interpreted often turning both public and state realms into battlefields of memory. This book is an account of the historical politics in Ukraine embedded within the broader European context with lessons for countries beyond.



Publication date:
forthcoming November 2021

Everyday Life under Communism and After: Consumption and Lifestyle in Hungary, 1945–2000

Tibor Valuch

By providing a survey of consumption and lifestyle in Hungary during the second half of the twentieth century, this book shows how common people lived during and after tumultuous regime changes. After an introduction covering the late 1930s, the study centers on the communist era, and goes on to describe changes in the post-communist period with its legacy of state socialism.

Author Tibor Valuch said “I am very pleased that my new book—Everyday Life under Communism and After: Consumption and Lifestyle in Hungary, 1945-2000—will participate in CEU Press' innovative new Opening the Future program. As an author, I believe it is important that everyone has equal access to new knowledge. As a historian, I have always strived to reach the widest possible audience with my writings and books. The new CEU Press program will help me to do this.”



Publication date:
forthcoming December 2021