January 24, 2022

CEU Press Publishes First OA Book Today – Funded by Opening the Future

From CEU Press:

Central European University (CEU) Press is pleased to announce the publication of a new academic monograph for specialist and general readers. It is the first of our ‘open access’ books funded entirely by the university library members of our Opening the Future programme. This book is freely available worldwide to read and download from our partner Project MUSE, and also other open access platforms.

With forty-two extensively annotated maps, the Atlas offers novel insights into the history and mechanics of how Central Europe’s languages have been made, unmade, and deployed for political action. It is a thought-provoking combination of linguistics, history, and cartography.

Words in Space and Time examines the Western European concept of “a nation” and the Central European notion that a “proper” nation is simply the speech community of a single language. The Atlas challenges the reader to consider that languages are products of human history. Languages, just like nations themselves, alongside states, towns, institutions, art, religions or (in)justice, are artefacts invented and shaped by individuals and their groups.


This publication marks a major milestone for our Opening the Future initiative to do away with author facing BPCs and to enable equitable access to both publishing and reading without paywalls. It is the first of several OA books that are out soon from CEU Press and I’m grateful to the libraries supporting our efforts.” Frances Pinter, CEU Press Executive Chair


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