Starting the Summer Hiatus

It’s that time of year again – The Digital Orientalist will be going on hiatus until September this year. We would like to thank all our readers and our editorial team for making academic year 2020-2021 a great one! We have grown our readership, expanded the areas that we publish on, expanded and diversified our editorial team, and held a successful virtual conference!

We would like to extend our thanks to Deniz Çevik (Social Media Manager), Charles Riley (Editor for African Studies), and Alex Mallett (Editor for Islamic Studies) who will be leaving the team this year. Çevik and Riley have been with the Digital Orientalist for three years and Alex for the past two years. Çevik has contributed heavily to shaping the direction that The Digital Orientalist has taken over the last few years, whilst Riley and Mallett have donated their valuable time to writing an array of useful pieces that have engaged our readers and brought us to new audiences.

We would also like to thank Maddalena Poli and Mariana Zorkina for their work on the Digital Orientalist’s Virtual Workshop and Conference 2021, and all our editors and contributors for their hard work writing for The Digital Orientalist this year.

Our Editor-in-Chief, James Harry Morris, will be stepping down from his post this summer in order to take a background role in The Digital Orientalist. Morris would like to extend his thanks to all the editors and contributors he has worked with during his two-year tenure and to the readers of The Digital Orientalist without which the publication wouldn’t exist. He would also like to express that it has been a real joy helping to guide The Digital Orientalist through its past two years of growth. Daigengna Duoer (Editor for Mongolian Studies) will be taking over as Editor-in-Chief from September. We are looking forward to see the direction that The Digital Orientalist will take under her leadership!

As noted our Social Media Manager, Deniz Çevik, will also be stepping down at the end of this academic year. Çevik would like to thank Eric van Lit, the founder of The Digital Orientalist, and James Harry Morris, the Editor-in-Chief for the opportunity to be part of the team for three years. Çevik is so happy to witness the evolution of The Digital Orientalist from a blog to a digital magazine with a growing number of editors and contributors every year. Çevik would like to extend her thanks to all the editors and contributors and especially to the followers of The Digital Orientalist on social media without which The Digital Orientalist wouldn’t be so popular.

We hope you all have a fantastic summer and we look forward to seeing you all in September! We will be announcing this year’s open call for new editors and contributors at the end of the week.


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