The Academic Book in the South
7th – 8th March 2016, 9.30pm – 5.30pm,
Conference Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
This two day conference discusses how profound changes in publishing will affect the Academic Book of the Future in the South. Speakers will address the production, dissemination, reading and reception of the academic book with specific focus on Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The conference will consider, among other things, how scholars’ ability to access and produce knowledge is facilitated by digital technology and how academics can play a more active role in the creation of, and access to, books in the Arts and Humanities, both printed and digital. A key output of the conference will, we propose, be a Charter for Change for the publication and dissemination of academic books in the South, which will point the way to new partnerships and new opportunities.
The conference will appeal particularly to scholars, students and practitioners with interests in authorship, publishing and librarianship and the history of the book. See the provisional programme for the event.
Walter Bgoya, Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, Tanzania
Sukanta Chaudhuri, Jadavpur University, India
Abhijit Gupta, Jadavpur University Press, India
Sari Hanafi, American University of Beirut
Shamil Jeppie, University of Cape Town
Padmini Ray Murray, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, India
Noureldin M Satti, Sudanese Association for the Archiving of Knowledge
The Academic Book of the Future is a research project funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in collaboration with the British Library, and is concerned with how scholarly work in the Arts and Humanities will be produced, read, and preserved in coming years. The context of the project is one of rapid change: change in the educational landscape in the UK and elsewhere, change in academic careers and promotion structures, change in the political landscape and the funding models for education and learning, change in technology. The project is as inclusive as possible in its reach and has a special interest in the book in the South.
Organised by the British Library in collaboration with Professor Marilyn Deegan, Academic Book of the Future project and Dr Caroline Davis, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Oxford Brookes University, the conference is a partnership between the British Library and the Academic Book of the Future project.
Visit the British Library website to book your place. Full price for the two days is £30, concessions are £15 (including lunch and refreshments).