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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Publishing in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges in the Humanities and Social Sciences

21st June 2012, 10:30 to 12:00, Calman Learning Centre, Room CLC 407, University Science Site, Josie Dixon

The Institute of Advanced Study is committed to fostering engagement and encouraging and promoting the benefits and challenges of multi- and interdisciplinary research within the post graduate community at Durham. One of our core aims is to encourage the our postgraduate community to engage with the work sponsored by the Institute and access a wide range of events.

On 21st June 2012 the IAS is delighted to welcome Josie Dixon, former publishing director at Palgrave Macmillan and former senior commissioning editor at Cambridge University Press, to Durham to deliver 'Academic Publishing in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges in the Humanities and Social Sciences'.  The lecture is open to all including academic staff, however it is specifically aimed at PGRs who are perhaps approaching the last stages of their PhD.  In terms of disciplines, the focus is best suited to the arts, humanities and those of the social sciences where monograph publishing is of central interest. The lecture will be offer 100 places.  

Debates about the future of scholarly publishing are not a new phenomenon, and the research monograph in the humanities and social sciences has long been a focus of particular concern. Yet the sense of crisis has sharpened in recent years, and changes in the market and in technology have resulted in some fundamental shifts in academic publishers' business. Digital media offer new opportunities, but have arguably introduced at least as many problems as they have solved. The most fundamental issues for the sustainability of scholarly publishing relate to the larger workings of the academic economy - involving not just publishers but funding bodies, research assessors and tenure committees, libraries, and all the wholesale and retail links in the international distribution chain between publisher and reader. As part of that broader picture, there is a need to understand the varying pressures of supply and demand, together with recent changes in the economy of print publishing and developments in electronic publishing. In this wide-ranging lecture, based on 15 years' publishing experience in both university-press and commercial-academic sectors, Josie Dixon reviews the state of the market and the strategies scholarly publishers have developed to ensure the survival of their business. She will outline some of the new challenges brought by digital technology, including some fundamental questions relating to copyright, access, and intellectual property. While these issues are being played out most dramatically in the sciences, it is clear that they are already encroaching on humanities and social science publishing, and likely to have a major impact in the coming years.

Details and Booking Information

Date: 21st June 2012
Venue: Calman Learning Centre, theatre CLC407
Time: 10:30 - 12:00

Booking is essential: please contact Linda Crowe to book a place to attend. 

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