The Academic Book in the South

The Academic Book of the South

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This two day conference discusses how profound changes in publishing will affect the Academic Book of the Future in the South

Conference dates:  Monday 7 – Tuesday 8 March 2016

Times: 09.30 – 17.30

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. It will appeal particularly to scholars and practitioners with interests in authorship, publishing and librarianship and the history of the book. See the provisional programme for the event [PDF].

Keynote Speakers:

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. 


Name: The Academic Book in the South
Where: Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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