By the Book4 - Florence June 2017

Publishing Studies Conference 2017

Taking place:

Villa Finaly, Florence, Italy

Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 June 2017

This three-day conference brings together industry professionals, educators, and scholars to examine key issues around the digital transformation of the book, as well as to discuss the developing field of publishing studies. 

Call for Papers

The European Publishing Studies Association (EuroPub), founded in 2016, aims to foster the exchange of knowledge around the contemporary book trade.  This three-day conference brings together industry professionals, educators, and scholars to examine key issues around the digital transformation of the book, as well as to discuss the developing field of publishing studies. Presentations will take different forms to accommodate the range of academic, professional, educational, and independent voices that make By the Book, now in its fourth year, such a unique conference.

What is curation now?

As Michael Bhaskar states in Curation, The Power of Selection in a World of Excess (2016), ‘we should accept that curation is now a broader and deeper term than it used to be, with relevance beyond the limited contexts of either celebrity stunts or gallery exhibitions’. Who are the curators in the rapidly changing publishing environment, and what does it mean to ‘use acts of selection and arranging to add value’? From this perspective, we will welcome proposals focusing on other activities (for example, ‘curation’ in bookshops or libraries) or on other industries (music, movies, video games…) in order to highlight the key characteristics of the book industry.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • What is the role of the publisher - academic, trade, or educational - in content curation? 
  • How has self-publishing changed interaction between creators and readers/consumers in terms of curation? 
  • How are materials for learning curated, inside and outside the classroom? 
  • How has interaction with other forms of media changed the publishing curation process?

We also very much welcome submissions on topics that address other issues in publishing studies (historical and/or contemporary) beyond the conference theme; these will be gathered in a special track.

A special half-day session will also focus on the following topic: best practice in the teaching of Publishing Studies. This gives delegates the opportunity to exchange ideas around publishing education, links with industry, and future developments.

The committee would like to invite proposals of the following types:

  • • Research papers (including pedagogical research)
    • 20 minute long presentations of research outcomes
  • • Poster presentations
    • A3 posters which visualize research outcomes or projects, accompanied by a 5 minute introduction of the poster. 
  • • Group proposals for roundtable discussions of key issues
    • Best practice in teaching Publishing Studies
  • 15 minute long presentations of case studies (e.g. live projects, group work, special assignments, etc.)


Proposals should be of around 250 words together with a short (100 word) biography of the participant/s.
Subject to peer review, a selection of the best papers will be published in a special issue of the premier publishing journal Logos.
Papers for submission to the conference should be sent by Friday 16th December 2016 to: Miha Kovač
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The conference fee is 250 euros including for attendance without presenting a paper. There is a reduced rate of 100 euros for PhD students. 

Conference committee

Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, University College London (chair)
Christoph Bläsi, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Laura Dietz, Anglia Ruskin University
Claudio Franco, University of Bedfordshire
Rose Leighton, Hogeschool van Amsterdam
Sophie Noël, University of Paris 13 (LABSIC)
Corinna Norrick-Rühl, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Ann Steiner, Lund University
Adriaan van der Weel, University of Leiden


Europub organizing committee

Benoît Berthou, Paris 13 Sorbonne Paris City University
Miha Kovač, University of Ljubljana
Angus Phillips, Oxford Brookes University (Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies)