Previous Publishing Seminars

Mon 2 March 2009 at 05.00 pm

The Literature Police

Research seminar:
Apartheid Censorship and its Cultural Consequences

Dr Peter McDonald (Fellow of St. Hugh's College, University of Oxford)

Taking Place: Buckley Building

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Join Dr Peter McDonald, author of The Literature Police: Apartheid Censorship and its Cultural Consequences (OUP 2009), as he traces over 80 years of political, cultural and censorship activities of South Africa and the impact this made on the history of publishing in that country.

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Mon 16 February 2009 at 05.00 pm

Access for All

Research seminar:
How Publishers can make their products accessible for people with sight problems

Richard Orme (Head of Accessibility, Royal National Institute of Blind People)

Taking Place: Buckley Building

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All welcome

see the RNIB

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Tue 18 November 2008 at 05.00 pm

Antony Harwood: ‘The Business of the Literary Agent’

Publishing Research Seminar Series

Taking Place: Buckley BG01 in Semester 1 2008

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Over the past hundred years, literary agents have become key intermediaries in the publishing business. They select authors, negotiate publishing and other rights deals, and manage authors' business affairs. They also frequently perform an editorial function, working closely with authors on their work before it reaches a publisher.

In this talk, Antony Harwood, a leading literary agent, will introduce the business of the literary agent, examining agents' relationships with the rest of the publishing industry, with related media industries, and with authors. He will also discuss some of the current issues in the publishing market affecting the business of the literary agent.

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Tue 4 November 2008 at 05.00 pm

Dr Simone Murray: ‘Remix My Lit: Towards an Open Access Literary Culture’

Publishing Research Seminar Series, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies in assocation with the Institute for Historical and Cultural Research

Taking Place: Buckley BG10/11 in Semester 1 2008

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Dr Simone Murray

The publishing buzzword of 2008 has undoubtedly been ‘open access'. But typically this has referred to scientific journal publishing, only recently expanding to include humanities research. This paper goes further in asking what might an open-access literary culture look like?

Developments around online publishing, electronic-books, print on demand and digital libraries see publishers facing challenges on every side. How might publishers' traditional role as gatekeepers of literary culture be similarly usurped in an environment characterised by networked books, wiki-novels and fictional ‘rip and burn' practices? Outlining three exciting recent experiments in open-access literature, Simone Murray's illustrated talk investigates what the digital future of literature might look like, and what its impact will be on writers, publishers and readers.

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Tue 7 October 2008 at 05.00 pm

Vince Gunn, ex-CEO Blackwell: ‘Bookselling: A Retailer’s Perspective’

Publishing Research Seminar Series

Taking Place: Buckley BG10/11 in Semester 1 2008

What is the current state of bookselling? And what is its future?

In this seminar, Vince Gunn, until very recently CEO of one of Britain's largest and most prestigious bookshop chains, will explore some of the issues in current book retail practice. How do bookshops compete in a competitive marketplace? What techniques do they use to promote consumer spending, and how is this affected by bookshop design? In what ways can in-store, online and digital bookselling work co-operatively? And how do booksellers work with publishers, and how might they work more effectively?

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Mon 25 February 2008 at 05.00 pm

Harry Bingham: ‘Writers Working for Writers’

Publishing Research Seminar Series

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Harry Bingham, Author and Editorial Director of The Writers' Workshop, will be speaking at the Publishing Research Seminar Series at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

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