Past Events | Publishing Seminars

Tue 13 October 2009 at 5.00 pm

Publishing in Iran

Arash Hejazi (Iranian novelist and publisher)

Taking Place: Buckley BG10/11

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Mon 30 March 2009 at 5.00 pm

How can independent publishers survive the crunch?

Pinching their Pennies: How can independent publishers survive the credit crunch?

Bridget Shine (Independent Publishers Guild) and Giles Lewis (How To Books)

Taking Place: Room BG10 Buckley Building Gipsy Lane Campus, Oxford Brookes University

It goes without saying that there is not an industry that has not been affected by the current economic crisis, and publishing is one such industry that has had to tighten its belt and pull up its socks in response to many high street shops shuttering their windows. But what new opportunities can be found amongst the chaos? What type of landscape will emerge after the dust has settled?

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Mon 2 March 2009 at 5.00 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

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 5.00 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

All welcome

see the RNIB

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Tue 18 November 2008 at 5.00 pm

Antony Harwood: ‘The Business of the Literary Agent’

Publishing Research Seminar Series

Taking Place: Buckley BG01 in Semester 1 2008

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 5.00 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

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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Mon 25 February 2008 at 5.00 pm

Harry Bingham: ‘Writers Working for Writers’

Publishing Research Seminar Series

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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Tue 20 November 2007 at 5.00 pm

‘Beyond the Book: Researching Reading in an Event-Based Culture’, Danielle Fuller

Publishing Research Seminar Series

Taking Place: Buckley BG10/11 in Semester 1 2007

Drawing upon the approaches and preliminary findings of the interdisciplinary research project, 'Beyond the Book: Mass Reading Events and Contemporary Cultures of Reading in the UK, USA and Canada,' (http://www.beyondthebookproject.org/) Danielle Fuller will consider some of the strategies, challenges and lines of investigation open to us as students of contemporary book culture. This presentation will be of interest to anyone who is a reader-participant in shared reading (through membership in a book club, for instance), to those who are intrigued by the popularity of literary fiction in the early 21st century, and to publishers trying to understand contemporary reading cultures.

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Tue 30 October 2007 at 5.00 pm

‘Small Cog to Girl Friday’: Clare Christian, Managing and Publishing Director, The Friday Project

Publishing Research Seminar Series

Taking Place: Buckley BG10/11 in Semester 1 2007

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Tue 2 October 2007 at 5.00 pm

‘Publishing: Art or Money?’, Andrew Franklin, Publisher and Managing Director, Profile Books

Publishing Research Seminar Series

Taking Place: Buckley BG10/11 in Semester 1 2007

Is publishing about culture or commerce? Should publishers prioritise the dissemination of art, information, and education, or the making of money?  Who, ultimately, should publishers be responsible to - the general public, shareholders or the aesthetic good?

In this seminar, Andrew Franklin will discuss these issues, drawing on his own experience working for a small independent and a large corporate publisher.

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Mon 26 March 2007 at 5.00 pm

‘Green Futures Magazine’: Hannah Bullock

Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

Publishing Research Seminar

Taking Place: Buckley BG10 in Semester 2 2007

Publishing with an editorial agenda?

Green Futures aims to lead the debate on how to achieve a sustainable future.  It raises questions such as ‘How green is my gap year?', interviews leading figures about environmental concerns, and explores issues including paper and ink use in the printing industries and sustainable travel and tourism.

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Mon 5 March 2007 at 5.00 pm

‘The Bookseller and the Book Trade’: Joel Rickett

Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

Publishing Research Seminar

Taking Place: Buckley BG10 in Semester 2 2007

What is the relationship between the book industry and its weekly trade journal, The Bookseller?  In this seminar, Joel Rickett will discuss this question, by looking at The Bookseller's role in book marketing and promotion, and how it works alongside publishers and retailers to sell books.  The Bookseller also provides industry analysis and commentary, and a forum for debate and opposing opinions about publishing developments and controversies.

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Mon 12 February 2007 at 5.00 pm

‘John Calder: A Life in Publishing’: Professor Alistair McCleery

Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

Publishing Research Seminar

Taking Place: Buckley BG10 in Semester 2 2007

The publisher and bookseller John Calder cut his teeth in the 1950s and 60s, publishing avant-garde, experimental and controversial work from some of the twentieth century's leading writers, including Samuel Beckett, Marguerite Duras, Eugene Ionesco, Henry Miller and Williams Burroughs.  Always valuing the intellect above the wallet, never afraid to shock, and still publishing and bookselling today, John Calder has led a fascinating life in publishing.  Calder presents a very different mode of publishing to that of the multimedia conglomerates we have grown used to in recent years.

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Tue 21 November 2006 at 5.00 pm

‘Touching Paper: the Post-Internet Bookshop’: John Mitchinson

Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

Publishing Research Seminar

Taking Place: Buckley BG11 in Semester 1 2006

As the tail of the online inventory of books grows ever longer, what is the point of bricks-and-mortar bookshops? If we can choose our own favourites online, and often pay less for them, do we really need vast book emporia on our high streets carrying only a fraction of what's available? At QI we think it's time for a new model bookshop. Books are important. Every human activity finds its correlative in a book. Books change lives. They are tactile, moveable portals to an infinity of new worlds. Instead of dull warehouses, bookshops should become high street academies, enriching people with knowledge and leading the campaign to make the world more interesting. The adventure starts here...

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Tue 31 October 2006 at 5.00 pm

‘The Elephant and the Rat: Innovation in Publishing’: Richard Charkin

Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

Publishing Research Seminar

Taking Place: Buckley BG11 in Semester 1 2006

Global publishing is dominated by a handful of very large conglomerate companies: the ‘elephants'.  How do such big beasts respond to changing consumer behaviour and technologies?  How do big organisations remain innovative in the face of competition?  And how can they continue to create and sustain successful new business models?  Drawing on examples including the controversial Macmillan New Writing, Richard Charkin will address these challenges, asking how the elephant can make itself as fleet-footed and successful as the rat.

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Tue 10 October 2006 at 5.00 pm

‘Editorial Reflections: Cultural Expression and Children’s Publishing’: Laura Atkins

Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

Publishing Research Seminar

Taking Place: Buckley BG11 in Semester 1 2006

With immigration and multiculturalism dominating national debate, it is important to consider the implications of cultural diversity for the children's publishing industry. By 2010, one in five school children in the UK will be from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds, a reality not reflected in the books currently produced. Publishing is a notoriously white, middle class profession, which inevitably affects the acquisition and editorial process for stories written by authors from outside of the dominant culture. In this talk, Laura Atkins will reflect on her experiences editing multicultural picture books, and discuss her research on how the publication process has affected children's books written by non-white authors in the UK.

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