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Programme conference 2013

Beyond the Book? The future of academic publishing

The dominance of the scholarly monograph, subscription-based journal and the Big Book thesis is now under duress from a combination of: the growing acceptability of open access publishing; increased interest in the use of web 2.0; multimodal exhibitions and curated events; and exploration of the potential of digitized databases, visualization tools, mapping techniques, text mining and network analysis. Our conference will examine the future of scholarly publication in this emerging context. Those participating will include publishers and leading researchers working and theorising in these new spaces. All ECHIC and CIAS members are invited to attend and to present the work that their centre supports.

Draft Programme

Sunday 24th March

4.30  –  5 pm 

Conference  registration (Highfield House, Cloister)


Welcome address by Prof. Pat Thomson, Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies (Highfield House, A01)

5.30 – 6.30 pm

The Manning Memorial Lecture: Prof Toby Miller, City University London, (Highfield House, A01).

7.15 pm

Drinks reception and dinner at the Orchards Hotel

 Monday 25th March

9.15 – 9.45 am

- Conference registration (Highfield House, Cloister)


Themes: Open access, copyright and sources.

10 – 10.55

Panel Discussion 1: The Value of the book as a Form – speakers Prof. Pat Thomson (Nottingham), Prof. Stephen Mumford (Nottingham) and Prof. Sami Pihlström (Helsinki).

11 – 11.55

Panel Discussion 2: Open access – speakers include Dr Jennifer Edmond (Dublin), Dr Susan Schreibman (Dublin) and Dr Ernesto Priego (UCL, London).

12.00 – 1

Panel Discussion 3: Copyright and sources – speakers include Prof. Estelle Derclaye (Nottingham), Dr Giancarlo Frosio (Nottingham), Pedja Pavlicic (Cengage) and Prof. Svetlana Slapsak (Ljubljana, TBC).

1 – 2

Buffet Lunch (Highfield House, Cloister)


Theme: the future of the book and the thesis.

2 – 3

Panel discussion 4: three views on the future of the book: Alison Shaw (PolicyPress), Dr Martin Eve (Lincoln) and Neil Smyth (Nottingham)

3.30 – 4.30

Panel discussion 5: future challenges the policy context. Prof. Iain McCalman (Sydney), Prof. Joy Damousi (Melbourne) and Eva Hoogland (Science Europe, TBC)

4.30 - 5

Open discussion


Drinks reception and dinner at the Hemsley Restaurant



 Tuesday 26th March

10 – 11 am

Key note lecture: Prof. Richard Andrews, Institute of Education, University of London

11.15 – 12.15

ECHIC Annual General Meeting chaired by Prof. Poul Holm, President of ECHIC

12.15 – 1

Buffet lunch (Highfield House, Cloister)


Event close