Publishing News | Book History
On Thursday 27 October 2022, Dr Jane Potter from OICP appeared on In Our Time, presented by Melvyn Bragg. The R4 programme discussed the celebrated British poet of World War One. Wilfred Owen (1893-1918). Owen had published only a handful of poems when he was killed a week before the end of the war, but in later decades he became seen as the essential British war poet. His works such as Anthem for Doomed Youth, Strange Meeting and Dulce et Decorum Est went on to be inseparable from the memory of the war and its futility. However, while Owen is best known for his poetry of the trenches, his letters offer a more nuanced insight into him such as his pride in being an officer in charge of others and in being a soldier who fought alongside his comrades.
Here is a picture of colleagues in a team meeting this week via Zoom. Our office closed on Tuesday morning (24 March 2020) and we are all working remotely. Although we have had to suspend our programme of events, we are actively working on the remaining classes for this year, which have moved online. We send our good wishes to our network of alumni and friends around the world, and do get in touch if you are interested in studying with us next year – whether on campus or through distance learning.
We send our solidarity and best wishes to everyone around the world in these difficult times.
The new 2019 issue of the Journal of Publishing Culture has just been published. This is the work of last year's students on the History and Culture of Publishing and the Culture of Publishing (Distance Learning) modules.
A new paper, 'What is a Book?', has recently been published in the journal Publishing Research Quarterly, co-authored by Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing.
Miha Kovac, Angus Phillips, Adriaan van der Weel and Ruediger Wischenbart call for a fundamental reconsideration of how we define a book in relation to other book-like objects and text forms. The approach in the article is iterative, moving closer towards a definition of the book whilst acknowledging the arrival of offspring such as the ebook and audiobook.
You can read the article here
On Tuesday, 9 May, the Print Culture Research Unit hosted its annual symposium.
Organised by Caroline Davis, Vincent Trott and Jane Potter, ‘New Directions in Print Culture Studies’ featured work by both established academics and PhD students from around the UK and Europe.
Plenary lectures by Dr Shafquat Towheed (Open University) and Dr Samantha Rayner (UCL) on the opportunities, challenges, and future of the discipline complemented the sixteen papers that highlighted topics as print and politics, networks of the book, digital texts and archives, and magazines and celebrity culture. Readers and the reading experience emerged as a particular focus, highlighted especially by the panel dedicated to EuRED, the European Reading Experience Database.
A new volume of the student journal, The Journal of Publishing Culture is just out.
The Journal of Publishing Culture examines publishing in terms of its historical development and its contemporary practice. It addresses major transitions in publishing as a result of social, political, economic and technological developments. The journal articles are written and produced by postgraduate students at Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Oxford Brookes University.
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