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We are happy to announce that Dr Miriam Johnson is now leading the Oxford Brookes Creative Industries Research Network (CIRIN).
Dr Johnson is a senior lecturer in media, journalism, and publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. Her research focuses on the intersection of technologies, performance, and the creative industries; alongside aspects of marketing including social media marketing and branding.
We are delighted to announce that By the Book9 will take place from 26 to 28 June 2024 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
By the Book9
26 to 28 June 2024
University of Ljubljana
There is an online submission form for the receipt of paper abstracts.
Visit the conference page here for more details including the call for papers.
In September 2023 Margaret Busby was awarded an honorary degree by Oxford Brookes University. A much respected cultural figure internationally, she is a pioneer in the world of book publishing. Born in Ghana, she graduated from Bedford College, London University, before becoming Britain’s then youngest and first black woman publisher when she co-founded Allison & Busby in the late 1960s. She published many notable authors including Rosa Guy, C. L. R. James, Michael Moorcock and Jill Murphy.
A long-time campaigner for diversity in publishing, Margaret is the current president of English Pen and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her honours include the Royal Society of Literature’s Benson Medal, the Royal African Society’s inaugural Africa Writes Lifetime Achievement Award, and the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been awarded the CBE for services to publishing.
It was a busy time at the London Book Fair (18 to 20 April 2023), where OICP had a stand. Visitors included industry contacts, our alumni working in the industry, and the many friends of the Centre. Our students helped with the running of the Fair, working at the various events and seminars. We had our usual stand party, and the cake this year celebrated the publication of A History of World War One Poetry, edited by Dr Jane Potter.
Philip Shaw, Angus Phillips, and Maria Bajo Gutiérrez from OICP have published a new article in Publishing Research Quarterly on open access in monograph publishing. The article uses evidence from an OICP survey in 2021 to investigate the state of the transition of monographs to Open Access publication. The paper highlights publishers’ opinions on the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic upon monograph publishing and on the future of the monograph, and the pressures and challenges faced by monograph publishers. The survey demonstrated clearly that most publishers see monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences as being in transition, with Open Access expected to play a key part in the future.
You can read the article here
and the article was available open access on publication.
A special issue of the journal Logos has been published to mark 75 years since Indian independence. India is the second-largest English-language book market in the world; there is also a flourishing of publishing in Indian languages. The issue has an amazing set of contributors: Nitasha Devasar (also the guest editor), Sesh Seshadri, Thomas Abraham, Christoph Chesher, Manzar Khan, Richard Charkin, Pramod Kapoor, Milinda De, Kumar Vikram, Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, and Smit Zaveri. The issue is free to access until the end of April. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief is Angus Phillips, Director of OICP.
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.
Programmes from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing score consistently high in the national league tables. In the 2023 Guardian University Guide we are ranked second in the table for Journalism. This follows a ranking of first in the 2020 Guide in the category Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations.
Now published by Cambridge University Press, the new volume by OICP Director Angus Phillips and Miha Kovač offers a fresh and lively discussion of the form and purpose of the book.
'The 21st century has been a time of huge change for the book, but it has left us with more questions than answers. However in this thought-provoking and informative monograph, Phillips and Kovač uncover what makes the book tick, both today but also over the deep expanse of reading history. They uncover the big questions around the book, whilst offering original answers to what, in an age of transformation, is so significant about this slippery but essential form. Is this a book? is the best single volume on the book there is.' Michael Bhaskar, Co-Founder of Canelo and author of The Content Machine