Why publish? The politics of communication in perishing times

In her inaugural lecture, Professor Sarah Kember asks how a new generation of independent and university presses can reinvent rather than reinforce what counts in scholarly and artistic practice.

In a context of ongoing crisis and policy reform in publishing, in the humanities, and the academy more widely; when it is no longer possible (if it ever was) to earn a living through commercial publishing while at the same time it is obligatory to earn a living (publish or perish) through academic publishing; when publishing is conservative and regulatory; when it is measured, individualised, competitive and anxiety-provoking; when the forms of academic and commercial publishing have become increasingly standardised and when we are not free to write how we would like to (and have in the past) even if we are still free to write what we would like to, this talk will ask: why publish?

The question will not be entirely facetious. What is at stake is not, or not only the future of the publishing industry, the book or the individual’s career but the politics of communication inside the academy and beyond.

In as far as the politics of communication is at once negated and strongly enacted through policies oriented exclusively to commercial innovation, what is the value of revitalising strategies of invention and intervention in writing, scholarship and publishing?

There is a new generation of independent and university presses that are online and open access. This talk will consider what they can do to reinvent rather than reinforce what counts in scholarly and artistic practice.

WHEN Tuesday, 26 April 2016 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST) –

WHERE Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre – Whitehead Building Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross SE14 6AD, United Kingdom

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/why-publish-the-politics-of-communication-in-perishing-times-tickets-22571997452

 


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