I have the pleasure of announcing the re-framing of the Books, Publishing, and Libraries Research Network. From today on our Research Network will be known as Information, Medium & Society – The Publishing Studies Research Network.
We see this as a natural progression. Founded in 2003, with the inaugural International Conference on the Future of the Book, we focused on one object – the book. In 2009 we expanded our critical scope becoming the Books, Publishing, and Libraries Research Network. In this iteration, the Research Network began to look beyond the book as the primary site of investigation. And now, in 2019, the network undergoes another change, to become the Information, Medium & Society – The Publishing Studies Research Network, broadening its scope to explore the nature, role and purpose of information and publishing in society.
As we are in the middle of our conference cycle, we will keep Books, Publishing, and Libraries in the title of the upcoming conference. This year’s Special Focus is Publishing Ecologies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. There is still time for you to submit and register; we hope to see you in Granada.
Next year’s conference, Information, Medium & Society: Eighteenth International Conference on Publishing Studies will be held at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. We will be announcing the Special Focus shortly.
We are also launching a new journal Information, Medium & Society: The Journal of Publishing Studies to accompany The International Journal of the Book.
If you are interested in becoming more involved, we welcome your application to the Advisory Board.
Dr. Phillip Kalantzis-Cope
Chair, Information, Medium & Society – The Publishing Studies Research Network
Chief Social Scientist, Common Ground Research Networks