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The Second International Conference on the Future of the Book

Keynote addresses by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the areas of publishing, editing, librarianship, printing, authoring and information technologies, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.



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  • John Shipp, University Librarian, University of Sydney, Australia.

    John has been a university librarian for 17 years. He has been at the University of Sydney for 7 years. He is also project director for the Australian Research Information Infrastructure Committee.

    ARIIC is funded by the Australian Government to advise on the development of research information infrastructure including changes in scholarly communication.

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  • Walter Bgoya is a Tanzanian publisher. For 18 years he was the General Manager of the Tanzania Publishing House, and in 1990 established his own independent company, Mkuki na Nyota Publishers of Dar es Salaam. Rooted in the culture of Tanzania, the company publishes with the mission of Africa’s determination to take control of its own intellectual and cultural life, and the paramount importance of literature as a tool of personal liberation and development. A former diplomat, Walter Bgoya is a founder and Chairman of African Books Collective, Chairman of The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, and a found member of the African Publishers’ Network.

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  • Mary Jay is Head of African Books Collective, comprising 89 African publishers working together to strengthen indigenous African publishing. Its mission is cultural, and a major part of the strategy is commercial. ABC markets and distributes the 89 lists worldwide, and in North America through Michigan State University Press; and works to raise awareness about African books and publishing. Mary Jay is a Trustee and Secretary to The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa; and a Trustee of the Southern African Book Development & Education Trust. She was previously deputy to the publisher in an African Studies publishing house.

  • Prof. Bertrand Gervais, Département d'études littéraires, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.

    Prof. Gervais teaches semiotics and contemporary American literature; his research deals with reading and interpretation, new forms of texts and fictions, theories of the imaginary, the Labyrinth and the apocalyptic imagination.

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  • Timothy W. Luke, University Distinguished Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

    Prof. Luke is also is the Program Chair for Government and International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs, the Executive Director of the Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning,, and he serves as Co-Director of the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

    His most recent books are Capitalism, Democracy, and Ecology: Departing from Marx (University of Illinois Press, 1999), The Politics of Cyberspace, ed. with Chris Toulouse (Routledge, 1998), and Ecocritique: Contesting The Politics of Nature, Economy, and Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 1997). His latest book, Museum Politics: Powerplays at the Exhibition was published in Spring 2002 with the University of Minnesota Press.

  • Dr. Sidney Berger, Department of English and Communications, Simmons College, USA.

    Prof. Berger taught History of the Book from 1971 to the present; was adjunct Professor at UCLA, UC Riverside, 1990-2002; and University of Illinois, 2003. He is a printer, publisher, papermaker, type caster and book historian.

  • Tirianza Terranova, Lecturer in Sociology of Media, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, United Kingdom.

    Tirianza lectures in the Sociology of Culture, Media and Film. She is the author of Corpi nella Rete (Costa e Nolan 1996); and Network Culture (Pluto Press, 2004)

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  • Deborah Middleton, Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Huddersfield, and an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at the postgraduate Writing School, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.

    Deborah is a published writer and an experienced performer, and is currently engaged in academic research into the principles of creative practice.

  • Howard Dare, Collie Director, International Centre for Graphic Technology, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

  • Robert Stein, Director, Institute for the Future of the Book, a new institute to be co-located at Columbia University and The University of Southern California.

    Robert Stein was the founder of The Voyager Company. For 13 years he led the development of over 300 titles in 'The Criterion Collection', a series of definitive films on videodisc, and more than 75 CD ROM titles including the CD Companion to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, 'Who Built America', and the Voyager edition of 'Macbeth'. Previous to Voyager, Stein worked with Alan Kay in the Research Group at Atari on a variety of electronic publishing projects.

    Seven years ago, Stein started 'Night Kitchen' to develop authoring tools for the next generation of electronic publishing. That work will be continued at the Institute for the Future of the Book.

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  • David Worlock is Chairman and founder of EPS, has wide experience of print and electronic publishing in educational, academic and professional information fields.

    David is a Cambridge History graduate who joined Thomson Corporation as a trainee in 1967, and subsequently worked in educational and academic publishing before managing Thomson’s school-based publishing as Group Executive Publisher in the late 1970s. Between 1980-85 he was CEO of the pioneer development of EUROLEX, the UK’s first online service for lawyers, subsequently acquired by Reed Elsevier in 1985. In that year he founded Electronic Publishing Services Ltd, a research and consultancy company based in London and New York which has worked alongside the digital content industry in developing strategies for products and markets in consumer and business sectors. Content environments have ranged from text to audio-visual, from online to wireless, from narrowband to broadband. Major projects included the development of Fish4 (the regional press consortium for classified advertising online) of which he was non-executive chairman for five years. Public consultancy work includes advisory services and projects for the European Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry, the British Library, QCA and Oxford Brookes University.

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  • Oliver Freeman is a career publisher who is also acknowledged as an innovative thinker and strategist with a special interest in scenario planning. He has done more for the uptake of scenario planning in Australia than any other practitioner by guiding well over 300 people and many organisations through the scenario planning programs, initiated by Global Business Network in the United States for whom he acts as agent in Australia.

    His publishing career started with McGraw Hill in the UK and he has held various positions in all aspects of publishing with Granda, Oyez and Longman until going out on his own in the mid-eighties. He knows what a royalty is as a recipient too and was the author of Cheap Eats in Sydney for most of the 'eighties.

    Oliver was co-founder of with Stephen Cole in 1998; the company he notes is one of the few 'dot com' survivors of the tech wreck of 2000. In 2001 he sold his Prospect Media publishing business through which he had developed over forty periodical publications, numerous reports and special monographs, to Reed Elsevier. He founded a new list, Richmond, in 2001 which is publishing fiction, non-fiction and business titles.

    Also in 2001, he set up a new 'futures' business (the Neville Freeman Agency) with Richard Neville which is seeking to promote innovation in business and organisations so they might better adapt to the changing world in which we live.

    Oliver has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and an MA from the University of Oxford, and an MA from the University of Essex in the Sociology of Literature

    He is past chairman of Publish Australia, the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) and the current chairman of UNSW Press. He is a past Vice President of the Australian Publishers Association and a director of the Centre for Copyright Studies. He is also a director of VISCOPY Ltd - the visual arts collecting society.

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    John Man is an historian and travel writer and is the author of The Gutenberg Revolution and Alpha Beta.

    His interest in the book is part of a wider interest in those four revolutions in recorded information that have created human interaction as we know it today: the invention of writing, the alphabet, printing with movable type, and the Internet.

    He has written Revolutions 2 and 3 ("Alpha Beta" and "The Gutenberg Revolution", or "Gutenberg" as it is in the US), and 1 and 4 are in the works.

    Revolution in this context means something new coming on top of, but not replacing, what came before. So the book has a great future—it's the only way to cut through the weight of (electronic)information to present what is truly significant and enduring. We'll need books because we'll always need insight and wisdom, properly packaged, accessible, and portable.

  • PLUS a number of keynote speakers from China, details to be confirmed - return to this page for regular updates.