CFP: by the book 8 - Publishing and the Changing World, Porto (January 27, 2023)

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by the book 8 - Publishing and the Changing World

Conference of the European Publishing Studies Association

June 21-23, 2023 at the University of Porto, Portugal


The European Publishing Studies Association (EuroPub) aims to foster knowledge exchange around the contemporary book tradeBy the Book brings together industry professionals, educators, and scholars to examine critical issues around the book publishing industry and take forward the developing field of publishing studies. Presentations will take different forms to accommodate the range of academic and industry voices that make By the Book, now in its eighth year, such a distinctive conference. In previous years we have discussed topics ranging from curation to the development of publishing skills.

By the Book 8 will focus on changes in the book trade, past and future. Whether these are based on technological, economic or sociological phenomena, they invite us to reflect on the behaviours and practices amongst the book industry, commercial and cultural actors in the field of books, and readers. We will concentrate on notable trends in publishing, crossing different sectors from consumer to academic publishing. Of particular interest this year are the challenges for industry personnel around securing their resources, whether this concerns talent, IP, paper, or investment funds.


The following is a list of possible topics for papers:

  • Diversity
  • Translation
  • Independent bookselling
  • Small publishing houses
  • Self-Publishing
  • Publishing, creative clusters and regional development
  • Sustainability
  • Book proces and costs of production
  • Business and management models
  • Publishing business and cross media industry perspectives
  • Big Five and other industry giants
  • Digital transformation
  • Digital modalities
  • Ebooks
  • Audiobooks and podcasting
  • Social media and reading
  • Reading habits
  • The changing role of public and academic libraries
  • Publishing as part of the creative industries
  • Research and education approaches within publishing studies
  • Scientific and academic publishing challenges


The three-day conference will also host a thread around publishing education. We welcome proposals that describe best practice in teaching, innovative student projects and other related topics. Delegates have the opportunity to exchange ideas around publishing education as well as links with industry, and future developments.

The conference welcomes papers from international researchers including industry practitioners and PhD students. The conference is in English but papers in either Portuguese or Spanish will be considered for participation in one parallel session.


The committee invites proposals of the following types:

  • Research paper (including pedagogical research) - 20-minute presentation of research outcomes
  • Poster presentation - A3 poster (and in digital form) which visualizes research outcomes or projects, accompanied by a 5-minute introduction of the poster
  • Group proposal for roundtable discussion of key issues - 1-hour discussion including questions
  • Best practice in teaching publishing studies - 15-minute presentation of case studies (e.g. live projects, group work, special assignments)

Proposals should be of around 250 words together with a short (100-word) biography of the participant/s, submitted via the registration form no later than Friday, 27 January 2023.

Subject to peer review, a selection of the best papers will be published in a special issue of the premier publishing journal Logos.


The conference fee is 275 euros, including for those who would like to attend without presenting a paper. There is a reduced rate of 125 euros for PhD students. Delegates should make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.


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Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Mark-Georg Dehrmann] betreut –