‘Crossing Boundaries, Bridging Divides: Books, Archives, and the Politics of the Digital’

Wednesday 18 May 2016, 6.00PM

Speaker: Professor Marilyn Deegan, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London

The AHRC-funded ‘Academic Book of the Future’ project has been unusual in bringing together many communities of practice concerned with the future of the book: academics, publishers, libraries and archives, booksellers.  Its reach, too, has not been limited to the UK: we also have participants in Europe and the US.  And one of the key areas we have been investigating is the situation with book publishing and distribution in the Global South, particularly in Africa, India and the Middle East.

In this lecture, I will be discussing the changes wrought to book publishing and dissemination by the digital turn, with particular reference to the situation in the Global South.  I will also be discussing the political and democratic implications of two large-scale digitisation initiatives in Africa that I am involved in: the digitisation of the Gacaca archives in Rwanda (60 million pages of documents relating to the post-genocide legal process) and the digitisation of a range of cultural materials in the Sudan: Digital Sudan. 

To register please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-academic-book-of-the-future-public-lecture-tickets-25344055753

Location: The Tree House, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Admission: Free