Academic Book of the Future lecture
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: they also have participants in Europe and the US. One of the key areas they 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, Professor Deegan 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. She will also be discussing the political and democratic implications of two large-scale digitisation initiatives in Africa that she is 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.