16th April, 2021

IPC 2021 research day: call for papers

After a break last year due to COVID disruptions, the academic research day is back on the agenda for the 2021 Independent Publishing Conference.

The research day will be held on Thursday 25 November, both in-person at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne and simultaneously streamed online.

This year’s co-ordinators are Dr Alexandra Dane and Claire Parnell from the University of Melbourne’s School of Culture and Communications.

The theme for this year’s research day is ‘Publishing and the Environment’:

“We seek papers that engage with the theme of publishing and the environment, from the relationship between the industry and the planet, as well as the environments—both material and virtual—within which books are produced, circulated and received.

Although our preference is for papers that focus on independent publishing, presentations on all aspects of publishing are welcome. We are also interested in papers from related disciplines, such as literary studies, creative writing, and media and communication studies. Graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to submit. We also strongly encourage papers that engage playfully or creatively with the conference theme.”

Click here for the full CFP.

Submissions are due by 25 June.


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