Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

To support the range of options, and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.
We also want to be ready for the possibility of place-based postponement due to COVID-19. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in person in a later year.

Themes and Special Focus

Information, Medium & Society – The Publishing Studies Research Network is brought together by a shared interest in investigating publishing practices as distinctive modes of social knowledge production. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

Information, Medium & Society: Nineteenth International Conference on Publishing Studies features research addressing the following annual themes. Each year we also focus on a Special Focus that presents a timely challenge.

  • 2021 Special Focus - Research in the Age of Thinking Machines: Implications for Scholars, Libraries, and Publishers
  • Theme 1: Informational Foundations
  • Theme 2: Mediums of Disruption
  • Theme 3: Social History and Impacts

Plenary Speaker

The Information, Medium & Society: Nineteenth International Conference on Publishing Studies will feature a plenary session by one of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Sarah Kember

Sarah Kember

Professor of New Technologies of Communications, Goldsmiths, UK

Conference Partner

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