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Martin Eve

Publishing, Power, and Praxis. Open Access and the Humanities (20.04.21)

This Keynote Lecture was organized by the Editorial Team of On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture, in cooperation with the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture and the University Library Giessen.

Academic publishing, a core part of any research activity, has become, in recent years, a highly politicised act. Boycotts have arisen against the major publishers – and particularly Elsevier – over claimed monopolistic practices. At the same time, the rise of open-access (OA) publishing has presented a series of social and economic challenges that are still unresolved. While it appears to yield great promise of universal access, for many researchers, the increasing number of mandates for open-access from centre-right governments appears to betray the argument that this form of dissemination could be of greater ethical import. Coupled with high article processing charges, OA appears emptied, in many ways, of any of its political force.

In this talk, Martin Paul Eve will talk about the ongoing debates around open-access publishing; the core challenges for the humanities disciplines in achieving better levels of access; and the implications of open, digital forms for the future of the scholarly monograph.

// Prof. Martin Eve (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)

Martin Paul Eve is Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London.

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Suggested preparatory reading:

Eve, Martin Paul. Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. doi:10.1017/CBO9781316161012. Chapter 2: p. 43-85.