The Politics of Academic Publishing 1950-2016

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Date / time: 22 April, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Royal Society

The Politics of Academic Publishing 1950-2016

A one-day interdisciplinary workshop.

What are the politics behind scholarly publishing? How do gender, race and international relations affect publishing? How have things changed over the past sixty years? An interdisciplinary group of scholars and thinkers will consider the recent past and the contemporary reality of academic publishing. We will be discussing peer review and the evaluation of quality in scholarly publishing, where publication fits in structures of academic recognition and reward, and the business of publishing. Focusing on the twentieth and twenty-first century the workshop will be a space to discuss and share knowledge about the recent history of academic publishing.

Confirmed speakers: Sue Clegg, Kelly Coate, Stefan Collini, Caroline Davis, Jack Meadows, Jennifer Saul and James Wilsdon.


Attendance is free, but spaces are limited to booking is required. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Camilla Mork Rostvik at:

The workshop is organized by the ‘Publishing the Philosophical Transactions’ project at the University of St Andrews. Convenors: Aileen Fyfe, Noah Moxham and Camills Mork Rostvik. The project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. For further information see: