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De-centering book technologies and scholarship of the "outside"

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Organizer: Tim Roberts

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The centrality of the book form for scholarly production is rarely if ever questioned. Many if not all existing publishers and publications continue to adhere exclusively to the book or journal, forms whose extensive time frames for acquisition, marketing, and production are, as many agree, tied to a range of anachronistic and often oppressive communication technologies. But how do we collectively unpack these hardened assumptions and activate scholarship outside of them? In particular, how can we transform thinking about scholarship to effect alternative publication formats, or, for example, locate a post-book form/content dialectic that sees beyond tenure-track requirements? This panel features work that describes and contextualizes particular difficulties or impasses presented by the scholarly publication ecosystem, then moves to contemplate lived solutions that generate unalloyed (not to say utopian) manifestations of research.


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