CHAPTER Postgraduate Research Seminar

CHAPTERCommunication, History of Authorship, Publishing, Textual Editing and Reading

The CHAPTER Postgraduate Research Seminar provides a dedicated forum for the presentation and discussion of research related to the fields of communication, history of authorship, publishing, textual editing, and reading — all broadly conceived. The seminar covers all regions and time periods. 

Thursdays, 18:00
Christopher Adams (IES), George Cooper (UCL), and Maria Vassilopoulos (UCL)

All topics that fall under CHAPTER’s fields of interest are encouraged. These may include (and are not limited to):

  • Bookshops and bookselling
  • Censorship and cultural regulation
  • Children’s and Young Adult publishing
  • Copyright and publishing ethics
  • E-books and audiobooks
  • Price controls (e.g. the Net Book Agreement)
  • Reading cultures and practices
  • Newspaper and magazine publishing
  • Open Access
  • Scholarly communication (commercial, University Presses, not-for-profit)
  • Textual and scholarly editing 

We are particularly interested in exploring topics related to the commercial constraints of authorship, publishing, and the book trade, alongside the political and legal frameworks that govern different sectors of communication, in the UK and elsewhere.

The format of the seminar is: 2 x 20-minute presentations on a complementary topic followed by 20-30 minutes of moderated Q&A. 

The seminar takes place online. Presenters are current U.K. postgraduate research students; however, participants from around the world are welcome to attend. 

CHAPTER is a jointly organised initiative by the Centre for Publishing (University College London) and the Institute of English Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London).  

If you are a U.K. postgraduate research student interested in presenting, please send a 150-word abstract to: