19th International Conference on Publishing Studies: Information, Medium & Society – Madrid, 2nd July 2021

19th International Conference on Publishing Studies: Information, Medium & Society – Madrid, 2nd July 2021

The call for papers for the Information, Medium & Society: Nineteenth International Conference on Publishing Studies is open. This academic event will be held at the Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, in 2nd July 2021.

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. They seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, they are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

This research network is interested in the following lines:

  • On the formation of social knowledge, navigating the construction of shared knowledge of the cultural and natural worlds, interweaving these with individual and community subjectivities.
  • On the changing processes of textual production and distribution from past to present, and the impacts of digitization and the internet on the future of publishing.
  • On the interdisciplinary and practice-focused nature of publishing as a domain of research, and measures of social impact.

The Information, Medium & Society: The Publishing Studies Research Network also supports a book imprint and a series of journals


This conference on Publishing Studies features research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

2021 Special Focus: Research in the Age of Thinking Machines: Implications for Scholars, Libraries, and Publishers

Theme 1: Informational Foundations

  • Genealogies of Human Agency – Understanding the Transmission of Human Culture Through History
  • The Social Author – Originator, Creator, Instigator?
  • From Oral to Textual Cultures – Our Informational Foundations
  • Experiential Meaning Making – Still Image, Moving Images, and Sound
  • Digital Dimensions – Artificial Intelligence, Derivative Data, and Meta-Data
  • Whose Knowledge? – Public Good in the Pursuit of Knowledge

Theme 2: Mediums of Disruptions

  • Disruptive Mediums – From a Machine Age, to the Digital Age, and Beyond
  • Defining Collaborative Relations – The Creator and the Publishe
  • Framing Information Landscapes – Production, Dissemination, Access
  • Economic Realities – From the Printed Artifact the Digital Object
  • Open or Closed – Ethical Considerations for Content Creators and Publishers
  • Media Archaeology – Historical Contexts for Mediums of Social Practice

Theme 3: Social History and Impacts

  • A Social History of Publishing – The Socio-Cultural Dimeson of the Social Practice
  • From the Industry to a Publishing House – Macro and Micro Organizational Cultures
  • Publishing as Praxis – Feminist, LGBTQ, Post-Colonial, and Anti-Capitalist Publishing
  • Gatekeeper Effects – Whose Voices are Heard?
  • Market Forces – Determining Content
  • Filter Bubbles – Digital Content Spaces
  • Boundaries of Access –Abilities and Disabilities
  • Core and Periphery – Considering the Globalization of the Legal Traditions of Copyright

Important dates

  • Advance Proposal Deadline: 2 September 2020
  • Early Proposal Deadline: 2 December 2020
  • Regular Proposal Deadline: 2 April 2021
  • Late Proposal Deadline: 2 June 2021
  • Advance Registration Deadline: 2 October 2020
  • Early Registration Deadline: 2 January 2021
  • Regular Registration Deadline: 2 June 2021
  • Late Registration Deadline: 2 July 2021