Open Access and the Humanities
Martin Eve and Caroline Edwards, Academic Directors, The Open Library of the Humanities
Time: 2-4 pm, June 27, 2013
Location: Thompson Room, Barker Center, Harvard University
Free and Open to the Public
The greatest successes of the Open Access movement have taken place within the sciences where the tipping point was all but reached in 2012. In the humanities, however, there has been a greater degree of skepticism as to the cross-applicability of the models deployed in scientific publishing and the argument continues to rage. In this talk, we detail the background to open access publishing more broadly in historical terms before sequentially evaluating the economic models, social strategies and areas of contention within the humanities subjects themselves.
Speakers: Martin Eve and Caroline Edwards, Academic Project Directors, The Open Library of the Humanities: www.openlibhums.org
Dr Martin Paul Eve is a lecturer in English at the University of Lincoln, specialising in contemporary American fiction, primarily the works of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo and David Foster Wallace. In addition, Martin is known for his work on open access, appearing before the UK House of Commons Select Committee BIS Inquiry into Open Access, writing for the British Academic Policy Series on the topic and founding the Open Library of Humanities.
Dr Caroline Edwards is currently Lecturer in English at the University of Lincoln (but from September 2013 will be Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London). Caroline specialises in 21st-century literature and is author of the forthcoming monograph Fictions of the Not Yet: Time in the Twenty-First-Century British Novel (2015) and co-editor of two collections on living writers:China Miéville: Critical Essays (Gylphi, 2014) and Maggie Gee: Critical Essays (Gylphi, 2014). Caroline is Founding and Commissioning Editor of the open-access journal of c21st literary criticism Alluvium and is Co-Director of the Open Library of Humanities.
Sponsors: The Berkman Center for Internet and Society, The Department of History, The Humanities Division, The Mahindra Center for the Humanities, and The Office for Scholarly Communication, Harvard University.