April 2013 Conference on Publishing in the 21st Century

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University of Minnesota - Duluth
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The English Graduate Student Association of the University of Minnesota-Duluth is accepting papers for our Spring 2013 publishing conference. This conference, titled "21st-Century Publishing: Industry, Media, and the Future of Print," will take place on Friday, April 12 on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota.

At this one-day event, students, faculty members, and industry professionals from Minnesota and the surrounding region will have the opportunity to attend panels and roundtables as well as participate in networking. We anticipate lively discussion on industry challenges and best practices, research in various aspects of publishing, and career and training opportunities for the next generation of publishing professionals.

In addition to presentations from faculty and industry experts, we hope to feature the research of students, both graduate and undergraduate. Panels may address a broad spectrum of topics, including but not limited to

1. Academic Publishing at a University Press or a Scholarly Journal
2. Financial Models in Today's Publishing Environment
3. Internships and Other Training in Publishing
4. Lessons from the History of Publishing and Print Culture
5. Marketing and Retailing Books in the 21st Century: Publisher, Retailer, and Librarian Perspectives
6. Niche Publishing in 2012 and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities
7. Nonprofit-Sector Publishing
8. Periodical Publishing in Diverse Environments
9. Production and Document Design Across Publishing Genres: Best Practices and Trends
10. Publishing Ethnically Diverse and Culturally Sensitive Materials
11. Publishing from the Author's Perspective

Session times for this conference are 50 minutes in length. Individual presentations at the graduate and faculty level should be 20 minutes in length, maximum, to enable energetic discussion. Presentations at the undergraduate level may be 10 minutes in length. Panel presentations may include no more than two presenters at 20 minutes each or three presenters at 10 minutes each. Roundtables may include five to eight participants.

To submit your scholarly work, please send an abstract or description of your paper (250 words or less) to umd.egsa@gmail.com (subject line "Paper proposal"). The deadline for submissions is January 21, 2013. Notifications will be made by February 1, 2012. Abstracts will be made available prior to the conference on the event website.

There is no registration fee for this conference. An online registration form as well as information about affordable lodging will be made available in February.

The University of Minnesota-Duluth is home to an MA in English with emphases in literary studies, writing studies, and publishing and print culture. Located at the tip of Lake Superior in an urban center of more than 125,000 people, UMD participates in a vibrant literary culture. At the same time, with more than 11,000 acres of public open space and parkland, Duluth is an outdoor adventure, with plentiful biking, hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing trails.

The Writing Studies Club
The Arts and Humanities Event Grants of the University of Minnesota System
The College of Liberal Arts Teaching Grant
The Department of English
The Department of Writing Studies
The Duluth, MN Chamber of Commerce