Academic Publishing and the Global South | Panel discussion
On 28th January, The Undergraduate Writing Programme hosted a panel discussion on Academic Publishing and the Global South. The panel featured Rimina Mohapatra (Routledge India), Nathan Hollier (Melbourne University Press), Vicky Williams (Emerald Publishing) and Aritra Paul (Stree Samya) and will be moderated by Arpita Das (Founder, Yoda Press and Senior Writing Fellow, UWP).
In an era of an expanding discourse around building scholarly writings pertinent to the global South and challenges to academic gatekeeping, how do small and large academic publishing professionals continue to perform in a savvy yet ethical manner? In this panel, the speakers talked about the multiple strategies, challenges and opportunities at hand in academic publishing today with a particular focus on the global South.
Vicky Williams has over 20 years’ experience in scholarly publishing across a range of market-facing functions. She is currently CEO of the Emerald Group, following four years as CEO of Emerald Publishing.
Rimina Mohapatra is an author, editor and Publishing Manager, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Informa plc. She has been involved in the making of over 1,000 books at Routledge and has had an integral role in the origination and development of the Routledge India programme in South Asia founded in 2005.
Aritra Paul is a book editor and digital marketer currently working at Stree-Samya Books. She started as an academic editor but has branched out to diverse and changing mediums of publishing; gaming, audio narratives, comics and translation. She enjoys reading manga and webcomics and aspires to be a comic book writer. And sometimes with her friends, she conducts workshops on LGBTQIA awareness.
Nathan Hollier is CEO and Publisher with Melbourne University Publishing Ltd. He is a member of the Scholarly and Journals Publishing Committee of the Australian Publishers Association and sits on the Editorial Board of the journal Learned Publishing.
Moderator: Arpita Das is Publisher-Founder of the independent publishing house, Yoda Press. She is a Senior Writing Fellow with the Undergraduate Writing Programme and Visiting Faculty with the Creative Writing Programme at Ashoka University, and Series Editor of the South Asia Series at Melbourne University Press.
You can view the recording of the session .