As part of #ldf15, CREATe Goldsmiths to organize ‘Friction and Fiction: IP, Copyright and Digital Futures’

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Friction and Fiction: IP, Copyright and Digital Futures
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
26 September 2015
10:00 – 17:00


This one day symposium takes place in the company of leading writers, technologists, publishers and agents and ask whether the existing framework of publishing copyright can be adequately adapted to meet – and balance – the rights, needs and creative ambition of authors and publishers. In collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London, Whose Book is it anyway? IP, collaborative business models, and questions of ethics and creativity in digital publishing (2012-2016) and CREATe.

Programme (download detailed pdf).

10:00 – 10:30 – Registration/Coffee
10: 30 – 11:00 – Keynote speech by Danuta Kean: Diversity or die: how the face of book publishing needs to change if it is to have a future.
11: 00 – 11:30 – Keynote speech by Michael Bhaskar: Filtering and Amplification: What Publishing Does and How it Changes
11: 30 – 11:45 – Keynotes Q&A
11: 45 – 13:00 – Panel: What are Words Worth: All together now [What Are Words Worth Now?” is a survey of almost 2500 working writers, commissioned by the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) and carried out by Queen Mary, University of London. The report has found that increasingly few professional authors are able to earn a living from their writing.]

Panel Chair: Jon Rogers, University of Dundee

Dr Jack Underwood, “Solo for Mascha Voice and other Tenuous Rooms”
Sophie Rochester, “Writing for pleasure, writing for art or writing to get paid?”
Louise O’Hare, “Sonrisa/Smile”

13: 00 – 14:00 – Lunch
14: 00 – 15:15 – Panel: How Do Writers Eat?

Panel Chair: Michael Bhaskar
Casey Brienza, Off the Page in America: New Manga Publishing Models for a Digital Future
Ruth Jamieson, tbc
Martin Kretschmer, Director of CREATe

15: 15 – 15:30 – Break
15: 30 – 16:45 – A View from Elsewhere

Panel Chair: Casey Brienza

Eva Weinmayr, “Copyright flattens stuff — Piracy and Feminism”
JR Carpenter, “Writing on the Cusp of Becoming Something Else”
Smita Kheria, “Creators and copyright: Voices from the field”

16: 45 – 16:55 Closing Remarks by Sam Edenborough and Open discussion


Friction and Fiction Conference is part of the CREATe project “Whose Book Is It Anyway? IP, collaborative business models, and questions of ethics and creativity in digital publishing”. The event is part of London Design Festival Digital Design Weekend at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Register on Eventbrite.

For all queries, please email: Ms. Ozden Sahin or Prof. Janis Jefferies

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