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Launch of Authors, Readers, Publishers, Texts:
Studies in Book History and Print Culture 

10 January 2019 - Concordia University Press is excited to announce the creation and launch of a new series, Authors, Publishers, Readers, Texts: Studies in Book History and Print Culture. Sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of Canada and under the editorship of Professor Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr (University of Ottawa), the series will publish new scholarship in the fields of bibliography, book history, and print culture broadly defined. The first book in the series is expected to appear in 2020.

Founded in 1947, the Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) is a national, bilingual scholarly association that promotes the study of the history, description, and transmission of texts in all media and formats, with a primary emphasis on Canada. Starting in the late-1940s until the mid-1970s, the BSC published a number of bibliographies, facsimiles of early Canadian printing and publishing, and wider studies of Canadian book culture. This new series will reanimate the BSC’s important work in book historical and bibliographical research. Books in the Authors, Publishers, Readers, Texts series will not be geographically or thematically restricted, but, like the BSC itself, will have an particular interest in Canadian topics and projects. Titles will be published as appropriate in English or French. Membership in the BSC is not a requirement for authors or editors.

As well, to mark the creation of the series, the BSC and Concordia University Press will collaborate with McGill University Library to digitize and re-publish the BSC’s backlist of titles originally issued between 1949 to 1976.

Anyone interested in submitting to the series should send a proposal, CV, and writing sample from a potential book project to:

Concordia University Press publishes peer-reviewed books that are engaged, accessible, and make a point. Launched in October 2016, it supports Concordia University’s desire to transform the individual and strengthen society. The Press’s commitment to open scholarship means that digital versions of its books will be published online without any access restrictions. Print editions will be available for sale to individuals and libraries. The Press’s inaugural catalogue of books will appear in 2019.

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Launch of Nota Bene: Occasional News from Concordia University Press

2 April 2018 - Concordia University Press is very excited to launch Nota Bene, its occasional e-newsletter. The first volume (spring 2018) describes some of the Press's work since it was created in October 2016. Subsequent volumes will acquaint the Press's friends and supporters with news, events, and other items of interest. 

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New Staff Appointment 

5 January 2018 - Concordia University Press is pleased to announce that Meredith Carruthers has joined the Press as Editorial and Production Coordinator. Her main responsibilities will be to managing editorial and production and she will also assist with marketing and special projects.  

Between 2015 and 2016 Meredith was employed as Managing Editor at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA). There was she was responsible for significant aspects of the Centre’s publications program, including project scheduling and monitoring, coordinating the work of freelance service providers, and working with authors and CCA staff. In 2015 she was Visiting Faculty Advisor in the Publication Incubator at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Between 2013 and 2014 she was Associate Editor and Curator of the Istanbul Design Biennial where she had overall responsibility for the Biennial’s multi-author keynote publication, The Future is Not What It Used to Be. She is also the contract proof reader for Canadian Architect.

Meredith has an MFA with a specialization in print media from Concordia and an Honours BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph. She is also working on a part-time basis towards Ryerson University’s publishing program certificate. 


End-of-Year News from Concordia University Press

20 December 2017 - The end of the year is a prompt to reflect on the last twelve months and to contemplate what is to come. 2017 was challenging in many ways, but it brought a number of good things to Concordia University Press. Here, for our friends and supporters, are the highlights:

  • In April we signed an agreement with UBC Press for distribution and marketing for our printed English-language books; 
  • For the very first time, from 27 May to 2 June the Press exhibited at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Congress 2017 was held at Ryerson University in Toronto. We look forward to exhibiting at Congress 2018 at the University of Regina; 
  • In September we established our first series, Media Before 1800, under the co-editorship of Daniel Kline (University of Alaska Anchorage), Fiona Somerset (University of Connecticut) and Stephen Yeager (Concordia University). The first title is envisioned for 2019;
  • In October we received a gift of $250,000 from the Birks Family Foundation. This is in addition to more than $100,000 generously received from the foundation in 2016;
  • Last month Concordia University launched a multi-year, $250 million capital campaign with Concordia University Press as one of its fundraising priorities;
  • Finally, on 4 January 2018 we will be joined by Meredith Carruthers as Editorial & Production Coordinator. Meredith is a former Managing Editor in the Canadian Centre for Architecture's publications department. A fuller announcement and welcome will appear shortly in the New Year.

2018 promises to be an equally exciting year. If you wish to receive regular announcements from the Press, consider signing up for our newsletter. Your information will not be shared, nor will you be inundated with messages, and you will be able to unsubscribe at any time. 

The Press's offices will be closed from 22 December to 3 January 2018. Best wishes for restful and peaceful holidays! 


Concordia University Press Marks One-Year Anniversary with a Major Gift from
the Birks Family Foundation and the Creation of a New Series

27 October 2017 - Concordia University Press is celebrating its one-year anniversary with exciting news. On 26 October, Jonathan Birks, President of the Birks Family Foundation, announced a gift of $250,000 to the Press. "The Press underlines the idea that Concordia is a university that does things that are innovative and makes the communities in which we live far better,” said Birks. In thanking the Foundation, Guylaine Beaudry, Chair of the Press's Board of Directors and Concordia's Vice Provost for Digital Strategy and University Librarian, said that "without critical funding from the Birks Family Foundation, Concordia University Press would simply not exist." 

The Birks family’s relationship with Concordia spans more than eight decades, beginning in the 1930s at one the University’s founding institutions, Sir George Williams University. “My great-great-uncle, Gerald Walker Birks, was very involved with the Drummond St. YMCA and the Y as a whole,” recalled Jonathan Birks. "When Sir George Williams University began offering courses at the YMCA, a bond developed between the Birks family and the University." The Birks Family Foundation previously donated $150,000 to Concordia Library to support its open-access mandate.

The Press is also pleased to announce the creation of its first series: Media Before 1800. Under the editorship of Fiona Somerset (University of Connecticut), Daniel T. Kline (University of Alaska Anchorage), and Stephen Yeager (Concordia University), Media Before 1800 will bring cutting-edge discoveries from the disciplines of manuscript and early-print studies into conversation with the cognate disciplines of media archaeology, infrastructure studies, and media ecology. The “1800” of the series title comes from Friedrich Kittler, whose description of the 1800 discourse network continues to influence the dominant periodizations of media history. Books in the Media Before 1800 series will examine media from the medieval and early modern periods preceding this starting point, to make challenging and politically efficacious claims that engage with the discourses of critical theory, cultural studies, media history, and media archaeology. In particular, they will complicate the established narratives and counter-narratives of periodization, to look for alternative configurations of the relation between past and present. 

Concordia University Press was launched by Concordia University on 27 October 2016. It is a non-profit publisher of peer-reviewed books that cross disciplinary boundaries and propel scholarly inquiry into new areas. Concordia University Press books are engaged, accessible, and make a point. The Press is building its first catalogue of books, pamplets, and series that engage with the themes of Life, Knowledge, and Creation. It publishes in English and in French. 


Concordia University Press Attending the 2017 UAAC-AAUC Conference in Banff, Alberta 

10 October 2017 - Concordia University Press is excited to attend the 2017 Universities Art Association of Canada - l'Association d'art des universités du Canada (UAAC-AAUC) conference from 12-15 October in Banff, Alberta. Editor Geoffrey Robert Little will be participating in a professional development session, "Publishing in the field of art history/Publier dans le domaine de l’histoire de l’art," on Friday, 13 October. 

Established in 1956, UAAC-AAUC provides a national voice for its membership, composed of university and college faculty, independent scholars and other art professionals in the fields of art, art history and visual culture.

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Concordia University Press Partners with UBC Press

26 September 2017 - Concordia University Press and UBC Press are pleased to announce a partnership which will see UBC Press assume worldwide responsibility for marketing and distribution of Concordia University Press’s English-language print books. Founded in October 2016, Concordia University Press is non-profit publisher of scholarly books and pamphlets that cross disciplinary boundaries and propel scholarly inquiry into new areas. It is currently building its inaugural catalogue of titles and series. Digital editions of all Concordia University Press titles will be available for free and without restrictions. UBC Press is Canada’s leading social science publisher with a reputation for publishing high-quality works of original scholarship. Providing marketing and distribution services for a number of publishers, UBC Press is also well known for the comprehensiveness and reach of its global marketing activities.

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