IPEd National Editors Conference

The 9th IPEd National Editors Conference will be held in Melbourne from Wednesday 8–Friday 10 May 2019.

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2019 National Editors Conference Keynote Speakers

Posted on: 09 December 2018

IPEd is delighted to have confirmed all four keynote speakers for next year's National Editors Conference:

  • Susan Butler AO, former editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, and a regular commentator on Australian English on radio, television and online
  • Dr Katherine Bode, Associate Professor of Literary and Textual Studies at the Australian National University
  • Penny Modra, co-founder of The Good Copy
  • Michael Williams, Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne.

Susan Butler will explore the challenges that typically induce anxiety in editors today. In judging others, should we make more rational decisions about what we are prepared to let float away on the current of language change – and what we will drag out of the water at all cost?

With reference to her ground-breaking national database project, entitled To be continued: The Australian Newspaper Fiction DatabaseDr Katherine Bode will explore ways in which the principles of editing might be applied to the relationships between archives and editions, between individual literary works and the other works that circulated alongside them in the past, and between the readers and editors who together explore digitised collections in the present.

Looking at editing in the age of content, Penny Modra will tackle the question of how we might promote editing as an essential service to new and emerging industries and sectors.

In his keynote presentation, Michael Williams will discuss the benefits of the Wheeler Centre for Melbourne and to us as editors in a rapidly changing cultural landscape.

A provisional program will be available soon. For more details, visit the conference website

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