10 Jun 2022 09:30 - 18:00 Alison Richards Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge


The monograph, or the scholarly book, is today the dominant form of knowledge production in the humanities. But can there exist a more imaginative, creative, or performative alternative? Can we unbind the monograph and transform it into something that resists the marketisation and privatisation of public knowledge? Something that engages robustly with open platforms and public infrastructures?

Cambridge Digital Humanities invites monograph-writers, publishing scholars, publishers, editors, and open access activists for a day-long conversation on the future of the monograph form.

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Dr Janneke Adema, Coventry University, titled Post-Publishing: Experimenting with Living Books. Tickets to UNBIND include a ticket to Janneke Adema’s keynote.

Lunch will be provided, and drinks will be available to purchase from the ARC Cafe between 8:30am-3:30pm.



This event will be held in person. All tickets are free. The venue has step-free access. Please get in touch if you have access requirements.






Opening remarks by Professor Caroline Bassett, Director of CDH

10.00 - 11.30

Monographs Panel A

‘Ethical feelings: friendship and gender in Jordan’
Susan MacDougall
British Academy Fellow

‘Certain responsibilities: sin, sovereignty and baptist freedom in postcolonial Harare’
Leanne Williams Green
Trinity College, Cambridge

‘Vernaculars of poverty: living, feeling and knowing inequality’
Samuel Strong
Homerton College, Cambridge

‘Real change: Myanmar and the dissonance of salvation’
Dr Michael Edwards
Smuts Research Fellow, Centre for South Asia Studies, Cambridge

11.30 - 12.30

Open access futures at Cambridge University

Niamh Tumelty
Chartered Librarian and Head of Open Research Services
University of Cambridge

12.30 - 13.30


13.30 - 15.00

Keynote lecture

Post-publishing: experimenting with living books
Janneke Adema
Coventry University

Seminar respondent and chair:
Samuel Moore
Cambridge University Libraries

15.00 - 15.30


15.30 - 17.00

Monographs Panel B

‘Short story in India: politics of a minor form’
Siddharth Soni
University of Cambridge

‘The constellational novel’
Louis Klee
Clare College, Cambridge

‘A woman’s job: making middle lives in urban India’
Asiya Islam
Leeds University

‘Red east: propaganda posters for Soviet Uzbekistan’
Mollie Arbuthnot,
Jesus College, Cambridge

17.00 - 18.00

Radical piracy and open access roundtable

Dr Julia Rone (Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy)

Dr Rebekka Kiesewetter (Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University)

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