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Centre For The Book

In 2011, the University of Otago established a Centre for the Book with the purpose of providing a unique centre of excellence in book history, print culture, and investigations into new platforms and models of book publication and distribution.

It fosters new research, promotes book-related activities such as conferences, publications and workshops, and liaises and develops creative partnerships with relevant national and international organisations and businesses.

As a Centre we interpret ‘book’ broadly to encompass every aspect of written or printed communication, including physical representations and the cultural impact of the written word.

The Centre for the Book aims to:

  • Enhance the wide range of book-centred activities that take place throughout Dunedin
  • Emphasize Dunedin’s rich cultural heritage in print, as producer, consumer, and preserver of books
  • Encourage research in all facets of the book (in its broadest sense) by utilizing the diverse resources available
  • Promote interaction and communication on the book within the University of Otago, and other local, national and international institutions.

 Check out Donald Kerr discussing the Centre’s aims on the Channel 9 website


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