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Talk: The Perils and Pitfalls of Editing Academic Books
Date: 13 April 2010 

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures cordially invites you to attend the following talk:

The Perils and Pitfalls of Editing Academic Books

Professor Louise Edwards

Date: 13 April 2010
Time: 4.30-6.00 pm
Location: Room 404, T.T. Tsui Building (next to Global Lounge)

Edited volumes are a common feature of academic publishing but they are fraught with problems that can limit both their intellectual impact and anticipated benefits to career advancement. In this seminar Professor Edwards outlines common problems editors face in managing the editing process and provides a series of practical strategies to minimize their occurrence. She also addresses core issues about the 'value' of editing volumes in the current academic scene.

Topics discussed include:

What makes a coherent edited volume?
When is it worth doing edited volumes?
Common features of 'weak' edited volumes
Writing the concept paper
Soliciting contributions from authors
Managing communication with authors
Maintaining control of the quality of chapters
Strategies for reducing editorial work
Benefits and dangers of editing academic books
Sole editing vs Co-editing
Addressing a publisher’s concerns about edited volumes

Since 2000 Professor Edwards has published 9 edited volumes with a range of different publishing houses and has advised on several more in her role as Series Editor for the Asian Studies Association of Australia’s Women in Asia series with Routledge. She is Professor of Modern China Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and Fellow of both the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA) and the Australian Academy of Humanities (FAHA).

(See: or Women in Asia Series: .)

All are welcome. No registration is required.

For enquiries, please contact Dr Marie Berne,

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