Academic Diary: Or Why Higher Education Still Matters

by Les Back

Academic Diary by Les Back is available to buy now. Chronicling three decades of his academic career, Les Back turns his sharp and often satirical eye to the everyday aspects of life on campus and the larger forces that are reshaping it. His smart, humorous and sometimes absurd campus tales not only demystify the opaque rituals of scholarship but also offer a personal perspective on the far-reaching issues of university life.

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Reviving and regenerating the traditions and values of university press publishing

Taking advantage of digital technologies and experimenting with the many attractions of print, Goldsmiths Press seeks to revive and regenerate the traditions of academic publishing. Our aim is to create a new culture around academic knowledge practices, one that is more innovative and less constrained than it is now. About Goldsmiths Press

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Explore fiction at its most novel with the Goldsmiths Prize app

We're pleased to announce the launch of our second publication and our first app.  The Goldsmiths Prize, for iPhone and iPad, celebrates the winners and shortlistees of this prestigious literary award and explores the broader tradition of inventive and experimental fiction.  Find out more about this innovative publication and download for free on our publications page.

Forthcoming titles from Goldsmiths Press

We are pleased to announce our next four titles, Stuart Hall: Conversations, Projects and Legacies, edited by Julian Henriques and David Morley, The Death of Public Knowledge, edited by Aeron Davis, and Liberalism in Neoliberal Times, edited by Alejandro Abraham-Hamanoiel, Des Freedman, Gholam Khiabany, Kate Nash and Julian Petley are joined by our first app, a comprehensive guide to The Goldsmiths Prize. All four titles are due for publication in late 2016 and early 2017, visit our publications page for details.

What is Academic Time?

Speaking to Faculti.net for their series of short videos on Sociology and the Social Sciences Les Back talks about his latest book, Academic Diary, and reads from the first chapter, ‘Academic Time’.  You can watch the full video for free on the Faculti website.

How open is Open Access?

Building on her inaugural lecture in April our director, Professor Sarah Kember, reflects on key challenges and debates in Open Access policy.  To what extent, she asks, is Open Access really open, and what decisions regarding diversity, accessibility and funding does the emphasis on ‘openness’ overlook.  Read the full article on the Bookseller website.

Where now after 'Brexit'?

Goldsmiths Press is now actively commissioning research on Brexit.  We are particularly interested in research that seeks to understand Brexit and in projects that work with disenfranchised communities to mitigate effects on employment rights, equality, diversity and investment.  Read more on our submissions page.