IPEd Conference 2021: Editing on the Edges

On the edge of the world

At the Brisbane conference in 2017, Dr. Sandra Phillips and Grace Lucas-Pennington gave a presentation on the importance of having Indigenous editors working on Indigenous content. I didn’t attend that particular presentation, but heard and read a variety of responses, including Hella Ibrahim’s blog post We need diverse editors.

When the Tasmanian branch committee started thinking about the possibility of hosting a second national conference in Hobart – the first was From inspiration to publication, in 2007 – it occurred to me that our place on the edge of Australia, which is itself on the edge of the Asia-Pacific region, could offer us a theme. The committee didn’t take much convincing that ‘edges’ could be the organising theme for our conference, so here we are, launching the 10th IPEd National Editors Conference: Editing on the edges.

In our logo, the rough and inaccurate 'draft' is refined into the clear map that sits above it. The two maps are offset from each other to represent those outside the majority; those on the 'edges'.

We will be seeking speakers and workshop presenters who can address some of the edges that we, as editors, deal with – some every day, others only occasionally. We want to look at demographic and geographic edges, technological and ethical edges, economic and educational edges.

Join us just a week after the winter solstice, as the world turns from darkness to light, and Hobart from Dark Mofo to the Festival of Voices.

Join us at the edges.

Elizabeth Spiegel

President, Editors Tasmania

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Online, 28 to 30 June 2021
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