Imagine a world without STORIES

A talk on role of the publishing industry as a guardian of culture and history by Dr Miriam J Johnson.

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Imagine a world without stories - no books, no magazines, no adaptations, no scientific journals. This scenario highlights the invaluable role the publishing industry plays in society as a guardian of culture and history. It fuels our imaginations, fosters empathy and understanding across diverse communities. It is a cornerstone of entertainment, education and can be a catalyst for change. A world without publishing is a world without wider access to stories, a world with fewer voices being heard, a world with less humanity for all. This short talk by Dr Miriam J Johnson will highlight the role that publishing plays in the stories we tell and what that will look like in the future.

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This event is part of a series called "A world without..." 

Can you imagine a world without the arts? What would our civilisation look like without books, stories, films or plays? How would we learn about human society, culture and relations, pass knowledge to future generations and ensure our survival?

The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Network (CIRIN) at Oxford Brookes University invites you to explore the value of the subjects nurturing creativity, sharpening problem-solving skills, cultivating empathy, enhancing critical thinking, and contributing to a deeper understanding of the human experience, which enriches our perspective on the world.

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