Print Culture Research Unit (PCRU)

Group Leaders: Dr Jane Potter


About us

The PCRU is an important focus for research in print culture and publishing studies in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. Our research strengths lie in the materiality of texts - specifically in the history of the book, publishing history, textual scholarship, the sociology of texts, the digital text and also in creative writing.

Colleagues in the centre have generated research on diverse topics including: colonial and postcolonial print culture, war literature, social media, magazines and writing processes. We represent the fields of publishing and print culture studies at an international level and contribute to the networks that define this field of scholarship. We have established research collaborations with academic institutions, both national and international.

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Related courses

  • Arts (MPhil / PhD / PhD by Published Work)

Research impact

An open book

The unit’s activities are built around a programme of seminars and conferences that support the research and publications of group members and offer a forum for public presentation of new work. These events provide the opportunity for discussion of methodologies and theoretical approaches, and enable members of the research group to consider the interactions and linkages in this field of study.

Members of the PCRU are involved in the organisation of the annual By-the-Book conference in Florence, Italy, which features new research in publishing studies that is being carried out by scholars across Europe.


Jane Potter

Dr Jane Potter

Reader in Arts

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Name Role Email
Mrs Sarah Franklin Senior Lecturer in Publishing
Dr Miriam Johnson Senior Lecturer in Publishing Media
Professor Angus Phillips Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing
Dr Leander Reeves Senior Lecturer in Publishing
Mr Craig Taylor Senior Lecturer in Publishing Media

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