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Investigating sustainable solutions for independent literary publishing in Pakistan

A research project funded by 信誉排行榜 has brought together women editors in Pakistan to develop sustainable solutions for the country’s literary publishing industry.

编辑拉合尔The Last Word书店的女性参与者. (从左至右)前排- Niilofur Farrukh, Mehvash阿明, Madeline 克莱门茨 and Afshan Shafi; Back row - Maham 汗, 米娜·马利克, 和埃米尔哈斯奈英.
编辑拉合尔The Last Word书店的女性参与者. (从左至右)前排- Niilofur Farrukh, Mehvash阿明, Madeline 克莱门茨 and Afshan Shafi; Back row - Maham 汗, 米娜·马利克, 和埃米尔哈斯奈英.

车间, 这个月早些时候在拉合尔发生了什么, has made significant advances in connecting women editors with wider stakeholders to think through shared goals and challenges and pinpoint current priorities.

由玛德琳·克莱门茨博士领导, a Senior Lecturer in English Studies in 信誉排行榜’s 社会科学学院、人文学院 & 法律, 编辑的女性 was aimed at supporting women editors in investigating their position in the contemporary Pakistani publishing landscape.

它的灵感来源于最初, interview-based research with women editors conducted by Maham 汗 and Sadia 艾克塔 of International Islamic University Islamabad in 2021; a project which was itself funded through Dr 克莱门茨’ and Dr Rachel Carroll’s 妇女书写巴基斯坦项目(2020-2021年).

汗 and 艾克塔’s research identified sustainability as a major challenge for these women whose “labours of love” offer vital alternative channels for creativity and self-expression in a landscape where – as in so many other locations globally – the value of engagement with the arts needs passionate advocation.

Many of the independent literary magazines and journals they edit struggle to survive, 因为缺乏资金和支持. A 信誉排行榜 grant available to Early Career 研究ers for co-produced research enabled Dr 克莱门茨 to support the work of young researchers in investigating viable solutions to such issues in Pakistan.

克莱门茨, 汗, 艾克塔, 以及三名女性编辑——Mehvash阿明 (The Aleph Review), 玛丽亚姆·皮拉查《十大正规网投平台》, and Afshan Shafi (Pandemonium Review) – worked tirelessly over the course of four months from April to July 2022 to co-develop the workshop and bring it to the point of realisation.

The resulting 编辑的女性 workshop took place virtually and in person over the course of a weekend at The Last Word bookshop in Lahore.

Attendees included established and upcoming editors of literary and art magazines such as Niilofur Farrukh (Nukta Art), 伊洛娜·优素福(《十大正规网投平台》, The Aleph Review)和米娜·马利克 (Risala), and book publishers such as Mehr Husain (Zuka Books) and Taiba Abbas (Ála Books).

这个小组也有作者加入, 批评人士, 文学的记者, 书商, 市场营销专业, 文学节的组织者, and founders of media platforms and initiatives dedicated to gender equality, 多样性, 和赋权. 这些作品包括混合挂毯Muneeza Shamsie, 世界改变了), Raheela Baqai (Karachi Literature Festival and Oxford University Press Pakistan), 萨宾·穆扎法(阿南克马格).com与安南克“文学中的女性”基金会.

希望本协会能提供进一步的, lasting means of empowering women and others to aid one another in forging new careers in … contemporary independent Pakistani literary publishing.

玛德琳博士克莱门茨

Maniza纳, 小书公司的创始人, 创新的电子书平台, also gave a pre-recorded talk to the workshop about her pioneering approach to tackling problems of logistics and access for authors and publishers. Participants travelled to Lahore from cities including Karachi and Islamabad, 以及英国的米德尔斯堡, 亲自出席研讨会. There were also virtual attendees from locations including Germany and Dubai. 每个都有独特的, 对辩论领域的有影响的贡献, 积极倡导发展领域.

Topics for discussion included the future sustainability of the dream of the “beautiful book” and of print publication, including the current prohibitive costs of paper and pre-production services; navigating and harnessing the power of digital publishing and platforms; engaging current and future generations of readers; and providing a platform for emerging talent by means of partnerships with libraries, 文学节日和口头活动.

另外, the workshop identified a pressing need for the creation of archives that demonstrate and document the critical mass of work completed by women and other literary editors and writers who, 在这个领域, 绝不是边际的. The development of non-exclusive networks of support for writers and editors was also always at the forefront of the agenda.

Dr 克莱门茨 said: “This was an incredibly useful and informative workshop and all the participants made a unanimous commitment to realising their ambitions via the establishment of a collectively run association of literary editors along with wider stakeholders whose inaugural meeting is to take place in September 2022.

希望这个协会能提供进一步的, lasting means of empowering women and others to aid one another in forging new careers in this industry, 应对可持续发展的挑战, 他们对最重要的事情做出了巨大的贡献, 当代巴基斯坦独立文学出版的动态场域.”


在新闻中

University research project brings together Pakistani women editors to develop sustainable solutions for independent literary publishing in Pakistan
亚洲标准,Web, 08/08/2022
A research project funded by 信誉排行榜 has brought together women editors in Pakistan to develop sustainable solutions for the country's literary publishing industry. 


女性文学出版的解决方案
北部呼应,p.41、印刷与网络,2022年7月28日
A research project funded by 信誉排行榜 has brought together women editors in Pakistan to develop sustainable solutions for the country's literary publishing industry.