Print Culture Research Unit (PCRU)

Group Leaders: Dr Jane Potter


Print Culture Research Unit (PCRU)

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.

Research Impact

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.


Dr Jane Potter
Reader in Arts



Mrs Sarah FranklinSenior Lecturer in
Dr Miriam JohnsonSenior Lecturer in Publishing
Professor Angus PhillipsDirector of the Oxford International Centre for
Ms Leander ReevesSenior Lecturer in
Mr Craig TaylorSenior Lecturer in Publishing
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