Speaker to Discuss ‘Open Access and the Humanities’ on Oct. 2

Martin Eve

Martin Eve, lecturer in English Literature at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom, will speak on “Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future,” on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. in 2601 Du Bois Library.

Open Access (OA), the notion that research work should be free to access and re-use, is a theoretically simple concept that has become mired in practical complexities and controversies. It is also an aspect of contemporary research practice that is gaining worldwide traction and one that no contemporary scholar can afford to ignore, regardless of his or her discipline. How can OA be affordable for the humanities? What are the political motivations for its implementation? What is open licensing? And will Open Access really happen? In his talk, Eve will discuss the history of OA, including specific challenges faced by the humanities and potential future solutions.

Eve specializes in contemporary American fiction and scholarly communications and is the author of “Pynchon and Philosophy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and the forthcoming “Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future,” to be released in November  by Cambridge University Press. Eve edits the open access journal of Pynchon scholarship, Orbit.

Well-known for his work on OA, Eve writes for the British Academic Policy Series on the topic and has appeared before the UK House of Commons Select Committee, Business Innovation and Skills Inquiry into Open Access. He is also a member of multiple open access groups including the OAPEN-UK project and the Open Knowledge Foundations’ Open Access Steering Group.

Eve is the founder of Open Library of Humanities, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities. PLoS is a non-profit organization of scientists dedicated to making the world’s scientific and medical literature freely accessible to scientists and to the public.