Ottawa, 3 June 2015 – The University of Ottawa Press (UOP) is taking the opportunity to celebrate 80 years of scholarly publishing in Canada’s two official languages on the occasion of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, held this year at the University of Ottawa.

To this end, a special line-up of events has been announced to mark 80 years of scholarly publishing at UOP. The events are organized in three components: activities; exhibitions; and initiatives highlighting significant titles from the press archives.

The activities include guided walks through the University of Ottawa campus led by Michel Prévost, chief archivist and consummate storyteller, offering an animated history of the press over the course of time. A round table hosted by Professor Michel Bock, an expert in the history of ideas, will take place in January 2016. Activities marking the 80th anniversary of UOP are also planned for the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais.

Four exhibitions will highlight the full extent—and significance—of scholarly book production at the press. The existing showcase of new UOP books (Desmarais Building, 12th floor) will be complemented by an exhibition of rare books from the press archives and historic printing press objects (in collaboration with Imprimerie Gauvin of Gatineau) at the Archives and Collections space in Morisset Hall. This exhibition will also be mounted at the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais in Gatineau (25-28 February 2016). To round out the visual program, the press website will present a virtual exhibition of 80 Years of UOP with regular updates as new events and releases become available. 

Publishing initiatives are at the heart of this special programming. UOP will breathe new life (print-on-demand and digital versions) into five titles from its archives that are de facto unavailable—they are either currently out-of-print or only available in digital format. UOP will also rejuvenate five additional titles from its archives (new covers and in some cases translations of these titles into the other official language). Finally, the press will release in Open Access five titles that have been out of circulation for too long. These publishing initiatives for the anniversary programming will culminate in the publication of a special edition on the history of the press prepared in collaboration with Michel Bock.

The University of Ottawa Press is the oldest francophone university press in Canada, the only fully bilingual university press in North America, and one of only four Canadian university presses with a declared Open Access commitment. The press has published more than 1100 monographs and collective works and, since 2009, print and digital versions are released simultaneously for every new title.

The University of Ottawa Press acknowledges the support of the University of Ottawa, the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) and Livres Canada Books, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and its Awards to Scholarly Publications Program, as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.   

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For additional information:

Lara Mainville
613-562-5663 | lara.mainville@uOttawa.ca

Peter Thornton
613-562-5800 (2798) | peter.thornton@uOttawa.ca