A New Season in a Multitude of Hues
Fall Launch of the University of Ottawa Press

Ottawa, September 30, 2014 – At the fall launch, the University of Ottawa Press unveiled an exciting new season in a multitude of hues: several new titles, new initiatives, and an editorial program that includes new series.

UOP presented its Fall 2014 program and forthcoming titles, and announced new initiatives. The Press also introduced the series editors and kick-started the activities leading up to Open Access Week in October.

Since the last UOP launch in October 2013, 26 titles have been issued in English and French in a range of humanities disciplines: philosophy, literature, translation studies, international development, health, Francophonie, and cultural transfers. Forthcoming titles include works on mathematics, ethnology, international development, literature, law, and francophone studies.

The Press also launched several new series: Politics and Public Policy (editor: Linda Cardinal); Contemporary Issues (editor: Martin Meunier); Canadian Studies (editor: Pierre Anctil), and the Symons Award Lecture Series, a joint publication with the Confederation Centre for the Arts (editor: Ralph Heintzman). In addition, a series of critical essays on Canadian literature during the Spanish Civil War was announced.

UOP has invested in the digital conversion of 75 essential titles, which, until now, were only available in print; new generations of readers will now be able to rediscover these seminal works. The launch also featured UOP’s announcement of its program for the International Open Access Week (October 20–25). Finally, three UOP books have received special recognition over the course of the past year: L’incontournable caste des femmes (finalist, Canada Prize in the Social Sciences), The Copyright Pentalogy (finalist, Eric Hoffer Award); Petun to Wyandot (shortlisted, Ontario Archaeological Society Award for Excellence in Publishing).

The Chair of UOP, Robert Major, said: “Our Open Access initiative, strategic partnerships, including our collaboration with the Canadian Museum of History, our projects for the website, digital conversion and the adaptation of technological advances to further improve our books and expand our networks of distribution and dissemination—all bear witness to the fact that our Press, which has reached a respectable age, is resolutely turned toward the future.”

In closing Robert Major cordially invited all those present to join in an event that will mark the start of UOP’s 80th anniversary celebrations—a noteworthy achievement in view of the rapidly changing environment in book publishing in general and the smaller market for scholarly books in particular. This event will take place on June 2, 2015, in the context of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

UOP acknowledges with gratitude the support it receives from the University of Ottawa, Canadian Heritage through the Canada Book fund, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and the Canadian Federations for the Humanities and Social Sciences through the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program.

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About the University of Ottawa Press

Located in the heart of the national capital, The University of Ottawa Press (UOP) is Canada’s oldest French-language university press and the only fully bilingual university press in North America. UOP publishes 20 to 25 titles per year, in French and English, chiefly in the social sciences, but equally literary translations that contribute to the advancement in the field and the dissemination of knowledge.


For more information:

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