The 2007 Book Conference will feature plenary session addresses by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the fields of publishing, libraries, information systems, literacy and learning, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Garden Conversation Sessions

Main speakers will make formal 30 minute presentations in the plenary sessions. They will also participate in 60 minute Garden Conversation sessions at the same time as the parallel sessions. The setting is a circle of chairs outdoors. These sessions are entirely unstructured - a chance to meet the plenary speaker and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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  • Lawrence Lessig

    Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school's Center for Internet and Society. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was the Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and a Professor at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

    Professor Lessig represented web site operator Eric Eldred in the ground-breaking case Eldred v. Ashcroft, a challenge to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. He has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, and was named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries, for arguing "against interpretations of copyright that could stifle innovation and discourse online."

    Professor Lessig is the author of Free Culture (2004), The Future of Ideas (2001) and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999). He chairs the Creative Commons project, and serves on the board of the Free Software Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Public Library of Science, and Public Knowledge. He is also a columnist for Wired.

    Professor Lessig earned a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.

    Professor Lessig teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, contracts, and the law of cyberspace.

  • José Luis González Quirós

    Born on September 2nd, 1947 in Grado (Oviedo). Ph. D. in Philosophy ( Universidad Complutense, Madrid). Worked as Philosophy professor at Universidad Complutense, and also as Vice Director of the Universidad Complutense Summer Courses. Taught courses and seminars at the universities of Wyoming (USA) and Lund (Sweden). Held the positions of Secretary General at the Spanish Institute of Emigration, Director of Research at the Official Institute of Radio and Television, and Secretary General at Fundesco. He now is a tenured scientist at the Institute of Philosophy of the Consejo Superior de Investigación Científica (CSIC, Madrid), and he is also a member of the editorial staff at the magazines Revista de Libros and Nueva Revista. He also collaborates regularly with his articles on the newspaper Gaceta de los Negocios. Founder and first director of the magazine Cuadernos de pensamiento político.

    His works have versed on a wide variety of topics which ultimately refer to matters of Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Politics and Culture, as well as matters related to the creation and social assimilation of the technological revolution.

  • Françoise Dubruille

    Françoise Dubruille is the Director of the European Booksellers Federation. Françoise Dubruille was born in 1958 in Valenciennes (France). She has a degree in languages, a diploma in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Societal Studies. She is a French native speaker and is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish. She joined the European Booksellers Federation in 2001. Before joining EBF she was involved for more than 10 years in local and regional development and she collaborated with various regional authorities in the E.U. and with the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles). Whether in the private or semi-public sector, she has worked as an employee and as a free-lance consultant for most of her career in an international and EU-related environment. She was responsible for the organization of several international conferences, studies and projects and has therefore acquired an extensive experience of multi-cultural and organizational issues as well as of EU matters and policies.

  • Simone Murray

    Simone Murray is a Lecturer in Communications and Media Studies at Monash University, Melbourne. Her research focuses on the interface of the book with other communications media, particularly via digital multiformatting of content. Her book Mixed Media: Feminist Presses and Publishing Politics (Pluto Press UK) was awarded the 2005 DeLong Book Prize by the international Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing for the best book on print culture published during 2004. In 2007 she won the Book Conference International Award for Excellence for her article ‘Books as Media: The Adaptation Industry’. Her current research focuses on the industrial substructures of book-to-screen adaptations of literary prize-winners, and how such research can combine media studies and book history perspectives. Simone has recently begun a three-year Australian Research Council Discovery project on the adaptation industry, titled ‘Books as Media: The Cultural Economy of Literary Adaptation’.

  • Stefan Gradmann

    Stefan Gradmann has good knowledge and experience in digital library, library automation and information technologies, with a special emphasis on the digital humanities. His second area of expertise is digital identity management as well as authentication and authorisation technologies. His third area of interest is document management and document lifecycle management.

    The overall background of his work is an integrated view of the scientific information lifecycle with emphasis on interoperability and open, standards based methods of modelling this scholarly information continuum - both in technical terms as in an e-science perspective. He has been directing major shared cataloguing networks (NBV and GBV), working for OCLC/Pica as a product manager, carrying out projects concerned with open access publication models (such as GAP) and currently is deputy director of Hamburg University's computing center (RRZ), providing a full range of IT services to one of the biggest German universities.

    Besides his constant concern for interoperable and open approaches his interest has focussed on specific modes and conditions of IT-use in the digital humanities during the last years. He was an international advisor for the ACLS Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

    He has been involved in project peer reviewing and proposal evaluation under contract with the European Commission since 1994 and recently been carrying out strategic/technical work on digital library interoperability for the EC. Together with Makx Dekkers he is leading Work Package 2 of the EDLnet project and thus currently contributes to the building of the European Digital Library. Stefan Gradmann holds a Ph. D. in German Literature (Universität Freiburg i. Brsg.)"

  • Silvia Castrillón

    Silvia Castrillón has a degree in Library Administration and Management from the University of Antioquia in Colombia. In 1982 she created the Asociación Colombiana para el Libro Infantil y Juvenil, ACLIJ, (Colombian Association on Books for Children and Young People), as the Colombian Section of the International Board on Books for Young People, IBBY.

    Under her direction and for 11 years, Fundalectura (an organization formed by paper, graphic and publishing industries and merged with ACLIJ) carried out in the country several programs of reading promotion and paved the way for integrating the Latin American countries through different means such as the Revista Latinoamericana de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil (Latin American Magazine of Literature for Children and Young People) and the IBBY 27th World Congress held in Cartagena de Indias. Her work was honored in 1996 with the IBBY’s Ashahi Award.

    In 1998 Silvia created the Asociación Colombiana de Lectura y Escritura, Asolectura, (Colombian Association of Reading and Writing), an organization that advocates for the civil society’s right to read and write and whose purpose is to struggle against the exclusion from written culture. She has been its president since its creation.

    Silvia organized the first congresses on reading in Columbia. She has worked as international consultant for UNESCO, OEA, OEI, SECAB, CERLALC and the United Nations on the fields of school libraries, public libraries, books for children and young people and public policies on reading and writing. She has been a lecturer at international Congresses on reading, children’s literature and libraries and has published articles in several publications of Spain, France, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Equator, Venezuela and Colombia. She is the author of the books: Modelo Flexible para un Sistema de Bibliotecas Escolares. Bogotá: OAS, 1982 and El derecho a leer y a escribir. México: Conaculta, 2005.

  • Antonio M ª Avila Álvarez

  • Antonio M ª Avila Álvarez has been the Executive Director of the Spanish Association of Publishers Guilds since 1997. He is also an Associate Teacher in TPGA for the Autonomous University of Madrid and teaches classes in foreign trade and trade policy. He holds a Doctor in Law and a Doctor in Economic Sciences. His publications include Practical Manual of Foreign Trade (Tecnos, 1986), Regulation of the International Trade after the Round of Uruguay (Tecnos, 1994), Trade policy of the European Union (Piramide, 1997), Politics of competition and trade policy: (IMADE-COCIM, 2004), The intellectual Property in Economy International relationships: (IMADE-COCIM, 2007)

  • Miguel Ledesma Sánchez

  • Miguel Ledesma is the General Manager for the Latin America trade and Vice-President of the Océano Grupo Editorial. He has a Degree in Enterprise Sciences and has a Master in Administration and Direction of Companies. His experience in the publishing market and he has a wide knowledge of the issues related to the culture, policies and other aspects of the countries of Latin America.. He is directly responsible for the branches that Grupo Océano has on American continent.

  • Michael A Peters

  • Michael A Peters is Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He held a personal chair at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and was Research Professor at the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, where he has an adjunct appointment. Professor Peters earned a BA (Hons) in Geography, MA (1st) in Philosophy and PhD in Education. He is the editor of three international journals (see below) and he is the author/editor of some thirty five books including Building Knowledge Cultures (2006), Why Foucault? New Directions in Educational Research (2007), Truth and Subjectivity: Foucault, Education and the Culture of Self (2007) - all with Tina Besley - and Global Knowledge Cultures (2007) (with Cushla Kapitzke) and Global Citizenship Education (2007) (both forthcoming). He has written on Derrida and the new humanities and published in a wide variety of journals from different disciplines. One of his current interests focuses on genres of academic writing and the future of scientific communication.

  • Antonio Basanta Reyes

    Antonio Basanta Reyes is the Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Fundación Germán Sánchez Rupérez and is a Board Member of Spanish publishing houses Siruela and Aura Comunicación, as well as Revistas América Ibérica. In addition he is also a member of the Castilla y León Library Council, the National Public Library Council, the Scientific Committe of Fundación Duques de Soria and is the Director the Publishing Committee of the Spanish Association of Friends of Books for Young People. He holds a Doctor in Spanish Literature from Complutense University Madrid and is the author of more than 30 books.

  • María Antonia Carrato Mena

    María Antonia Carrato Mena has been Head of the Subdirectorate General for Library Coordination of the Ministry of Culture since 2005. Previously she worked at the Madrid Community managing its library system that consists of the Regional Library, 17 public libraries in Madrid, 13 mobile libraries and 123 municipal public libraries that enter the system by signing cooperation agreements. She has also worked in the Music Department at the Spanish National Library. At the present time, she is responsible for the development and coordination of the Spanish library sector and the promotion of international relations concerning libraries.

  • Mary Kalantzis

    Mary Kalantzis is Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinios Urbana Campaign, USA. She also is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, attached to the Globalism Institute and Research Director of the Knowledge Design Forum. She was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia from 1997-2003, the President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education from 2000-2004 and an inaugural member of the Australian National Institute for Quality Teaching and School Leadership 2004–2005. She has also been a Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Chair of the Queensland Ethnic Affairs Ministerial Advisory Committee and a member of the Australia Council’s Community Cultural Development Board. Her academic research and writing, crosses a number of disciplines, including history, linguistics, education and sociology; and examines themes as varied as Australian immigration, leadership and workplace change, professional learning, pedagogy and literacy learning. With Bill Cope, she is co-author of a number of books, including: 'The Powers of Literacy', Falmer Press, London, 1993, 'Productive Diversity', Pluto Press, Sydney, 1997; 'A Place in the Sun: Re-Creating the Australian Way of Life', Harper Collins, Sydney, 2000; 'Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures', Routledge, London, 2000; and 'Learning by Design', Victorian Schools Innovation Commission, Melbourne, 2005.

  • Antonio Ramírez Gonzalez

    Antonio Ramírez Gonzalez is the Director of Librería La Central del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. He is also the previous Director of Llibrería del Raval, SL. Barcelona and Companyia Central Llibretera SL, Barcelona. He holds degrees at Universidad de Medellín, Colombia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and an MA in Publishing Techniques and Historical Culture both from the Universidad de Barcelona. In addition, he has taught courses at Universitat Pompeu i Fabra and Scuola per Librai Umberto e Elisabeta Mauri, Venezia, Italia. He has been on the Booksellers Board of Directors and Managment Board Totselsllibres and has published numerous articles with the most recent one in DeLibros.

  • Javier Díaz de Olarte

    Javier Díaz de Olarte was born in 1966 in Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain). He holds a Law degree from the University of Deusto, 1989. Since 1995 he has been practicing law and he went on to specialize in Intellectual Property issues in 1999.

    From 2000 to 2006 he chaired the Law Department of AIE (Artistas Intérpretes o Ejecutantes), a Spanish copyright organization for performers. Currently he leads the Legal Department of CEDRO, the Spanish reproduction rights organization.

    He has participated as a speaker in forums, doctorate courses and master´s degrees at different universities.

  • Peter Hamilton

    Peter Hamilton is the Head of Education Development with Intel IT Innovation. Peter has a total of over 20 years experience in the IT Industry and has been with Intel since 1991 where he has worked in a in a variety of manufacturing, quality management, and technology development roles in both Ireland and the US. In 1998 Peter was a founder member of Intel Performance Learning Solutions, now part of Intel IT Innovation. He has led the education research, design and development activities which have delivered the award winning skooolLearning and Teaching technologies which are successfully implemented in, and also in Sweden, Turkey and Thailand. Peter has consulted on education technology in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia and has published papers on mobile and technology-based learning. Peter has a Masters Degree in Engineering from University College Dublin. In 2004 Peter was joint recipient of the Digital Media Person of the Year Award at Ireland’s National Digital Media Awards for his work with the skoool Learning and Teaching Technologies. In 2006 and early 2007 Intel released new versions of skoool in South Africa, Saudi Arabia Arabic and a new Spanish language version of skoool in collaboration with Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez. Intel IT Innovation continues to develop versions of skoool to help stimulate the global technology-based learning environment with new programs in development in Arabic, West Africa, Asia, and Portuguese during 2007.

  • Jose Antonio Millán

    Jose Antonio Millán (Madrid, 1954) has participated in the conception and development of web-based cultural projects, such as the Centro Virtual Cervantes (1996-7), which was the first strong bet of any Spanish public institution in developing a presence in cyberspace. He has acted as consultant to many private companies, as well as governmental and intergovernmental institutions. The newspaper El Mundo has included him several times amongst the 25 more influential people on the Internet. As a publisher in the digital environment, he directed the CD-ROM edition of the Dictionary of the Real Academia (1995). His website Libros y bitios has been a constant reference on digital publishing in recent years.

    Millán is part of the scientific councils of the Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes and of the Electronic Library of the Institut Ramon Llull, and has directed courses and seminars such as "Search, from the file to the Network", "The digital humanist", "The electronic book"; "Digital publishing and rights ", or "Telecommunications, Society and Culture".

    He has taught courses and delivered papers at numerous Spanish and foreign universities. He is the author, among others books, of Reading and the society of knowledge (Federación de Gremios de Editores de España, 2001), Internet and Spanish (Fundación Retevisión, 2001) and Of networks and wisdom. Culture and education in the new technologies (Santillana, 1998). His blog The future of the book (previously Blog de Libros y Bitios),, has been analyzing the panorama of electronic and traditional publishing since 2002. The blog is supported by Google since 2006.

  • Mauricio Santos Arrabal

    Mauricio Santos Arrabal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities. He has also taken postgraduate studies in Anthropology and Psychology at the Universities of Salamanca and Complutense of Madrid.M

    From 1962 to 1967 he worked as an intern at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and started to work in the publishing world for the publishing house “Ediciones MAROVA” as a literary adviser and as a translator (1964). He was the head of the publishing company “Ediciones MAROVA”1968-1978) and head of the publishing firm “Ediciones PIRÁMIDE” (1978). He was the Deputy Director of the publishing house “Ediciones ANAYA”, director of Publishing Development for the publishing group ANAYA (1978-1985) and the Publishing Director of the publishing company “Ediciones AGUILAR”. He is the founder of ANELE (Spanish National Association of Books and Learning Material) and was President from 1977 to 1984. From 1990 to 2006 he was President of ANELE. He is currently retired.