Dr Eben Muse

Reader in Bookselling

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Position: Senior Lecturer in Digital Media
Email: e.muse@bangor.ac.uk
Skype: eben.muse
Twitter: ebenjmuse
Personal website: Parnassus Musings
Phone: +44 (0)1248 388628

 “A bookstore is one of the few places where all the cantankerous, conflicting, alluring voices of the world co-exist in peace and order and the avid reader is as free as a person can possibly be, because she is free to choose among them.” Jane Smiley’s oft-quoted description of the multitude of voices in a bookstore, and the freedom that complexity creates, echoes Doreen Massey’s description of “the chance of space”, a location where unexpected intersections, of people, ideas and cultures can create the opportunity for new connections and for action that is not restricted by pre-existing structures. This bookstore space can outwit the curator, the corporate chain, the academic and the bookseller, creating unexpected opportunities for action and change. As such, the bookstore as meaningful location has historically been a meeting place for debate, planning and for action.

Dr Muse’s research project, The Space of Bookselling, examines physical bookstores and their digital counterparts as meaningful locations as described by John Agnew (Place and Politics, 1987) as “locale, location and, sense of place”. As a meaningful location, the bookstore, physical or digital, is a space created in a specific setting within a geographical and social context that has its own meaningful identity. Osborne, in The Rise of the Modernist Bookshop, identified them as counter-spaces: “spaces that hijack dominant spaces and repurpose them to leisure or liberating ones”, spaces that “question or change the nature of that dominant space.” The Space of Bookselling looks at the evolution of these meaningful locations through interviews with booksellers in the UK and USA, corpus analysis of social and broadcast media text, and critical review of the representations of bookstores in film and literature. The work has been presented at international conferences in the UK and United States, including SHARP, By the Book, and The Future Space of Bookselling. It is being developed into a monograph, The Fantasy of the Bookstore.

Dr Muse is interested in supervising postgraduate researchers in any aspect of the book trade, especially bookselling, digital and interactive books, digital publishing, or publishing culture, or the space of books.

  1. 2020
  2. Women in Publishing Symposium

    Eben Muse (Organiser)

    15 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  3. Bookselling Research Network (External organisation)

    Eben Muse (Chair) & Samantha Rayner (Chair)

    2020 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of network

  4. 2019
  5. Wandering Games

    Eben Muse (Organiser) & Melissa Kagen (Organiser)

    10 Jul 201912 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  6. Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing 2019

    Eben Muse (Speaker)

    2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  7. 2018
  8. The Suffrage Symposium

    Sue Niebrzydowski (Organiser), Eben Muse (Member of programme committee) & Shan Robinson (Organiser)

    26 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  9. Leafing Through the History of the Book

    Eben Muse (Organiser)

    4 Apr 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  10. By the Book 5

    Eben Muse (Speaker)

    2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  11. 2017
  12. By the Book 4

    Eben Muse (Speaker)

    2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  13. Cambridge University Press (Publisher)

    Eben Muse (Editor)

    20172020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

  14. 2016
  15. Future Space of Bookselling Conference

    Eben Muse (Organiser)

    3 Jun 20164 Jun 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  16. University Press Redux conference

    Eben Muse (Speaker)

    17 Mar 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  17. “Academic Book Week”

    Eben Muse (Speaker)

    2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  18. 2015
  19. Independent Publishing Group Autumn Conference

    Eben Muse (Invited speaker)

    12 Nov 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  20. Technologies of Reading

    Eben Muse (Lecturer)

    11 Nov 2015

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

  21. The future of reading – possibilities in a world of speculation

    Eben Muse (Speaker)

    7 Sep 2015

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk

  22. 2014
  23. Videogame Cultures and the Future of Interactive Entertainment 6th Global Conference

    Eben Muse (Participant)

    18 Jul 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  24. Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space Conference

    Eben Muse (Participant)

    20 Jun 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  25. 2012
  26. Under the Mask 2012

    Eben Muse (Participant)

    13 Jun 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  27. 2011
  28. Creating Second Lives 2011: Blurring Boundaries

    Eben Muse (Organiser)

    9 Sep 201110 Sep 2011

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  29. 2007
  30. Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds (Journal)

    Eben Muse (Editor)

    2007 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity