Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: The first book of the publishing alliance between UC and Oxford is published

With the publication of the book ” Human Rights: A Brief Introduction ” by the author Andrew Clapham , Ediciones UC begins a new stage of internationalization. Under the interest of opening up space in other countries, they will initiate a series of publications in alliance with foreign institutions.

Patricia Corona Campodónico, general editor of Ediciones UC , replies that university publishers are not designed to compete in the readership rankings, but to produce an effective impact on a global level and be a benchmark in academic matters. “At least that is how we understand it at Ediciones UC and at the same university that has supported an editorial policy that considers it central to defend the publication of high-quality titles that add value to a discipline, but that many times do not have the correlate of commercial success . In this sense, we saw in the co-editions and collaboration agreements, the way to be relevant in the new map of the world university edition ”.

“We saw in the co-editions and collaboration agreements, the way to be relevant in the new map of the world university edition” – Patricia Corona, general editor of Ediciones UC

The editor explains that it seemed relevant to them to undertake the commitment to network with other publishers and global institutions. Little by little they began to negotiate at international book fairs such as Buenos Aires, Guadalajara or Filuni. But it was especially in Frankfurt, the most important international event for the sale and purchase of literary rights, where they concluded agreements with prestigious labels in a two-way path: licensing books by UC authors to be published in other countries – such as the agreement they have with the international publisher Springer – and also to translate foreign books, as in the case of “Human Rights: A Brief Introduction” published in conjunction with Oxford University Press .

In the latter you can access content by the aforementioned author Andrew Clapham, from the Institute for Higher International and Development Studies , in Geneva, who provides the reader with some entry points to the world of human rights, activism and law.

“ This book focuses on the power of ideas to mobilize people against injustice and indignity . Human rights do not really resolve the tension between conflicting interests and diverse visions of what the world should be like; rather, human rights ideas provide a vocabulary for discussing what interests should prevail and how to create the conditions to limit attacks on dignity, ”says Clapham.

“Human rights ideas provide a vocabulary for discussing what interests should prevail and how to create the conditions to limit attacks on dignity” – Andrew Clapman, Institute for Higher International and Development Studies.

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Five titles will be released in September with MIT Press and its flagship Essential Knowledge series featuring accessible books on current topics of interest written by leading thinkers; four more from Oxford University Press (Astrophysics; Economic behavior; Memory; Postmodernism) and its respected series A very short introduction , which will be added to the already published book “Human Rights: A Brief Introduction”. They will also publish two popular titles in partnership with The British Library.

“It was especially in Frankfurt, the most important international event for the sale and purchase of literary rights, where they concluded agreements with prestigious labels” – Patricia Corona, general editor of Ediciones UC


“This is in addition to agreements we already have with renowned institutions such as the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, and the Columbia Teacher College seal with” Beyond the tests. ” This path to internationalization is constant and I feel like it is just beginning. We already have new ideas in mind to go out and there are also new agreements and collections in talks for 2022, ”says Patricia.

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