Strasbourg and Frankfurt: two important chances of presence and comparison towards development and cultural interaction

Strasbourg and Frankfurt: two important chances of presence and comparison towards development and cultural interaction

October 2010 witnessed SEPS’ involvement in two of the most important events of the international cultural scene. On October 6th SEPS joined in the Autumn Session of INGO’s Conference of European Council in Strasbourg, where it underlined the crucial role book has as one of the fundamental rights of a truly democratic and free society.

Unfortunately, this long-lasting economical crisis is bringing about, in every country, a stronger and stronger contraction of the funds granted to culture. As a result, the role of publishers and, above all, the chance to set up new relationships among countries (or strengthen already existing ones) has become really important in order to promote culture.
This creates an ideal bridge between the INGO’s Conference in Strasbourg and the Frankfurt Book Fair 2010, that took place in the same period and was a key moment of exchange and interaction.

SEPS, in fact, joined in Frankfurt Book Fair in order to simplify its already existing contacts, and build new ones. Among them: Stanford University Press (USA), Verso (UK), Reclam (GER), Trotta, Plaza y Valdes (SPA), De Boeck (BEL), Ves Mir, St. Andrew’s (RUS), EdiƧoes 70 (POR), IKZS (SER), Warsaw University Press (POL), Dituria (ALB), and several Italian publishers, such as Adelphi, Bollati Boringhieri, Minimum Fax, Gremese, Piccin, Armando, O barra O, Edizioni Ambiente.

The marks of interest SEPS received throughout these two occasions were truly significant, also because, thanks to SEPS contributions, it was and it will be still possible to help the publication of books of high scientific and cultural value, which would otherwise be cancelled by the market rules.