Equity, Diversity and
Inclusion in the
Cultural Sector:

The Role of Cultural Organizations
Virtual Conference
June 15 · 16, 2022
Thursday, June 16, 2022 · Theme 2

Equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives in the administration and editorial policies of Canadian book publishers (Presentation)

Eric Lyall Nelson, Ph. D., part-time professor at the University of Ottawa

From 12h:45am to 13h:05am (EDT)

In French | Simultaneous interpretation in English and LSQ


The communication explores issues related to the organizational effects of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives within Canadian book publishers. It explores, in the context of organization studies, the choices and forms that initiatives and other manifestations of EDI can take within publishers. Publishing as a field of artistic and commercial activity is approached as arising from the institutionalized forms of book publishing, including editorial policies. At the same time, the paper proposes a discussion of the role that funding of the book industry by organizations that have made commitments to EDI can play, including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Book Fund and the SODEC. The communication will discuss the theoretical challenges of linking the support and implementation of EDI initiatives, including the potential for publishers to work towards the dissemination of knowledge and awareness about marginalized communities. Specifically, the paper proposes to identify the barriers and opportunities that the implementation of EDI initiatives may face in the administration and editorial policies of Canadian publishers.


Eric Lyall Nelson (He/him)

Eric Lyall Nelson, PhD, is a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa. He previously worked as an acquisitions editor in scholarly publishing. His research interests focus on the contemporary forms of organization management. He can be reached at: enelson@uottawa.ca.