Conveners: Carlos Pérez Ricart and Eduardo Posada-Carbó
Speaker: Consuelo Sáizar, Cambridge University
Consuelo Sáizar is a book publisher and editor, and a scholar in Media Studies and Cultural Sociology. She did a BA in Media Studies at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where she also studied Political Science and Government. She has earned an MPhil in Modern Society and Global Transformations at the University of Cambridge, and is completing a PhD in Sociology, also at Cambridge. From 2017 to 2018, she was a Research Scholar at Harvard University. She is a former CEO of Editorial Jus and Hoja Casa Editorial, both major private Mexican publishing houses, and of the public Fondo de Cultura Económica, one of the most significant publishers in the Spanish language. Also, in public office, she is the former President of the National Council for Culture and the Arts (today’s Mexico’s Ministry of Culture), and of UNESCO’s Regional Centre for the Promotion of Books and Reading in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has been distinguished with awards from the Colombian, Chilean and Spanish governments, as well as from the Mexican state of Nayarit and its Autonomous State University. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in Sociology and will publish her masters’ thesis in a Spanish version for the broader public as a book entitled: La industria de la memoria: la dimensión digital del libro, The Industry of Memory: The Digital Side of Books.