CFP: Current Directions in Book History: Borders without Boundaries, Bibliographical Society of Canada 2014

Deadline: 13 January 2014“Current Directions in Book History: Borders without Boundaries” 2014, Annual Meeting of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Brock University, May 26-27, 2014

The organizers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada/La Société bibliographique du Canada invite proposals on the theme of “Current Directions in Book History: Borders without Boundaries” for the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

In particular, proposals are invited on the following topics:

-National borders and print: Studies of copyright, censorship, cultural policy, etc.;

-Digital publishing: Investigations into its triumphs and challenges for authors, publishers, booksellers, readers, librarians, scholars, etc.;

-Preservation and access: Examinations of the roles of librarians and archivists as stewards and information specialists;

-Studies in multilingual publishing and/or translation;

-Studies in the creation, production, and/or reception of print materials for multiple contexts and readerships;

-Re-imagining the material book: Studies of artists’ books, multimedia books, etc.;

-The margin as the physical border of a text and the literal or imagined space of the reader

-studies in marginalia and reading histories;

-Book history across genres: Examinations of the challenges for book historians, editors, and textual scholars posed by specific literary or non-literary genres;

-Book history and community engagement; and

-Book history as a transdisciplinary field.

Proposals for papers outside of this theme – but which address any aspect of bibliography, book history, or print culture – are also welcome. A one-page proposal, a brief biography of the author (one that includes full name, professional designation [professor, graduate student, etc.], and institutional affiliation or place), and A/V requirements should be submitted to Those invited to present papers must register for the BSC/SbC conference. Deadline: Monday 13 January 2014

Please note: The Bibliographical Society of Canada will also participate in several joint sessions at the 2014 Congress. Special calls, with earlier deadlines, are issued separately for these joint sessions.


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