CFP: Ages of the Book International Conference, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Deadline: 14 February 2014

Ages of the Book International Conference 2014 (October 13-17, 2014), Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

The Ages of the Book International Conference, organized by the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas de la Universidad National Autónoma de México (UNAM), the National Library and the National Newspaper Library, takes place every two years (the program and e-book proceedings from last conference can be downloaded at: 

The aim of the conference is to bring together specialists from diverse fields of study, such as written and printed culture, visual design and communication, editing and the publishing industry, history, literature and new technologies, for discussion of academic, scientific, technical and economic issues that will advance our knowledge on the written word throughout history. The conference will explore the wide range of traditions and innovations surrounding the composition of texts manifest in distinct periods and in different regions of the world, from the early production of codices through to present day electronic books.

The organizing committee invites abstract submissions on subjects such as epigraphy, calligraphy and paleography, editorial design, typography, printing processes, ecdotics, textual and graphic editing, electronic publishing and technology applied to editing. Additional topics for consideration are transmission of texts, textual and visual disposition, page design, typography and illustrations in books, text-image relationships, ornamentation, initialing, reading styles and methods, use and management of colour in the transmission of texts, usability, design and navigation for screen, e-book interface design and visual ergonomics. The main thematic areas are the manuscript, printed and electronic book.

The confirmed keynote speaker are:

Leonardo Funes, Universidad de Buenos Aires, “La crítica textual frente al scriptum o cómo dar cuenta de lo específico de la cultura manuscrita”

Robert Darnton, Harvard University, “Censors at Work: An Inside History”

Andrew Piper, McGill University, “Reading’s Refrain: From Bibliography to Topology”

The conference will be held at the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas (Institute for Bibliographic Studies) of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico) in Mexico City from 13-17 October 2014.

All abstract submissions must be received by 14 February 2014. All abstracts will be reviewed by an international committee. Authors will be notified of the results 6 May 2014.

For more information about submissions, key dates and registration please visit the website:


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