CFP: Linguistics Meets Book History: Seeking New Approaches (A Pragmatics on the Page Symposium), University of Turku

Deadline: 31 May 2014

Linguistics Meets Book History: Seeking New Approaches (A Pragmatics on the Page Symposium)

24-25 October 2014; University of Turku, Finland

Submissions are invited fom researchers working on the interplay of the verbal/linguistic and the visual/material in historical texts, including both manuscripts and printed materials. This two-day symposium is a forum for discussing the methods, techniques and tools used for research which combines pragmatics, philology, book studies and/or the digital humanities. Our goal is to encourage the exchange and development of ‘BEST PRACTICES’ in this interdisciplinary arena.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Daniel Wakelin (University of Oxford, England); Daniel’s research focuses on the material remains of English literature c. 1300-1525, and what they reveal about writing habits and reading habits.
  • Colette Moore (University of Washington, USA); Colette uses methodology primarily from historical pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and stylistics in her research, incorporating manuscript data as well.
  • Jukka Tyrkkö (University of Tampere, Finland); Jukka works on historical corpus linguistics and book history, finding intellectual synergies between the two.

20-minute papers addressing methodological topics, or describing tools and techniques, are welcomed. Preference will be given to research addressing both the verbal/linguistic and the visual/material in historical texts. Any researchers working on the interface of linguistics / philology & book history / material culture are welcome to attend, whether or not you present a paper. The symposium will conclude with a Round Table Discussion.

Please submit abstracts of 300-500 words (excluding references) by email, using the subject line PoP-abstract, to

Important dates
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 May 2014
Notification of acceptance: by 21 June 2014
Registration deadline: tba
Conference: 12 noon on 24 October – 4 pm on 25 October 2014

Organizing committee / Pragmatics on the Page team: Matti Peikola, Ruth Carroll, Risto Hiltunen, Aleksi Mäkilähde, Hanna Salmi, Janne Skaffari, Carla Suhr, Mari-Liisa Varila

Contact: Please direct all enquiries to Hanna Salmi (, subject line: PoP-symposium). The conference is sponsored by TUCEMEMS (Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies).


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