[KS] CFP: Globalizing Book History and Bibliography (RBS-Mellon Conference, Philadelphia, October 2017)

Hwisang Cho hwisang.cho at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 23:42:20 EDT 2016

Call for Participants
"Globalizing Book History and Bibliography"
Working Group Organizers: Hwisang Cho (Xavier University), Rachel Stein (Columbia University), Ben Nourse (University of Denver)
Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference
12–15 October 2017, Philadelphia, PA
What is "the book" in global book history and bibliography? How do textual artifacts from different times, areas, and cultures challenge common notions of "the book" and how it functions in society? What would an attempt to ‘globalize’ the disciplines of book history and bibliography need to entail? What alternative orientations or domains of inquiry, such as theories and methods from other disciplines, might practitioners of global book history and bibliography draw from to create a means of discussing textual artifacts across temporal and geographical boundaries? This working group will meet at the Bibliography Among the Disciplines conference for four sessions over three days (see schedule below) to discuss the theories and methods, challenges, and possibilities of developing truly global practices for book history and bibliography that both encompass, and reach beyond, the concerns of more traditional Euro-American bibliographical and book-historical studies.
Scholars, librarians, curators, and those engaged with the book trade are invited to submit statements of interest that (1) suggest particular theoretical models that might be useful in conceptualizing global book history or bibliography; (2) present a possible textual artifact (or group of artifacts) as a case study for broadening our conceptions of “the book”; or (3) demonstrate how the comparison of books from different times and regions might offer promising themes or methods for book history and bibliography. We envision the working group resulting in the publication of an edited volume that reconfigures the fields of book history and bibliography from a global perspective, encompassing textual artifacts and approaches from a wide variety of cultural and disciplinary contexts. Individual sessions of the working group will be devoted to working with, and thinking through, particular books or textual artifacts, as well as broader theoretical discussions. The working group will be limited to 25 participants.
Participants should be able to commit to attending all sessions of the working group:
Thursday, 12 October 2017, 2:00–3:30pm, 4:00-5:00pm
Friday, 13 October 2017, 1:45–3:15pm
Saturday, 14 October 2017, 10:45–12:15pm
Participants should further be able to commit to meeting again within one year after the conference to further discuss Globalizing Book History and Bibliography and work toward the final publication of the results of the working group. In their statements of interest, participants should indicate their availability to meet during the year following the conference (e.g., will you be abroad—if so, when, and do you anticipate that you will have sufficient internet connectivity to meet virtually?).
Please submit a proposal of no more than 500 words by 25 October 2016 at:
rarebookschool.org/bibliography-conference-groups <http://rarebookschool.org/bibliography-conference-groups>
Bibliography Among the Disciplines, a four-day international conference, will bring together scholarly professionals poised to address current problems pertaining to the study of textual artifacts that cross scholarly, pedagogical, professional, and curatorial domains. The conference will explore theories and methods common to the object-oriented disciplines, such as anthropology and archaeology, but new to bibliography. The program aims to promote focused cross-disciplinary exchange and future scholarly collaborations. Bibliography Among the Disciplines is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and organized by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School. For more information, please visit: rarebookschool.org/bibliography-conference-2017 <http://rarebookschool.org/bibliography-conference-2017>
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