Welcome to BHPC

Histoire du livre, History of the Book, Textual Studies, Print Culture, Sociology of the Text: all these names have been used to describe an international academic movement that rose to prominence in the late twentieth century and continues to expand today. Book History creates and applies knowledge of the material, …

Toronto Centre for the Book

The Toronto Centre for the Book was established at the University of Toronto in 1994 by Michael and Jane Millgate (Department of English), Patricia Fleming (Faculty of Information), and others in order to bring together faculty, librarians, students, and members of the general public who are interested in the past, …

Massey College

Massey College is an interdisciplinary community of students who are pursuing graduate studies or professional degrees at the University of Toronto, distinguished senior scholars, and eminent members of the non-academic world. The College was built and furnished by the Massey Foundation and opened in 1963. Facilities include the Robertson Davies Library, …

Student Projects

A requirement for the doctoral program in Book History and Print Culture, the Practicum is an individual project involving the use of primary sources, approved for academic credit by the Program Committee, undertaken under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty, and intended to serve as a bridge …

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Welcome to BHPC

January 1, 2014 Welcome Comments Off on Welcome to BHPC

Histoire du livre, History of the Book, Textual Studies, Print Culture, Sociology of the Text: all these names have been used to describe an international academic movement that rose to prominence in the late twentieth century and continues to expand today. Book History creates and applies knowledge of the material, cultural, and theoretical aspects of the book, including manuscript, print, and digital media, along with associated practices of authorship, reading and collecting, within different disciplines in the humanities and information sciences. The field found an early home at the University of Toronto with the launch in 1994 of the Toronto Centre for the Book (TCB), which is now the public lecture series of the Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture (BHPC). The Collaborative Program admitted its first cohort of graduate students in September 2000, and now has a flourishing network of alumni in academia, library and information sciences, publishing and related fields in Canada and around the world. An exhibition to celebrate the founding of BHPC was held in 2001 at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library; selected pages from the catalogue are available online here.

Sponsored by the Department of English and the Faculty of Information in conjunction with Massey College, and now involving more than a dozen further participating units, BHPC is an interdisciplinary graduate program in which the rich physical and human resources of the University of Toronto are brought to bear on multiple aspects of the creation, transmission, and reception of the written word. Students apply first for admission to the master’s or doctoral program in their prospective home unit and then to the BHPC program. All students are therefore registered in a master’s or doctoral program in one of our participating graduate units (listed below) as well as in BHPC. During their time in the Collaborative Program, BHPC students gain a distinctive approach to the materials of their home subject, a methodology fostered by course work, the TCB lecture series, regular colloquia, hands-on experience with special collections and the five iron hand-presses in the working print shop at Massey, and intellectual exchange among members of a diverse community. Students who satisfy the requirements of both programs receive their degree with a notation on the transcript “Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture.”

Travaux et thèses peuvent être soumis en français, avec l’approbation des instructeurs et/ou du département d’attache. Les étudiants travaillant en domaine français sont spécialement encouragés à le faire.

Participating Units:

Department of Art Department of Classics Centre for Comparative Literature
Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (OISE) Department of East Asian Studies Department of English
Department of French Department of German Department of History
Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Faculty of Information Department of Italian Studies
Centre for Medieval Studies Faculty of Music Department for the Study of Religion
Department of Spanish & Portuguese

 

New book about publication and reputation by former BHPC director Heather Jackson

April 19, 2015 News Comments Off on New book about publication and reputation by former BHPC director Heather Jackson

Those Who Write for Immortality is part of a larger genre of literary criticism. It’s sometimes called book history, or (if we’re being formal) the history of the book. Sometimes, book history focusses on the physical aspects of reading. Often, though, the history of the book is actually the history of the people who work with books—publishers, editors, reviewers, booksellers, librarians, and so on. Literary fame, Jackson writes, is not a disembodied process; it’s created by people who, sometimes without knowing it, coöperate across time in a vast reputational enterprise.” You can read more here.

Guggenheim Fellowships deliver a hat-trick for the Humanities

April 18, 2015 News Comments Off on Guggenheim Fellowships deliver a hat-trick for the Humanities

“From turning points in pre-Nazi Germany and the rise of eugenics in Bolshevik Russia, to traces of libel and sedition in 18th-century British literature, three promising humanities projects at the University of Toronto are getting a boost from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. James Retallack of the Department of History, Nikolai Krementsov of the Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Technology, and Thomas Keymer of the Department of English were among 175 scholars, artists and scientists from across the United States and Canada recently named fellows of the foundation, chosen from over 3,100 applicants.” You can read more here.

Former BHPC director Will Robins appointed thirteenth president of Victoria College

April 13, 2015 News Comments Off on Former BHPC director Will Robins appointed thirteenth president of Victoria College

“At a time when universities are attempting to respond to the demand for ‘job-ready’ graduates with statistics proving their alumni’s skills, one university has gladly chosen a humanities teacher and learner as its new president. William Robins, a Chaucer expert whose research has focused on the development of medieval literature from popular story-telling to high art, will become the president of Victoria University in the University of Toronto.” You can read more here.

BHPC alumnus Joe Culpepper writes in The Walrus about magic posters at the McCord Museum, Montreal

March 18, 2015 News Comments Off on BHPC alumnus Joe Culpepper writes in The Walrus about magic posters at the McCord Museum, Montreal

“I am staring into the eyes of Harry Houdini. Here he stands, taller than me, with arms casually folded. I move closer to determine the colour of his irises. Our faces are just centimetres apart. Then it happens: he blinks.” You can read more here.

Exploring letterpress typography on campus and in the city

March 13, 2015 News Comments Off on Exploring letterpress typography on campus and in the city

“In a city as massive and concentrated as Toronto, people find themselves bombarded with typography at every turn. From the innumerable books students are expected to read for class to the billboards and advertisements that cover Yonge Street, typography is inescapable. It’s no surprise, then, that many are interested in the process of letterpress. There are numerous presses spanning the city that offer a variety of services for education in the art of letterpress.” You can read more here.

Professor Pamela Klassen wins major German grant for project on public memory

February 1, 2015 News Comments Off on Professor Pamela Klassen wins major German grant for project on public memory

“As Canada comes closer to its sesquicentennial in 2017, what kinds of stories and memorializations of the nation’s past will take centre stage? And what role does religion play in these projects of public memory when today’s public is made up of people from many different countries, cultures and religions?” You can read more here.

New BHPC printing apprentices at Massey College named for 2015

January 28, 2015 Uncategorized Comments Off on New BHPC printing apprentices at Massey College named for 2015

“iSchool student Julia King has been named the Book History and Printing Culture (BHPC) Apprentice at Massey College for 2015. Julia is a first year Master of Information (MI) student, pursuing Library and Information Sciences (LIS) and BHPC. Joining Julia is the second BHPC Printing Apprentice, Amy Cote, who is a doctoral student in the English department. Since September, Julia and Amy have been volunteering on a regular basis in Massey College’s Bibliography Room, assisting the College’s Printer, Nelson Adams, with the library’s collection of 19th century printing presses and offering other general help around the Robertson Davies Library.” You can read more here.

 

BHPC director Tom Keymer profiled in U of T News

January 12, 2015 News Comments Off on BHPC director Tom Keymer profiled in U of T News

“As a newly minted citizen, Thomas Keymer takes pleasure in the Canadian symbolism on view from his University College office windows: birch trees, Convocation Hall and the CN Tower.” You can read more here.

BHPC alumnus Eli McLaren to co-organize and co-host SHARP 2015

December 29, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC alumnus Eli McLaren to co-organize and co-host SHARP 2015

“The 23rd annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) will be held in Longueuil/Montreal (Canada), Tuesday, 7 July, to Friday, 10 July 2015. Hosted by the Groupe de recherches et d’études sur le livre au Québec, the University of Sherbrooke, McGill University and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, SHARP 2015 is a bilingual event. The program will include lectures, keynote addresses, a digital projects showcase, roundtables, lightning papers presented by doctoral students, a poster exhibition featuring the work of master’s students, as well as workshops and excursions.” You can find out more here.

BHPC alumna Alex Kordoski and BHPC student Lauren Williams win SHARP-RBS Scholarships

December 15, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC alumna Alex Kordoski and BHPC student Lauren Williams win SHARP-RBS Scholarships

“Rare Book School [at the University of Virginia] is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 Scholarship Committee awards, as well as the first winners of the Buice Scholarships for returning RBS students. Congratulations!” You can read more here.