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March 2017

2017 BHPC Graduate Student Colloquium — “Form, Function, Intent: Materiality and the Codification of Knowledge”

Saturday, March 11
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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Texts inhabit many material forms: they can be passed down orally, marked on papyrus scrolls, handwritten into spiral-bound notebooks, and typed into digital blogs. Scholars of book history, information sciences, media studies, and digital humanities have long maintained that form is inseparable from content. Whether physically recorded or orally transmitted, texts codify human experience as factual, aspirational, instructional, and/or normative. Literary critic Caroline Levine argues that different material literary forms enable different “affordances”, or expressive potentialities. Consider the glossy pages…

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Natalie Davis (University of Toronto), “Experiencing Exclusion: Book History after Inquisition”

Thursday, March 23 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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In this informal talk, Natalie Davis will describe the impact of the Red Hunt in the United States in the 1950s on her own scholarship as a graduate student and beginning historian, especially its effect on her work on book history in early modern France.  She will also look at some other historians similarly affected by the experience of political persecution and see what consequences it had for their historical writing.  How did we cope with censorship? Natalie Zemon Davis…

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April 2017

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, April 12 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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