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March 2016

Alan Galey (UofT), “Bibliography for a Used Future — Finding the Human Presence in E-Books and Other Digital Artifacts”

Thursday, March 24, 2016 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Faculty of Information (Room 728),
140 St. George Street
Toronto, M5S 3G6
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This presentation argues the case for bibliography and book history as disciplines uniquely equipped to recover the signs of human presence in digital artifacts—those humanizing dings, paint scratches, and coffee rings, as it were, that ground new technologies within human timescales and experiential worlds. The past several years have seen remarkable growth in textual scholarship that does not merely apply digital tools to the study of texts, but takes digital textuality itself as the object of study. Matthew Kirschenbaum is…

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April 2016

Annual General Meeting of the Collaborative Program in Book History & Print Culture

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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September 2016

Orientation for Incoming Students

Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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The Fifth Annual J. R. de J. Jackson Lecture: James Raven (University of Essex / Magdalene College, Cambridge), “How Can There Be a History of the Book? A History of Book History”

Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Victoria College Chapel (VC213),
91 Charles Street W.
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7 Canada
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In association with the Friends of the Victoria University Library For some contributors to the history of the book, the subject appears bounded and specific, for others it is more indefinite, more a label than a discipline. This lecture explores how these differences relate to parent disciplines and the training of respective contributors from literary, historical, bibliographical, codicological, digital, library and conservation studies. In ways akin to the elision between  ‘the history of art’ and ‘art history,’ there are in…

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November 2016

Robert Spoo (University of Tulsa College of Law), “International Authors’ Rights and the Uncoordinated Public Domain”

Thursday, November 3, 2016 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Faculty of Law (Room J140),
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5 Canada
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In association with the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy (Faculty of Law) When nations amend their copyright laws in response to calls for international harmonization, they usually do so by expanding authors' rights without also seeking to harmonize national public domains.  Divergent laws have resulted in an uncoordinated global public domain that renders authors' works freely available for use in some countries while subjecting them to copyright or moral-rights protection in others.  The problem of the patchwork global commons,…

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December 2016

Librorum

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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January 2017

Leslie Howsam (University of Windsor), “Inverting Interdisciplinarity: Who will take book history to the next level?”

Thursday, January 19 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Faculty of Information (Room 728),
140 St. George Street
Toronto, M5S 3G6
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In association with the Faculty of Information Robert Darnton famously worried that book history might lead to “interdisciplinarity run riot.” Perhaps instead the time has come to turn it inside out. In my 2006 Old Books & New Histories I called for mutual respect among the three core disciplines. Each scholar asks questions grounded in the field(s) of study where their intellectual formation happened. This paper aims to go beyond the existing practitioners of the “interdiscipline” we call book history…

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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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