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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, 2017 @ 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, 2017
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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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September 2017

Orientation for incoming students

Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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The Sixth Annual J. R. de J. Jackson Lecture: Lisa Gitelman (New York University), “On Not Reading”

Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 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 and the Department of English Reading is said to be “at risk” in the 21st Century, presumably because of the digitally mediated environment amid which we browse, multitask, and, well, read. Predictions of doom follow from the decline of reading, although there’s very little consensus about what reading is, what its particular virtues are, or how best to find out. This talk won’t solve these problems. Instead it seeks to sketch the present…

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November 2017

Jessica Brantley (Yale University), “The Late Medieval Book of Hours and the Idea of the Literary”

Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 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 More books of hours remain in modern libraries than any other kind of book from late medieval England:  almost eight hundred manuscript volumes, and many thousands of printed ones.  From Europe at large the number of manuscripts alone has been estimated at around ten thousand.  Their survival rate suggests (though of course it does not prove) that these books were very widely read, and even that a late medieval reader…

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December 2017

Librorum

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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This year's Librorum will feature the following three PhD practica, in addition to a wine and cheese to celebrate the end of Fall term and the oncoming holidays. Veronica Litt, "Hags, Whores, and Heroines: Popular Feminocentric Narratives, 1750-1765" Ashley Morford, "Re-mapping Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Territory through Tekahionwake's Legends of Vancouver" Catherine Fleming, "Reading Elizabeth Carter's Poems on Several Occasions"

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January 2018

Alexandra Gillespie (University of Toronto), “What Was the Cost of Books in Chaucer’s Time?”

Thursday, January 11 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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This paper argues that historical analysis of the cost or price of medieval books is confounded by the quantity and quality of the available evidence. Medieval scholars depend on very small data sets to address this question, and even the data that are available have been stripped by time of key contextual information. In the absence of a reliable empirical approach to the question, I turn  to other forms of inquiry. Some of these are grounded in the close analysis…

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Upcoming Events

  1. Jonathan Senchyne (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Slavery and the History of the Book in America”

    Thursday, March 1 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
  2. 2018 BHPC Graduate Student Colloquium

    Saturday, March 10 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  3. Annual General Meeting

    Wednesday, April 11 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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