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October 2015

Houari Touati (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), “The Calligraphic Albums of Medieval Islam”

Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Jackman Humanities Building (Room 100),
170 St George Street
Toronto, M5R 2M8
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Co-Sponsors: Centre for Medieval Studies, Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture, Department of History, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Institute for Islamic Studies, Jackman Humanities Institute. This event is free and open to all.  Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Department of History at (416) 978-3363 or history@chass.utoronto.ca.

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Houari Touati (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), “The Coming of the Book in Islam, 7th-8th Centuries”

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sidney Smith Hall (Room 2098),
100 St George Street
Toronto, M5S 3G3
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Co-Sponsors: Centre for Medieval Studies, Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture, Department of History, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Institute for Islamic Studies, Jackman Humanities Institute. This event is free and open to all.  Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Department of History at (416) 978-3363 or history@chass.utoronto.ca.

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December 2015

Librorum

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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February 2016

Jennifer Graber (UT Austin), “‘Zotom Is Busy Drawing a Book’: Reading Religion in Plains Indian Ledger Notebooks”

Thursday, February 4, 2016 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Jackman Humanities Building (Room 100a),
170 St George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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In Association with the Master of Museum Studies Program (Faculty of Information) and the Department for the Study of Religion Historians of American Indian history have long struggled with the question of sources. Throughout the nineteenth century, many native societies on the Great Plains had neither scripted forms of their own languages nor many members literate in English. As a result, scholars dependent on traditional documentary sources have had few options for eliciting native perspectives on dramatic changes in their…

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March 2016

Will Slauter (Univ. Paris Diderot – Institut universitaire de France), “Who Owns the News? Journalism and Intellectual Property in Historical Perspective”

Thursday, March 3, 2016 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Victoria College: Alumni Hall (VC112),
91 Charles Street W.
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7 Canada
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In Association with the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy (Faculty of Law) and the Friends of the Victoria University Library Concerns about the piracy of news go back at least to the seventeenth century, when complaints involved counterfeit ballads hawked on the streets rather than articles reposted on the Internet. But with respect to copyright law, news publications—whatever their material form—have followed an unusual trajectory. This lecture will draw on a range of news publications (including broadsides, pamphlets, newspapers,…

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2016 BHPC Graduate Student Colloquium — “From Reinforcement to Resistance: Books as Cultural Agents & (De)Colonial Agents”

Saturday, March 5, 2016
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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Books, texts, films and other cultural artifacts are often viewed as objects without any inherent agency other than as representations of human action or authorial intention. New opportunities for engaging book history are arising from new materialist, more-than-human, and postcolonial theories, and this year’s colloquium seeks to foster some of this burgeoning research. Recent scholarship, such as that of Bruno Latour, has been influential in positioning objects as social agents, while Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has illuminated how books…

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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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Upcoming Events

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

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
  2. Jonathan Senchyne (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Slavery and the History of the Book in America”

    Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
  3. 2018 BHPC Graduate Student Colloquium

    Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  4. Annual General Meeting

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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