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October 2020

Printing Historical Society Prize for New Scholarship

Thursday, October 1
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The Society is pleased to announce the ‘Printing Historical Society Prize for New Scholarship’, a competition for a new article on any printing-historical subject, suitable for the Society’s Journal. Scholars and practitioners who have worked in the field for no more than seven years are invited to submit an original article on any printing-historical subject (see Notes for contributors). The article should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words, and not previously published. Deadline 1 October 2020 (and annually thereafter). The…

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The Screenplay as Material Text

Thursday, October 1 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Online event

Screenplays are bibliographical frankensteins. They are book-objects used to circulate the “same” text to multiple people in more than one printed copy. They are also manuscript-like, produced and circulated in multiple drafts over time, and most are never commercially published. Libraries tend to acquire them not for their value as stand-alone objects, but as part of personal or corporate archives. And last but not least, they were overwhelmingly produced by women tapping away on typewriters in Hollywood studio typing pools.…

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What Comes Next?: The Present and Future of Literary Archives

Thursday, October 1 @ 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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SHARP: Five College Faculty Seminar on Book History Fall Talks Amy Hildreth Chen (University of Iowa, now an Independent Scholar), introduced by Courtney Andree (UMass Press)

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Book/Print Artists/Scholars of Color Collective: Tia Blassingame, Ashley Hairston Doughty, Kinohi Nishikawa, and Curtis Small

Friday, October 23 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Book artist Tia Blassingame founded The Book/Print Artists/Scholars of Color Collective to build community and collaborations with BIPOC book/print practitioners and scholars. The Collective represents a growing community of more than twenty book artists, scholars, librarians, papermakers, letterpress printers, printmakers, and curators. All are passionate about book history, print culture, and the endless potential of artists' books as vehicles of social change and cultural conveyors that uplift our communities, and tell our stories, histories. This is the first in a series of…

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November 2020

Bookshelves in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic conference

Tuesday, November 3 @ 10:00 AM - Wednesday, November 4 @ 8:00 PM
Online event

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on all aspects of lives, but nowhere has this been more visible than in the conflation of public and private workspace. As we work from home and attend endless online meetings, our bookshelves are suddenly on public display. This conference will ask speakers to critically examine this particular cultural phenomenon, brought to public attention by the pandemic. This online only conference is organised by the History of Books and Reading (HOBAR) research collaboration based in…

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John Seltzer and Mark Seltzer Memorial Lecture

Thursday, November 5
Online event

Dr Margaret Schotte, Associate Professor of Early Modern, History, York University on "For Merchants and Mariners - The Business of Nautical Manuals." Lectures will be presented live and online this fall, with audience participation at the end of each presentation. Start times for lectures to be determined. Since the 2010-11 Friends of Fisher season, most of the lectures have been recorded and been made freely available online. To see the entire list of lectures that have been recorded, along with other…

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Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum 2020 Awayzgoose

Thursday, November 5 @ 10:00 AM - Sunday, November 8 @ 5:00 PM
Online event

Registration for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum 2020 Awayzgoose is open! This year we're excited to partner with The American Printing History Association for the conference. In this time of social distance we plan to give a big online embrace to our fellow lovers of type and letterpress. Please join us for our first online conference. It will take place as a virtual event with stellar speakers, tantalizing type tours and familiar faces that typify this event. Register…

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Candid Conversations: Booksellers & Librarians

Thursday, November 5 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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This webinar – the first in a prospective series scheduled in conjunction with major book fairs – explores the necessarily close but complicated working relationship between special collections librarians and booksellers. Aiming to make the intersection of the two fields more transparent, and geared primarily to early career professionals in both librarianship and the trade, the BSA invites anonymous questions to be posed to a librarian and a bookseller as the basis of an informal and candid conversation between them, based…

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Democratizing Knowledge: Examining Archives in the Post-custodial Era

Saturday, November 7
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Drew University (Madison, NJ) Submission deadline: August 24, 2020 To acknowledge the archive as a construct is to understand that power, as Michel-Rolph Trouillot has argued, “is constitutive of the story.” Yet, for too long historians have operated as if the archive were a foregone conclusion, ignoring the ways in which history is a narrative shaped as profoundly by omission as by any material presence. The archiving of history rarely proceeds from the primary impact of events. Archives, rather, follow…

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The Book in Movement: Experimentation & Craft in Autonomous Publishing Networks in Latin America

Tuesday, November 10 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Over the past two decades, Latin America has seen an explosion of experiments with autonomy, as people across the continent express their refusal to be absorbed by the logic and order of neoliberalism. The autonomous movements of the twenty-first century are marked by an unprecedented degree of interconnection, through their use of digital tools and their insistence on the importance of producing knowledge about their practices through strategies of self-representation and grassroots theorization. The Book in Movement (University of Pittsburgh Press 2019) explores…

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