BHPC Program Events

BHPC’s annual events program is organized by the BHPC Events Committee. To keep informed of BHPC events, contact our Program Coordinator to be added to our email list. We also maintain a calendar of other events of potential interest to the BHPC community in the Toronto area and beyond.

2023 BHPC Graduate Student Colloquium
Fates and Futures of the Book
Hybrid event open to the public.

Friday, March 17, 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm (Online)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate Ozment

Saturday, March 18, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (In-person at Massey College)
Wine and cheese reception follows from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jason Boyd

Visitors Day
Friday, March 17, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Hybrid event open to the public. Contact our Program Coordinator to register.

Are you a graduate student at the University of Toronto? Got an interest in book history and print culture that overlaps with your studies? BHPC is hosting an informal Q&A session via Zoom to discuss the program with prospective students. The Director of the program, Yulia Ryzhik, will answer any questions you might have and present some highlights of the BHPC program. There will also be in-person tours held at the same time in the Robertson Davies Library at Massey College for the Bibliography Room.

Recipes from the 17th Century Transcribe-a-thon
Wednesday, February 15, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Massey College, Upper Library

Registration is free and open to all U of T students, although space is limited. Contact our Program Coordinator by Wednesday, February 8th, indicating your name and home program.

Co-sponsored by the Book History & Print Culture Collaborative Program and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

Come explore the recipes in a seventeenth-century manuscript cookbook at Massey College! In this event, participants will learn about early modern handwriting, paleography, and digital scholarship, while collaborating together on a digital transcription of an early modern English cookbook preserved at U of T’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. 

This will be a relaxed event, and no prior experience working with manuscripts is required.  (A certain number of spaces will be reserved for students in ENG2226H and the Book History and Print Culture program)

Tuesday, December 6, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Massey College Common Room
Open to students, faculty, and friends of the BHPC program. Contact our Program Coordinator to register.

This year’s Librorum will showcase the BKS2001 practicum projects of BHPC PhD students.

Rowan Red Sky (Art History), “Native Nature: Visual Discourse in Longfellow’s Wild America”
Morgan Moore (Medieval Studies), “Performance and Mutual Entertainment in MS Peniarth 65”
Natalie Leduc (English), “e.lit.ish – a poetry and poetics app”
William Layng (English), “Samuel Richardson’s Pamela in the colonial United States”

The Tenth Annual BHPC J. R. de J. Jackson Lecture
Michelle R. Warren (Dartmouth College)
“The Medieval of the Long Now: Henry of Huntingdon and the 10,000 Year Book”
Thursday, 17 November 2022, 4:00 pm
Victoria College Chapel, 91 Charles St. W, Room VC213

We are pleased to offer the option to see and hear the lecture via Zoom. If you plan to join us remotely, please register in advance here.

Presented by the Book History & Print Culture Collaborative Program, in association with the Friends of the Victoria University Library

As decades turn to centuries to millennia, our relationship with the past is increasingly medieval. How might the perspective of extreme long-term thinking prompt new conceptions of “the book”? We know that some books are more durable than others, but what happens at the millennial scale? Inspired by the twelfth-century historian, Henry of Huntingdon (d. 1157), this talk connects the Long Now Foundation, its 10,000-Year Library, the poet T. S. Eliot, and the near-future called the “digital Dark Ages.” Henry provides a recent antecedent for imagining the “10,000-Year Book” in relation to the colonizing deployment of time itself.

In addition, Professor Warren will lead a special seminar for students the day after the lecture (Friday, November 18, 1:00 – 3:00 pm) in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. This seminar will draw on materials from the Fisher collection and will develop themes from Prof. Warren’s talk. This seminar is open to all students in BHPC’s participating units, including students not enrolled in the BHPC program. Advance registration is required, but at no cost. To register, contact our Program Coordinator by Friday, November 11. Space is limited, so please sign up only if you know you can attend.

Michelle R. Warren (she/they) is Professor of Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. Their most recent book is Holy Digital Grail: A Medieval Book on the Internet (2022). They also lead the collaborative digital research project Remix the Manuscript: A Chronicle of Digital Experiments ( Their motto is: “The Middle Ages Aren’t Old.”

Hangul Typography Workshop
Led by Kyung Park
Friday, 4 November, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Massey College Upper Library

Registration is limited. Contact Massey College Printer Kit MacNeil to register.

Co-sponsored by the Book History & Print Culture Collaborative Program and
Massey College

This workshop will introduce the invention, history, and development of the Korean alphabet, Hangul. Through lectures and hands-on exercises we will understand how Hangul is written, pronounced and used as a form of communication. In line with that, emphasis will be given on the introducing a new writing system to an already existing culture as well as the subsequent changes and development in establishing Hangul as an official letter.

Topics to be considered:
  • Advent of Hangul
  • Hangul: A Modular Writing System
  • The Short Yet Tumultuous History of Hangul
  • Hangul Book Design

Orientation for Incoming Students
Monday, 12 September, noon – 2:00 pm
Massey College Upper Library