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.

Orientation for Incoming Students
Tuesday, 26 September 2023, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Massey College Lower Library and Upper Library

The Eleventh Annual BHPC J. R. de J. Jackson Lecture
In Search of the Modern Type: Angel de Cora’s Indigenous Book Illustration and the Work of Abstraction
Caroline Wigginton (University of Mississippi)
Thursday, 12 October 2023, 4:00 pm
Charbonnel Lounge, 81 St. Mary St., St. Michael’s College

Presented by the Book History & Print Culture Collaborative Specialization, in association with the Book & Media Studies Program of the University of St. Michael’s College

Around 1900, Ho-Chunk artist and book illustrator Angel de Cora created a portrait for Mary Catherine Judd’s collection Wigwam Stories. That portrait, “The Indian of To-Day,” serves as the frontispiece for the book’s final section, which is about what was then contemporary Indigenous American life in the US. The image depicts a Native adult, wearing a bandanna, pants, shirt, and moccasins. Their hair is in two plaits, and they are leaning into a log cabin doorway. It is a portrait that is both unremarkable in its suggestion of an informal, every-day existence, and unlike other common images of ca. 1900 Indigenous persons. By tracing the circulation of turn-of-the-century Indigenous portraits alongside Angel de Cora’s journeys as an artist, this talk establishes a thick textual context for this picture. What can this unremarkable yet unusual image tell us about Native book illustration and the formation of new ideas of Indigenous modernity, labor, and gender identity? How are Indigenous artisans, pressmen, and other laborers involved in book production using their roles to negotiate and shape responses to settler colonialism? In short, who was the “Indian of To-Day”?

In addition, Professor Wigginton will lead a special seminar for students the day after the lecture (Friday, October 13, 10:00 am) in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. This seminar will draw on materials from the Fisher collection and will develop themes from her talk. This seminar is open to all graduate students in BHPC’s participating units, including students not enrolled in the BHPC program, and to upper-year undergraduates in the BMS program. Advance registration for the seminar is required. To register, contact our Program Coordinator. Space is limited, so please sign up only if you know you can attend.

Caroline Wigginton (she/they) is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Studies. She teaches courses in early American literatures and race, gender, and sexuality studies. Currently, she is at work on a second monograph, Indigenuity: Native Craftwork and the Material of Early American Books, which examines the aesthetic, material, and imaginative influence of Native craftwork on American literatures.

E-Lit Workshop: Making Electronic Literature and Simple Games in Twine
Friday, 27 October 2023, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Maclean Hunter Room

Led by Adam Hammond (Department of English), Alan Galey (Faculty of Information), and Anna Kalinowski (Faculty of Information)

This student-focused workshop will introduce participants to Twine, an easy-to-learn web-based platform for creating electronic literature and simple videogames. Participants will learn the basics of Twine, and we will also look at some of its advanced capabilities. The workshop will also consider Twine in a book-historical context, as one of the most popular authoring and publishing platforms of its kind, and as an important development in the emerging history of born-digital literature. The workshop will take place in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, enabling us to draw on their collections of experimental books and related objects as context.

Please note that this is an in-person event. No coding experience is required, though some familiarity with HTML and CSS is an asset for participants who wish to go beyond the basics. No software installations are required, though we advise participants to update their web browser in advance, and to install the latest version of the free Twine desktop app (

This workshop is open to BHPC students and non-BHPC graduate students in our participating units, as well as undergraduate students in the Book & Media Studies, Digital Humanities, and Bachelor of Information programs. Spaces are limited to 22 students and registration is required. Contact BHPC’s Program Coordinator to register:

Wednesday, 6 December 2023, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Massey College Upper Library

This year’s Librorum will showcase the BKS2001 practicum projects of BHPC PhD students. It is open to students, faculty, and friends of the BHPC Collaborative Specialization.

Adriana Ciocci (IHPST), “Print Knowledge in Practice: Reconstructing 17th-Century Ink, Paper, Tools, and Prints Through a 21st-Century Lens”
Sophie Edelhart (German), “The Ritual Process: Jewish Book Arts and Printing Sacred Text”
J Hughes (English), “Experiential Learning Methods in Community Book Arts and Print Culture Programming”

Transcribe-a-thon: Recipes from the Seventeenth Century
Thursday, 29 February 2024, 12:15 – 2:00 pm
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Maclean Hunter Room

Led by Misha Teramura (Department of English) and Liz Ridolfo (Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library)

Registration is free and open to all U of T students, although space is limited; to request registration, please complete this form by Friday, February 16 (a certain number of spaces will be reserved for students in BHPC and in the Book & Media Studies program).

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

Come explore the recipes in a seventeenth-century manuscript cookbook! 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.

Manuscripts Workshop: Bits and Pieces toward a Feminist Theory of Scrap
Tuesday, 12 March 2024, 12:15 – 2:00 pm
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Maclean Hunter Room

Led by Deidre Lynch (Harvard University)

Capacity is limited in the Maclean Hunter Room, so to avoid disappointment, please register as soon as possible here:

Presented by the Book History & Print Culture Collaborative Specialization, in association with the Thomas Fisher Library, the Robertson Davies Library (Massey College), and the W. J. Alexander Lecture in English Literature Series (University College).

Following Professor Lynch’s W. J. Alexander Lecture at University College (March 11), graduate students are warmly invited to join Professor Lynch for a hands-on workshop at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library on handwriting in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With the help of materials from the Thomas Fisher Library and the Ruari McLean Collection at Massey College, together with some secondary sources and work in progress by Professor Lynch, we’ll be considering penmanship in relation to authorship, labour, and gender. We’ll also consider the conceptual challenges manuscript books pose for scholars of the modern printed book.

Visitors’ Day
Friday, 15 March 2024, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Online 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 Acting Director of the program, Thomas Keymer, will answer any questions you might have and present some highlights of the BHPC program.

2024 BHPC Graduate Student Colloquium
The Book in Global Perspectives: Networks and Exchanges
Hybrid event open to the public.

Friday, 22 March 2024 (Online)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Isabel Hofmeyr

Saturday, 23 March 2024 (In-person at Massey College)
Keynote Speaker: Rachel Di Cresce