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Emerging Trends in Book History and Print Culture Studies

Tendances émergentes en histoire du livre et de l'imprimé

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Published on Tuesday, October 02, 2012


Le Groupe de recherches et d'études sur le livre au Québec (GRÉLQ) organise son 8e colloque étudiant en partenariat avec le Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture (BHPC) de l’Université de Toronto. Ce colloque étudiant pancanadien portera sur les « Tendances émergentes en histoire du livre et de l’imprimé ». L’événement se déroulera en deux temps: une première partie, principalement en français, aura lieu à l’Université de Sherbrooke les 21 et 22 mars 2013, et une seconde partie, principalement en anglais, se tiendra les 5 et 6 avril à l’Université de Toronto. Les propositions de communication doivent parvenir au plus tard le 30 octobre 2012 à l’adresse suivante: EmergingTrendsBookHistory@gmail.com.


“Emerging Trends in Book History and Print Culture Studies”, 2013 Graduate Conference and Workshop Series,March 21-22, 2013 – Sherbrooke (Revised dates), April 5-6, 2013 – Toronto


The Book History and Print Culture (BHPC) collaborative program at the University of Toronto and Le Groupe de recherches et d'études sur le livre au Québec (GRÉLQ) at the Université de Sherbrooke (Qc) are inviting proposals from graduate students whose research pertains to Book History and Print Culture to join in a series of two-day conference and workshops. Aiming at identifying emerging trends in book history studies as well as providing a platform for exchange and networking, the series will bring together graduate researchers from universities across Canada.

Over two instalments, one to be held predominantly in French at the Université de Sherbrooke and one to be held mainly in English at the University of Toronto, graduate researchers will explore what it means to study book history in Canada and attempt to identify emerging trends in the field. To support cross-discipline and cross-language collaboration, one panel in Sherbrooke will be held in English, and one panel in Toronto will be held in French.

The organizing committee is interested in innovative book history research currently underway in Canadian institutions and pertaining to all subjects, periods, regions and stemming from all disciplines.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • research pertaining to previously unexplored corpora or that defies traditional ways of looking at well-known corpora;
  • research looking at the authors and other agents related to book history and print culture;
  • research that considers new ways to approach book history and considers the relationships between the book and society, the environment, and media, supported by and not limited to the methods of disciplines such as statistics, economics, psychology and other sciences;
  • research considering the book and its current and future digital incarnations, the relationship between the book and other media;
  • research pertaining to book history theory or that considers the relationship between the field of book history and other connected disciplines such as sociology of literature or cultural studies and
  • research that focuses on topics that could affect the way book history is taught and researched in Canada like, for example, Canada’s changing copyright laws (proposed Bill C-11).

Conference participants' papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Papers of Bibliographical Society of Canada.

Opening addresses

  • Toronto : Professor Alan Galey
    • Faculty of Information
    • BHPC
    • University of Toronto
  • Sherbrooke : Professor Josée Vincent
    • Département des lettres et communications
    • Co-director, GRÉLQ
    • Co-director, Studies in Book Culture
    • Université de Sherbrooke

Closing addresses

  • Toronto and Sherbrooke : Professor Eli MacLaren
    • Department of English, McGill University
    • Editor, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada

Submitting a proposal

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit research related to their thesis or dissertation projects. Proposals for panels are welcomed. Proposals may be submitted in English or in French. Abstracts will be reviewed by a Scientific Advisory board. Papers should be not have been previously published and are limited to 20 minutes.

Proposals should be submitted to emergingtrendsbookhistory@gmail.com by October 30th, 2012.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by December 15th, 2012.

Proposals should contain the following:

  • Student name and contact information, mail and email addresses and phone numbers;
  • Level of studies, name of the University and Department with which the student is affiliated;
  • If the student wishes, the name of the thesis supervisor as well as the thesis subject;
  • Language(s) in which the paper will be presented (French, English, or both);
  • Preferred presentation location (University of Toronto, Université de Sherbrooke or open to both);
  • 250 word proposition including research questions, corpus and methodology and
  • A short biography (maximum 200 words in length) along with (if applicable) a list of publications.

Conference Series Organizers

Elizabeth Klaiber (U of T), Michaël Fortier (U de S), Eloïse Pontbriand (U de S), Matt Schneider (U of T), along with Ruth-Ellen St-Onge (U of T), Catherine Swartz (U of T).


  • Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Attached files


  • tendances, émergentes, histoire, livre, imprimé, édition, littérature, sociologie, études, culturelles, recherche, interdisciplinarité, appel, communications


  • Michaël Fortier
    courriel : Michael [dot] Fortier [at] USherbrooke [dot] ca

Information source

  • Michaël Fortier
    courriel : Michael [dot] Fortier [at] USherbrooke [dot] ca


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« Emerging Trends in Book History and Print Culture Studies », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, October 02, 2012, https://calenda.org/221051

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