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The Book in the Nordic countries

Le livre dans les pays nordiques

Vol. 25, nr 2, autumn 2021 - Studies in Book Culture

Volume 25, numéro 2, automne 2021 - Mémoires du livre

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Published on Thursday, August 27, 2020 by Anastasia Giardinelli

Summary

Despite the fact that Book history has become more and more established in the Nordic countries over the years, this development is not yet fully reflected in the research output, and only a limited number of scholarly publications have captured the diversity of the research field. This issue of Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture invites submissions in the field of Book History in the Nordic countries. The aim is to display the diversity and growth of the field and to highlight ongoing research and recent advancements.

Announcement

Argument

In the course of a few decades, the field of Book History has seen extensive growth in the Nordic countries, with a development both in terms of subjects and research methods.  Researchers from a wide range of institutional backgrounds within the humanities and the social sciences in the Nordics have embraced the book-historical approach. Consequently, it is today a field of research increasingly marked by interdisciplinarity and collaboration. The book as an object, the materiality of texts, and readers and reading are getting more and more attention, in a range of different contexts. Book historical research is conducted at institutions throughout the Nordic countries, notably the National Libraries, and several of the universities and university libraries. A number of institutions offer undergraduate courses in Book History. Lund University is the single institution in the Nordic countries with a division entirely devoted to Book History (established in 1990). Elsewhere, the subject relies on interpersonal connections and loosely organized networks, such as the Nordic Forum for Book History (NFFB) and the Nordic Network for Edition Philology (NNE).

Despite the fact that Book history has become more and more established in the Nordic countries over the years, this development is not yet fully reflected in the research output, and only a limited number of scholarly publications have captured the diversity of the research field. 

This issue of Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture invites submissions in the field of Book History in the Nordic countries. The aim is to display the diversity and growth of the field and to highlight ongoing research and recent advancements. Topics for the articles may include (but are not limited to): 

  • Language
  • Literacy
  • Writing and manuscript production
  • Readers and reading practices
  • Censorship and the freedom of the press
  • The materiality of books
  • Book illustration
  • Cartography
  • Literary history
  • Library history
  • Women (not only women writers)
  • Children’s literature
  • History of Knowledge vs. Book History
  • Book History in the Nordic countries
  • Nordic approaches to Book History theory/method
  • Teaching the history of the book
  • Exchanges with other countries
  • Role played by National libraries

Guidelines submission

Abstracts for papers in either French or English of approximately 250 words and a short biographical note should be sent toHenning Hansenand Maria Simonsen (henning.hansen@uit.no and simonsen@dps.aau.dk)

by November 15,2020.

The editorial committee will informauthors of its decision in December2020.

Selected contributors will be required to submit their full article(c. 8,000 words).

Final versions are to be submitted before May1, 2021 for peer-review.

The articles will then undergo the standard process of double-blind peer review.

Publication is scheduled for Fall 2021. Any questions may be directed to the editors.

Mémoires du livre/ Studies in Book Cultureis a digital, open access journal, operating without any article processing charges(APC).

The authors will retain the intellectual rights to their work under a CC-BY-NC-ND license. Please review the journal’s guidelines before sending your submission (www.erudit.org/en/journals/memoires/#journal-info-editorial_policy

Date(s)

  • Sunday, November 15, 2020

Contact(s)

  • Henning Hansen
    courriel : henning [dot] hansen [at] uit [dot] no
  • Maria Simonsen
    courriel : simonsen [at] dps [dot] aau [dot] dk

Information source

  • Judith Haviernick
    courriel : mdl-sbc [at] usherbrooke [dot] ca

To cite this announcement

« The Book in the Nordic countries », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, August 27, 2020, https://calenda.org/796446

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