Below is a CFP which will, we hope, be of interest to conservators working with 
books, broadly defined to include clay tablets, rolls, manuscripts, printed 
books, etc. Abstracts are due 25 October 2016; instructions for submittal below.

CFP: "Comparative Histories of the Book"

Session Organizers: Megan C. McNamee (Center for Advanced Study in the Visual 
Arts), Caroline Wigginton (University of Mississippi)

Saturday, 14 October 2017, 3:45-5:15pm

Bibliography among the Disciplines Conference

12-15 October 2017, Philadelphia, PA

What is a book? How is it read and by whom? Where is it stored or displayed? 
What constitutes its worth? Answers to such questions are manifold, varying not 
only over time and by location, but also among the askers. Vessels of knowledge 
and vehicles of communication, books serve as a point of contact among the 
disciplines; their histories are of mutual concern. As material artifacts, 
their physical and aesthetic forms are of interest to object-oriented fields of 
study. Humanists, scientists, curators, conservators, collectors, librarians, 
and archivists approach books with their own questions and tools of 
investigation. Their diverse modes of interrogation yield different kinds of 
information, yet these distinct insights often remain unshared, siloed within 
the communities to which investigators belong. This session posits that 
multiple histories invigorate methodologies and are especially essential to 
understanding books. We seek individually or collaboratively authored papers at 
 sciplinary, cultural, and professional crossroads that explicitly consider the 
implications of comparative practices, as well as the mechanics of such work. 
Papers will be pre-circulated, and participants will give five-minute summary 
presentations at the conference. The panel will be moderated by Jeffrey F. 
Hamburger, Kuno Francke Professor of German Art & Culture, History of Art & 
Architecture, Harvard University.

Please submit a proposal of no more than 500 words by 25 October 2016 at:<>.
 Feel free to contact session organizers Megan McNamee 
(<>) and/or Caroline 
Wigginton (<>) with questions.

"Bibliography among the Disciplines," a four-day international conference, will 
bring together scholarly professionals poised to address current problems 
pertaining to the study of textual artifacts that cross scholarly, pedagogical, 
professional, and curatorial domains. The conference will explore theories and 
methods common to the object-oriented disciplines, such as anthropology and 
archaeology, but new to bibliography. The program aims to promote focused 
cross-disciplinary exchange and future scholarly collaborations. "Bibliography 
among the Disciplines" is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and 
organized by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical 
Bibliography at Rare Book School. For more information, please visit:<>

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