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
(meganmcna...@gmail.com<mailto:meganmcna...@gmail.com>) and/or Caroline
Wigginton (cwigg...@olemiss.edu<mailto:cwigg...@olemiss.edu>) 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
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