CFP: Teaching Global Book History (RBS-Mellon Conference, Philadelphia, October 2017)

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Call for Papers
October 25, 2016
Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, African History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, World History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies

Call for Proposals

"Teaching Global Book History"
Session Organizers: Devin Fitzgerald (Harvard University) & Ben Nourse (University of Denver)
Saturday, 14 October 2017, 8:00–10:00am
Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference
12–15 October 2017, Philadelphia, PA

Book history courses are being taught increasingly at both the graduate and undergraduate level, but many of these courses are focused on specific time periods and/or geographic areas. This session aims to expose participants and attendees to a diverse selection of books or textual objects that would fit well into a course on global book history.
We invite proposals for short (10 minute), interactive presentations that demonstrate the teaching of a “book that changed the world,” which can be construed broadly as a book or textual artifact of exemplary significance for a particular time period or cultural area. We particularly encourage proposals that focus on a textual artifact from areas outside of Europe and America, though proposals on Euro-American books will also be considered. Proposals should explain the importance of the chosen textual artifact to global book history, as well as the pedagogical methods to be demonstrated in teaching the book (which should ideally include hands-on and/or interactive teaching methods). We welcome proposals from all those engaged in education about book history, including scholars, librarians, curators, and those in the book trades. During this conference session, six participants will give presentations, followed by a half-hour discussion led by a moderator.
Please submit a proposal of no more than 500 words by 25 October 2016 at:
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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Ben Nourse (University of Denver)

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