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CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF BOOK CULTURE

Published on October 23, 2014

Print & Capital

The eleventh annual meeting of the CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF BOOK CULTURE

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Ottawa
June 1-2, 2015
Program Co-Chairs: Janice Cavell & Ruth-Ellen St. Onge


CASBC/ACÉHL, founded to bring together scholars studying written communication in all its forms and processes, is pleased to announce its eleventh annual meeting at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa. In addition to regular panels, the meeting will feature a joint panel organized in collaboration with the Media and Communications History Group of the Canadian Historical Association (CHA) and the Canadian Society of Church History (CSCH).

Our keynote address, delivered by Randall McLeod (Department of English, University of Toronto)
will be co-sponsored by the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies. Inspired by the general theme “Capital Ideas/ Le capital des idées,” the 2015 conference will focus on the topic of Print & Capital / Le capital de l’imprimé. We encourage scholars to consider book history and print culture in relation to the pursuit of economic gain and to trace the patterns of profit and loss in the field of publishing, past and present. Possible topics may include:
 Mass market versus small press,
 Current and historical examples of open access and not for profit publishing models,
 The role of cultural granting institutions in the publishing industry,
 Factors impacting the success or failure of books (literary prizes, notoriety and celebrity, etc.),
 The business practices of printers, publishers and other agents of the book.

Priority will be given to proposals that address the chosen theme in any time period or geographical area. The program co-chairs also encourage papers that apply an interdisciplinary approach to the study of book history and print culture. Proposals may be submitted in English or in French. Please send your proposal, including a title, 250-word abstract and a one-page CV, in .doc format to program co-chairs Janice Cavell (Janice.Cavell@international.gc.ca) and Ruth-Ellen St. Onge (ruthellen.stonge@mail.utoronto), by December 15, 2014. We will be pleased to consider proposals for three-paper panels.

*Please note that presenters must be members of CASBC/ACÉHL by the time of the conference, and that all
presenters and participants must be registered

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