Call for Papers: History of the Book Conference, Durham University Online (Deadline 30th June 2021)

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Durham University asks for paper submissions for its upcoming History of the Book Conference online, 8th-9th September 2021. They hope to attract contributions from scholars working on premodern book cultures from anywhere across the globe, and we hope to organize the conference to facilitate discussions that include comparative and/or connected perspectives.

The institute invites proposals for papers on the following topics:

  • The material organization of knowledge (dictionaries, encyclopaedias, philosophical, scientific, technical, medical or natural-historical texts and libraries, catalogues, taxonomies, storage, margins, rubrics, annotations, indices or tables of contents)
  • The organization of knowledge about other cultures (dictionaries, encyclopaedias, etc., and epistemic, cultural, linguistic or religious difference)
  • The disorganization of knowledge (the movement, circulation, sale, forgery, theft, or dispersal of knowledge texts or knowledge’s changing meaning as it is appropriated, edited, altered or moved between contexts)

Please send an abstract of max. 250 words, along with your name, affiliation and title to Deadline for submissions is 30th June.


Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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