Segundo Coloquio sobre Publicaciones Periódicas Argentinas

Centro de Estudios de Teoría y Crítica Literaria (CTCL)
Instituto de Investigaciones en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales (IdIHCS)
Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad Nacional de La Plata Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)

2 al 4 de diciembre de 2015

Comité científico
Verónica Delgado (Idihcs, UNLP-CONICET)
Geraldine Rogers (CONICET / UNLP)

En diciembre de 2013 realizamos el Primer coloquio sobre publicaciones periódicas argentinas. El encuentro reunió en el rectorado de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata a un grupo de veintitrés investigadores, formados y en formación, de distintas disciplinas y de varias instituciones universitarias y centros de investigación, con trabajos en curso sobre revistas, diarios, suplementos semanales y otras formas de publicación periódica en la Argentina de los dos últimos siglos (XIX y XX). La participación de los expositores a lo largo de esas dos jornadas hizo posible el intercambio de información, la discusión de avances y perspectivas metodológicas.

El libro colectivo Tramas impresas: publicaciones periódicas argentinas (XIX-XX) (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 2014, ISBN 978-950-34-1163-6, en prensa) es producto de aquel encuentro, donde se discutieron las versiones iniciales de cada capítulo.

En diciembre de 2015 llevaremos a cabo el Segundo coloquio sobre publicaciones periódicas argentinas, como continuidad y profundización de la tarea iniciada hace dos años, fundada en la relevancia del estudio de las publicaciones periódicas para la comprensión integral de los procesos culturales. Como señalamos en aquella oportunidad, diversos análisis muestran que no son simples contenedoras de textos e imágenes (fuentes documentales para el estudio de autores o ideas) sino formas específicas de la cultura impresa de la modernidad, cuya complejidad y relevancia las vuelve objetos de estudio en sí mismas. Advertir su densa materialidad equivale a descubrir una dimensión que excede en mucho su consideración como meros vehículos de textos e imágenes. Estudiarlas como bienes simbólicos elaborados colectivamente obliga a pensar la significación que adquirieron los grupos nucleados alrededor de ellas (o que circularon a través de ellas) atendiendo tanto a las prácticas específicas como a sus relaciones con procesos sociales de carácter más general.

El coloquio tiene como objetivo generar un espacio de discusión interdisciplinar sobre revistas, diarios, suplementos semanales y otras formas de publicación periódica en la Argentina de los dos últimos siglos. Se busca crear un ámbito productivo para las investigaciones actuales y futuras, favoreciendo el intercambio de información sobre recursos disponibles o en desarrollo (acervos hemerográficos, medios técnicos), la exposición de avances de investigación y el debate sobre perspectivas metodológicas. El encuentro contribuirá también a relevar cuestiones que podrían abordarse a través de una cooperación más sistemática.

Condiciones de participación y aspectos organizativos

Este coloquio está destinado a un grupo de 30 investigadores, formados y en formación, con líneas de trabajo (sobre publicaciones periódicas argentinas de los siglos XIX y XX) afines a los propósitos de este evento. Todos los participantes serán convocados por el comité científico.

Se trata de una reunión científica no arancelada, concebida como un espacio de intercambio genuino. En función de la muy positiva experiencia del Primer coloquio, buscamos preservar la participación activa en los debates a lo largo de las jornadas.

El encuentro se desarrollará en la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata a lo largo de tres jornadas de trabajo (sin mesas paralelas) los días miércoles 2, jueves 3 y viernes 4 de diciembre de 2015.

Los participantes deberán confirmar su participación antes del 30 de junio de 2015 enviando un título y un resumen del trabajo.

Cada expositor contará con 15 minutos para presentar su ponencia y 15 minutos para la discusión posterior.

La versión final de los trabajos se publicará en 2016 en un libro de acceso abierto, con ISBN y propiedad intelectual registrada, en la web de la Facultad de Humanidades.

Correo para envío de resúmenes: cppa2015@gmail.com

Print Culture and the Arts

Print Culture and the Arts
SHARP @ SAMLA
Durham, North Carolina
13-15 November 2015

Papers are invited for the SHARP affiliate session at the 2015 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Convention. Potential topics include print culture, history of the book, authorship, publishing history, ephemera, illustration, publishers’ archives, circulation, and reception. Papers addressing this year’s theme, “In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts” are especially welcome. What connections can be made between print culture/book history and the areas of visual art, theatre, and music? How has the relationship between print culture and the arts evolved from the manuscript age to the digital world of the 21st century?

The 87th annual SAMLA Convention will be held November 13-15, 2015, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, located in Durham, North Carolina. Proposers need not be members of SHARP to submit, but panelists must be members of both SHARP and SAMLA in order to present. By June 1, 2015, please email a 350-word abstract and short biography (including contact information) to SHARP liaison Dr. Melissa Makala, at me.makala@gmail.com.

Please also visit SHARP at SAMLA’s Facebook page for more updates:

https://www.facebook.com/SHARPatSAMLA

The Minority Book

International Book Science Conference
“The Minority Book: Historical Experiences and Modern Expressions in the Global World”
24-25 September 2015, Vilnius

With long traditions of printing and book culture, Vilnius was an important centre for book publishing and production in the Eastern part of the Central Europe for hundreds of years. Coexisting side by side, a wide range of book worlds evolved and developed in the city, each defined by the traditions of different religious and ethno-confessional communities, along with their information and communication needs. Due to changing political, economic and cultural conditions in different historical stages, the culture and publishing of the minority book developed new forms and expressions over the ages. The situation illustrated in Lithuania is representative of the typical traditions of publishing activity features of small countries and of minorities. These changes and differences are important for the harmonious development of societies in the global world.

http://www.ibsc.kf.vu.lt/en

The Book Science and Documentation Institute of the Faculty of Communication at Vilnius University is kindly inviting you to take part in the International Book Science Conference “The minority book: historical experiences and modern expressions in the global world”, which is planned for 24–25 September 2015 at Vilnius University. This will be the 23rd Vilnius Book Science Conference and it will be organised together with the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing and The Nordic-Baltic-Russian Network on the History of Books, Libraries and Reading. SHARP unites scholars of different disciplines conducting book studies and is a global network for book historians working in a broad range of scholarly disciplines. Based in the Baltic and Nordic states, HIBOLIRE is also a multinational and multidisciplinary network of book scholars  focussing on book history, reading history and library history.

 The 2015 conference will deal with broad issues from within the minority book culture and publishing history, as well as the challenges of modern times. The organizers of the conference hope that it will be attended by researchers studying printed and digital media creation, publishing, production, distribution and reception, as well as their expression in small social groups and communities. Contributions to the conference in these fields could influence the emergence and development of the relevant research of the minority book and publishing in the Baltic region, as well as in other European states and other countries.

The organizers of the conference relate the concept of minorities with the ethnic, confessional, cultural, social, linguistic and other types of social groupings and communities. Their book and print cultures are understood as a phenomenon that existed in different historical contexts, but have acquired increasing significance in the global world of our times. Thus, research in this thematic area becomes especially relevant for the modernity.

The call for the papers on the minority book covers the following topics:

  • Multilingual worlds of book in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania;
  • The book of small European nations in the modern society of the 19th century;
  • The renaissance of the regional (ethnic) community book in the 20th and 21st centuries;
  • Book publishing and culture in ethno-confessional communities in Europe (for example, Jewish, Tatar, Karaim and Old Believers’ books in Lithuania);
  • Alternative modes of publishing in different historical periods (collectable books, artists’ books, self-publishing, illegal publishing, publishing books in alternative formats, etc.);
  •  Publishing by emigrants’ communities in national and other languages;
  • Small country publishing in the global world.

Conference languages

Preferred presentations language is English. Presentations in Lithuanian and Russian also can be considered (please contact organizers for simultaneous translation during the conference)

Women & 19C Literature

Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand
Hosted by Victoria University of Wellington and the Alexander Turnbull Library
23 January 2015

This one-day conference will explore the theme of women and nineteenth-century literature from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Please visit our website for more information. Topics include:

  • New approaches to canonical women writers (Austen, Mary Shelley, the Brontës, Gaskell, and many others)
  • Women and the Gothic in nineteenth-century writing
  • Nineteenth-century New Zealand women’s writing (Māori, Pākehā and tauiwi)
  • Women and genre in nineteenth-century writing
  • The depiction of women in nineteenth-century writing
  • Nineteenth-century women readers
  • Nineteenth-century women writers and their connections to earlier or later periods
  • New archives and sources for nineteenth-century writing and their connection to women

Into the Digital Future

SHARP Affiliate Organization Panel at MLA
“Into the Digital Future: Amazon, Apple, and Google Make Book History”
Vancouver Convention Center West 121
Thursday, 8 January 2015
1:45pm–3:00pm

The Book Trade from the Perspective of Its Businesses: Recent Developments
Daniel Raff, Univ. of Pennsylvania

This talk will survey the evolution of channels of distribution for long-form reading matter and the relationship of channel actors to their customers from the mid-1990s to the present. It will begin with the growth of “superstore” bookstore chains in the 1990s, probing the consequences of this for mall-based chains and independent bookstores and also the internal impediments to profitability and further growth the chains developed as the 90s wore on. The possible and actual histories of online bookselling will be sketched, from the early 1990s roots through the near catastrophe of the early post-millennium years to the present. The current state of play is one in which the number of independents       is much diminished, the principal mall chains have been absorbed by larger entities, Borders (with its captive mall chain) has gone bankrupt, Barnes & Noble is troubled, and Amazon’s book sales and market share are flourishing with many of the “books” it is selling being electronic files readable only on Amazon-sold and -controlled devices. The legacy publishers are very worried, with, as the recent and ongoing struggles between Amazon and selected major publishers this calendar year have shown, good reason. Amazon’s resources and competitive strategy—as these have developed, as they have the firm currently situated, and the opportunities they have created for Amazon and other collective actors going forward—will be characterized in a way that will situate the discussion in the papers by Laquintano and Sickmann to follow.

Amazon Et. Al.: Self-Publishing and the New Intermediaries
Tim Laquintano Assistant Professor of English Lafayette College

This presentation will begin by profiling the meteoric rise of self-publishing and its growing role in the contemporary publishing economy (recent estimates suggest 30% of Amazon’s best selling ebooks are self-published). Then, working from the premise that digital giants (e.g., Amazon) have become key intermediaries in the publishing chain, it will attempt to theorize, in a grounded way, how the “new intermediaries” shape the work of self-publishing ebook authors. The presentation draws on ethnographic interview data from a six-year study of seventy ebook authors to show how digital distributions systems impinge on the relationship of writers and readers. It pays particular attention to how the affordances of such systems (publishing policies, payment systems, metadata) shape the production of writers and their attempts to foster the circulation of their texts. It ultimately aims to advance a burgeoning discussion about how writers negotiate new models and possibilities for publishing.

Co-Creating Fictional Worlds Online: Hugh Howey and Kindle Publishing
Carrie Sickmann Han, Indiana University

Hugh Howey’s bestselling science fiction series, The Silo Saga, is attracting attention in the book industry for its unique online publishing history. What began as a short story published through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform (KDP) quickly grew to a three-novel series (all first published using KDP) when an enthusiastic readership took advantage of online forums to demand more. Despite an unparalleled deal with Simon & Schuster that allows Howey to retain electronic rights to the books after they appear in print, Howey adamantly rejects any claim to exclusive rights to the fictional characters, events, and worlds he creates. He actively denounces Digital Rights Management (DRM) and encourages readers to use his fictional worlds as springboards for their commercial publications. Howey’s view of fiction as “a potentially collaborative affair” is gaining popularity with digital authors and readers, and major publishers like Amazon are responding by developing platforms that encourage readers to become co-creators of their favorite stories. By tracking Howey’s innovative use of Amazon’s newest publishing platforms, this paper will argue that we’re progressing towards a digital future that treats fiction as co-created, interactive, expanding worlds that extend beyond a single book or author.

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Milton and Book History

SHARP Affiliate Organization Panel at MLA
Vancouver Convention Center, West 204
Friday, 9 January 2015
3:30pm–4:50pm

This collaborative session, proposed by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing and the Milton Society of America (both MLA allied organizations) highlights the fertile intersection of book history and Milton scholarship and shows how the material forms of Milton’s texts are inseparable from the meanings produced by their readers and consumers. The meaning of Milton, these panelists demonstrate, is produced not simply out of technical industry, but by social forms, ideologies, political and intellectual dispositions, as well as the creative energies of writers, translators, and book producers. The three panelists identify the various kinds of agency involved in these transactions, building on recent new understandings of the histories of reading, authorship and publishing that have challenged the view of Milton as a lonely writer. If Milton is a social writer—one of the earliest to see the potential of the printing press to expand cultural and political inclusiveness—most recent work on Milton and the history of the book has focused on ideas of authorship and on the role of the author himself. This panel highlights how the media and circumstances of dissemination constitute the meaning of Milton’s works; it thus contributes to an understanding of authorship and cultural bibliography, and it also adds original historical findings to a sociological account of Milton’s early networks.

This panel brings together three Milton scholars who apply the tools of book history and bibliography to investigate and elucidate Milton’s life, career, and works. The first paper, Blaine Greteman’s ‘Milton’s first book and the making of a print author,’ explores the first work Milton had printed, the Epitaphum Damonis, an elegy that has rarely been discussed in a print context. Yet, as Greteman argues, the poem carefully affirms, reconstitutes, and expands the social, poetic network that Milton had established in during his schooling in England and his travels abroad during the 1630s. Greteman, drawing on both archival work and his ongoing digital project, maps the circulation and production of both print and manuscript texts to illuminate the ways that the Epitaphum inaugurates Milton’s investment in the book, in print authorship, and in the poet’s robust social involvement with his world.

Nicholas von Maltzahn’s paper, ‘Who printed Areopagitica? The Press and Milton’s Paper Work’ proposes to announce a major discovery, one based on scholarship von Maltzahn is undertaking for his volume in the Oxford University Press Complete Works of John Milton (forthcoming). Although Areopagitica has enjoyed great fame as Milton’s defense of the press from pre-publication licensing, its printer has still, until now, not been identified. Von Maltzahn will identify the printer, and on that basis will revisit Milton’s conception of the press’s work in the English Revolution, with special reference to the conceptions of the labour and literary genres involved in that publication within the underground print networks for such illicit publication. Both printer and author, it will be shown, shared a pattern of commitments that were both literary and political.

While these first two papers emphasise the importance of cultural bibliographic context in Milton’s own day, the third paper, Angelica Duran’s ‘Milton’s Areopagitica: A Speech to the World,’ chronicles the translations of Areopagitica in various languages and countries in recent or contemporary settings. After giving a brief history of Areopagitica’s translation or prohibition dates into various languages (twenty languages, including French, Hungarian, Japanese, and Polish), her paper then focus on two recent cases, Spanish and Chinese, chosen because the issue of censorship in each country produced complex response to Milton’s powerful statement against pre-publication licensing. Duran explores the different cultural impacts of Areopagitica’s first publications in the vernacular in Spain (1941) and China (1991), highlighting the ways Milton’s writing engages with topical debates over censorship. This paper brings the study of book history up to the present. The 370th anniversary of his anti-censorship pamphlet Areopagitica reminds us that Milton was not only a poet, he was an activist, deeply concerned about how ideas, in the form of printed texts, circulate in society.

Stephen Dobranski, a distinguished leading researcher in the field of Milton, authorship, and the book trade, will provide a response to the panel, putting the papers’ wide chronological sweep (from 1630s England to 1990s China) in context for the study of Milton and of the history of the book.

Greg Barnhisel (co-organizer) is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of English at Duquesne University. He is the author of James Laughlin, New Directions, and the Remaking of Ezra Pound (Massachusetts, 2005) and the forthcoming Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy (Columbia, 2014) and is one of the editors of the journal Book History.

Sharon Achinstein (co-organizer, presider) is Professor of Renaissance Literature, University of Oxford; she will take up her position as Sir William Osler Professor of English Literature at Johns Hopkins University in July 2014. Her books have explored the histories of political communication and literature in the early modern period, and include Milton and the Revolutionary Reader (Princeton, 1994), Literature and Dissent in Milton’s England (Cambridge, 2003), and two edited collections, Literature and Toleration (Oxford, 2007), and Gender, Literature and the English Revolution (Cass, 1994), and she is currently on the Executive Committee of the Milton Society of America.

Blaine Greteman is Assistant Professor of English, University of Iowa, and is author of The Poetics and Politics of Youth in Milton’s England (Cambridge, 2013), and has published articles on Milton, Jonson, and Donne, as well as long-form political journalism. He is currently working on a digital project, “Shakeosphere: The Early Modern Social Network,” for which he earned seed funding in 2013.

Nicholas von Maltzahn, Professor of English at the University of Ottawa, is editing Areopagitica as part of his volume of Milton’s tracts on religious liberty for the Oxford University Press Complete Works of John Milton (vol. 4, forthcoming). He has published numerous studies especially of Milton and Marvell, including a book- length Andrew Marvell Chronology (Palgrave, 2005); an edition of Marvell’s Account of the Growth of Popery and Arbitrary Government (in The Prose Works of Andrew Marvell, Yale, UP, 2003); and a monograph on Milton’s History of Britain (Oxford UP, 1991). Angelica Duran is Associate Professor in English, Comparative Literature, and Religious Studies at Purdue University, author of The Age of Milton and the Scientific Revolution (Pittsburgh, 2007); editor of A Concise Companion to Milton (Blackwell, 2007); and is currently coediting Milton in Translation (under consideration). She has published articles on Milton’s reception in Spain, and has coedited a volume in comparative cultural studies, Mo Yan in Context: Nobel Laureate and Global Storyteller (forthcoming, Purdue UP, 2014).

Stephen Dobranski is Professor in the Department of English at Georgia State University, and has authored significant contributions in book history to Milton studies, his Readers and Authorship in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2005; pbk, 2009); and Milton, Authorship, and the Book Trade (Cambridge, 1999. pbk, 2009). Author of The Cambridge Introduction to John Milton (Cambridge, 2012), Dobranski has edited Milton in Context (Cambridge, 2010) and Milton and Heresy (Cambridge, 1998; pbk, 2008).

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