CFP: How Repositories, Publishers, Readers, and Authors Respond to Climate Change — A Panel Sponsored by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing

How does the specter of climate change—be it, environmental, cultural, economic, social, or any one of numerous other possibilities—inspire authors, affect readers, and shape publishing? How does climate change or its denial impact collecting and preserving rare books and manuscripts?

We are particularly interested in discussions that center on historical contexts from which to understand climate change; how authors of color record the challenges change in the climate poses to their communities; how readers’ interests are piqued (or not) by the myriad circumstances generating climate change; how the publishing industry is responding to climate change in their booklists, publication practices, and promotion strategies; how sustainable are special collections’ and archives’ facilities and practices; and what aspects of climate change are over or under-covered in critical and/or literary discourse.

Proposals should consider the audience for the presentation by incorporating content relevant to attendees from the rare book and manuscript world, such as those in positions relating to archival processing, digitization, instruction, library administration, metadata, outreach, rare book cataloguing, and subject curation.

Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Diane Maher at and Amy Chen at by July 20, 2018. Selected panel participants will be notified shortly thereafter. The panel will then be submitted for consideration to RBMS on August 3, 2018.