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Tues. May 29th

First Session
"Book and print in twentieth century intellectual cultures"

Second Session
"Print Culture in Modern Britain
Interdisciplinary Symposium
"Reassembling the Disassembled Book"
Wed. May 30th
Third Session
"The Culture of the Book"
Fourth Session
"Print Culture in Twentieth century Canada"
Special Presentation on the theory and practice of studies in book culture










CASBC 2007 Program

Books and the Making of Knowledge

Third annual conference of the
Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture
Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities


29-30 May, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
Room 212, Arts Building


Tuesday, 29 May
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. First Session

Book and Print in Twentieth Century Intellectual Cultures

Dominique MARQUIS (histoire, UQÀM): “Savoir dominicain: Savoir populaire? La Revue dominicaine, 1930-1960”

Paul STORTZ (Canadian Studies, Calgary): “Professors and Brain-Trusters. Redefining Scholarly Cultures and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Toronto 1930-1945”

Evelyn ELLERMAN (Communication Studies, Athabasca): “Forget Beowulf to Virginia Woolf: Learning to be a Writer in Papua New Guinea”



10:30 - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Second Session

Print Culture in Modern Britain

Leith DAVIS (English, Simon Fraser): “The Printer as Patriot: James Watson’s Choice Collection of Comic and Serious Scots Poems and Eighteenth-century Miscellanies”

Caroline LEITCH (PhD student, English, Victoria): “Under the Covers: The Hidden History of Women in Nineteenth Century Book Production”

Vanessa WARNE (English, Manitoba)“Books for Blind Readers: Print Culture and Visual Disability in Victorian Britain”


12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

Interdisciplinary Symposium
Reassembling the Disassembled Book

Room 106, Biology Building

In collaboration with the Society for Digital Humanities and the Canadian Society of Medievalists.

The keynote address is followed by a joint panel of papers from both societies and then a reception at the Snelgrove Gallery where an exhibit of the Ege manuscripts will be held.


2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Plenary address by Prof Peter Stoicheff (Associate Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Saskatchewan)

"Putting Humpty Together Again: Otto Ege's Scattered Leaves"

The early 20th century Cleveland book collector Otto Ege removed leaves from 50 medieval books, divided them among 40 boxes and sold them throughout North America and Europe. The Special Collections department of the University of Saskatchewan library purchased box #25 in 1957. This talk describes how a group of researchers is locating the boxes, creating images of their contents, and digitally remaking at least one of the original books.


3:15 - 4:45pm

Symposium Panel, with papers organized by the participating organizations.

Eric KWAKKEL (History, Victoria): “Hidden Knowledge: New Fragments of Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Victoria”

Richard CUNNINGHAM (English, Acadia) "Dis-covering the Early Modern Book."  

Daniel O’DONNELL (English & Digital Medieval Project, Lethbridge). "'Murder to dissect' ?": Digitisation as a Theory of the Text"


5:00 - 6:00pm Reception in the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery

Room 191, Murray Building


Wednesday, 30th May
Room 212, Arts Building
11:00 - 12:30 p.m. Third Session

The Culture of the Book

Richard CUNNINGHAM (English, Acadia): “Using the Art of Navigation to Make Knowledge: Then and Now”

Éric WAUTERS (histoire, Université du Havre): “Le livre et la géographie (1747-1830): une sédimentation du savoir”

Anna LEVENTHAL (MA student, Communications Studies, McGill) "Imperfect Bound: Zines, Materiality, and Question of Preserving Ephemera"



12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch provided to registered participants

Annual General Meeting

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Fourth Session

Print Culture in Twentieth Century Canada

Nancy EARLE (English, Simon Fraser): “Making the Public Author: The Canada Council Writer-in-Residence Program and Canadian Authorship, 1965-2000”

E. Lisa PANAYOTIDIS (Education, Calgary): “Contestation and Conflict: The Yearbook ‘Torontonesis’ as an ‘Appalling Sahara’ 1890-1915"

Eli MACLAREN (English, doctoral candidate, Toronto): “William Briggs: Printer, Binder, Distributor”


3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Len FINDLEY (English, Saskatchewan): "Resounding Readings: Oral Culture and Book Historians"





November 11, 2016
October 2016 CASBC Digest now available 

October 25, 2016
Call for Proposals - CASBC 2017 Beyond the Oceans: Canada in the World - Book and Print Culture Unbound

June 9, 2016
CASBC 2017 Conference will be at Ryerson University (Toronto), May 30-31, 2017 


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