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Tues. June 3rd

First Session
"Thinking Beyond Borders"

Second Session
"Beyond the Border of the Book: Mapping Manuscript Culture
Third Session
"Books Without Borders"
Fourth Session
"Books Without Borders"
Plenary Lecture
Abhijit Gupta
Wed. June 4th
Fifth Session
"Books Without Borders"
Sixth Session
Seventh Session
Joint Session with BSC/SCB
Eighth Session
"Books Without Borders"










CASBC 2008 Program

Books without Borders

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

3-4 June, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Most sessions are held in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Tuesday, 3 June
8:30 - 9:45 a.m. First Session

Thinking Beyond Borders
Joint session with Society for Digital Humanities

Buchanan D201

Chair: TBA

NELSON, Brent L. (English, University of Saskatchewan) The Early Modern Database

DYCK, Paul H. (English, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg) Print Without Borders: The Materials of the Little Gidding Gospel Concordances
CUNNINGHAM, Richard (English, Acadia University) & HARVEY QUAMEN (English, University of Alberta) Rendering Printed Marginalia: A PHP-driven Solution



10:00 - 10:30 a.m. CASBC Registration and Welcome

Barber 461

10:30 - 12:00 p.m. Second Session

Beyond the Border of the Book: Mapping Manuscript Culture

Barber 461

Chair: Leith Davis (English, Simon Fraser University)

SOLOMON, Diana (English, SFU) Publish and Perish? The Literary Aspirations of Anne Finch

SCHELLENBERG, Betty A. (English, SFU) Bluestocking Women and the Negotiation of Oral, Manuscript, and Print Cultures, 1744-1785

LEVY, Michelle (English, SFU) Jane Austen, Manuscript Culture, and the Problem of Publicity


12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Third Session

Books Without Borders

Barber 461

Chair: Janet Friskney (Research Services, York University)

NELLES, Paul (History, Carleton University) Conrad Gesner in Frankfurt (1543)

TOTANES, Vernon R.
(Information Studies, University of Toronto) History and the First Philippine Imprints



1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Fourth Session

Books Without Borders

Barber 461

Chair: Isabelle Lehuu (Histoire, Université du Québec à Montréal)

MELANÇON, François (GRELQ, Université de Sherbrooke) “J’ay fait chercher en vain chez les libraires…” ou la délégation d’achat de livres par les coloniaux de la Nouvelle-France

MASEMANN, Bronwen (Information Studies, UofT) “A Prophet in favour of the English Americans”: the reading of Charlevoix’s Histoire et Description Générale de la Nouvelle France in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1745-6

WAUTERS, Eric (Université du Havre) Lire l’ennemi : l’Angleterre dans l’édition française de romans, pendant les guerres de la révolution & de l’empire (1793-1813)

ST. ONGE, Ruth-Ellen (Études françaises, UofT) Chronicling Censorship in Post-Revolutionary Europe: L’ami de la religion et du roi (1816-1833)


5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

 Plenary lecture sponsored by CASBC/ACEHL, the Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC/SCB), and Athabasca University

Barber 261

Abhijit Gupta
(English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India) South Asian models: new strategies for book history in the 21st century


6:00 - 7:00pm Reception co-sponsored with BSC/SCB


Wednesday, 4th June
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Fifth Session

Books Without Borders

Barber 461

Chair: Yuri Cowan (English, UofT)

TAWFIK, Myra J. (Law, University of Windsor) For the Encouragement of Learning: Copyright in 19th century North America

EVERTON, Michael J. (SFU) A Canadian Devil, I Presume? Policing the North American Reprint Trade in the 1870s

MAGRILL, Barry (University of British Columbia) Architectural Pattern Books and the Business of Church-Building in Nineteenth Century Canada



10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Sixth Session

Barber 461

LE GRIS, Françoise (Histoire d’art, Université de Québec à Montréal) Un livre d’outre-raison et d’outre-frontière : Poésie de mots inconnus

CAVELL, Janice (History, Carleton University & Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada) Canadiana Abroad: The Department of External Affairs’ Book Presentation Programme, 1949-1962 

GIGUÈRE, Nicholas (Études françaises, Université de Sherbrooke) Les épigraphes d’auteurs étrangers dans la collection “Les Poètes du Jour” (1963-1975) des Éditions du Jour: vers une poétique nourrie de l’ailleurs


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

Barber 461

Annual General Meeting

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Seventh Session

Joint Session with BSC/SCB
Hennings 201

BRADLEY-ST-CYR, Ruth (English, University of Ottawa) Electronic Changes: How the (English) Canadian Book Publishing Industry and its Traditional Business Model Have Been Altered by Electronic Technologies

EDWARDS, Gail (History, Douglas College) AND JUDITH SALTMAN (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia) Canadian Children’s Publishers and Challenges in the International Marketplace: Thinking Beyond Borders or the Erasure of Cultural Identity? 

YELLE, François (Lettres et communications, Université de Sherbrooke) Les readers en communication des années 1950 et la représentation du livre


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

Barber 461

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Eighth Session

Books Without Borders

Barber 461

Chair: Janice Cavell

BERGERON, Stéphanie (Littérature, Université de Sherbrooke) S’afficher lecteur et « ne pas passer pour un nerd » : le club de lecture pour adolescents Réseau CJ

MILZ, Sabine (English and Film Studies, University of Alberta) Canadian Publishers and the Realities of “Books without Borders”

SHEP, Sydney J. (School of Information Management and The Printer, Wai-te-ata Press, Victoria University of Wellington) "Smiley, you're on candid camera”: Digital materiality & a cultural history of the emoticon





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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