Upcoming Events

Workshop in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Bibliography

This course is a three-day introductory workshop of approaches to studying, analyzing, and describing books printed in the industrial era, roughly 1830 to present. Beginning in the nineteenth century, technological changes to book making transformed the manufacture of books and other printed objects, resulting in the evolution of truly commercial, mass market publishing. At the same time, new printing, copying, and duplicating technologies allowed for the spread of printing outside of professional printing trades, creating new genres of amateur, counter-culture, and clandestine print. The sheer number of new technologies involved in everything from papermaking to type composition, printing to binding, have made this a bewildering subject for the novice bibliographer or book historian.

This course offers a simplified approach to understanding the book as a physical object during this period, focused on methods of analysis and direct observation. Workshop is taught by Dr. Elizabeth Ott. Dr. Ott is the interim Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Director of Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an adjunct professor at the UNC School Information and Library Sciences, where she teaches courses on the history of the book and rare book librarianship. Her research interests include bibliographic theory, printing technologies of the nineteenth century, and library history.

The Workshop will be held at UIUC’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, as well as Skeuomorph Press & Book Lab. If admitted there is no fee for workshop enrollment but travel and accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of attendees. 

Admission to the course is by application and limited to 12 individuals; admission closed March 15.

This course is a three-day introductory workshop of approaches to studying, analyzing, and describing books printed in the industrial era, roughly 1830 to present.

Haiti’s Media Revolution and the Radicalization of Print

Drawn from his book-in-progress, The Racialization of Print, Joseph Rezek traces the historical emergence of the idea that a single printed book, by virtue of its author’s racial identity, might reveal profound truths about an entire race of people. During his talk, Rezek will argue that the shock of the Haitian Revolution and the international circulation of a Black Haitian print culture intensified the association of book publication with racial knowledge. 

Rezek’s book is under contract with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press. In 2024-2025, he will complete this project with the support of a twelve-month fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Co-sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America

This hybrid program will be held in person at Antiquarian Hall and livestreamed to a virtual audience on YouTube. Advance registration is required for both. Doors open at 6:30pm. 

Joseph Rezek, Presenter

Joseph Rezek is Associate Professor of English and Director of the American and New England studies program at Boston University.  He specializes in theories of modernity and the Atlantic world, the history of the novel, and the history of print in American culture. He was a Stephen Botein Fellow in 2015-16 and a National Endowment for the Humanities Long- Term Fellow in 2019-20. Rezek was elected to AAS membership in April 2023.

James Russell Wiggins Lecture in the History of the Book in American Culture by Joseph Rezek, the American Antiquarian Society

Deadline: Submit Your Proposal for Events Funding

Submit your Proposal by July 24, 2024

Queer Bibliography Conference 2024

To be hosted by UCLA California Rare Book School, University of California, Los Angeles.

More information coming soon!

The BSA Events Committee is pleased to support the 2024 Queer Bibliography Conference.

Mark your calendars for the 2025 Annual Meeting. More information to come! Check our website for details in the fall of 2024.