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The 2023 Annual Meeting

From January 23–27, 2023 the Bibliographical Society of America will celebrate Bibliography Week with a series of events designed to demonstrate bibliographical practice and its relevance to interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities.

The 2023 Annual Meeting and New Scholars Program will be held in-person at Convene, 530 5th Avenue and live-streamed to our virtual audience starting at 2pm Eastern with New Scholars’ papers and a group question and answer session. Following a 30-minute break (snacks and beverages will be available at Convene for our in-person audience), the 2023 Annual Meeting will begin at 3:45pm Eastern. The entire program will be live-streamed for a virtual audience on the BSA YouTube Channel.

Registration | Register to Attend Online
Registration for in-person seating at the Annual Meeting is now closed and all waitlist places have been assigned. We regret any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause.  Please join us virtually by streaming the program on YouTube starting at 2pm Eastern; register to receive email updates.

Virtual attendees need not register but are welcome to do so.

The 2023 Annual Meeting & Keynote Lecture

Following a welcome from BSA President Caroline Duroselle-Melish,  Dr. Kelly Wisecup will present the 2023 Annual Meeting’s keynote lecture.

Toward a Bibliography of Birchbark Books
This talk asks what a bibliography of birchbark books might entail and how such research might challenge understandings of paper, print production and circulation, and readership. Dr. Wisecup takes up these questions by examining an array of birchbark books and objects that informed the making and circulation of the Potawatomi writer Simon Pokagon’s birchbark booklet titled The Red Man’s Rebuke (alt. title The Red Man’s Greeting). Thought by many scholars to be printed for the Columbian Exposition and World’s Fair in 1893, Dr. Wisecup illuminates a longer history of the booklets’ printing and circulation, including multiple editions and evidence of several readers. Dr. Wisecup asks what methods a bibliography of birchbark requires by reflecting on recent collaborative research with Pokagon Band of Potawatomi archivists and linguists. Attempting a bibliography of the birchbark booklets offers new insights on how Indigenous people acted as readers of periodicals and other printed objects as well as evidence of strategic circulation and archiving, from the nineteenth century to the present.

The 2023 New Scholars Program

The Bibliographical Society of America’s New Scholars Program promotes the work of scholars new to bibliography, broadly defined to include the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of all textual artifacts. This includes manuscript, print, and digital media, from clay and stone to laptops and iPads.

New Scholars present fifteen-minute talks on their current, unpublished bibliographical research during the program preceding the Society’s Annual Meeting, held each January during Bibliography Week. The 2023 New Scholars will also present their papers in virtual pre-screening sessions followed by question and answer periods on January 18, 19, and 20.

The 2023 New Scholars are:

  • Seamus Dwyer, BSA New Scholar – “Bastard Hands: Scripts and the Medieval Language of Commodity”
  • Rachelle Grossman, Pantzer New Scholar – “Dirty Slugs and Flimsy Paper: What a Page Can Teach Us about Yiddish Printing in Postwar Poland”
  • Mara Frazier, Malkin New Scholar – “The Dance Typewriter: IBM, the Labanotation Element, and ‘Women’s Work’ in 1973”

Read New Scholars brief bios and paper abstracts.

Learn more about Bibliography Week and register to attendAll events are free and open to the public with required registration.

Schedule of Events

A full schedule of BSA Bibliography Week events is forthcoming; check this website again for details after December 1, 2022.

In the meantime, the Annual Meeting & New Scholars Program on 27 January 2023 will follow the agenda below:

  • 2pm Eastern, New Scholars Program (Hybrid: In-Person and Online via YouTube)
  • 3:15 to 3:45pm Eastern, Intermission
  • 3:45pm Eastern: BSA Annual Meeting & Keynote Lecture
  • 5pm Eastern: Reception

Meeting Location
The entire program will be held at Convene, 530 5th Avenue at 54th Street, a few blocks from Grand Central Station and Bryant Park near the Bryant Park and Grand Central Subway Stations. The location is wheelchair accessible. For more information about access, including parking recommendations, visit Convene’s website and scroll down to the “Location” Heading.

Covid Safety
The BSA takes community health and safety seriously. Since the Society does not have its own gathering space for bibliographers, we organize events with other organizations and therefore must abide be Convene’s policy, which is governed by local and federal guidelines. As of December 2022, masking is encouraged but not required; proof of vaccination is also not required.

Electing the Council Class of 2026

Members will be supported in electronic voting by proxy for the upcoming Council election. The coronavirus pandemic has forever changed the way that learned societies gather and conduct important business, and in 2022 the Council amended the Society’s by laws to ensure that members could easily cast votes in the Council election without having to attend the meeting in New York. In 2020 and 2021 the Society used a polling function (in addition to proxy voting option) for the election, but will not continue this practice going forward to encourage and support the greatest possible participation in the Society’s elections by members.

Annual Meeting Sponsors

The Council is most grateful to the organizations and businesses that sponsor our Society’s Annual Meeting. For more information about sponsorship and to secure yours online, read the update on the Society’s website.

Quarto Sponsors of the Annual Meeting
Bartleby’s Books  • Bruce McKittrick Rare Books • Christie’sDe Wolfe & Wood Rare BooksMusinsky Rare Books, Inc. • Richard C. Ramer, Old & Rare Books • Royal Books, Inc. • The University of Chicago Press Journals Division • 

Folio Sponsors of the Annual Meeting
Convene Heritage Auctions • The University of Pennsylvania Press