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Propose an Event

In accordance with our identity as an international, interdisciplinary scholarly organization that fosters the study of books and other textual artifacts in traditional and emerging formats, the Bibliographical Society of America pursues its mission by hosting public programs and collaborating with related organizations to do so.

The Events Committee calls for proposals three times each year to invite collaborations between the Committee, BSA members, and a broader bibliographical public.

The BSA aims to sponsor a calendar of varied programs each year, which can include but are not limited to:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • conference sessions,
  • and receptions following events which are bibliographical in nature.

In all BSA events, the material text – that is, the handwritten, printed, or other textual artifact, broadly conceived – as historical evidence, and/or the theory and practice of descriptive, historical, and/or critical bibliography, should be a central concern to participants and organizers.

For more information about the types of events that BSA hosts and sponsors, please see the Past and Upcoming Events page on our website. The Events Committee is especially eager to sponsor events that help the Society to achieve the objectives set out in its Equity Action Plan, which states:

The Society will continue to expand BSA events in terms of representation, coverage, and access. In-person and virtual events should cover a wide range of subjects, feature presenters from under-represented groups, and take place in geographically dispersed, physically accessible locations or with virtual equivalents (closed-captioning, etc.). Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate a commitment to these values.

How to Submit a Proposal

Please click on the links below to review application guidelines and apply.

Preview the application form here.

Submit your proposal here.

Proposals for events taking place between March and October of 2021 are due January 4, 2021.

As the safety of in-person events remains uncertain, we can only accept proposals for virtual events only at this time. In addition to funding (e.g., honoraria to speakers), the Society can provide some administrative support and virtual webinar hosting via Zoom. Please contact Program Committee Chair Sonja Drimmer with any questions.

Proposals for events taking place between October and December of 2021 are due April 15, 2021, and also may be submitted earlier.

Proposals for events taking place between January and April of 2022 are due October 18, 2021, and also may be submitted earlier.

Helpful Hints

Applications for support usually vary between $250 to $1000 per event. Funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including, but not limited to, venue rental, honoraria, travel expenses for an invited speaker.

Virtual events can be hosted using the Society’s Zoom license, which accommodates up to 500 attendees. We recommend identifying an institutional co-sponsor that would be willing to host your virtual event if you want a larger audience.

The Society has a relationship with ACS Captions and can provide live captioning in English with highly accurate machine-generated captions into other languages for $160/hour. We strongly recommend including this amount in your budget if you are proposing a virtual event! ACS Captions can also provide ASL Interpretation, and if your event would benefit from that service we recommend contacting their helpful and responsive staff for an estimate to submit with your proposal.


The call for proposals is open to the public. Successful applicants are required to become members of the Society if they are not already.