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Upcoming Events

BSA programs take place both in-person and online. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Society has canceled in-person events and is exclusively hosting virtual events for the time being. This page will be updated with details about resuming in-person events when it is safe to do so. Registration is required for all of the virtual events scheduled for 2020 and into 2021.

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.

All of the events listed below will be live captioned in English by a professional from ACS Captions, with accompanying machine-generated translations of live-generated captions into Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, and Dutch.

Upcoming Webinars: Fall/Winter 2020-21

Following up on our successful spring and summer program of virtual events, the Society is delighted to announce a robust calendar of virtual activities for fall and winter 2020. Join us to learn from our community of booksellers, librarians, and scholars about a wide range of topics from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts to screenplays to artist books. 

We are especially excited to present a series of three sessions featuring the Book/Print Artists/Scholars of Color Collective, all marked with an asterisk in the list below. Book artist Tia Blassingame founded the Collective to build community and collaborations with BIPOC book/print practitioners and scholars. The collective represents a growing community of more than twenty book artists, scholars, librarians, papermakers, letterpress printers, printmakers, and curators. All are passionate about book history, print culture, and the endless potential of artists’ books as vehicles of social change and cultural conveyors that uplift our communities, and tell our stories, histories. Please join us for a stimulating series of conversations by book artists and scholars that will pay special attention to the role of the book arts and textual materiality as important aspects of thinking critically about race in the present moment. The BSA is grateful to David Solo for generously sponsoring this series with a gift – thank you, David!

All of these sessions will be recorded for later viewing on our YouTube channel. All of BSA virtual events are free and open to the public, though registration is required. Click through in the links below for full descriptions and presenter bios.

October 1 (3pm EDT) – Watch now on YouTube!
The Screenplay as Material Text with Kevin Johnson and Erin Schreiner

*October 23 (4pm EDT) – Watch now on YouTube!
Book/Print Artists/Scholars of Color Collective with Tia Blassingame, Ashley Hairston Doughty, Kinohi Nishikawa, and Curtis Small (Fully Registered, email to join the waitlist)

November 5 (8pm EDT) – Watch now on YouTube!
Candid Conversations: Booksellers & Librarians with Heather O’Donnell and Charlotte Priddle (Fully Registered, email to join the waitlist)

November 11 (2pm EDT) – Watch now on YouTube!
The Book in Movement: Experimentation & Craft in Autonomous Publishing Networks in Latin America with Magalí Rabasa 

*November 20 (12:30pm EDT) – Watch now on YouTube!
Book/Print Artists/Scholars of Color Collective with Irene Chan, Devin Fitzgerald, Colette Fu, and Radha Pandey

December 3 (4pm EDT)  – co-sponsored by Cornell University Libraries
Building Better Book Feminisms with Tamar Evangelista-Dougherty, Leslie Howsam, Brenda Marston, Kate Ozment, and Sarah Werner

December 9 (5pm EDT)
Early European Materials in Modern American Archives: The Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society with Agnieszka Rec

December 11 (3pm EDT) – co-sponsored by UCLA Library
Anarchist Poetry, Revolutionary Propaganda, and a Prison Library: Examining the Textual Legacy of Mexico’s Magonismo and Its Resonances Today with Diego Flores Magon. This given in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation into English by Antena Los Angeles.

*January 22, 2021 (12:30pm EDT)
Book/Print Artists/Scholars of Color Collective: Closing Roundtable with Tia Blassingame, Irene Chan, Ashley Hairston Doughty, Devin Fitzgerald, Colette Fu, Kinohi Nishikawa, Radha Pandey, and Curtis Small

January 25-29, 2020: Bibliography Week!

Mark your calendars! We will be announcing a full line-up of virtual events – including a virtual New Scholars program and Annual Meeting – later this fall. Keep an eye on your inbox for more information or check the Annual Meeting page on our website for up-to-date info.

Recorded Webinars Available on YouTube

Click here to peruse the playlist of recorded webinars on the BSA’s YouTube Channel.

The Society is working to be sure that accurate captions in English and Spanish are uploaded for YouTube videos within 2 to 3 weeks of posting online. Thank you for your patience as we work through the kinks in implementing this new program!