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Upcoming Events

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, is a central concern to participants and organizers.

BSA programs take place both in-person and online; some events are hosted by other organizations.  Registration is required for most BSA events.

Most BSA virtual events are live captioned in English. Additional options may be offered, read full description for more information. Due to the technical challenges presented by simultaneous live interpretation and captioning, most events will feature only one or the other. BSA videos are captioned in English and Spanish on our YouTube channel.

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Upcoming Events, In-person and online (listed chronologically)

      Mon. February 12, 2024 6pm PT/9pm ET | The Life, Motto, and Library of William Walker (1570-1642), Vicar of Chiswick, presentation by Alan H. Nelson | Hybrid event hosted by the Book Club of California | In-person registration | Zoom registration

      Approximately twenty-five printed books and ten manuscripts have been located from before 1640 which bear the florid inscription: “Will and Walke aright. Will: Walker,” usually appearing on the title-page of a printed book, or on the first or last leaf of a manuscript.

      This talk will attempt to identify the author of the inscription and the owner of the books and manuscripts in new detail; to reconstruct William Walker’s small but unquestionably significant personal library; and to trace the history of the “best” manuscript of Sir Philip Sidney’s “Old Arcadia.”

      Alan H. Nelson is Professor Emeritus, Department of English, University of California, Berkeley.

      This event is co-sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America, the Book Club of California, and the American Trust for the British Library.


      February 15, 2024, 3:30pm CT: The Transcultural Circulation of Illustrated Books (1500-1950) at the College Art Association Conference | Conference Registration required

      This panel addresses illustrated books that originated in Eurasia during the Early Modern and Modern periods. It focuses on those translated, visually as well as textually, for a reading public in a different language community than that for which it was originally produced, whether elsewhere in Eurasia or overseas.

      The illustrated book is particularly important because of the essential role that images play in cross-cultural contact. This panel poses a range of questions, such as how paratext and its interpretation changed when illustrated books were retrofitted for their new audiences. How were illustrations also transformed and adapted as texts were translated and reprinted? To answer these questions, this panel broadly explores the movement of books as well as the ways knowledge and technology travel during production, circulation, and consumption in a cross-cultural context.

      This panel takes illustrated books as its central subject, with the goal of rethinking the translation of language, images, and, most importantly, the translation of culture.


      • Fletcher John Coleman
        Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Texas at Arlington
      • Gillian Zhang
        Curatorial Research Associate, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


      • “Beyond Turquerie: Finding the Ottomans in the Recueil Ferriol”
        Elizabeth Fraser, University of Southern Florida
      • “Reuse, Renew: Printed Painting Manuals from China Transformed in Japan”
        Mai Yamaguchi, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
      • “Translating the Tōkaidō”
        Karen Fraser, University of San Francisco
      • “‘The American on the Tokaido’: Frederick Starr’s Bilingual Travelogue”
        Stéphanie Hornstein, Concordia University

      Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 12-2pm CT: ‘Matalotaje del anima’: Translation as Spiritual Resistance in The Writings of Luis de Carvajal/Joseph Lumbroso | Harris Hall, Northwestern University | Register

      Lecture by Ronnie Perelis, Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Associate Professor of Sephardic Studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University

      The case of Luis de Carvajal, the younger and his extended Conversos family is (justifiably) one of the most researched Inquisitorial cases from colonial Mexico. While the vast records of the two trials of the Carvajal family in 1589 and 1596 offer the historian ample material to investigate, there was for some time a major missing piece: the full manuscript of Luis de Carvajal’s religious writings that were stolen from the Mexican National Archives in 1932. In the Fall of 2016 this manuscript resurfaced and was returned to the Mexican authorities and made available for scholarship once again. In this talk, Prof. Perelis will share some new insights into Carvajal’s religious creativity as reflected in the original prayers and religious meditations that Carvajal composed inside this small leather-bound book.


      Recorded Virtual Events 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!