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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.

To request ASL interpretation for any event, please email

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

      March 10, 4:30pm-6pm In-Person, St. Louis: Roundtable: Technologies of Bibliography and Book History – Session at ASECS 2023 Conference Registration

      Chair: Benjamin PAULEY, Eastern Connecticut State University

      Panelists & talk titles:

      • Dylan Lewis, University of Maryland, “Technologies of Making”
      • Juliette Paul, Christian Brothers University, “Behn Unbound: Discovering Oroonoko’s Origins in the Union First Line Index of English Verse”
      • Norbert Schürer, California State University, Long Beach, “Atlantic (Subscription and Circulating) Libraries”
      • Kit Kincade, Indiana State University, “The Lindstrand Comparator: Its Place and Use in Textual Studies with a Demonstration”

      March 11, 2:30pm, In-Person, San Joan, Puerto Rico: Early Modern Women & Their Books – Session at RSA 2023 Conference Registration

      Panel Organizer, Aaron T. Pratt; Chair, Erin A. McCarthy. The following papers will be presented:

      March 23-24, Zoom: New Directions in Indigenous Book History  Conference Program & Registration

      Thursday March 23, 8:30am – 3:45pm ET
      Friday, March 24, 8:30am – 3:45pm ET

      Co-sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America & the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography | Organized by Dr. Amy Gore & Dr. Daniel Radus | Conference website & program

      After the ten-year anniversary of Phillip Round’s Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663–1880 (2010) and at the twentieth anniversary of Louise Erdrich’s Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (2003), we invite the general public to join us in a free, two-day, virtual symposium in which national and international scholars will offer analyses, reflections, and provocations on the material book’s historical and continuing relation to Indigenous peoples and communities. We will also take the occasion to mark the flourishing—though still nascent—field of scholarship on the materialities of the Indigenous book and the productive interventions such scholarship has made into the traditionally settler-oriented fields of bibliography, scholarly editing, and book history.

      Though critical attention to Indigenous print culture has done well to document and examine a wide range of media and genres used by Indigenous writers across the centuries, here we narrow the focus to books specifically. How might we define the Indigenous book? Where does Indigenous book history engage with and depart from other histories of the book? How has the book moved within and across Indigenous communities, both local and global? In what sense can the book be claimed as Indigenous? Topics will include community-engaged partnerships and collaborations; book arts; materiality and form; making Indigenous books; reclaiming genres; and relations with archives, audiences, and libraries.


      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!