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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.

Upcoming Webinars: Winter/Spring 2021

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 winter and spring 2021. 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. 

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.

April 13, 20-21 2021 (10am EDT) – RSA Virtual Meeting 

Four BSA sponsored sessions will be held at RSA’s 2021 virtual conference, organized by BSA-RSA Liaison Aaron T. Patt. Details on the RSA website.

  • Incunabula Online: Researching Early Books Through International Collaboration
  • Editing Early Modern Texts And/As Pedagogy I
  • Editing Early Modern Texts And/As Pedagogy II
  • Picturing the News

May 4, 2021 (9-11am EDT)

“Dante 1481: the Comedia, illustrated by Botticelli” (click to register) hosted by University College London Special Collection & co-sponsored by the BSA & the Italian Cultural Institute of London.
2021 marks the 540th anniversary of the edition’s publication and the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death. To celebrate, this event will display copies from Italy, the U.S.A. and the U.K. and tell the books’ stories from their current keepers. We’ll be using online technology developed during the lockdown to give the audience visual access to copies that couldn’t otherwise be brought together physically at one time.

May 14, 2021 (1pm EDT)

The Thunderbird Press: A Roundtable Discussion with Marie-Hélène Jeannotte, Emanuelle Dufour, Christine Sioui Wawanoloath, and Édith-Anne Pageot.

May 19, 2021 (4pm EDT)

Early Modern Typography/Race/Gender Roundtable that includes B.K. Adams, Erika Boeckeler, Claire M. L. Bourne, Jill Gage, and Miles P. Grier.

May 25-26, 2021

Textual Editing & The Future of Scholarly Editions: A Conference on the Bicentennial of James Fennimore Cooper’s The Spya virtual conference hosted by the American Antiquarian Society that will bring together a range of scholars in conversation about new directions in textual editing and scholarly editions. Registration is free!

May 25, Panel 1 – “The Past, Present, and Future of the Scholarly Edition”

Cochairs and Keynotes: Derrick Spires (Associate Professor of Literatures in English and affiliate faculty in American Studies, Cornell University) and Amy Earhart (Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty of Africana Studies, Texas A&M University)


    • Joycelyn Moody (Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature, University of Texas at San Antonio)
    • Douglas Jones (Associate Professor of English and Assistant Dean of Humanities, Rutgers University)
    • Kirsten Silva-Gruesz (Professor of Literature, University of California Santa Cruz)

May 25, Panel 2 – “Textual Editing and the Future of Digital Editions”

Chair and Keynote: Matt Cohen (Professor of English, Co-Director of the Walt Whitman Archive, and Affiliate Faculty in Native American Studies, University of Nebraska Lincoln)


    • Robert Warrior (Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture, University of Kansas)
    • Jimmy Sweet (Assistant Professor of American Studies, Rutgers University)
    • Christine DeLucia (Assistant Professor of History, Williams College)

May 26, Panel 3 – “Textual Editing Beyond the Print Edition of the Canonical Writer”

Chair and Keynote: John Bryant (Professor Emeritus of English, Hofstra University)


    • Joseph Rezek (Associate Professor of English, Boston University)
    • John Garcia (Assistant Professor of English, Florida State University)
    • John McKivigan (Mary O’Brien Gibson Professor of History, Africana Studies, Indiana University)

May 26, Panel 4 – “Textual Editing in the Classroom and Beyond”

Chair and Keynote: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Professor of English and Co-Director of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Northeastern University)


    • Sarah Robbins (PhD Candidate in History, Yale University)
    • James Ascher (PhD Candidate in English, University of Virginia)
    • Sonia Di Loreto (Assistant Professor of American Literature, University of Torino–Italy)
    • Meredith Neuman (Associate Professor of English, Clark University)

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!