The Typographic Hub

NOTE: This event is now closed

Resurrecting the book

15th November 2013

To celebrate the re-opening of the largest public library in Europe and its outstanding special collections The Typographic Hub, The Library of Birmingham, Newman University College, and the Library of Lost Books have united to host a three-day conference on the theme of 'Resurrecting the book' 15-17 November 2013

With ebook downloads outstripping the purchase of hard copies, with libraries closing and discarding books and with the value of the book as physical object being increasingly questioned, this interdisciplinary conference brings together academics, librarians, artists, creators, designers, and users of books to explore a wide variety of issues pertaining to the creation, design, construction, use, reuse, preservation, loss, and recovery of the material book, electronic and digitised books, and of collections and libraries.

HEADLINE SPEAKER: Professor Sir David CannadineDodge Professor of History, Princeton University

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Professor Johanna Drucker, Bernard and Martin Breslauer Professor of Bibliography, University of California, Los Angeles; Dr David PearsonDirector of Culture, Heritage & Libraries City of London Corporation; and Professor Nicholas Pickwoad University of the Arts, London


GROUP ONE: Books as material objects

John Fagg & Sarah Wood, Looking at books: teaching literature and illustration: Lanie Gabbard, Beyond reading: a look at typographic illustrations: Jessica Glaser, The role of drawing within the development + realisation of designing with type in the context of book design: Lucy Razzall, Book or Box: the material text in Early Modern England: Adam Smyth, Recycling books in early modern England: Matthew Day, Running-title rhetoric in Early Modern England: Phil Tromans, Advertising America: marketing Elizabethan translations of foreign accounts of the New World: Remi Vuillemin, Resurrecting the manuscript? Framing late-Elizabethan sonnet sequences: Nóirín Ní Bheaglaoi, Libri Corrigendi: The Dissemination of Revisions and Corrections in the Topographia Hibernica: Hannah Ryley, Make do and mind: recycling and the Medieval manuscript: Zeina El Abed, The relationship between the design of medieval manuscripts (Persian & Arabic) and Sufism: Persida Lazarević Di Giacomo, From national to European: the evolution of Illyrian books in the eighteenth century: Valerie Rumbold, Print, piracy and canonicity in Swift’s Bickerstaff hoax: Karenza Sutton-Bennett, The book as a memorial of civilization in Mary Shelley’s The Last Man: Katie McGettigan, The Pacific in print: textual materiality and authenticity in Herman Melville’s Typee and Omoo: Faris; Stauffucher; Trogu, The image of the book: The interplay of the fixed sequence of pages (the visual-spatial) with the printed text (the aural-verbal) in the context of recent cognitive psychology research on working memory: Stephen Guy-Bray, The location of the text: Richard Wragg, An ongoing endeavour: the production of the York barbers’ and surgeons’ guild book: Danielle Fuller, Clinging on to the codex? books as socio-cultural artefacts in the lives of twenty-first-century leisure readers: Hanna Kuusela, Appropriating books: Jason Scott-Warren, to be announced

GROUP TWO: Collections and libraries

Hugh Adlington, John Donne’s Horace: lost and found: Caroline Archer, Baskervillia: books and The Baskerville Club 1903-31: Susan Whyman, William Hutton’s missing books: Susan May, The book collection of the first Cardinal Protector of England: his role as humanist conduit to the early Tudor court: Tronca Donatella, The Cathedral Library of Verona: Georgia Prince, The creation and use of Special Collections at Auckland Libraries - the legacy of a colonial governor’s founding gift to a public library: Rebecca Dorsett, Turning the page collectively: Remarkable collections and their locations: Mary Carroll, '2,000 useful and entertaining books': an exploration of the collections and libraries of the penal settlement of Port Arthur in nineteenth century Van Diemen’s Land: Linda McGuire, Not lost: ancient private collections and public institutions as preservers of Cicero’s Letters to Atticus: David Roberts, Title to be announced: Terry Potter, 'Paranoiac customers and dead bluebottles’ : why George Orwell was wrong about second-hand bookshops: Barry McKay, Some evidence of literacy in the Lake Counties: Heather Shaw, Preserving Isabella Stewart Gardener's travel albums: Sally Hughes, Recording the show: catalogues and exhibition books: Antonio Gomes, The strange destiny of books: a bio-bibliographic project.

GROUP THREE: The artist's book

Lyn Ashby, The artistbook: an experiment in the evolution of literacy; Sarah Bodman, Dear Reader . . .: Sheena Calvert, Unbound: Beyond the codex, the book as a process, material, event: Linda Carreiro, The Odyssey:exile and return in the library of the lost books: Brendon Deacy, The quick and the dead: does the speed of digital signal the end of the material book: Catarina Figueiredo Cardoso, Venus d'Ailleurs: reinventing the book in all its forms: Carey Gibbons, Altered book sculptures: Jamie Murphy, Researching, designing and making Albert, Ernest and the Titanic: Maddy Pethick, Charity shop auras: sites of exchange for unwanted books: Daphne Plessner, The artist's publication as political intervention: a discussion of activist strategies +  the implications for the formation of political subjectivity; Tatiani Rapatzikou, Anne Carson’s Nox: materiality and memory; Alexis Taylor, Resurrecting the book: resurrecting creativity.

GROUP FOUR: e-books

Tom Abba, These pages fall like ash: transposing writing, or what does digital have to do with books, anyway?: Corey B French, Words without bodies: digital text and the new gnosticism: Maurizio Lana, digilibLT, a digital library of late latin texts available as ebooks: or the scholar’s dream come true: ‘all my books with me’: Julie Mader-Meersman, Artist’s books for handheld mobile devices: expanding the artist book genre: Lizzy Pournara, Frankenstein’s palimpsest: materiality, intimacy and the manuscript: Paulo Vieira Ramalho, The phoenix syndrome: James Mussell, In our last: The presence of the previous in the nineteenth-century periodical: Simon Rowberry, Authorised fan culture and the kindle: Sergi Sancho Fibla, From ‘wax tablets’ to ‘tablet computers’: a resurrection of the medieval mise-en-page as a mnemonic tool: Robert Sharl, The living book: electronic books and the dynamic text.


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