On 29 -30 May 2023, Canada’s bibliographical and book studies community will gather for the Annual Conference of the Bibliographical Society of Canada at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences for our first in-person conference since 2019.
The third decade of the twenty-first century has ushered in unprecedented and challenging events. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Black Lives Matters movement, alongside escalating climate emergencies, have brought home the urgent need for collective action in support of racial and climate justice. Against this backdrop, our conference theme invites you to explore and reflect critically on the past, present, and future of the book. We invite submissions that pertain, but are not limited, to:
- Revisions in bibliography and book history as reflections of decoloniality, anti-racism, and social justice
- Traditions, innovations, and responses to societal challenges in the practice of bibliography, book history, and special collections curation
- Books and print media as vehicles for inclusion, participation, and belonging
- Material and digital cultures of the book in relation to climate change, sustainability, and post-industrial technology-driven society
- Book creation, production, consumption, and collecting in personal, social, and institutional contexts
- Human interactions with books and print media and their diversity
- Partnering and collaboration beyond the book: galleries, libraries, archives and museums in partnership with custodians of aural, visual and other forms of knowledge
Congress 2023 will be held at York University. Many Indigenous Nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which their campuses are located that precede the establishment of the University. The area known as Tkaronto has been taken care of by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is the subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region.
Please submit a 250-word abstract proposal and brief biography in English or French (including your full name, professional designation, institutional affiliation, or place) no later than 28 February 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org.