Call for Submissions to the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada

The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada (PBSC) encourages submissions to its annual volume of original articles, notes, and book reviews. The PBSC is a diamond open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original work on a rolling basis to afford timely dissemination of research. The PBSC publishes scholarship in the field of bibliography and the history of the book, broadly construed to include printing and publishing history, studies of authorship, print culture studies, digital humanities, copyright history, the history of reading, textual studies, scholarly editing, library history, historical bibliography, descriptive and analytic bibliography, communications studies, media history, and any literary or historical research that takes particular account of the material forms of texts.

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Join the BSC Special Collections Interest Group for Biblio-Bière!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2024 (following the BSC annual conference)

The BSC Special Collections Interest Group presents Biblio-Bière, a celebration of great books, craft beer, and congenial company. 

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Call for submissions: Spring Bulletin

For its upcoming Spring  issue, the Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) invites the submission of stories or news items about past or upcoming events, ongoing projects and upcoming publications. Submissions are welcome from both members and non-members of the BSC. Texts should range between 200 and 300 words in length and should be sent to bulletin@bsc-sbc.ca by April 30, 2024. We  look forward to hearing from you!

2024 BSC Conference – Preliminary program available

The Bibliographical Society of Canada is pleased to present the preliminary program for its 2024 Annual Conference, Topographical: The Place of Books at McGill University, June 17-18, 2024.

Registration for the conference is now open! Please note that  Congress’s early-bird registration deadline is March 31st.

Call for Applications: French Book Reviews Editor for Papers / Cahiers

The Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) is seeking applications for the position of French Book Reviews Editor for the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada / Cahiers de la Société bibliographique du Canada. See the full posting in French for more details.

Call for Applications: 2024 Emerging Scholar Prize

The Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) invites applications for the Emerging Scholar Prize. The Prize promotes the work of a researcher who is beginning a career in the fields of book history and bibliography, broadly defined — studies encompassing the creation, production, publication, distribution, transmission, history, and uses of printed books, manuscripts, or electronic texts. Preference will be given to topics with a Canadian dimension.

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Call for Papers: 2024 Conference of the Bibliographical Society of Canada


2024 Conference of the Bibliographical Society of Canada
17–18 June, McGill University
Topographical: The Place of Books

Working with books is in many senses an effort to relate them to places. Writers in all genres describe journeys, encounters, visits, or homecomings in persistent patterns of excursion and return. Readers follow them, searching for the cultural, scientific, informational, or touristic meaning of places – while also trying to find the right place for books in their own lives and dwellings. In its creation and its criticism, literature is classified in geopolitical terms – nation, region, community, locale – and contested by further terms that cut across them spatially – indigeneity, empire, diaspora, fugitivity.

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Deadline Extended – Call for Submissions: A Special Issue of Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada

Theme: “Disrupting Whiteness Within Special Collections, Bibliography, and Book History”

This special issue is an extension of the keynote panel “Finding Another Country in the Stacks: Decentering Whiteness Within Special Collections, Bibliography, and Book History” for the Bibliographical and Book Studies Canada’s 2022 Conference. This keynote session examined approaches to remediating the lingering effects of systemic racism all while shedding light on the radical inclusivity work occurring across Canada in book history and special collections work. This special issue will deepen the panel’s initial reflections on race, alongside systemic hierarchies associated with educational, professional, and citizenship status.

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