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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2023 Bernard Amtmann Fellowship Awarded

The members of the Fellowships Committee are very pleased to announce that Manuel Medrano has been awarded the Bernard Amtmann Fellowship for 2023 for his project, “Book History beyond the Page: An Andean Khipu in the McGill University Library.”

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2023 Marie Tremaine Fellowship Awarded

The members of the Fellowships Committee are very pleased to announce that Sarah Pelletier has been awarded the Marie Tremaine Fellowship for 2023 for her project, “’Neither boy nor man’: Transnational Dimensions of Gender(ing), Race, and Labour in the Nineteenth-Century North American Typographical Trade and Press, 1850-1914.”

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Graduate Student Merit Award Winner for 2023

The Bibliographic Society of Canada (BSC) is pleased to announce that Rachel Burlock has been nominated for the BSC-SbC’s Congress Graduate Student Merit Award. Rachel is a doctoral student at the University of Alberta in the department of English and Film Studies. The awards Committee was impressed with Rachel’s research, which was foregrounded in community history book from a rural settlement in Manitoba.

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