2024 Annual Conference at McGill University


Topographical: The Place of Books

Annual Conference of the Bibliographical Society of Canada
Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress 2024


June 17-18, 2024
McCall MacBain Arts Building
853 Sherbrooke St. West
McGill University (Downtown Campus)
Montreal, QC  H3A 0G5

June 19, 2024
Biblio-Bière
presented the by BSC Special Collections Interest Group 
See more details and register here.

Conference Program

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Day 1 – Monday 17 June  
Arts 150 

8:30 AM         Session 1: Publishing in the Likeliest and Unlikeliest of Places

Ceilidh Hart, “Civilizing the City: The Cultural Work of The Cariboo Sentinel”

Jordan Patterson, “Lights Too Bright: Vintage Contemporaries, Jay McInerney, and the Curse of New York City”

Danielle Van Wagner, “Printing on the Inside: The Production of Books in Canada’s Prisons and Penitentiaries”


10:00 AM       Break


10:30 AM       Session 2: Keynote Address

Julien Lefort-Favreau, “Politique du livre : objet de partage, objet de litige”

This session is made possible with the financial support of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences through the Open Programming Fund. Questions are welcome in French or English.


12:00 PM        BSC Annual General Meeting

Catered Lunch

1:30 PM          Session 3: The Latest Views of Early Canada

I.S. MacLaren, “Building Paul Kane into a ‘Man of Science’”

Sarah Dorward, “Embracing Elsewhereness: May Agnes Fleming and Late Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Authorship”

Mihaela Ilovan, “The Early Canadian Cultural Journals Index: Remediating and Resituating Cultural Heritage Bibliographical Data”


3:00 PM          Break


3:30 PM          Session 4: Cold Worlds: Publishing Canadian Authors, 1960–90

Martin Breul, “Beyond the Garrison: The Publication of Canadian Short Fiction in the German Democratic Republic”

Ruth Panofsky, “‘So Much for Author-Publisher Hatreds’: Allan Fotheringham and Anna Porter”


Day 2 – Tuesday 18 June                                     
Arts W-120

8:30 AM         Session 5: The Discovery of England

Tristan B. Taylor, “‘R. P. of This Same Town’: Situating the South English Legendaries”

Gillian Dunks, “‘Scenes of Past Delights’: Britain as Place in the Otley Chapbook Series”

Mary Erica Zimmer, “Between Space and Place: Browsing the Bookshops in Paul’s Cross Churchyard”


10:00 AM       Break


10:30 AM       Session 6: Paradise and Labyrinth

Ian E. Wilson and Margaret J. Dixon, “Sir Arthur G. Doughty: Uncovering Identity Through Bibliography”

Ruth-Ellen St. Onge and Bronwen Glover, “Situating Bookbindings in Space and Time”

Lauren Williams, Jennifer Garland, Ann Marie Holland, and Jacquelyn Sundberg, “When Places Elude the Book: Preparing Special Collections for a Move”


12:00 PM        Lunch (on your own)


1:30 PM          Session 7: Print and Digital Intersections

Lisa Teichmann, “Translational and Biographical Trajectories of Migration”

Vincent Cellucci and Angeliki Sioli, “The Broadside: the Political, Cultural and Economic Importance of Poetic Ephemera Continues in the Twenty-First Century”

Risa de Rege, “Plotting Plots and Mapping Music: Mapping Texts in the Digital Humanities”


3:00 PM          Break


3:30 PM          Session 8: Transcending Place: Prayer, Music, Fame

Susan Cameron, “A Tale of Two Books: Glimpses of Places and People”

Billy Johnson, “Sundry Places and Common Grounds: The Commonplace Books of H.A.S. Hartley and Wellington Ney States”

Annika Fabbi, “‘What’s in a Score?: Exploring the Publication History of J. S. Bach’s Capriccio, BWV 992”


5:00 PM          Break


McLennan Library, Fourth Floor

5:30 PM          Closing Remarks, Guylaine Beaudry, Trenholme Dean of Libraries

Tour of McGill Library, Rare Books and Special Collections

Catered Reception


Post-Conference Activity – Wednesday 19 June
McLennan Library, Fourth Floor

All are welcome to join the BSC Special Collections Interest Group for Biblio-Bière, a celebration of great books, craft beer, and congenial company. Organized by Chris Lyons and Rachel Harris.

10:00 AM Guided visit, Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University
12:00 PM Lunch (TBD)
1:30 PM Guided visit, The Word Bookstore and owner’s residence
We will meet at the iconic bookstore, 469 Milton Street, Montreal
3:30 PM BENELUX Brasserie Artisanale, 245 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal

The visits are free. Lunch and BENELUX are at the participants’ expense. There is a limited number of places: please register here.