Two calls for papers from the UK
Though their email announcement said both “travel typography and the book trade” and “Travel, Topography and the Book Trade”–and either could be interesting–I suspected that the theme for the thirty-first Print Networks Conference on the History of the British Book Trade was probably the former. But the web site and its author (see comment below) confirm that the word is “topography.” In any case, the conference is at the University of Chichester on 23-25 July 2013, and the abstract of the offered paper should be submitted by 31 January 2013.
The other conference has the title “Resurrecting the Book,” which I’m not sure what I think of. Has the book been crucified? They recite the usual litany of “ebook downloads outstripping the purchase of hard copies…libraries closing and discarding books and…the value of the book as physical object being increasingly questioned.” Me, I mainly
think that the trend only makes the position of us fine press book people stronger, not weaker. The web site is here, and the deadline for abstracts is February 1. The conference will be 15-17 November 2013.
[Originally posted January 7, but edited January 8.]