[Humanist] 23.441 events: the perils of print

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Nov 17 07:28:06 CET 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 441.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 13:12:47 +0000
        From: Shawn Day <day.shawn at GMAIL.COM>
        Subject: The Perils of Print Culture

The Perils of Print Culture
A conference to be held at Trinity College Dublin, 10-12 September 2010

Organised by Dr Jason McElligott and Dr Eve Patten

Over the past twenty years the study of print culture has become prominent in the disciplines of history, literary studies and languages. The study of print culture has many advantages, but there is a growing sense among advanced practitioners that scholars need to fine-tune or calibrate their understanding of this burgeoning field of enquiry.

Papers presented at this conference will encourage scholars to think more systematically about the conceptual, methodological and technological problems associated with the study of print culture. They will encompass a wide range of chronological periods, geographical locations and genres of print. The topics under consideration will include, but not be limited to:

- The tensions between the contrasting views of print as an agent of social change and social cohesion.
- Case-studies of the ways in which print can create inaccurate, distorted, or anachronistic accounts of the past.
- The usefulness (or otherwise) of theoretical models in the study of print culture.
- The peculiarities of serial publication (newspapers and magazines) and the relevance of print-culture theory to the study of journalism history.
- The role of over-arching non-theoretical models (such as that put forward by William St. Clair in The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period).
- The specific problems of interdisciplinary work in print culture.
- The precise definition(s) of print culture across a range of literary, historical and political source materials.
- The changing nature of print culture over time, and the differences between print culture in urban and rural settings, in different regions within the same country and between different countries.
- The opportunities created by (and limitations of) electronic resources for academic researchers.
- Desirable future directions in electronic resource provision.
- The future of the library in the digital age.

Proposals (max. 300 words) for papers of 30 minutes duration should be sent to the conference organisers at perilsofprintculture at gmail.com by Friday 11 December 2009. 

Conference website at: http://www.tcd.ie/longroomhub/news/initiative-funding/print-culture.php

--- Shawn Day
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