[Humanist] 25.468 events: book history; boxed knowledge
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 468.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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 From: "Spence, Paul" <paul.spence at kcl.ac.uk> (27)
Subject: CFP The Ages of the Book
 From: M D Eddy <m.d.eddy at DURHAM.AC.UK> (90)
Subject: CfP: Knowledge in a Box: How Mundane Things Shape Knowledge
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 11:30:49 +0000
From: "Spence, Paul" <paul.spence at kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: CFP The Ages of the Book
AGES OF THE BOOK INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
(Congreso Internacional Las Edades del Libro)
Call for papers
The aim of the conference is to bring together specialists from diverse fields of study, such as written and printed culture, visual design and communication, editing and the publishing industry, history, literature and new technologies, for discussion of academic, scientific, technical and economic issues that will advance our knowledge on the written word throughout history. The conference will explore the wide range of traditions and innovations surrounding the composition of texts manifest in distinct periods and in different regions of the world, from the early production of codices through to present day electronic books.
The organizing committee invites abstract submissions on subjects such as epigraphy, calligraphy and paleography, editorial design, typography, printing processes, ecdotics, textual and graphic editing, electronic publishing and technology applied to editing. Additional topics for consideration are transmission of texts, textual and visual disposition, page design, typography and illustrations in books, text-image relationships, ornamentation, initialing, reading styles and methods, use and management of color in the transmission of texts, usability, design and navigation for screen, e-book interface design and visual ergonomics. The main thematic areas are the manuscript, printed and electronic book.
The conference will take place at the Institute for Bibliographic Studies (Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas), at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico) in Mexico City from the 15th to the 19th of October 2012. The event is organized by the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the National Library (Biblioteca Nacional de México), the National Newspaper Library (Hemeroteca Nacional de México) and the Fondo de Cultura Económica.
Guidelines for Submissions
1. Submitted abstracts most include the following information:
-Full name of author or authors
-Main theme of the abstract (manuscript book, printed book or electronic book)
-Email of corresponding author
-Personal or institutional address
2. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, written in Times New Roman, 12 points, double spaced, and accompanied by a brief CV of the author or authors (maximum 10 lines).
3. Abstracts should be sent by email to edadesdellibro at iib.unam.mx<mailto:edadesdellibro at iib.unam.mx>, as an attachment in either doc, rtf or pdf formats.
4. We accept abstract submissions in Spanish, English or French. Participants will be asked to provide a Spanish translation of their talk so that this can be projected on a screen during their presentation.
The deadline for abstracts is the 31st of January 2012. There will be no extensions. All abstracts will be reviewed by an international committee. Authors will be notified of the results from the 31st of March 2012 and will have until the 31st of May to send their full papers.
For more information please visit: http://www.edadesdellibro.unam.mx
Dra. Isabel Galina Russell
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas,
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Tel. 184.108.40.206 ext.48662
igalina at unam.mx<mailto:igalina at unam.mx>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:06:38 +0000
From: M D Eddy <m.d.eddy at DURHAM.AC.UK>
Subject: CfP: Knowledge in a Box: How Mundane Things Shape Knowledge Production
Call For Papers
Knowledge in a Box: How Mundane Things Shape Knowledge Production
July 26-29, 2012
Susanne Bauer, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin,
Germany Maria Rentetzi, National Technical University of Athens, Athens,
Greece Martina Schlünder, Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany
We invite proposals from scholars in the history of science, technology,
and medicine, science and technology studies, the humanities, visual and
performing arts, museum and cultural studies and other related
disciplines for a workshop on the uses and meanings of mundane things
such as boxes, packages, bottles, and vials in shaping knowledge
production. In keeping with the conference theme, we are asking
contributors to include specific references to the ways in which boxes
have played a role97commercial, epistemic or otherwise97in their own
particular disciplinary frameworks.
Boxes have always supported the significance of the objects they
contained, allowing specific activities to arise. In the hands of
natural historians and collectors, boxes functioned as a means of
organizing their knowledge throughout the eighteenth century. They
formed the material bases of the cabinet or established collection and
accompanied the collector from the initial gathering of natural
specimens to their final display. As "knowledge chests" or
"magazining tools" the history of box-like containers also go back
to book printing and the typographical culture. The artists' boxes of
the early nineteenth century were used to store the paraphernalia of a
new fashionable trend. In the late nineteenth century the box became the
pharmacist's laboratory and a device for standardizing and controlling
dosage of oral remedies. In the twentieth century radiotherapy the box
was elevated to a multifunctional tool working as a memory aid to
forgetful patients or as "knowledge package" that predetermined
dosages, included equipment, and ready-made radium applicators.
Focusing on medicine, boxes have played a crucial role since the
eighteenth century when doctors ought to bring instruments to their
patient's house for surgical or obstetrical interventions. In modern
operating rooms boxes organize the workflow and build an essential part
of the aseptical regime. Late twentieth century biomedical scientists
store tissue samples in large-scale biobanks, where samples contained in
straws are placed in vials, then the vials in boxes which in turn are
stacked up in "elevators". This storage system facilitates retrieval
with barcodes, indexing each individual sample so that additional
variables can be retrieved from a database. Thus the container and its
content are tied up in a close epistemic and material relationship.
As it is usually the case the box embodies the knowledge that goes into
the chemical laboratory and its function; it classifies objects into
collections of natural history; it meaningfully orders letters in a
printer's composition or painting equipment for the artist'
convenience; it standardizes pharmaceutical dosage forms and allows
pharmacists to control the production and consumption of their remedies;
in the commercial world it misleads or informs customers; it persuades
consumers for the integrity of the product that they enclose; it hides
the identity of the object(s) that contains, it shapes professional
identities and is essential for mobilizing, transporting, accumulating
and circulating materials and the knowledge they produce and embody.
Furthermore, if we do understand matter and materiality not as given,
solid, continuous, and stable but rather as something being done,
performed, shaped and embedded in practices, then we should examine
closer how bottles and boxes themselves materialize differently in a set
of diverse practices. How do they change their ontologies by migrating
from the kitchen to the laboratory, from the workshop to the operating
We welcome innovative understandings of the role that boxes and
containers have played historically and continue to play in technology,
medicine, and science. We see the workshop as contributing to an ongoing
interest in science and technology studies on the importance of mundane
things in scientific practice and technological innovations.
Deadline for proposals: January 15, 2012 Please submit a 300-words
abstract along with your name, institutional affiliation, email and
phone number as a word or pdf attachment to the organizers of the
Proposals will be reviewed and notification of the outcome will be made
in February 15, 2012. We are pursuing publication outlets for selected
papers from the workshop. Therefore we expect full papers from those
that will participate by May 30, 2012. Details will be provided after
Conference registration fee: 50 euros
The venue of the conference is a wonderful tobacco warehouse renovated
to host the tobacco museum of the city of Kavala in northern Greece.
For further information please contact the organizers: Susanne Bauer
sbauer at mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de Maria Rentetzi mrentetz at vt.edu Martina
Schlünder m.schluender at gmx.de
Dr Matthew D Eddy
Durham University, Department of Philosophy, 50/51 Old Elvet, Durham,
DH1 3HN, United Kingdom. http://www.dur.ac.uk/m.d.eddy/
m.d.eddy at durham.ac.uk
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