[Humanist] 22.339 NEH Summer Seminar on the book

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 339.
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        Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 08:04:18 +0000
        From: rankinmc at jmu.edu
        Subject: event: NEH Summer Seminar on the reformation of the book

NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers
The Reformation of the Book: 1450-1650

John N. King and James K. Bracken of The Ohio State University will 
direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for 
College and University Teachers on continuity and change in the 
production, dissemination, and reading of Western European books during 
the 200 years following the advent of printing with movable type. In 
particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the 
advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the Protestant 
Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which adherents of 
different religious faiths shared common ground in exploiting elements 
such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., 
prefaces, glosses, and commentaries) in order to inspire reading, but 
also to restrict interpretation. Employing key methods of the History of 
the Book, our investigation will consider how the physical nature of 
books affected ways in which readers understood and assimilated their 
intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet the needs of 
teacher-scholars interested in  the literary, political, or cultural 
history of the Renaissance and/or Reformation, the History of the Book, 
art history, women's studies, religious studies, bibliography, print 
culture, library science (including rare book librarians), mass 
communication, literacy studies, and more.

This seminar will meet from 22 June until 24 July 2009. During the first 
week of this program, we shall visit 1) Antwerp, Belgium, in order to 
draw on resources including the Plantin-Moretus Museum (the world�s only 
surviving early modern printing and publishing house) and 2) London, 
England, in order to attend a rare-book workshop and consider treasures 
at the British Library. During four weeks at Oxford, where we shall 
reside at St. Edmund Hall, we plan to draw on the rare book and 
manuscript holdings of the Bodleian Library and other institutions.

Those eligible to apply include citizens of USA who are engaged in 
teaching at the college or university level and independent scholars who 
have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In 
addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at 
least three years prior to March 2009 are eligible to apply. NEH will 
provide participants with a stipend of $3,800.

Full details and application information are available at 
http://people.cohums.ohio-state.edu/king2/Reformationofthebook/. For 
further information, please contact  rankinmc at jmu.edu. The application 
deadline is March 2, 2009.

Mark Rankin
Assistant Professor of English
Director of English Internships
Coordinator of Medieval & Renaissance Studies Minor
James Madison University
Keezell Hall 222
MSC 1801
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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