[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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  [1]   From:    "Spence, Paul" <paul.spence at kcl.ac.uk>                    (27)
        Subject: CFP The Ages of the Book

  [2]   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
        In-Reply-To: <002e01cc9e3f$0b2d05d0$21871170$@mx>

(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. 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
        In-Reply-To: <002e01cc9e3f$0b2d05d0$21871170$@mx>

Call For Papers

Knowledge in a Box: How Mundane Things Shape Knowledge Production
July 26-29, 2012
Kavala, Greece

Organizing committee:
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

The topic:
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.

Submission guidelines:
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.

Contact info
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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