lundi 15 novembre 2010

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Long Twentieth Century: SHARP Brisbane


The Long Twentieth Century: SHARP Brisbane

University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, on 28-30 April 2011,

At the request of a number of scholars we have extended the deadline for offers of papers and panel proposals to Tuesday 30 November. We would like to invite proposals for 20-minute papers (of 250 words or less) and 90-minute panel sessions, which can be submitted, along with a brief biography, to the convenors at (The original Call for Papers is included below.)

Postgraduate Masterclass with Professor James English (University of Pennsylvania)

In addition we would like to announce a new event for postgraduate students to be held on the afternoon of Thursday 28 April, a “masterclass” with Professor James English. This will be focused on the issues raised by his book The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value and by Pascale Casanova’s notion of a “world republic of letters”. Further details will be made available when conference registration is opened. This will lead into an opening event and reception planned at the State Library of Queensland in the evening of 28 April.

Conference Keynote Speakers:

Professor James English (University of Pennsylvania)

Dr Simone Murray (Monash University).

Conference Website

A conference website has also been launched at, to which we will progressively add information for delegates over the coming months.

Conference Registration

Conference registration will be opened from mid-December via the conference website.


The twentieth century began in the midst of one print revolution and ended in the midst of another. This conference aims to bring together research on topics in book history, publishing studies, media studies and histories of reading from across the “long twentieth century” — from the closing decades of the nineteenth century to the opening decade of the twenty-first. It will look back from the digital age to the print and broadcast revolutions of the twentieth century, and examine the diverse experiences of print modernity across the globe.

Dramatic developments in publishing in the late nineteenth century coincided with equally dramatic changes in the nature of authorship, reading practices, print markets, education, and the international trade in books. The rapid expansion of print culture was central to the transnational experience of modernity, and deeply enmeshed in the rise of distinctively modern forms of entertainment, consumption and communication. Perhaps only now do we find a comparable moment of change and challenge. The digital age has signalled a new print revolution. Once again, the international trade in print and intellectual property is at stake in a globalised market and mediascape. Once again, publishing, reading and writing find themselves refigured by powerful new technologies, and previously unimagined forms of communication and entertainment. Once again, the language of crisis is all about us, as the complexion of the book is renewed amidst new cultural forms and formations.

The Long Twentieth Century seeks proposals for 20-minute papers and 90-minute panel sessions on any aspect of book history or print culture studies addressing the conference theme.

Possible topics include:

“Modern books” and “modern readers” — print cultures and modernity

The print diaspora — colonial and postcolonial book and readers

Asian modernities — print and digital revolutions in Japan, China, India and beyond

From print technologies to reading devices — transformations of the book

Print and screen cultures — aesthetics, adaptation, convergence

High, popular and middlebrow cultures — the democratisation of book talk

Bestseller lists, literary prizes, and “modern classics” — new definitions of literary value

Books and government — policy, piracy and intellectual property

The “business of books” — globalisation and changing industry structures

Institutions and instruction — histories of literary education

Redefining periodical cultures — newspapers, magazines, blogs and digital time

Transformations in the “world republic of letters” — cultures, careers, corporations

“Deprovincialising Europe” — local, national, transnational histories of books and reading

Web archives and libraries — the ideal of a universal library and the politics of digital reproduction

Papers addressing book history in Asia, Africa, and post-colonial cultures are especially welcomed, alongside those addressing Anglo-American, European and Australasian contexts.

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