CFP: [Bibliography] The Lives of the Book (France)

full name / name of organization: 
David Ten Eyck

The Lives of the Book
Nancy-Université, France
20-21 June 2008
Deadline for proposals: 21 January 2007

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum within which questions
relating to the production, distribution and reception of the book can be
explored from a variety of perspectives. Confirmed keynote speakers
include Tony Lacey (Publishing Director of Penguin Books), Barbara
Bordalejo (Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and
Electronic Editing, University of Birmingham) and Marie-Françoise Cachin
(Founder of the Society of the Book and Publishing (LEMA), Université

Papers relating to the following areas of study are particularly
encouraged: The historical evolution of the book: In what ways does a
consideration of the material changes that the book underwent over the
centuries provide more general insights into the evolution of Western
culture? The status of the book in contemporary culture: To what
extent do authors structure a text with the constraints of the book form
in mind? How do choices relating to the book’s material production affect
the ways in which texts are interpreted? The book and the text: How do we
theorise the division between book and text today? In practical terms,
what are the consequences of separating the text from the book, for
example in the preparation of an electronic edition or an electronic
archive? Other possible subjects include: the politics of book
preservation in public and private archives and collections, and the
manner in which such archives are exploited; the illustration and
ornamentation of books; re-printings and new editions; comparative
studies of different book markets (England/U.S.; English-
speaking/foreign, etc.) or audiences (‘scholarly’ books, children’s
books, audio books, books in Braille, etc).

Proposals (title and an abstract of about 300 words) should be sent by e-
mail to David Ten Eyck ( and Nathalie Collé-
Bak (

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