Book Cultures, Book Events Conference, 23-24 March 2012

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Book Cultures, Book Events Conference
23-24 March 2012
University of Stirling, UK

Conference Organisers: Professor Claire Squires, Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, University of Stirling and Professor David Finkelstein, School of Humanities, University of Dundee
This is a call for papers for Book Cultures, Book Events, a conference that will bring together academic and student researchers from different disciplines with practitioners and stakeholders, to discuss contemporary perspectives and historical precedents relating to book festivals, literary events and book culture activity. Our featured plenary speakers include Dr Danielle Fuller (University of Birmingham), Peggy Hughes (Edinburgh City of Literature) Paula Morris (University of Stirling) and Miha Kovac (University of Ljubljana), as well as participants from Australia, Denmark, France, Japan, U.K. and the U.S.A. There are still slots available to accommodate proposals related to these areas, joining already accepted papers covering subjects as diverse as eighteenth-century book towns, bookshops as social networks, literary pilgrimages and literary festivals, bookselling and live literary events, and studies of book festivals and book towns in Japan, India and Australia.
Proposals for papers of 20 minutes are invited. Please send email attachment abstracts of 300-400 words, plus a biography of 100-150 words, by 3 February 2012, to: Further details of the conference can be found at
This conference is supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and as such registration costs for the conference will be minimal.
The conference is part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Workshop Book Events: The Transnational Culture, Commerce and Social Impact of Literary Festivals, organised in association with the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication at the University of Stirling, Queen Margaret University, the University of Dundee, and Bookfestival Scotland. Further details about the general initiative can be accessed at
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