[UPDATE] Perversions of Paper

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Birkbeck Material Texts Network and the Archive Futures Network
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Perversions of Paper is a one-day symposium investigating the outer limits of our interactions with books and with paper. It considers unorthodox engagements with texts, from cherishing or hoarding them to mutilating and desecrating them, from wearing them to chewing them, and from inhaling their scent to erasing their content. 'Perversion' may apply to deviations from normal usage but also to our psychological investments in paper.

This symposium invites reflections on perverse uses of – and relationships with – paper and parchment. We welcome proposals from a range of historical periods and disciplinary backgrounds, and from postgraduate students, as well as from more established academics. Contributors are invited to consider bookish and papery aberrations from any number of angles, including but not limited to:

*the defacing or mutilation of writing; the book as sculpture or art medium;
*'upcycling' or re-purposing; the book or manuscript as a fetish object;
*pathologies or obsessions related to paper;
*psychologies of book collecting; bibliophilia and bibliophobia; *book crazes, the tactility or sensuality of paper and manuscripts;
*books, libraries and archives as sources of contagion, or as the focus of terror or abjection.

Deadline for proposals: March 30th 2014.

Please email abstracts of no more than 200 words together with a brief bio statement to Dr Gillian Partington (g.partington@bbk.ac.uk).

More details: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/news/call-for-papers-perversions-of-paper

This symposium is jointly sponsored by the Birkbeck Material Texts Network (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/research/research-networks-and-seminars/the-ma...) and the Archive Futures Research Network (www.archivefutures.com)