Hernando Colón and the Early Modern Book Collector - RSA 2015 (deadline 10 June)

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Edward Wilson-Lee, University of Cambridge
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CfP: Hernando Colón and the Early Modern Book Collector

Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers on aspects of early modern book collecting, collectors, and collections for inclusion on a panel (or possibly two, depending on the proposals received) at the RSA in Berlin in 2015. These panels are designed to feed into thinking for a major new project on the life and library of Hernando Colón, son of the explorer Columbus and collector of one of the greatest libraries of the first age of print. The panel organisers are interested in all proposals related to any aspect of Colón's life or collections, as well as other topics which might help to contextualise or theorise Colón's collecting and organisation strategies, including (but not limited to) the following:

Other early modern book collectors and collections, their collecting and organisational practices; book collection networks; travel and book collecting; relations between collecting and organizing activities and other activities in which the collector or organiser participated, for instance cartography, diplomacy, or politics; early modern catalogues and their organisational principles; the fate of early modern book collections, their preservation, migration, dispersal, and integration into other collections; digital resources for research into early modern book collections.

Proposals of no more than 250 words should be sent to the organisers, Prof. José María Pérez Fernández (University of Granada, jmperez@ugr.es) and Dr Edward Wilson-Lee (University of Cambridge, ew303@cam.ac.uk) by 10 June, and should be accompanied by a brief statement of career stage and institutional affiliation. The organisers will inform proposers of their decisions by 15 June.