CFP: DeBartolo Conference on Eighteenth-Century Studies: "The Book" (9/30/05; 2/16/06-2/18/06)

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February 16-18, 2006 Tampa, Florida

With the 20th Anniversary in 2006, the DeBartolo Conference on
Eighteenth-century Studies will reach the conclusion of its long,
successful run. Our finale celebration will feature keynote lectures by
distinguished scholars Robert C. Darnton, Margaret J.M. Ezell, and David
D. Hall. Other honored participants include Paula Backscheider,
Alistair Duckworth, J. Paul Hunter, Jessica Munns, James Raven, and Pat

Papers are invited on THE BOOK. From l'histoire du livre to un objet
d'art, this conference will examine current research on
eighteenth-century books. What role does the book play in the
development of civilized culture, in the enlightenment, in revolution?
What do specific books mean within this historical context? How has
print technology affected the meaning of the book? Is the scholarly
community's renewed interest in bibliography and print culture a sign
of the changing value of the book in society today? The book serves as
a site for the cross-section of many topical interests, obviously
including physical bibliography and print history, print culture,
scholarly editing, book collecting, library and museum history, and
reading and reception. We are also interested in the wider implications
of the topic, including influential books, anomalous books,
illustrations and book-making, adaptations from books, technology and
the future of the book, alternatives to the book, literacy, literary
studies, education through books, books as inheritance, censorship, the
cultural power of books, codification of law as book, and the various
ways in which these histories overlap. We want to represent a broad
range of scholarship and to stimulate conversation on the figurative and
literal, historical and aesthetic, practical and philosophical matters
of the book.

The DeBartolo Conference is devoted to the interdisciplinary treatment
of a theme in eighteenth-century studies. It follows a single-session,
discussion-oriented format; consequently we are interested in scholars
who are willing to share their research and to participate in the
ongoing discussion. We invite single presentation abstracts or complete
panels with individual abstracts for each paper. Abstracts should be
approximately 500 words in length; in addition to the abstract, we ask
that individuals include the following: an e-mail address, as well as a
snail mail address, at which they may be reached during the fall of
2005; any expected audio-visual needs (including special software
needs); and academic affiliation (if applicable). In honor of the
anniversary, revised essays from the conference may be considered for
publication in a volume.

Due date for submissions: September 30, 2005
Dr. Laura Runge, DeBartolo Conference Director
Department of English / University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CPR 107 / Tampa, FL 33620-5550
Fax (813) 974-2270 * *

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