UPDATE: Making an Audience (Medieval) (Ireland) (1/12/07; 4/18/07-4/20/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Making Books, Shaping Readers
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Deadline extended:

The First International Making Books, Shaping Readers Conference
University College, Cork, April 18th - 20th 2007

Theme: "Making an Audience (Medieval)"

We have had a fantastic response to our conference CFP, but to complete our
programme we are looking for a panel of medievalists, with papers focused on
the theme of the conference. We are also delighted to confirm that Prof John
Thompson (QUB) and Prof Bill Bell (Edinburgh) will be our plenary speakers.

The research project Making Books, Shaping
Readers(http://www.ucc.ie/en/mbsr) invites papers for a conference on
an Audience". This conference will explore how different publications of
the material text posit not only different audiences, but also different
notions of an audience. Papers might focus on the kind of audiences
texts invite; on how shifts in the methods of textual production record
a shift in the role of the reader from medieval to contemporary times;
on how the act of reading is inscribed in the book; ways in which the
production of a text defines its ideal audience; and on how a text's
transmission over time effects how it is read. We are also concerned
with tracing the actual reader / audience of a text through, perhaps,
marks and annotations in the text. The analysis of how audiences are
both inscribed in, and inscribe, the material book demands an
interdisciplinary approach, therefore we invite papers from scholars in
all disciplines. We are interested in all aspects of how audiences are
made via the various forms of textual materialities, including e-texts.
Selected papers may be included in an edited volume of essays, and
accepted abstracts will be published on the MBSR website prior to the

Abstracts from medievalists(300-500 words) should be sent to: Making Books,
Shaping Readers Conference, Dept. of English, University College Cork,
or (preferably) by email to mbsr_at_ucc.ie, by Friday, 12th January 2007. We
will give all abstracts our immediate attention.

All queries can be directed to the organisers, Siobhán Collins, Carrie
Griffin and Mary O' Connell, at mbsr_at_ucc.ie.

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