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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


The Inaugural Durham History of the Book Conference: Bibliophilia and Bibliophobia

26th March 2020, 09:00 to 27th March 2020, 17:00, Durham University, Various

26-27 March 2020, Hatfield College, Durham

We are delighted to confirm the following plenary speakers:

Deborah McGrady (University of Virginia)

Ada Palmer (University of Chicago)

Call For Papers:

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on the subject of ‘Bibliophilia and bibliophobia’ in the medieval and early modern history of the book.

Proposals can relate to any of the following themes:

Books and the emotions (books as objects or expressions of fear, hate, love, friendship, enmity…)

Books and devotion or obsession

Book acquisition, book collecting and libraries

Book burning / the destruction of books

The banning of books / censorship

Please send an abstract of max. 250 words along with your name, affiliation and contact details to by 05 August 2019. Complete panel proposals are also welcome: please include an abstract for the panel as well as individual paper abstracts.

Contact for more information about this event.