Book Parts: A Conference

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Event Category: 
Talks

Book Parts: A Conference

October 11, 2019

1 P.M.- 7:15 P.M.

Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library

 
The Columbia University Seminar in Material Texts celebrates the publication of Book Parts (eds. Duncan & Smythe, Oxford University Press), a collection of essays on the history of the book.
 
Featuring talks from contributors to the volume:
 
Claire M. L. Bourne (Pennsylvania State University), on running titles
Meaghan J. Brown (Independent Scholar), on addresses to the reader
Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swarthmore College), on epigraphs

Nicholas Dames (Columbia University), on chapter heads
Jenny Davidson (Columbia University), on footnotes
Dennis Duncan (University College London), on indexes
Joseph Howley (Columbia University), on tables of contents
Whitney Trettien (University of Pennsylvania), on title pages
keynote response by Leah Price (Rutgers University)
 
To showcase the exciting and innovative work being done in the fields of book history and bibliography at Columbia and across the Atlantic seaboard, the Columbia University Seminar in Material Texts and the Heyman Center for the Humanities is hosting a a one-day “Book Parts” event on Friday, October 11, 2019, in honor of the summer 2019 publication of Book Parts by Oxford University Press edited by Dr. Dennis Duncan (University College London) and Prof. Adam Smyth (Balliol College, Oxford), a bold and imaginative intervention in the fast-growing field of book history that “pulls the book apart.”

 

Eight speakers from among the volume’s contributors will each speak about the history and meaning of different “parts” of the modern book (such as epigraphs, tables of contents, and footnotes) and the keynote speaker, Leah Price (Rutgers), will respond to the day's papers and the volume as a whole.  The final portion of the program will be a pop-up exhibit at Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, for which conference speakers will select items from Columbia’s rich special collections holdings that illustrate or speak to the phenomena in their presentations. This event is made  possible by the generous support of Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Heyman Center for the Humanities and Society of Fellows, the Dean of Humanities, the Department of English, and the Department of Classics.

 

No RSVP is necessary, though photo identification will be required for entrance to the Heyman Center. Please consult the map (below) for conference locations. For questions about the conference, please contact the rapporteur (sierra.eckert@columbia.edu).

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Friday, October 11

 

12:45 - 1:00pm Arrival, coffee


1:00pm - 1:15pm Welcome

Joseph Howley (Columbia) and Alexis Hagadorn (Columbia, Libraries)
Location: Heyman Center, Common Room

1:15pm - 2:30pm PANEL 1
Location: Heyman Center, Common Room
Whitney Trettien (University of Pennsylvania), “Title Pages”
Joseph Howley (Columbia, Classics), “Tables of Contents”
Meaghan J. Brown (Independent scholar), “Addresses to the Reader”

2:30 - 2:45 Coffee break


2:45pm - 4:00pm PANEL 2
Location: Heyman Center, Common Room
Nicholas Dames (Columbia), “Chapter Heads”
Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swarthmore), “Epigraphs”
Claire M. L. Bourne (Pennsylvania State), “Running Titles”

4:00 - 4:15pm Coffee break


4:15pm - 5:05pm PANEL 3
Location: Heyman Center, Common Room
Jenny Davidson (Columbia), “Footnotes”
Dennis Duncan (University College London), “Indexes”

5:30 - 6:30 pm KEYNOTE RESPONSE
Location: Butler Library Room 523
Leah Price (Rutgers)

6:30pm - 7:15 pm OBJECT VIEWING
Location: Butler Library Room 522