Call for Papers
Transnational Travels of Books and Print Media:
Historical Studies, Theories, Methods and Questions
A Special Joint Session
The CHA Media and Communication History Committee &
The Bibliographical Society of Canada
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 2014
(Canadian Historical Association/Bibliographical Society of Canada)
Media commentary about the Internet frequently remarks on the breakdown of national borders that cyberspace facilitates, a circumstance that allows for the development of international readerships for online publications.
How seriously should we take the implicit claim in such commentary that the phenomenon of publications crossing borders is a new one? Are there not many historical precedents, small and large, for books (manuscript or printed) and print media (of all kinds) that have made transnational travels in physical form and achieved international readerships? Does the existence of international copyright agreements dating back into the nineteenth century not testify to the fact that books and print media are veteran travellers?
We invite proposals for papers that reflect on the theme of “Transnational Travels of Books and Print Media: Historical Studies, Theories, Methods and Questions.” We welcome papers that offer accounts of particular books or print media that have crossed borders, of publishers who have marketed their publications at both home and abroad, or of the historic trials and triumphs of international copyright. We also encourage papers that theorize the phenomenon of physical publications that travel beyond their domestic market, or interrogate the methodological challenge of researching such works.
Deadline for proposals: Oct. 1, 2013.