From craft to technology and back again

From craft to technology and back again: print's progress in the twentieth century
Editors: Dr Caroline Archer-Parré and (situation vacant!)
Publisher: Peter Lang Ltd (Oxford)
 
We are inviting chapter contributions of 5,000-8,000 words to From craft to technology and back again, to be published by Peter Lang Ltd (Oxford) in 2019.

ABOUT The purpose of this volume is to bring together, under one cover, scholars working in the areas of twentieth century printing history. This is an under-represented subject, despite the period being one where industry underwent considerable change as it shifted from a craft-based trade to a technology-led profession, largely as a result of three major revolutions. In the composing room there was a move from hand- to machine composition followed by photo-setting and finally digital means of letter assembly; while in the press room printers experienced a shift from letterpress to off-set lithography and latterly digital methods of production. These revolutions initiated both organizational and structural changes: compositors moved out of the printing office and re-located to trade typesetting houses; printers concentrated wholly on graphic reproduction and presswork; whilst design was undertaken by professional typographers working in private practice, remote from the trade typesetters or printing office. Change brought new methods of management into the industry and old grievances surfaced which often resulted in unrest, marking the twentieth century as an era of industrial disputes with the rise and demise of the print unions. Education and training were seen as necessary in the management of change, with the advent of formal education for printers and the emergence of school-trained professional typographic designers who assumed a defined and prominent role in the preparation of printed products, which showcased typographic trends and new modes of graphic communication. Collectively the papers bring fresh, multiple perspectives to printing history in the twentieth century and fulfilled a need to bring together scholars working in this specialist area of printing history.

Proposal submission  If you are interested in contributing to this volume, in the first instance please send a title, 400-word abstract, and 200-word resume to using the form below by 30 September 2018.

If you have any questions concerning this call, please contact caroline.archer@bcu.ac.uk;


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