Call for Papers: The Poetics of Print

A one-day symposium co-organized by the Centre for Printing History and Culture (Birmingham City University / University of Birmingham) and the Centre for Literary Editing and the Materiality of the Text (University of Birmingham).

This symposium aims to explore the manifold relations between literature and the technologies, practices and cultures of print, from the invention of the printing press to the present day. As a collaboration between CPHC and CLEMT, it seeks to assemble a diverse group of scholars and practitioners from both sides of the literature-print interface, and to promote interdisciplinary discussion about the manifestations of English-language literature in print.

Proposals for 20-minute papers are invited from academics, doctoral students and independent scholars in literary studies, History of the Book, printing history, art history and other relevant disciplines, and from practitioners in printing, publishing, creative writing and the fine and applied arts. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Printer-authors, and authors’ involvement in the printing of their own work

  • Handwriting and print: from manuscript to printed page; autographs, inscriptions, marginalia

  • Typography, illustration, mise-en-page, book design

  • Literary representations of printing and print culture

TO APPLY: send a title, 300-word abstract and short bio as a PDF or Word attachment to by 14 December 2018

VENUE: Winterbourne House and Garden, University of Birmingham

DATE: 21 February 2019