New Directions in Indigenous Book History

Bibliographical Society of America/Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography

The free New Directions in Indigenous Book History conference will be held online via Zoom on March 23 and 24 and welcomes attendees from the general public.

Runnng 8.30am to 3.45pm ET, it is co-sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America & the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography, and organized by Dr. Amy Gore & Dr. Daniel Radus.

In the virtual symposium national and international scholars will offer their thoughts and analyses on the material book’s historical and continuing relation to Indigenous peoples and communities. The organizers add: "We will also take the occasion to mark the flourishing, though still nascent, field of scholarship on the materialities of the Indigenous book and the productive interventions such scholarship has made into the traditionally settler-oriented fields of bibliography, scholarly editing, and book history."

The focus of conference will be specifically on books, posing the questions:

  • How might we define the Indigenous book?
  • Where does Indigenous book history engage with and depart from other histories of the book?
  • How has the book moved within and across Indigenous communities, both local and global?
  • In what sense can the book be claimed as Indigenous?

Topics will include community-engaged partnerships and collaborations; book arts; materiality and form; making Indigenous books; reclaiming genres; and relations with archives, audiences, and libraries.
Registration is free and open to the public. Visit the conference website for a full program.
Recordings will be posted to YouTube.