Tuesday, March 8, 2011



14-16 October 2011

University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto


The Book Conference serves as an inclusive forum for examining the past, current and future role of the book. It proceeds from recognition that although the book is an old medium of expression, it embodies half a millennium's experience of recording knowledge. Its pervasive influence continues to shape newer forms of information technology, while at the same time providing a reference point for innovation.

The 2011 Book Conference will take place at the University of St. Michael's in the University of Toronto. The University of St. Michael's is home to the John M. Kelly Library, one of 40 within the University of Toronto and is known for its innovative services to students and faculty. The collection dates back to the founding of the University and is particularly strong in the humanities and social sciences, with book history, languages and English literature well represented.

The conference will include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in The International Journal of the Book. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at the conference, we also encourage you to present on the conference YouTube Playlist. Please select the Online Sessions link on the conference website for further details.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 8 March 2011. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the conference website - http://www.booksandpublishing.com/conference/ .

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We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope that you will be able to join us in Toronto this October.

Yours sincerely,

Jonathan Bengtson, Director of Library and Archives & Fellow, University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

For the Advisory Board, International Conference on the Book and International Journal of the Book