Call for Papers

Early Modern Colloquium Symposium

Moving Texts:
Manuscript & Print Culture, 1400-1700


The Early Modern Colloquium seeks graduate students to give fifteen to twenty-minute papers at an interdisciplinary conference at the University of Michigan on
February 9, 2007.

The conference will feature work by Bradin Cormack, Professor of English Literature at the University of Chicago, and Douglas Brooks, Professor of English Literature at Texas A&M.

We invite paper proposals from a wide variety of departments, including but not limited to History, History of Art, Music, Women's Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, Romance Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Near Eastern Studies, American Culture, and the School of Information.


Printed matter, literary and otherwise, traveled within communities and across continents during the medieval and early modern periods. How and why did manuscripts, books, pamphlets, dramatic literature, music, and other texts move between individuals and societies? What can our investigations of printing practices tell us about book use and material culture? Has print shaped history--or is it the reverse?

Papers might address topics such as:

· medieval or early modern textual studies

· book history

· bibliographical studies

· any issue related to medieval manuscript or early modern print culture

Please send short (no more than 300 words) abstracts to Kathryn Will ( willkath@umich.edu ) by January 15, 2007.   Applicants whose proposals are accepted will be notified by January 22, 2007.


This conference is sponsored by the Departments of English and Comparative Literature, the Center for European Studies, Rackham, and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.