Tuesday, 10 July 2018


1.1 Theories And Approaches To Book History (Chair: Simon Burrows)

  • Silke Jandl Before the Book Is after the Book: Examining Transmedial Strategies of YouTube Authors’ Para- and Epitexts
  • Vasil Zagorov The Bulgarian 19th Century Book as a Crossroad of Professional Literary Practices
  • Ika Willis Book History as Media History

1.2 Contemporary Australian Studies (Chair: Sybil Nolan)

  • Julieanne Lamond, Melinda Harvey Five years of data: Australian book reviewing, 2013-2017
  • Jan Zwar Part 1: Contemporary Authors, Publishers and Readers in a Time of Change: Findings from a national project into global disruption in book publishing
  • David Throsby Part 2: Contemporary Authors, Publishers and Readers in a Time of Change: Findings from a national project into global disruption in book publishing

1.3 Reading (Chair: David Carter)

  • Allanah Hunt “We write down made-up stories to tell the truths we wish we could say out loud”: Utilising Popular Culture in Aboriginal Literature
  • Carole Gerson Is there a Canadian Uncle Tom’s Cabin?
  • Lihua Zhao, Pei Lin From storytelling to book listening: Research on ‘Audio reading’ from perspective of reading history

1.4 Covers And Bindings (Chair: Maggie Patton)

  • Eliza Gilligan Through the Fold: Choices in Book Conservation and the Impact on the Social History of the Book
  • Arūnas Gudinavičius Digital Reading of Online Book Covers: Analysis of a Reader’s Choice
  • Min Shen Lively Book Clothings: a covered ‘avant-garde art’ practice in the Republic of China

1.5 Pulp And Popular Fiction (Chair: Bridget Griffen-Foley)

  • Andrew Nette Teenage Jungles and Notorious Women: James Holledge and the Influence of Tabloid News Culture on 1960s Australian Pulp Fiction
  • Rachel Franks Murder, Motivation and Mass Production: unpacking the extraordinary industry of true crime texts
  • Lisa Fletcher, Jodi McAlister One Book Sold Every 5 Seconds: Mills & Boon UK in the 21st Century

1.6 Discussion Group On Book History Pedagogy

  • Jeffrey Makala, discussants Discussion Group on Book History Pedagogy

1.7 The Charles Harpur Critical Archive: Book History, Literary And Cultural Criticism, And Technical Breakthrough (Chair: Roger Osborne)

  • Paul Eggert The Colonial Predicament and Transnational Romanticism in Australia: the Charles Harpur Critical Archive
  • Elizabeth Webby Charles Harpur and the Critics
  • Desmond Schmidt The Charles Harpur Critical Archive and the Digital Scholarly Edition

1.8 Dialogue And Decolonisation: Mediated Conversations In Material Worlds (Chair: Laetitia Nanquette)

  • Alys Moody From Little Magazines to Big Anthologies: Global Modernism and the Book History of World Literature
  • Ben Etherington Beyond the Literary Magazine Paradigm in Literary Decolonisation: Louise Bennett’s Civic Poetics


2.1 Book Clubs And Reading Groups (Chair: Rachel Noorda)

  • Corinna Norrick-Rühl The Book-of-the-Month Club (BOMC) renewed: mail-order book culture in the digital literary sphere
  • Jana Moller The cultural influence of the De Burger Leeskring on Afrikaans literature
  • Lauren Weiss ‘Literary Bonds’: Mutual Improvement Society Magazines, and Members as Readers, Creators of Texts, and Agents of Social Change

2.2 Legacies Of Collecting: An Australian Library’s Perspective (Chair: Richenda Brim)

  • Richard Neville I know my books and they are my personal friends’
  • Anna Corkhill Subversive Literatures vs. Legal Deposit
  • Rachel Franks, Maggie Patton The Tenacity of the Template: guiding the reading experience from the medieval period to the modern day

2.3 Where To Start And How To End? Non-Fiction Writers And The Challenges Of The Paratext (Chair: Anna Johnston)

  • Leigh Penman Between Author and Reader: The Transmission of the Letters of Jacob Böhme
  • Ian Hesketh The Beginning and Ending of the Author of Ecce Homo
  • Leslie Howsam School Histories from First to Last

2.4 Access And Censorship (Chair: Shef Rogers)

  • Lintao Qi The Many Afterlives of Bernard Miall’s English translation of Jin Ping Mei
  • Jean McBain Press freedom, ‘Old English Liberties’ and the revolutionary heritage in early eighteenth century London
  • Nicole Moore Making a literary working class: The Australasian Book Society and the censorship, production and reception of Dorothy Hewett’s Bobbin Up (1959)

2.5 Periodicals And Editing (Chair: Sreejata Paul)

  • Purbasha Auddy The Titles, Epigraphs and Editorials of Early Bengali Newspapers and Magazines (1818-1867)
  • Ena Ozaki Editorship versus Readership?: The Century in the Age of Magazine Revolution
  • Brenton Stewart Southern Agricultural Literature: a practical literacy for the American South

2.6 Children’s Literature (Chair: Melanie Kimball)

  • Andrius Suminas Historical development and perspective of children‘s books publishing in Lithuania
  • Bronwyn Lowe Career Girl Jennifer: Career advice literature for girls in 1950s and 60s Australia
  • Laurel Cohn Nostalgia in children’s picture books: depictions of the past infusing versions of the present for adults of the future

2.7 Circulation Of Texts (Chair: Greg Barnhisel)

  • Rakesh Sengupta Mapping the Manual: A Study of the Circulation and Consumption of American Screenwriting Manuals in South Asia (1920s-30s)
  • Barbara Benedict Advertising Women: Gender and the Vendor in early medical advertisements
  • Thanasis Kinias Viral Americana: The Circulation of Texts among Australian, British, and United States Newspapers in the Late Nineteenth Century

2.8 Workshop: Digital Pedagogy In The Humanities

  • Katherine D. Harris Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities

Wednesday, 11 July 2018


3.1 Transculture (Chair: Lisa Kuitert)

  • Melissa Makala Her Share in the New Comradeship’: Women’s Transcultural Reading Communities in Colonial India, 1880-1910
  • Lisa Sigel Trans-culture and the Circulation of Ideas
  • Fang Huang Modern Chinese intellectuals publishing English-language newspapers and periodicals in Shanghai before 1950

3.2 Promoting ‘Global Modernity’ Through Print (Chair: Jiřina Šmejkalová)

  • Daniel Morse Publishing Modernism in The Listener
  • Amanda Laugesen Cold War Library Diplomacy and the Project of Global Modernity, 1950-1970
  • Greg Barnhisel Marketing America through American Studies

3.3 Workshop: Key Book History Issues (Chair: Jonathan Rose)

  • Jordan Reed, Brian Shetler, Ian Gadd, Cassie Brand, Vasil Zagorov, Beth Le Roux, Victoria Kuttainen, Sarah Galletly Doing Book History at Small Colleges

3.4 Visual Culture (Chair: Rachel Hendery)

  • Daniel Boswell New Gods: the comic book author’s journey from the 20th to the 21st century
  • Lyn Ashby Artists’ Books and the End of Narrative
  • Kinohi Nishikawa Brooks by Design

3.5 Orality (Chair: Katherine McDonough)

  • Sasikiranreddy Mallam Poems in a Political Economy book – Telugu print cultures and vernacular modernity in the early Twentieth Century colonial Madras Presidency
  • Roger Nichols Combining Oral Tradition and Written Culture: Black Hawk’s Autobiography
  • Hart Cohen, Gerald Cohen Shakespeare’s poetic monumenta: Resisting the reification of orality in legal discourse

3.6 Print Culture 1 (Chair: Sydney Shep)

  • Yan Wu A Comparative Study of the History of Chinese Publishing and Western Books
  • Laura Blair ‘Lunatic Literature’: Patients and Doctors as Consumers and Producers of Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century Asylums
  • Marie Rose Arong “A Veritable Terra Incognita”: Where Is Philippine Literature in Postcolonial Literary Studies?

3.7 Travel (Chair: Shef Rogers)

  • Martyn Lyons Ships’ Newspapers and the Graphic Universe Afloat in the 19th Century
  • Shafquat Towheed Reading Jane Austen in the Yemen: Freya Stark, orality, and shared reading cultures in the Hadhramaut, 1937-1938
  • Henning Hansen Breaking ice and breaking stories: Nordenskiöld and the Vega voyage

3.8 The Intersecting Networks Of Australian Post-Digital Literary Culture: A Tale Of Three Books, Or, Home And Away. (Chair: Mark Davis)

  • Emmett Stinson Stream System: National and International Writers in the Digital Literary Sphere
  • Millicent Weber, Mark Davis Stand and Deliver: Fight Like a Girl and the networked book
  • Beth Driscoll String Theory: Tangles, Knots and Oscillations in the Networks of a Literary Bestseller


4.1 Approaches To Archives And Collections (Chair: Shannon K. Supple)

  • Jennifer Schaffner Collecting the Collective Unconscious: C. G. Jung and Collectors of Rare Alchemy Books
  • Caroline Jones Editing the Archives: Re-evaluating the Angus & Robertson Collection at the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Cassie Brand From Treasure Room to Reading Room: Special Collections in America 1880-1940

4.2 Workshop: Twenty-First-Century Publishing

  • Per Henningsgaard, Claire Squires, Beth Driscoll, Padmini Ray Murray, Corinna Norrick-Rühl, Rachel Noorda Constructing the Purpose of Research about Twenty-First-Century Publishing

4.3 Reviewing (Chair: Alison Baverstock)

  • Matthew Lavin Large Scale Analysis of Historic Book Reviews: A Pilot Study of The New York Times Book Review and Early 20th-century Reading
  • Bridget Griffen-Foley Boosting Books Over the Airwaves: ABC Radio, 1932–1982
  • Craig Munro Black history & white audiences – launching Capricornia (1938) and Oscar and Lucinda (1988)

4.4 21st Century Publishing (Chair: Jason Ensor)

  • Airlie Lawson Agency, Access and the 21st Century International Literary Field
  • Kim Wilkins Reproducibility and Convergence: Young Adult Fantasy
  • Michelle Goldsmith The Unreal Yet Real: examining contemporary interstitial speculative–literary fiction

4.5 Authorship 1 (Chair: James Wald)

  • Jordan Reed A Scholarly Endeavor: Thomas A. Bailey as Textbook Author in the Twentieth Century
  • Rose Faunce The ‘Cocharelli Codex’: Resurrecting a Medieval Author and his Book
  • Andre de Melo Araujo The Quill and the Burin, or how evidentiary authority was provided in the 18th Century to images of the Past

4.6 Text Technology (Chair: Alyssa Arbuckle)

  • Mary Coe A sense-making approach to active e-book indexes
  • Katherine D. Harris Revisions to Digital Publishing Complements Digital Pedagogy
  • Alia Wegner A Technology Too Permanent: Colonial Anxiety about Stereotyped Bibles in India, 1804-1900

4.7 Editing And Editions (Chair: Jocelyn Hargrave)

  • Ezra Greenspan D. H. Lawrence’s Studies in Classic American Literature: From First to Last
  • Roger Osborne ‘This edition howls to heaven to be withdrawn’: The Palmer abridgement of Joseph Furphy’s Such is Life.
  • Paulius Subačius Book as Initiation, Workshop and Revenge: authorial use of ‘The Voices of Spring’

4.8 Human Documents (Chair: Ian Gadd)

  • Ann R. Hawkins Keeper of the key of memory’: William Falconer’s 1832 ‘commonplace book of poetry, painting, and music
  • Maura Ives A Missing Link, Found: George Ingelow’s Correspondence with Charles Keene
  • Miles A. Kimball A (post)Human Document: Texts, Tattoos, and Subjects in H. Rider Haggard and W. H. Mallock


5.1 The ‘many Mouths [fed] By This Branch Of Manufacture’: Australian Books From Conception To Reception (Chair: Martyn Lyons)

  • Jocelyn Hargrave The NSW Government Printing Office and its floors: a physical mapping of nineteenth-century print culture
  • Helen Bones From first inkling to lasting reputation: a transnational study of Australasian educational print culture
  • Per Henningsgaard The Role of the Interview in Twenty-First-Century Publishing Studies

5.2 Collecting 1 (Chair: Cassie Brand)

  • Nicola Rodger Feeling Bookish: Exploring the Materiality of Book Love in a Digital Era
  • Suzan Alteri Female Agency in Collecting and Curating Children’s Literature
  • Rachel Hendery Co-creating Library Publics: The Digital Recollection of Memory Institutions

5.3 Postcards From The Verge: Post-digital Literary Culture And Its New Gatekeepers (Chair: Beth Driscoll)

  • Mark Davis The book as networked device: from enlightenment elites to digital tastemakers
  • Alexandra Dane Book trailers in the post-digital literary culture: platforms, publishers and performativity
  • Sybil Nolan Customer Relationship Management (CRM): a new gatekeeper in book publishing

5.4 Books As Objects (Chair: Hart Cohen)

  • Jenna Townend ‘Take […] a Verse from divine Herbert’: Reusing and reinventing George Herbert’s The Temple in seventeenth-century printed texts
  • Aleksandra Fedorowicz-Jackowska Early Photographically Illustrated Books in the Polish Lands. Between History and Industry
  • Lauren O’Hagan Class, Culture and Conflict in Edwardian Book Inscriptions

5.5 Reception (Chair: Ika Willis)

  • Charlotte Hand Take care of the minutes, and the hours will take care of themselves’: Reading Godey’s Lady’s Book in the Civil War
  • Hongchun Li 阅读即批判:论文化批评的读者阅读理论 (Read as Critique: On Reader Theory of Cultural Criticism)
  • Shane Greentree Reading Catharine Macaulay in Eighteenth-Century America

5.6 Digital / Audio Reading (Chair: Sara Knox)

  • Andrius Suminas, Arūnas Gudinavičius The New Stage in the History of Reading: The Stimulation of Digital Reading as a Means of Reduction the Digital Divide
  • Katherine McDonough Listening to History: Argument and Form in Podcasts about History
  • Tyler Shores Audiobooks and Readers: Reading with our Ears

5.7 Authorship 2 (Chair: Simon Burrows)

  • Allanah Hunt ‘Family don’t end in blood’: The Importance of Friendship in Fan Fiction
  • Alison Baverstock What makes a writer?
  • Marie-Claude Felton Authors and Publishers Before the Book : Searching the Parisian Registres des Privilèges from 1653 to 1790

Thursday, 12 July 2018


6.1 Imagined Communities (Chair: Jennifer Schaffner)

  • Rachel Noorda Reading Scottish-Native American Identity on the Flathead Indian Reservation: The Clan Donald Library Project
  • Rachel Cope Relational Reading and Imagined Religious Community’
  • Xiang Ren Chinese Online Literature: Entrepreneurial Writing Publics and Platform Capitalism

6.2 Unconventional Books (Chair: Lindsey Seatter)

  • Laura J. Miller Unconventional Publishers, Unconventional Books: Vegetarian Cookbooks in the United States
  • Helga Muellneritsch Anonymous Manuscript Recipe Books: Reclaiming Their Place in Book History
  • Katherine D. Harris Subversive Femininity and Botany in the Early Victorian Literary Annuals

6.3 Paratexts (Chair: Ray Siemens)

  • Marcia Abreu Fiction without text: products derived from novels and the celebrity of writers in nineteenth century
  • Kathi Berens Playable Books: Critical Code Studies and Ludic Reading
  • Tully Barnett Hybrid Textualities: Critical Infrastructure Studies, digitization and immersive literary experience

6.4 Colonial Book Trade (Chair: Thanasis Kinias)

  • Nora Slonimsky Oil, Elephant Bones, and An Act of Parliament: Indigenous Knowledge in the Creation of American Copyright
  • Lisa Kuitert Colonial reading. Reading promotion in the Dutch East Indies in the 19th century.
  • Lucy Sussex ‘Welcome it, O readers!’: the Australian Journal’s Colonial Success

6.5 Clandestine Publishing (Chair: Claire Parfait)

  • Laetitia Nanquette The contemporary Iranian literary field: from politics to the market?
  • Robert Matuozzi Books / Trending / Forever
  • Colette Colligan Paris’ Clandestine Publishers, 1890-1930

6.6 The Many Lives Of Books For Youth: Unmaking, Re-making, And Revitalizing Popular Texts

  • Melanie Kimball Twice (or Thrice) Told Tales: Re-making Popular Literature for Youth Via Graphic Novelization
  • Lynne McKechnie Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: A Frightening Case Study of the Unmaking of a Successful and Popular Book for Children
  • Marianne Martens From Canon to Fanon: How Harry Potter Fan Fiction Writers Destroy, Unmake, Remake, and Revitalize J.K. Rowling’s Books

6.7 Libraries, Publishing, And Reading In The Spanish Empire: Manila, Mexico, And Madrid (Chair: Martyn Lyons)

  • John N. Crossley The lasting of the first printed books in the Philippines
  • Matthew J.K. Hill Dominican convent libraries in northern Luzon, 1661
  • Nancy Marquez Publishing Across an Empire: 17th-Century Martyrdom Texts in Manila, Mexico City, and Madrid


7.1 Digital Texts, Digital Contexts (Chair: Maura Ives)

  • Kathi Berens Digital-Born Bestsellers: Instagram Poets, Book Materiality, and the Literary Highbrow
  • Simon Rowberry The End of Ebooks? Packaged Web Publications and the Future of Digital Publishing
  • Simone Murray Secret Agents: What is Critical Code Studies and What’s it got to do with Book History?

7.2 Translation (Chair: Matthew J.K. Hill)

  • Cécile Cottenet From first to last talks: negotiating French Rights to The Black Stallion, 1949-1964
  • Sreejata Paul The Birth of a Literary Language: British Colonial Language Policy and Mussalmani Bangla
  • Matilda Greig The Many Lives of Captain Coignet’s Cahiers: using book history to study war memory in the long nineteenth century

7.3 Workshop: Social Knowledge Creation (Chair: Rachel Hendery)

  • Lindsey Seatter, Alyssa Arbuckle, Ray Siemens Book History & Social Knowledge Creation: Roundtable Discussion

7.4 War And Books (Chair: Amanda Laugesen)

  • Jiřina Šmejkalová Paper Chase: Impulses of New Materialism in Researching Cold War Books Communication Circuits
  • Edmund King Reading and Trauma: Bibliotherapy and the First World War
  • Vincent Trott Laughter in the Trenches: Reading Humour in the First World War

7.5 Collecting 2 (Chair: John N. Crossley)

  • Naomi Milthorpe both Human and Non-Human’: Vibrant matter and archival spectacle in the Victorian Blood Book.
  • Rebecca Bowd Celebrating 250 Years of the Leeds Library: The French Revolution in Leeds
  • Rieko Kamei-Dyche Collecting and Preserving: Kanazawa Bunko and the Role of Libraries in Medieval Japan

7.6 Publishing (Chair: Leslie Howsam)

  • Claire Parfait African American Collective Biographies of the Late 19th Century: An attempt at a Publishing History
  • Zhaohui He Expansion, Integration, and Limits of Commercial Publishing in North China during the Qing Dynasty: Taking Dongchang Prefecture as an Example
  • Neil James Dispensing or prescribing? A new approach to Australian publishing history

7.7 Print Culture 2 (Chair: Richard Nile)

  • Andrew Kamei-Dyche A Disciple’s Outrageous Proposal: Natsume Sōseki and the Founding of the Publisher Iwanami Shoten
  • Chitose Ikawa Who and Where are the ‘Real Readers’?: Everyday Reading Practices in English Midlands and Northwest
  • Kevin Molloy From province to periphery: an examination of the impact and role of the provincial printer in the home world and colony, 1825-1855

7.8 Surfacing The Page: The Ruby Langford Ginibi Project (Chair: Nicole Moore)

  • Maryanne Dever What a page can do
  • Jacqueline Lorber Kasunic Graphic Content
  • Kate Sweetapple What a page can do, too