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[Call for papers]

Dregs dross and debris: the art of transient print

Print Networks in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University and the Centre for Printing History and Culture is pleased to announce the following call for papers.

Dregs, dross and debris: the art of transient print
9-10 July, 2019
Liverpool John Moores University

An opportunity to take a fresh look at the printed material too often regarded as trash – either by its contemporaries, who regarded it as disposable, or by the academy which until recently has tended to treat such items as beneath contempt. We invite papers on topics such as those listed below, the emphasis throughout being on the production, distribution and consumption of such items. Papers should consider any of the following aspects of the book trades in the British Isles: technology, typography and design; the people, printers, publishers and distribution networks involved; pricing and sales; buyers and readers. Contributions on all periods of print from early modern to the present are welcome.

Proposals for papers (20-30 minutes), panels (1 hour) or presentations on aspects of the following or related topics are welcome:

  • Magazines
  • Cheap novels
  • Comic prints and cartoons
  • Sketches and scraps
  • Song sheets and ballads
  • Almanacs
  • Advertisements and flyers
  • Manufacturers’ free booklets
  • Political pamphlets
  • Chapbooks
  • …and a host of other ephemera

Abstracts (c.300 words) should be accompanied by a brief biography.

Papers presented will be considered for publication in either Publishing History or a future volume of Print Networks conference papers.  It is understood that papers offered to the conference will be original work and will not have been previously delivered to any similar conference.

A postgraduate fellowship, covering the cost of attending the conference and assistance towards travel within the UK, is offered to a student whose research falls within the parameters of the conference brief, and who wishes to present a paper at the conference. Abstracts should be accompanied by a summary of the research being undertaken and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor.

All proposals for papers and applications for the postgraduate fellowship should be submitted by 31 January 2019 and sent to: david.osbaldestin@bcu.ac.uk