Call For Papers

The International Advisory Board is pleased to announce the Call For Papers for the Thirteenth International Conference on Books, Publishing, and Libraries, held at the University of British Columbia-Robson Square in Vancouver, Canada from 19-20 October 2015.


“The Event of the Book”
The 2015 Book Conference coincides with the Vancouver Writers Festival. As the social worlds of the book are being evermore mediated by digital modes of production and distribution, how do we make sense of “The Event of the Book?” At a micro level the event of the book is the experience of holding a material object. At the macro level the event of the book is the experience of person-to-person events such as writers’ festivals. How might the digital re-energize (ie. materialize) the event of the the book? How can the affordances of digital technologies re-configure how we understand the media and social practices of the event of the book at micro and macro levels?

The 2015 meeting will focus on this provocative subject. We welcome debate, discourse, and research from scholars and practitioners who engage these issues as well as other subjects related to discourse on books, publishing, and libraries.

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, or colloquia are invited that address the broader themes listed below. In addition to the special focus, paper presentations will be grouped into one of the following categories for presentation at the conference:

Theme 1: Publishing Practices: Past, Present, and Future
Theme 2: Reading, Writing, Literacy, and Learning
Theme 3: Books and Libraries
2015 Special Focus: The Event of the Book

Presenters may also choose to submit written papers for publication to the fully refereed The International Journal of the Book. If you are unable to attend the conference in person you may still join the community by becoming a member and submitting your article for peer review and possible publication, uploading an online presentation, and enjoying subscriber access to the journal.

The next submission round to submit a proposal (a title and short abstract) is 4 November 2014*. For more information on submitting your proposal and registering for the conference, please visit the link below.

*Proposals are reviewed in rounds adhering to monthly deadlines. Check the website often to see the current review round

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