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Call for Papers

Book Technologies (Sponsored by AVISTA)
International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 7-10, 2009

In the production, use, and storage of books, a large variety of tools and techniques come together, including pens, pen knives, parchment and paper production, clocks for timing the pace of writing, organizational technologies such as indices, bookmarks, bookshelves, lecturns, libraries, book chains, and eyeglasses for reading books.

AVISTA is sponsoring two sessions on Book Technologies for the International Medieval Congress (Kalamazoo, Michigan) for 2009. These panels will explore the multitude of technologies which come together in all apects of the production and use of books.

The Association Villard de Honnecourt for Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art (AVISTA) is a scholarly organization dedicated to any and all medieval topics which relate to the practical sciences or technologies. For more information on it, see its website: http://orgs.uww.edu/avista/

Abstracts and cover pages are due to Shana Worthen (sworthen@owlfish.com) no later than September 15, 2008. Cover pages are available here: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions.html#PIF



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 25th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
So here's a random question...what's the difference in usage between lectern/lecturn? Is one British vs. American, and so forth?

I ask only because I've never seen it spelt "lecturn" but Google has informed me that it is a valid alternate spelling of "lectern" and now I'm curious.
Aug. 28th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
It was probably a typo on my part. That it is also a correct spelling of the word is a happy coincidence.
Aug. 25th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Hmm ... now that I work in Michigan you've got me thinking. Do you think there would be any interest in a paper on the use of numerals in late medieval / early modern books (particularly pagination / colophons)?
Aug. 28th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! That's a topic which would be very appealing to AVISTA, I believe.
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