History of the Book Conference: Bibliophilia and Bibliophobia

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Online conference organized by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) at Durham University.

This 2-day conference on ‘Bibliophilia and bibliophobia’ in the medieval and early modern history of the book will feature papers on the following themes: books and the emotions (books as objects or expressions of fear, hate, love, friendship, enmity…); books and devotion or obsession; book acquisition, book collecting and libraries; book burning and the destruction of books and the banning of books and censorship.

29th June

11.00 – 12.00 – French Books and their Readers

John O’Brien, “Book Haters or Book Lovers? Sixteenth-Century French Readers and Practices of Censorship”

Marc Schachter, “La Boétie’s Servitude volontaire and the Politics of Jean Piochet’s Bibliophilia”

Richard Scholar, “Translating Utopia in Early Modern France: The Case of Barthélemy Aneau”

13.30 – 15.00 – Bibliomania and Practices of Purgation

Helen Smith, “Looking at Books with the Natural Philosophers”

Jon Mee, “‘What wild desires, what restless torments:’ John Ferriar and Diagnosing Bibliomania”

Hervé Baudry, “’It is not only fire that burns the books’: The Expurgator, a Bibliophile or a Bibliophobe?”

Ana de Oliveira Dias, “In the Face of Evil: Books and Devotional Practice in Medieval Iberia”

15.30 – 16.30 – (Re)constructing Libraries

Jessica Purdy, “Method or Madness? The Comparative Collecting Practices of the Gorton and Grantham Parish Libraries”

Anna-Lujz Gilbert, “‘According to his judgement and discretion’: Acquiring Parish Library Books in Early Modern Devon”

Alison Newman, “How a Librarian Looks at Books”

17.00 – 18.00 – Plenary Lecture

Deborah McGrady, “The Politics of Bibliophilia: The Case of Louis d’Orléans”

30th June

14.00 – 15.00 – Symbolic Value and Material Practices

Eleanor Baker, “Objects of Fascination: Middle English Book-Craft Recipes in Late Medieval Manuscripts”

Laurie Atkinson, “Passing the Buke in Late Medieval Dream Poetry: The Case of Gavin Douglas’s Palice of Honoure”

Max Yela, “Why We Love Books: The Origins of the Book as Sacred and Mystic Object”

15.30 – 16.30 – Intersections of Manuscript and Print Cultures

Milda Kvizikevičiūtė, “‘Not worth reading’ or Emotional Polemics between a Book and its Reader in Grand Duchy of Lithuania”

Clare Woods, “Student Notes, Florilegium, or Commentary in the Making? A Glimpse into the Margins of an Early Printed Pliny”

Joseph Saunders, “Acquiring and Bequeathing Books in the English Print Trade, 1625-1641”

17.00 – 18.00 – Plenary Lecture

Ada Palmer,  “Hostile Intervention in Renaissance Books and Manuscripts, from Correction to Expurgation”


Monday 29 June, 11:00-18:00 BST and Tuesday 30 June, 14:00-18:00 BST

Source: https://www.dur.ac.uk/imems/events/?eventno=42868

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