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Connecting the Colonies: Empires & Networks in the History of the Book

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Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

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Hobart, TAS 7000


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Join us in Hobart for the 2017 conference of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand. This conference is being held in collaboration with the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing.

An outline of the program is below. For further information please see the conference website.

Morning and afternoon teas will be provided. Delegates will need to make their own arrangements for lunch.

The conference dinner will be held at Saffron Indian Restaurant on 23 November.

Wednesday 22 November 2017. 9.00am-5.00pm

Keynote address: Rodney Thomson. Tasmania’s (and Australia’s) earliest books

Rachael Bell. Staking a claim: New Zealand’s official histories of the Second World War

Liz Conor. Peripheral vision: recurring colonial imagery of Aboriginal Australians as framing devices

Joanna Cruickshank. ‘The constant demand for sermons’: print sermons and religious networks in Australia, 1788-1888

Gillian Dooley. Matthew Flinders, Sir Joseph Banks and Robert Brown: the Library at Soho Square

Penny Edmonds. ‘The British Government is now awaking’: frontier violence, Aboriginal protection, and Backhouse’s early colonial distribution of the 1837 Report of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Aboriginal Tribes

Simon Farley. Notes from empire’s end: the diary of a Turkish soldier

Sandra Hudd. Writing for the folks back home: colonial missionary story-telling

Annaliese Jacobs. The silence of Wellington Channel: contested archives and the search for HMS Erebus and Terror, 1850-1851

Donald Kerr. ‘The charms that a savage life holds’: Sir George Grey’s frontier experiences

Ruth Mollison. Morton Allport the Acclimatiser

Sydney J Shep. Personal geographies and global networks: William Colenso and the Victorian Republic of Letters

Hayley Webster. Circulating scientific literature: the development of the Museum Victoria library collection

Thursday 23 November 2017. 9.00am-5.00pm, conference dinner 7.00pm

Eric Anderson. Cheap books, bad books

Samir de Angelo. The book object: the book used as a response to missionary authority by the Amerindians of the northwest Amazon

Helen Bones. The ARCHivER project and the rise and fall of the Tasman writing world

Dennis Bryans. English Monotype: providing services to the Empire and beyond

Jason Ensor. ‘But sometimes in the London smoke, You’ll smell the gum leaves burning’: the 20th century Australian book trade, the traditional memory archive, and digital technologies

Jocelyn Hargrave. ‘Errors therein marked on the margin’: John Degotardi’s The art of printing and editorial practice in 19th-century Australia

Mark Houlahan. The Shakespearean Quarterly 1922-1924

Cecilia Leong-Salobir. Cookbooks and the printing press in Britain and Colonial Asia

Kevin Molloy & Katie Flack. The Waifs and Strays of Sea Life: Melbourne printer Michael T Gason and the Voyage of the Tudor, 1857

Kathryn Parsons. That bright little New Zealand annual The Huia

Georgia Prince. Florence Nightingale and Sir George Grey: colleagues of empire

Jane Stafford. Mrs Muter and the construction of the lady traveller

Merete Colding Smith. Australia and New Zealand in 19th-century British children’s books: the role of print in constructing colonial consciousness

Rodney Swan. Matisse’s Jazz: the enigma of his text

Nicki Tarulevicz. Learning to fear: textual encounters with food safety in Singapore

Evija Trofimova. The twilight zone of Soviet books

Friday 24 November 2017. 9.00am-4.30pm

Keith Adkins. Theophilus Anglicanus and the fear of Tractarianism in Van Diemen’s Land

Sally Bloomfield. The long reach of a little bushranger book: Michael Howe, the last and worst of the bush rangers of Van Diemen’s Land, 1819

Damian Cairns. For Church and College: discovering the library of the Canterbury Association

Véronique Duché. Treasured possessions in Australian Rare Books collections

Mary Jane Edwards. Transnational connections: the Moodies, the Stricklands, and their Canadian, English, and South African publications

Elizabeth Freeman. 13th-century English Cistercian nunneries and their cartularies: manuscripts, technologies of power, and the inscription of women into a trans-national medieval religious institution

Clare Gleeson. Owner bound volumes: a musical transmitter of culture

Wallace Kirsop. Providing printed matter for multicultural Australia in the 19th century

Amanda Laugesen. Dictionaries in the Australian colonies: a history

Robin Macdonald. ‘Bound in leather, rather than parchment, to last longer’: nuns as discerning readers in 17th-century Quebec

Alicia Marchant. John Hardyng and Scotland: forged manuscripts and fake heritage in a 15th-century invasion plan

Sarah Randles. ‘Many a treasure more’: Robert Bedford and the Kyancutta Magna Carta

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