CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

The Books of Venice: A Conference on the Book in Venice

Source of Information: INCUNABULA-L@LISTSERV.DFN.DE 2006-04-03
Date of Event: 2007-03-09 to 10
Location of event: Venice, Italy,
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2006-10-15

Call for Papers

The Books of Venice:  A Conference on the Book in Venice
Venice, Italy, March 9-10, 2007

Venice's books, like the buildings described by Ruskin, have long been
considered one of her greatest glories.  Venice and the Veneto were hosts
to some of the earliest book printers in Italy; the workplace of master
publishers from Aldus Manutius in the sixteenth century to the Remondini
in the eighteenth; the home of remarkable libraries such as those of
Cardinal Bessarion and Girolamo Ascanio Molin; and the subject of
countless works of fact and fiction.  The Society for the History of
Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) announces a conference to
bring together in Venice scholars of Venice to consider its remarkable
roles in book history, including but not limited to such topics as:

*       The book trade in Venice
*       Print and manuscript in Venice
*       La Serenissima Stampata: Venice in books and prints
*       Fictional Venice
*       Venice and Beyond

The papers selected will be presented in three half-day plenary 
at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti.

The keynote addresses will be given by Lilian Armstrong (Wellesley
College), Neil Harris (UniversitÓ di Udine) and Marino Zorzi 
Marciana). There will also be a half-day lecture and workshop called
"Printing in the Shadow of Aldus Manutius."  It will be led by Peter
Koch of Editions Koch, and will give participants an introduction to
their work, including their new fine-press edition of Joseph Brodsky's

Short proposals (200-300 words) for 20-minute papers (in English or
Italian) on these and other topics should be submitted to the 
organizers Craig Kallendorf ( Lisa Pon
( by October 15, 2006.  Two slots are being reserved for
papers by graduate students who will receive a partial subvention for
their travel expenses.  It is anticipated that a selection of papers from
this conference will be published.

The conference is sponsored by the Biblioteca Marciana and generously
supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. -------