Connecting the Colonies: Empires and Networks in the History of the Bookautas001144581410_v2

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

22-24 November 2017

Empires of all kinds – commercial, geo-political, bureaucratic – are defined by their peripheries as well as their centres, by the flows of information that maintain or destabilise their structures of authority and control.

BSANZ, in collaboration with the Society for the History of Authorship Reading and Publishing (SHARP), invites scholars and researchers to consider the printed word, the book, and texts of all kinds, as both mechanism and matter of transmission.

Queries should be sent to the convenor, Ian Morrison, at


Registration is open now, and will close on 6 November. The discounted rate for BSANZ members will be available until 30 October.

Ordinary Registration                                                 $210
One Day                                                                         $125
BSANZ Members (available until 30 Oct 2018)        $165
Full-time Students                                                       $125

Conference Dinner at Saffron Indian Restaurant: $60

To register, book through Eventbrite here.

Travel Information

Hobart Airport is the only airport in southern Tasmania, and is located 17 km northeast of the CBD.

By Taxi: Several operators are available at the taxi stand outside the Hobart Airport. Fares to the city will cost between $40 and $50, depending on the time of day and will take around 25 minutes. Operators include Yellow Cabs (tele: 13 19 24) and Combined (13 22 27).

By Shuttle Bus: The Hobart Airporter is a regular bus service that runs between the airport and various hotels around town. The cost is approx. $17.50 one way, and can be booked in advance.


Hobart has numerous hotels within walking distance of the conference venue at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, on the Hobart waterfront.

Special conference rates are available for conference participants for the duration of the conference.

The Old Woolstore
Hotel Room                                                 $177 per room per night
Studio Apartment                                      $197 per room per night
One Bedroom Apartment                         $217 per room per night
Executive Spa Apartment                         $297 per room per night

The above rates are room only with breakfast available with additional $22.50 for full buffet breakfast.

To secure these rates delegates should indicate they are attending the BSANZ conference.

Mantra Collins Hotel
Hotel Queen Room                                     $143.00 per night
Hotel Executive Queen Room                  $163.00 per night

To secure these rates delegates should indicate they are attending the BSANZ conference and request UTAS rates.

Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
Montacute can sleep 40 guests in the following configuration:

*   5 x private room with queen bed ($100 per room per night) (max 2 people per room)
*   2 x private room with bunk bed ($95 per room night) (max 2 people per room)
*   3 x shared 4-bed dormitory with bunkbeds ($40 per person per night) (max 4 people per room)
*   1 x shared 6-bed dormitory with bunkbeds ($37.50 per person per night) (max 6 people per room)
*   1 x shared 8-bed dormitory with bunkbeds ($35 per person per night) (max 8 people per room)

To book:

Conference Venues

The BSANZ conference for 2017 will be held at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), which is located at Hobart’s waterfront. There will be events also held at:

Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts

Saffron Indian Restaurant

University of Tasmania, Morris Miller Library

Host City

Hobart is a friendly city that is easily walkable. Located on the banks of the River Derwent with kunanyi/ Mount Wellington looming above, Hobart is known for its natural beauty, local fresh produce, heritage and museums. It is home to the provocative MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), which is a short boat-ride from the city centre, and to numerous heritage precincts and buildings. Salamanca Place and Battery Point are well worth a stroll around to take in some architecture dating from the early settlement of Hobart, including Narryna House. The Cascade Female Factory is also walkable, although slightly further away, in South Hobart.

For further information, visit Discover Tasmania.


Hobart has a range of antiquarian and rare booksellers to enjoy. Many are located around Battery Point and Salamanca Place, and throughout the city Centre.


Image: detail from Captain Austin’s Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, W L Crowther Library, Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office


Past Conferences

  • Local Bibliography: The Deepening Stream. Hamilton, 21-22 November 2016. (PDF programme)
  • Turning the Page: Bibliographical Innovation and the Legacy of Aldus Manutius. Melbourne, 25-27 November 2015. (PDF programme, abstracts and speakers)
  • Bibliographica. Canberra, 26-28 November 2014 (PDF programme, abstracts and speakers)
  • Bibliography in the Digital Age. Sydney, 20–22 November 2013 (PDF programme, PDF list of abstracts and biographies)
  • Thinking Through Books. Dunedin, 14–17 November 2012 (PDF programme)
  • Textual Manipulation. Adelaide, 3–4 November 2011
  • To Deprave and Corrupt: Forbidden, Hidden and Censored Texts. Melbourne, 14–16 July 2010 (PDF programme)
  • The Limits of the Book. Brisbane, 20–22 July 2009
  • The European Book in the Antipodes. Sydney, 2–3 November 2008
  • Spaces of Print: Exploring the History of Books. Hobart, 15–17 November 2007
  • Leaving Impressions Planting Ideas. Adelaide, 23–24 October 2006
  • Paradise: New Worlds of Books and Readers. Wellington, 27–30 January 2005
  • Hunters and Gatherers: Building Collections of Books. Melbourne, 16 October 2004
  • Expanding Horizons: Print Cultures Across the South Pacific. Dunedin, 10 September 2002
  • Art, Genius and Madness. Adelaide, 27–28 September 2001
  • Bibliographica 2000. Melbourne, 16 November 2000
  • Bibliography, Mystery, and Detection. Brisbane, 8–10 July 1999
  • Bibliographica 1998. Melbourne, 13 November 1998.