Paul Eggert Symposium @ UNSW Canberra

After thirty years at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Professor Paul Eggert has taken up the Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies at Loyola University in Chicago. This symposium celebrates his contribution to the fields of nineteenth-century Australian literary studies, editorial theories of the text and scholarly editing, digital textuality and the digital humanities, museology and history of the book, and studies on D.H. Lawrence and Joseph Conrad.

This will be a day of scholarship and reminiscence, lively debate and long memories, to reflect Paul’s expansive interests, productive networks and collegial collaboration across the decades.

Speakers will address topics congruent with Paul’s broad interests and bring highlights of working with Paul to share with an appreciative audience, in formal and informal ways.

9.30am — 5.00pm, 17 July 2015
UNSW Canberra
Building 32 SRO3

RSVP Shirley Ramsay: by 19 June 2015.

Full programme and list of speakers (PDF)

Postgraduate Studentships for ESTS 2015 conference (Leicester, 19-21 Nov.)

The Bibliographical Society (UK) has kindly agreed to fund four “Bibliographical Society Studentships” for the conference “Users of Scholarly Editions: Editorial Anticipations of Reading, Studying and Consulting”, the 12th annual meeting of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS), to be held in Leicester, England, on 19-21 November 2015.

See the original Call for Papers for the conference here.

The best four proposals for papers by post-graduate applicants will each receive a 60 GBP bursary to defray their costs in attending the conference to give their papers. Applicants should mention in their proposals that they are post-graduate students.

Radio Interview: John Emmerson’s rare book collection donated to the Victorian State Library

The London Intelligencer, a news-sheet from the Emmerson Collection (State Library of Victoria)

Members who read the obituary of long-time BSANZ member John McLaren Emmerson in the last Broadsheet, written by Wallace Kirsop, may be interested in a radio interview with Des Cowley on John’s splendid donation of most of his 17th century book collection to the State Library of Victoria. The interview runs about 13 minutes and is well worth settling down to with a cup of tea in hand. You can find it at: has featured several highlights of the Emmerson collection, which includes rare first-hand accounts of the execution of King Charles I; the collected writings of King James I, bound and inscribed for his son Charles; and the first illustrated edition (1688) of Milton’s Paradise Lost, among many other gems sure to pique the interests of Society members and the general public alike.


Script & Print Vol. 39 No. 1 (2015) coming soon


  • Bryony Cosgrove — Editorial Practice and Epistolarity: Silent and Not So Silent
  • Patrick Spedding — Thomas, Lucy and Henry Lasher Gardner, Opposite St. Clement’s Church in the Strand, 1739–1805
  • Reviews — A History of Chromolithography: Printed Colour for All (Thomas A. Darragh)

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CFP: European Society for Textual Scholarship [Proposal deadline now June 30 2015]

“Users of Scholarly Editions: Editorial Anticipations of Reading, Studying and Consulting”

The 12th Annual Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS) will be held at the Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University, Leicester England, 19-21 November 2015.

The ESTS returns to Leicester where it was founded in 2001 to stage a major collective investigation into the state and future of scholarly editing. Our focus is the needs of users of scholarly editions and proposals for 20 minute
papers are invited on topics such as:

* Are users’ needs changing?
* How does edition design shape use?
* Stability in print and digital
* Where are we in the study of mise en page?
* Facsimiles and scholarly editions
* Collaborative and social editing
* Editorial specialization in the digital age
* APIs and mashups versus anticipation
* The logic of annotation
* Is zero the best price point for editions?
* Readers versus users
* Can we assume a general reader’?
* Indexing and annotation versus search
* Editors, publishers and Open Access
* Is technology changing editing?
* Digital editions or digital archives?
* Are editions ever obsolete?
* Scholarly editions versus popular editions
* Any other topic related to the use or users of scholarly editions

Plenary Speaker (subject to confirmation) include:

Hans Walter Gabler (Munich University)
David Greetham (City University of New York)
Tim William Machan (Notre Dame University)
Gary Taylor (Florida State University)
Elaine Treharne (Stanford University)
Andrew Prescott (Glasgow University)

Hands-on workshops will be given on setting movable type, letterpress printing, and getting started with XML.

Proposals (max 300 words) for 20-minute papers should be emailed to Prof Gabriel Egan <> by 30 June 2015

Call for Papers: Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc. Annual Conference 2015



Turning the Page: Bibliographical Innovation and the Legacy of Aldus Manutius

The University of Melbourne, Australia

Date: 26 and 27 November 2015

2015 marks the quincentenary of the death of the great printer and publisher Aldus Manutius (c. 1451–1515). Aldus was an innovator in a number of ways, from his development and use of the first italic typeface and publishing of small octavo editions, to printing first editions of numerous classical Greek authors and the production of one of the most beautifully designed and illustrated books of the fifteenth century, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili.

To honour Aldus’s life and afterlife, the Society invites papers exploring innovation or design in the printed book in any period from the time of Aldus to the modern day. Possible topics include bibliography, printing, typefounding, illustration, bookbinding, publishing, bookselling, collecting, the reading experience, or the transition from print to digital format.

Enquiries and proposals of 250 words for papers of 20 to 25 minutes should be sent to Anthony Tedeschi (, Special Collections, Baillieu Library, The University of Melbourne. The deadline for paper proposals is Monday 29 June 2015. Students undertaking higher degree research are encouraged to submit offers of ‘work in progress’ papers; some travel bursaries will be available.

Script & Print Vol. 38 No. 4 (2014) coming soon




  • Katherine Bode and Carol Hetherington — Retrieving a World of Fiction: Building an Index—and an Archive—of Serialized Novels in Australian Newspapers, 1850–1914
  • Elizabeth Nichol — Bookseller, Circulating Library Owner, Printer, Publisher, Agent, Raconteur, Freemason, Volunteer Soldier and Cricket Enthusiast—John Varty’s Auckland Career, 1858–1868
  • Rachel Solomon — Two Studies: Henry Handel Richardson and The Great Extractor
  • Collective Wisdom — Responses to Patrick Spedding, Cancelled Errata in John Buncle, Junior, Gentleman 


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CFP: CAPAL15 — Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice

BSANZ members may be interested in viewing the Call for Proposals (CFP) for CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice, the second annual conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL), to be held May 31-June 2, 2015 as part of Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, which lies in unceded Algonquin territory. 

The conference theme, critical practice, speaks to the intersection of academic librarianship with purposeful critical reflection on the dominant ways of thinking, speaking, and acting that characterize our profession. The organisers envision elaboration of this theme through conversations about professional issues, civic engagement, theory, and day-to-day practice, and invite broad participation from all those with an interest in fostering critical inquiry in all aspects of academic librarianship. For a full description of the theme and list of potential topics, please see the CFP online at

The deadline for proposals is December 8, 2014

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Book Prize

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals is pleased to announce this year’s call for submissions for the Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize, awarded to the scholarly book that most advances the understanding of the nineteenth-century British newspaper or periodical press.  All books exploring the British press of the period are eligible (including single-author monographs, edited collections, and editions) so long as they have an official publication date of 2014.

The winner will receive a monetary award of up to $2,000, and will be invited to speak at the RSVP conference in Ghent, Belgium (10-11 July 2015). The prize was first made possible by a generous gift from the late Vineta Colby in memory of her husband, Robert, and now honors both Colbys for their pioneering scholarship in the field of Victorian periodicals and their dedicated service to RSVP.

To nominate a book, please email the chair of the prize committee, Maria Frawley (, by December 15, 2014.  You or your press will be asked to supply the committee with five copies of the book by 31 December 2014.

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is an interdisciplinary and international association of scholars dedicated to the exploration of the richly diverse world of the 19th-century press, both its magazines and its newspapers. More information about RSVP and its lively journal, Victorian Periodicals Review, may be found at


BSANZ members may be interested to note that the next annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) will take place in Longueuil and Montreal, Canada, from 7 to 10 July 2015. The theme is “Générations et régénérations du livre / The Generation and Regeneration of Books.” The conference is being organised by the Groupe de recherches et d’études sur le livre au Québec (GRÉLQ), Université de Sherbrooke, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), and McGill University. It will feature traditional conference papers, lightning papers (PhD students get ten minutes to showcase work-in-progress, and are limited to three slides), a digital projects showcase, a student poster exhibition, exhibitions of rare books and publishers’ archives, and many other activities.

Offers of papers close 30 November 2014.

For more information, you can consult SHARP’s conference web site. You can also follow SHARP 2015 on Twitter or email the conference organisers at