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CFP: The Print in the Codex ca. 1500 to 1900 (CAA, New York, 10-13 February 2021)

This session will consider bound volumes created or transformed through the incorporation of independently printed images. Inspired by recent scholarship that addresses the popularity of modifying, enhancing, or creating books in this manner, this session will focus on the production and reception of such books between the widespread adoption of the printing press in Europe, circa 1500, and the nineteenth-century rise of public museums and libraries, with their increasingly standardized and discrete organizational systems. Papers may address any books into which independently printed images have been incorporated, whether these books include text and whether they are analyzed as unique items or as products of broader creative or curatorial practices. This session seeks papers that consider both the material and the conceptual aspects of these complex volumes. Themes may include the agendas of specific creators; the codex as a structure and ways in which prints were designed for, or adapted to it; or how these works inform histories of reading, book and print production, or book and print collection. Papers may also address how these books relate to those of earlier centuries. Themes addressing subsequent reception are also welcome. Such themes include interpretive and practical challenges that the books present, and opportunities they offer, to the evolving institutional and media landscapes of the twenty-first century.

Send paper proposals including title, abstract (250 words) and CV by Wednesday, September 16, 2020 to: Jeanne-Marie Musto, Program Committee, Bibliographical Society of America, at

NB: CAA membership is not required to submit a paper proposal, but is required once proposals are accepted. For more information concerning participation in the CAA 2021 conference, see:

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