Symposium of the Book – “Diversity in the Archives” featuring Susan Phillips

The Willson Center and the department of English present the final Symposium on the Book for the spring semester. The organizers’ second “Diversity in the Archives” symposium will feature plenary speaker Susan Phillips, associate professor of English at Northwestern University, who will give a talk at 4 p.m. titled “Traveling Salesmen: Trafficking Stereotypes in the Premodern (Print) Marketplace” in Room 227 of the Special Collections Building.The symposium begins at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and refreshments, followed by an interdisciplinary UGA faculty panel in Room 227 featuring Barbara McCaskill (English, African American Studies)\; Channette Romero (English, Native American Studies) and Jonathan Haddad (Romance Languages). At 2 p.m. there will be a hands-on pop-up rare book exhibit inRoom 329. All events will take place in the Special Collections Building.The symposium is free and open to the public.In her scholarship as wellas her teaching, Susan Phillips is interested in the materiality of the book—how texts were produced, published, circulated, and read. Her book, Transforming Talk: The Problem with Gossip in Late Medieval England (Penn State 2007), explores the religious, cultural, and literary work of “idle talk” in late medieval England. Gossip’s supposedly idle words, sheargues, are transformative\; they blur the boundaries between people, discourses, genres, practices, and words. Phillips has published essays on Chaucer, gossip theory, late medieval pastoral practice, Renaissancedictionaries, medieval multilingualism, and pre-modern pedagogy.The Symposium on the Book is an interdisciplinary Willson Center Research Seminar that aims to explore the nature of the book in all its forms, across time and space. The goals are twofold, to pose fundamental questions such as: what makes a book a book, how have cultural attitudes toward books and book making changed, are digital media recuperating or killing print media? And to investigate and analyze the various media that contribute to the production of books such as ink, e-ink, paper, screen, manuscript,print, pixels, binding, and book arts, as well as the production processes themselves.

Monday, January 7, 2019 from 5:00am to 12:00am

Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries
300 S Hull Street, Athens, GA 30605

Office of Research, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
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