The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1078 Wednesday, 6 December 2006
Date: Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 12:00:59 -0500 (EST)
Subject: NEH Seminar Announcement
NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers
The Reformation of the Book: 1450-1700
John N. King and James K. Bracken of The Ohio State University will
direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for
College and University Teachers on continuity and change in the
production, dissemination, and reading of Western European books during
the 250 years following the advent of printing with movable type. In
particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the
advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the Protestant
Reformation. This seminar will also explore the related problem of
whether the impact of printing was revolutionary or evolutionary.
Employing key methods of the still-emerging interdisciplinary field of
the History of the Book, our investigation will consider how the
physical nature of books affected ways in which readers understood and
assimilated their intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet
the needs of teacher-scholars interested in the literary, political, or
cultural history of the Renaissance and/or Reformation, the History of
the Book, art history, women's studies, religious studies, bibliography,
print culture, library science (including would-be rare book
librarians), mass communication, literacy studies, and more.
This seminar will meet from 18 June until 20 July 2007. During the first
week of this program, we shall visit Antwerp, Belgium, in order to draw
on resources including the Plantin-Moretus Museum. It preserves the
world's only surviving early modern printing and publishing house.
During four weeks in Oxford, where we shall reside at St. Edmund Hall,
we plan to draw on the resources of the Bodleian Library and other
institutions. In addition, we shall make an overnight trip to London in
order to visit other rare book collections.
Those eligible to apply include citizens of USA who are engaged in
teaching at the college or university level and independent scholars who
have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In
addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at
least three years prior to March 2007 are eligible to apply. NEH will
provide participants with a stipend of $3,600.
Full details and application information are available at
application deadline is March 1, 2007.
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