The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0013  Monday, 8 January 2007

From: 		Mark Rankin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Monday, 08 Jan 2007 10:06:14 -0500
Subject: 	NEH Summer Seminar of Interest: "The Reformation of the Book: 

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 
http://people.cohums.ohio-state.edu/king2/Reformationofthebook/. For 
further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The application 
deadline is March 1, 2007.

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