The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0651  Tuesday, 18 November 2008

From: 		Mark Rankin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, 18 Nov 2008 15:22:50 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 	NEH Summer Seminar

NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers
The Reformation of the Book: 1450-1650

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 200 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. Participants will consider ways in which adherents of different 
religious faiths shared common ground in exploiting elements such as book 
layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and 
commentaries) in order to inspire reading, but also to restrict interpretation. 
Employing key methods 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 rare book librarians), mass communication, literacy 
studies, and more.

This seminar will meet from 22 June until 24 July 2009. During the first week of 
this program, we shall visit 1) Antwerp, Belgium, in order to draw on resources 
including the Plantin-Moretus Museum (the world's only surviving early modern 
printing and publishing house) and 2) London, England, in order to attend a 
rare-book workshop and consider treasures at the British Library. During four 
weeks at Oxford, where we shall reside at St. Edmund Hall, we plan to draw on 
the rare book and manuscript holdings of the Bodleian Library and other 

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 
2009 are eligible to apply. NEH will provide participants with a stipend of $3,800.

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 
2, 2009.

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