Seminars

  • Founded
    2017
  • Seminar Number
    787

This seminar brings together from various disciplines scholars who work on the history of the book and the study of material texts in order to place the technical and bibliographical study of text objects in dialogue with cultural studies and both the textually- and the materially-oriented humanist disciplines more broadly.  Over recent decades, book history has emerged as a necessarily and productively interdisciplinary field; with this in mind, this seminar focuses on the interpretation of material textual objects from an array of disciplinary perspectives.  Our aim is to provide a clearinghouse for emerging methods and work, and a nexus for scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to discuss and pursue shared interests in the study of the book and the material text.

Past Meetings


Co-Chair
Alexis Hagadorn
ah333@columbia.edu

Interim Co-Chair
Jane Siegel
jrs19@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Anya Wilkening
abw2163@columbia.edu

Meeting Schedule

11/14/2023 Studio at Butler Library, Columbia University
5:30 PM
Artists’ Books: A Few Made Strategies and Tactics
Marjorie Welish, Independent Scholar, Artist
Abstract

Abstract

The expression “artist’s book” indicates an object other than an illustrated book insofar as the materials and techniques in the construction of the book are made to intervene in the writing and reading process. In other words, it engages and invents, even as it cross-examines or otherwise tests the physical matter of the book by constructing a work other than yet contributing to its written content.

What happens when authorship includes more than one person? For the solitary vocations of artists or writers or composers, the made object is an interlocutor which tests creativity, and gives articulate definition to imagination. And yet the artists’ collaboration induces an object where negotiation complicates the creative enterprise. On the way to realizing the object is a process issuing from more than one person, with the realm of possibilities calling for more choices to be arrived at intellectually and technically, and an invitation for unforeseen consequences all along the way: the way of possibility rather than necessity.

Even so, the constraints of design induce limits.





12/12/2023 523 Butler Library, Columbia University
5:30 PM
Printing and Metaphor
Clifton Meador, Appalachian State University




01/30/2024 523 Butler Library, Columbia University
5:30 PM
Woodblock Printers of the Mind: Problems of Analogy in Western and East Asian Descriptive Bibliography
Devin Fitzgerald, Yale University




02/20/2024 523 Butler Library, Columbia University
5:30 PM
Material as Substrate and Content in Contemporary Artists’ Books
Russell Maret, Independent scholar/ artist/ printer




03/26/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:15 PM
Evidence in Old Books: Identification, Interpretation and Preservation
Maria Fredericks, Morgan Library and Museum




04/09/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:15 PM
TBD
Luc Duchamp, Fonds Anciens, Ville de Provins




05/07/2024 523 Butler Library, Columbia University
5:30 PM
The Matter of Metaphor in Susan’s Weil’s Meta Mor for the Moon
Vanessa Troiano, CUNY Graduate Center