EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE BOOK
6-8 November 2010
University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
The Book Conference serves as an inclusive forum for examining the past,
current and future role of the book. It proceeds from recognition that
although the book is an old medium of expression, it embodies thousands of
years' experience of recording knowledge. The pervasive influence of this
experience continues to shape newer forms of information technology, while
at the same time providing a reference point for innovation.
St. Gallen is home to the renowned Abbey of St. Gall, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Its library houses the oldest collection of books and
manuscripts in Switzerland, with pieces dating back to the 8th century. All
library books are available for public use, and most recently, a virtual
library was created to provide access to the medieval codices of the Abbey
Library of St. Gallen. The hall itself, designed in classic Rococo style, is
considered to be one of the most beautiful, non-sacred, examples of this
style in Switzerland and abroad. On Friday, 5 November 2010, conference
participants may register for a guided tour of the Abbey Library of St.
Gallen. For more information, or to book a spot on the tour, please see:
Conference participants may also reserve their place on the Chocolateire
Shop, Abbey District and Old Town Walking Tour, Saturday, 6 November 2010.
Again, further information may be found at
This year's conference includes the following plenary speakers:
* Rafael Ball, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
* Jens Bammel, International Publishers Association, Geneva, Switzerland
* Herbert Burkert, University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
* Stephanie Jacobs, German Book Museum, Leipzig, Germany
* Vincent Kaufmann, Media and Communication Management Institute, University
of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
* Wulf D. von Lucius, Lucius & Lucius Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany
* Andy Renggil, Media Control AG, Zurich, Switzerland
* Ernst Tremp, Abbey Library of St. Gallen/University of Freiburg, St.
For further information on the Book Conference plenary speakers, please see:
The conference will also feature a special publishing panel on November 8
entitled 'The Digital Sphere: Opportunity for Growth or Existential
Threat?'. The panel serves as a forum for the examination of the publishing
industry's key challenges and opportunities provided by the digital sphere.
Panel participants include:
* Jochen Gutbrod, Holtzbrinck Group, Stuttgart, Germany
* Tom Hall, Lonely Planet, London, UK
* Lucy Kung, University of Jokoping, Jonkoping, Sweden
* Eric Merkel-Sobotta, Springer Science+Business Media, Berlin, Germany
For more information on the panel and its members, see:
As well as an impressive line-up of plenary speakers, the conference will
also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by
practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to
invite you to respond to the conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may
choose to submit written papers for publication in The International Journal
of the Book. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual
registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for
refereeing and possible publication.
Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at the conference, we also
encourage you to present on the conference YouTube Channel. Please select
the Online Sessions link on the conference website for further details.
The deadline for the final round in the call for papers (a title and short
abstract) is 5 October 2010. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of
submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal
submission form, are to be found at the conference website -
We also invite you to subscribe to our free, monthly email newsletter, and
to our Facebook, RSS or Twitter feeds at http://booksandpublishing.com/ .
We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope that you will be able to
join us in St. Gallen this November.
Prof. Bozena Mierzejewska
Institute for Media and Communications Management
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
For the Advisory Board, International Conference on the Book and The
International Journal of the Book
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor: Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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