From: Garett Gietzen [mailto:[log in to unmask]]

Subject: The International Conference on the Book, 25-27 October 2008, Washington, DC, USA - Call for Papers
Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee, we would like to inform you of the:

The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., USA    
25-27 October 2008    

This 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.
The Book Conference not only considers the book and other information technologies as artefacts or discrete objects, it also examines other key aspects of the information society, including publishing, libraries, information systems, literacy, and education. Broadly speaking, the Conference engages the interrelation between changes in thought, creation, production and distribution, and the role and meaning of the book and other information technologies.

The Book Conference welcomes a wide range of participants from the world of books - authors, publishers, printers, librarians, IT specialists, book retailers, editors, literacy educators, and academic researchers and scholars from all disciplinary traditions.

Plenary speakers include:    
    * John Willinsky (Stanford University, Stanford, USA)    
    * Michael Peters (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)    
    * Rosamund Davies (University of Greenwich, London, UK)    

In addition, 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 fully refereed 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 in this fully refereed academic Journal.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 11 September 2008.  Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date.  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 look forward to receiving your proposals and hope you will be able to join us in Washington, D.C. in October 2008.

Yours sincerely,

Garett Gietzen    
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA    
For the Advisory Board, International Conference on the Book and International Journal of the Book

If you have any inquiries about this Conference, please send them by reply to this email. All emails are answered by one of our Conference administrators within two working days.
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