This workshop approaches premodern book history through a Black feminist lens and asks participants to consider what Black feminist book history looks like in theory and in practice. In it, we will think about the types of questions that scholars including Kim F. Hall and Imtiaz Habib bring to traditional practice in book history. We will also consider how Saidiya Hartman’s work on archives can introduce larger questions about how book historians don’t consider race and perhaps why they should. Using items from the Newberry’s collections, we will discuss topics such as material philology, codicology, and censorship.
Learn more about the instructors: B.K. Adams and Carissa Harris.
This program is free and open to all, but space is limited. Priority will be given to applicants from Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium institutions. Consortium members may be eligible to receive travel funds to cover the costs of attending this program. The application deadline is May 15, 2023.