Centre for the History of the Book
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Established in 1995, the Centre aims to promote research into the production, circulation and reception of published material from manuscripts to electronic texts.

Glasses on a pile of books

The Centre for the History of the book invites you to Bite-Sized Book History, a mini conference organised by students of the MSc in Book History and Material Culture.

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Centre for the History of the Book conference

We host a fantastic range of events, including conferences, round-table discussions, a regular seminar series, and an annual public lecture.

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MSc students of the Centre for the History of the Book

MSc

The CHB runs the MSc in Book History and Material Culture, which trains students to unite theory and practice.

Woman reading in the window

We run workshops and other events to help doctoral students develop their scholarly methods and technical skills.

Find out more about the 2018 Doctoral Training Workshops

Student reading a book in the Main Library

At a moment when what counts as ‘reading’ is controversial once again, the ‘Reading beyond Reading’ colloquium puts reading back into question.

Professor Anthony Grafton

These twinned symposia brought together leading scholars from both sides of the Atlantic working on book history, media, literature and digital humanities.

People at the Centre for the History of the Book

Directory of staff, students and affiliates of the Centre for the History of the book.

Books on shelves

A list of works by people affiliated with the Centre on the topics of Bibliography, Book History, and Literary Criticism.