Centre for the History of the Book

Books as/and New Media

For the last 500 years, printed books have been the default means of circulating knowledge. In the last 15 years, this has ceased to be the case.

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We are now living through a moment of media change as significant as the invention of printing itself. But we will not understand this moment until we situate it in historical perspective.

These twinned symposia aim to do that, by bringing together leading scholars from both sides of the Atlantic working on book history, media, literature and digital humanities. All of them will attend both symposia, with the speakers at one event becoming the interlocutors at the other.

Re-embedding the book in the changing media ecology, these symposia explore the long history of new media - from a time when the printed codex was the new medium, through the book’s encounters with the new media of photography, lithography and sound recording, to the digital revolution. In doing so they offer a more nuanced and historicized account of the book’s place in the shifting mediascape.

Harvard Symposium

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The Harvard University Symposium took place on the 14th and 15th of May 2015 at The Barker Centre and Houghton Library at Harvard University.

Edinburgh Symposium

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The Edinburgh Symposium took place on the 9th and 10th of July 2015 in 50 George Square at Edinburgh University.


Our speakers will be presenting on a wide range of topics to do with books and other media technology.

Event recordings

Listen to the talks given at the Books as/and New Media symposia.


The symposiums are organised by Dr Tom Mole and Professor Deidre Lynch.

Dr Mark Algee-Hewitt

Dr Mark Algee-Hewitt's symposium presentation is called "Suspense: Technology, Narrative, Affect".