The hosts

Université de Sherbrooke

As home to the Groupe de recherches et d’études sur le livre au Québec (GRÉLQ) and the Chaire de recherche du Canada en histoire de l’édition et sociologie du littéraire (EDISOC), the Université de Sherbrooke is a distinguished force in the discipline of book history. Such research has contributed to the development of a book history curriculum at all university levels, as well as to a professional program in publishing. The University of Sherbrooke holds many rich and diverse collections of publishers’ archives obtained through donations from individuals and businesses alike. The scholarly journal Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture, edited by Marie-Pier Luneau, in collaboration with Josée Vincent and Marc André Fortin, is also based at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

The mandate of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) is to offer democratic access to culture and knowledge. It is the largest cultural institution in Québec in terms of its attendance and diversified missions, and it is an essential pillar of the knowledge society. It collects, preserves, and showcases heritage materials related to Québec, and also provides the services of a major public library. BAnQ carries out its mandate in twelve facilities that are open to the public: the Grande Bibliothèque in downtown Montreal (where SHARP 2015 will begin), BAnQ Vieux-Montréal, BAnQ Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie, BAnQ Gaspé, BAnQ Gatineau, BAnQ Québec, BAnQ Rimouski, BAnQ Rouyn-Noranda, BAnQ Saguenay, BAnQ Sept-Îles, BAnQ Sherbrooke and BAnQ Trois-Rivières. BAnQ publishes À rayons ouverts, and the scholarly journal Revue de BAnQ.

McGill University

McGill University, one of Canada’s oldest universities (est. 1821), has educated prime ministers, Nobel laureates and world-renowned poets. Its main campus (where SHARP 2015 will conclude) is located in downtown Montreal at the foot of Mount Royal. The history of the book is taught in the Departments of English and History, le département de langue et littérature françaises, and the School of Information Studies. The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections (McLennan Library) and the Osler Library for the History of Medicine possess world-class materials for the study of print culture as it relates to literature, architecture, music, law, and medicine. The journal, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada / Cahiers de la Société bibliographique du Canada, is based at McGill, as are such research groups as the McGill Medievalists, dedicated to the study of medieval books, and Interacting With Print, which is focused on European print culture during the Romantic period.