Pre-conference Workshops

(Look at The Places for more information on how to get to each place)

“The Words of Books”

A Workshop on Terminology Across Language Barriers

SHARP members know how much language and translation have come into the spotlight during the past few conferences. Internationalisation represents a major challenge for the society, just as language issues influence the research of its members – not only in terms of circulation and reception of texts, but also during the research process itself. Who has never come across a translation problem? SHARP scholars study authorship, but not everyone will know that the terms ‘copyright’ and ‘droit d’auteur’ are not direct translations. And what about the Italian ‘frontespizio’ (it means title page)? Even professional translators mix it up with its ‘false friends’ frontispiece (Engl.)/frontispice (French)/frontispício (Spanish). Latin is at the origin of this misunderstanding, as much as it is at the basis of bibliography’s terminology, essential for the study of ancient books and Renaissance printing.

Participants will have the opportunity to work together with experts on book history terminology in Latin/Italian and the official languages of the conference: English and French. Both Early Modern and Late Modern periods will be taken into consideration. The workshop will include input from the experts as well as exercises for all participants. The workshop is addressed to all SHARP members: both undergraduate and post-graduate students, as well as early career and experienced researchers interested in enhancing their multilingual vocabulary in book history.

Led by: Elisa Marazzi, Università degli Studi di Milano; William Kemp, Montreal; Ann Marie Holland, McGill.
Where: Université de Sherbrooke, Campus de Longueuil, L1-3655
When: Tuesday 7 July 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Maximum Number of Participants: 30

  • Regular Fee: $15.00 CAD
  • Reduced Fee (student, independent scholar): free


“Reading Bibliography”

A Workshop Sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of Canada

Bibliography, the study of the physical form of books, is a rewarding research method in the history of the book. This workshop, led by four experts in Canadian bibliography, will introduce the basic concepts in this discipline, including : type, quasi-facsimile transcription, collation, binding, edition, issue, and state. The various branches of bibliography – enumerative, analytical, textual – will be distinguished. Participants will acquire a foundation of « bibliographical literacy » aimed at allowing them to understand the wealth of existing bibliographical scholarship. Participants are asked to read the following article before the workshop : G. Thomas Tanselle, “A Sample Bibliographical Description With Commentary,” Studies in Bibliography 40 (1987): 1–30. (Available through JSTOR.)

Led by: Patricia Lockhart Fleming, University of Toronto; Sandra Alston, University Toronto; Greta Golick, University of Toronto; Carl Spadoni, McMaster University
Where: Arts Building, Room 145, McGill University
When: Tuesday 7 July 2015, 8:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Maximum Number of Participants: 50

  • Regular Fee: $15.00 CAD
  • Reduced Fee (student, independent scholar): free


“Special Collections: Made to Measure”

Workshop and guided tour organized by the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)

Reserved for students

The activity begins with a workshop in the events room led by a librarian who will comment on twenty pieces selected from ten special collections housed in the BAnQ. Such pieces include: posters, postcards, maps, stamps, iconographic documents, ancient books, artists’ books, as well as bibliophilic works, show programs, art bindings, and reproductions of artworks. Selected documents correspond to the theme of the SHARP 2015 conference.

The second part of the activity is a tour of the library, with special attention to the reserves where the rare collections and digitization spaces are located. Students are then welcome to visit the permanent collection, Mémoire de papier, which is exhibited in the entrance hall. With its display of a wide array of printing techniques, the exhibition offers a new perspective on fragile, but valuable, vehicles of knowledge and mediums of communication—such as the printed documents preserved by the BAnQ. Posters, show programs, postcards, stamps, maps, and ancient prints form a heterogeneous corpus that bears witness to the beginnings of printing and to its contemporary manifestations. Common practical documents mix with works of science and art to show how the universe of printing, like the collections of the BAnQ, largely surpasses the frontier of the book.

Person Responsible: Jean-Bruno Giard
Location: BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie (2275, rue Holt, Montréal)
Date and time: Tuesday, 7 July, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Number of participants: maximum of 25

  • Free of charge