Media Before 1800

Under the co-direction of Daniel Kline (University of Alaska Anchorage), Fiona Somerset (University of Connecticut), and Stephen Yeager (Concordia University), Media Before 1800 brings cutting-edge discoveries from the disciplines of manuscript and early-print studies into conversation with the interrelated disciplines of media archaeology, infrastructure studies, and media ecology. The “1800” of this series title comes from Friedrich Kittler, whose description of the 1800 discourse network continues to influence the dominant periodizations of media history. Books in Media Before 1800 will examine media from the medieval and early-modern periods to make challenging and politically efficacious claims that engage with the discourses of critical theory, cultural studies, media history, and media archaeology. In particular, they will complicate the established narratives and counter-narratives of periodization, to look for alternative configurations of the relation between past and present. Those interested in submitting to the series should contact:,, and

Series Advisory Board

Alexandra Gillespie, University of Toronto; Seth Lerer, University of California at San Diego; Jussi Parikka, Winchester School of Art; Paul Yachnin, McGill University

Titles in the Series

Old Media and the Medieval Concept: Media Ecologies Before Early Modernity (2021)

Authors, Publishers, Readers, Texts: Studies in Book History and Print Culture 

Edited by Ruth Panofsky (Toronto Metropolitan University) and sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC), Authors, Publishers, Readers, Texts: Studies in Book History and Print Culture will publish new scholarship in the fields of bibliography, book history, and print culture broadly defined. 

Founded in 1947, the BSC is a national, bilingual scholarly association that promotes the study of the history, description, and transmission of texts in all media and formats, with a primary emphasis on Canada. Starting in the late-1940s until the mid-1970s, the BSC published a number of bibliographies, facsimiles of early Canadian printing and publishing, and wider studies of Canadian book culture. This new series will reanimate the BSC’s important work in book historical and bibliographical research. Books in Authors, Publishers, Readers, Texts will not be geographically or thematically restricted, but, like the BSC itself, will have an particular interest in Canadian topics and projects. Titles will be published as appropriate in English or French. Membership in the BSC is not a requirement for authors or editors. Those interested in submitting to the series should contact: or

Text/Context: Writings by Canadian Artists 

Privileged as compelling primary sources that illuminate artistic practice, artists’ writings also strongly resist categorization and traditional narrative forms. Text/Context publishes collections of essays, statements, articles, lectures, and other written interventions by Canadian artists, collating published and unpublished texts that are otherwise scattered, hard to find, or not easily accessible to readers. In bringing together artists’ written works, the series explores the interrelations of what and how artists write, as well as where they publish, to the rest of their practice. Books in the series illuminate an artist’s relationship not only to her/his/their own work, but to their peers and to broader social, economic, cultural, and political questions. Text/Context is edited by Geoffrey Robert Little. Artists or editors interested in the series can write to:

Titles in the Series

Subject to Change: Writings and Interviews, Liz Magor, (2022)

More Voice-Over: Colin Campbell Writings, Colin Campbell and Jon Davies (ed) (2021)

Everything is Relevant: Writings on Art and Life, 1991-2018, Ken Lum (2020)

Building Arguments

A collaboration between Concordia University Press and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Building Arguments presents texts by Canadian architects on the built environment, focusing on themes like the design of human interaction; relationships between people and spaces; new technologies and material invention; and sustainability and ecology. With introductions by contemporary scholars or practitioners, books in the series deploy the CCA's rich and deep holdings of mid- to late twentieth-century architectural archives and cast new light on Canadian architects' contributions in the field of architecture writ large.

In taking up writing, either as a discursive pedagogical project or in scholarly or professional publications, architects approach the built environment and the practice of architecture with a tool that might be more accessible or easily shareable with other disciplines. As Denise Scott Brown writes in Words About Architecture (2009), “building an argument is like building a building … there must be a logic and pattern.” Building arguments is always necessary for practitioners of architecture. What, though, can readers gain from the results? By bringing architects’ published and unpublished writings into dialogue with current scholars and practitioners, Building Arguments addresses this question and more. 

Titles in the Series

Arthur Erickson on Learning Systems (2021)

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