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Books

In May 2019 Concordia University Press launched its first catalogue. You can read it here: concordia.ca/press/catalogue


Series

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 will bring 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. The first book will be published in 2020. Those interested in submitting to the series should contact: dtkline@alaska.edu, fiona.somerset@uconn.edu, and stephen.yeager@concordia.ca.

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


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

Edited by Ruth Panofsky (Ryerson 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. The first book in the series is expected to appear in 2020.

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: panofsky@ryerson.ca or geoffrey.little@concordia.ca.

Series Advisory Board 

Claire Battershill, Simon Fraser University; Fiona Black, Dalhousie University; Nathalie Cooke, McGill University; Robert Desmarais, University of Alberta; Cecily Devereux, University of Alberta; Janet Friskney, Robarts Centre, York University; Marie Korey, Toronto, Ontario; Erik Kwakkel, University of British Columbia; Isabelle Robitaille, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec; Myra J. Tawfik, University of Windsor; Jocelyne Thompson, University of New Brunswick


Text/Context: Writings by Canadian Artists 

Writings by artists work differently that writings by academics or curators. Privileged as compelling primary sources that illuminate an artists' practice, they also often strongly resist categorization and traditional narrative modes. Text/Context: Writings by Canadian Artists will publish collections of essays, interviews, articles, archival documents, curatorial statements, lectures, and other written interventions by Canadian artists. The series will collate published and unpublished pieces that are otherwise scattered across ephemeral or small-run publications, out of print, reside in archives or e-mail inboxes, or not readily or easily accessible to readers.

In bringing together an artist’s written works, Text/Context will explore the interrelations of what and how artists write, as well as where they publish, to the rest of their practice. Works in the series will illuminate an artist’s relationships not just to her/his/their own work and practice, but to their peers and their works, and to broader social, economic, cultural, and political questions and issues.

The first title in the series, Ken Lum’s Everything is Relevant, will appear in fall 2019. Artists or editors interested in the series can write to: geoffrey.little@concordia.ca.


Building Arguments

A collaboration between Concordia University Press and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Building Arguments will present 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. Edited and contextualized by a contemporary scholar or practitioner, books in the series will deploy the CCA's rich and deep holdings of mid- to late twentieth-century architectural archives and will 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 will address this question and more.

Compact, portable, and short, but also well-designed and inviting to the reader, the first volumes in Building Arguments will appear in 2020.



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