WHY PRINT CULTURE?
The aim of the Print Culture specialization is to provide graduate students with a focused M.A. degree in a growing theoretical and interdisciplinary research field. In the program, students belong to a group of faculty and other graduate students, including a cohort of Ph.D. students, with shared critical and research interests. Students also participate in a broader research community through visiting speakers, conferences, and symposia organized around themes that develop out of the concerns of the program. Co-operative links with other disciplines and institutions within SFU, including the newly established Centre for Studies in Print and Media Cultures (CSPMC), further broaden students’ educational opportunities. The program will also introduce students to and encourage ties with other national and international societies, including SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) and CASBC (Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture), and cognate institutes and programs, such as the University of Toronto’s Book History Program, Carleton University’s Centre for the Study of Text, Culture and History, the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for the History of the Book, the University of London’s Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, the Iowa Center for the History of the Book, and Penn State’s Center for the History of the Book.
The program is designed to appeal both to students seeking to go on to doctoral studies and to those taking the M.A. as their final degree. Students graduating from the program will have acquired a knowledge of scholarly methods and pedagogical approaches, as well as instructional and research technologies, and will have developed proficiency in various modes of oral, written, and digital communication. A majority of our graduates have gone on to doctoral programs at major Canadian and American universities, and many of our students have been recipients of major SSHRC fellowships and other external awards.