For more than a decade, the Print Culture Speakers Series has been a venue for the dissemination of innovative work by a veritable who’s who of scholars. Bringing these scholars together with local faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students, the series is a vital forum for discussion of the issues that challenge and define the study of print culture, writ large, helping make Simon Fraser University an international centre for new thinking about media and theory.

Upcoming Speakers

Obscenity & Censorship in Modernist Literature
Dr. Robert Spoo, University of Tulsa
February 1, 2019
SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1600

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Past Speakers

Local Heroes: Mapping Memoirs in Early Modern England
Professor Elizabeth Hodgson, University of British Columbia
November 30, 2018
AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby Campus

Affect in the Margins: Marking Readers in Elegiac Sonnets
Professor Michael Gamer, University of Pennsylvania
October 19, 2018
HC 1600, SFU Harbour Centre Campus


Chaucer and his Books
Alexandra Gillespie, University of Toronto
April 6, 2018
HC 1520, SFU Harbour Centre Campus


Was There a Scottish Novel After Scott?
Juliet Shields, University of Washington
March 9, 2018
AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby campus


Canadian Magazines & the Emergence of Contemporary Cultures of Celebrity in English Canada
Katja Lee, University of Western Australia
January 26, 2018
AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby campus


The Silence of the Leaves: Title-Page Design and the Marketing of the Romantic-Era Novel
Kandice Sharren, SFU English
November 17, 2017
AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby campus


Digitizing the Banal: The Politics of Recovery in Periodical Studies
Hannah McGregor, SFU Publishing
October 27, 2017
AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby campus

Alice by Design: The Victorian Material Evolution of Wonderland
Amanda Lastoria, Simon Fraser University
2:30-4:00pm, AQ 6106
SFU Burnaby campus
March 10, 2017

'Some mode less revolting to their delicacies': Women and Intellectual Sociality in the Transpennine Enlightenment
Jon Mee, University of York
2:30-4:00pm, Harbour Centre room 1520
SFU Harbour Centre
March 3, 2017

Slow Print: William Morris and Socialist Print Culture
Elizabeth C. Miller, University of California at Davis
2:30-4:00pm, W.A.C. Bennett Library room 7100
SFU Burnaby campus
February 10, 2017

Hidden in Plain Sight: Wilde Discoveries in the SFU Stacks
Gregory Mackie, UBC English Department
2:30-4:00pm, W.A.C. Bennett Library room 7000
SFU Burnaby campus
January 20, 2017

Modernist Publishing and the Digital Archive
Claire Battershill, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, SFU English
4:30-6:00pm, AQ 6106
SFU Burnaby campus
March 11, 2016

Mediated Histories: How Victorian Periodicals Parsed the Past
Leslie Howsam, Professor Emerita of History at University of Windsor and Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Digital Humanities, Ryerson University
4:30-6:00pm, AQ 6106
SFU Burnaby campus
February 19, 2016

Ulysses as Deodand: Books, Automobiles, and the Law of Forfeiture
Robert E. Spoo, Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tulsa College of Law
5:00-6:30pm, Earl & Jennie Lohn Policy Room 7000
SFU Harbour Centre
November 6, 2015

A Bibliographical History: Editions and Translations of Las Casas' La destruyción de las Indias, 1552-1820
Roger Chartier, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Collège de France, and University of Pennsylvania
7:30pm, Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre 1400-1430
SFU Harbour Centre
October 13, 2015

The Performance of Character: Digital Models for Gendered Speech in Romantic Literature
Mark Algee-Hewitt, Stanford University
4:30pm-6:30pm Room 1325 Axa Pacific Conference Room, Harbour Centre
July 13, 2015 (changed from June 8, 2015)

Coach House Press in the 'Early Digital' Period
John W. Maxwell, Simon Fraser University
4:30pm-6:00pm Academic Quadrangle 6106
March 6, 2015

Where Scott Met the Mahatma: Reflections on Transnational Literature
Ann Rigney, University of Utrecht
7:30pm-9:00pm Harbour Centre 7000
January 12, 2015

Robert Bringhurst
Crispin Elsted of Barbarian Press, publisher Scott McIntyre, authors Peter Quartermain, and Laurie Ricou
November 27, 2014

Special Collections on the Lake District Digital Project and the Digital Humanities
Margaret Linley, Simon Fraser University English
November 20, 2014 12:30-1:30

Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: What We Don’t Know about Victorian Anglo-American Book Piracy
Michael Everton, Simon Fraser University
March 21, 2014

The Stuff of Science Fiction: An Experiment in Literary History
Stefania Forlini, University of Calgary
February 28, 2014

Talk: Victorian Page Turners: Reading *David Copperfield* in Serial Form
Workshop: Victorian Illustration Techniques: How to Identify Types of Prints
by Lisa Surridge and Mary Elizabeth Leighton
Department of English, University of Victoria
February 5, 2014

Lake District Digital Project and the Digital Humanities
Margaret Linley, Simon Fraser University
November 20, 2013

The Canadian Dub Poets, Aesthetic Conscience, and Donato Mancini's Critique of the Discourse of Craft
Wayde Compton, Emily Carr University of Art and Design 
November 8, 2013

Remembering Networks: Agrippa, Rose, and Network Archaeology (lecture)
and This is Not a Book (seminar)
Alan Liu, University of California, Santa Barbara
October 18, 2013

Transporting Frankenstein: Mobility, Anxiety, and the Science of Feeling
Miranda Burgess, University of British Columbia
May 22, 2013

Oceanic Voyages, Maritime Books, and Eccentric Inscriptions
Adriana Craciun, University of California, Riverside
April 11, 2013

Print Culture Double Panel: The Politics of Mediating Story in Contemporary Canadian Culture

On Being Bogus: Truth-telling, Silence, and Refugee Stories 
Carrie Dawson, English and Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University

'Words squeezed through her blistered tongues’: Aboriginal Oral History and the Politics of Reconciliation in Canada
Sophie McCall, English, Simon Fraser University

November 2, 2012

The Print Room @ St. Michael's College
Jonathan Bengtson, University Librarian, University of Victoria
October 26, 2012

Till the Spirit Revealed It: A History of Books in Native North America
Matt Cohen, University of Texas at Austin
September 24, 2012

Cultural Heritage on the Web: Applied Digital Visual Anthropology and Local Cultural Property Rights Discourse
Kate Hennessy, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University
September 18, 2012

Phonographic Reading Machines
Matthew Rubery, University of London
April 25, 2012

The Unknown History of the Hogarth Press: 1941 to Present
Elizabeth Gordon, Simon Fraser University
March 30, 2012

Worldly Writers and Worldly Readers in 17th-Century France
Geoff Turnovsky, University of Washington
October 21, 2011

Legibility and Loss in the Nineteenth-Century Archive
Andrew Stauffer, University of Virginia
October 3, 2011 

"The thing not named”: Edith Lewis’s Advertising Career and Willa Cather’s Authorship in the 1920s
Melissa J. Homestead, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
March 21, 2011

Eighteenth-Century Book History, Researched and Imagined: The Copyright Myth of 1774
Richard B. Sher, New Jersey Institute of Technology
November 2010

Print Commerce and the Invention of the Oral in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Paula McDowell, New York University
October 4, 2010

Celebrity Conservationism, Colonialism, and the Commodity Form
Graham Huggan, University of Leeds
September 2010

Making Audio Visible: The Lessons of Visual Language for the Textualization of Sound
Charles Bernstein, University of Pennsylvania
January 2010

Collaborating on a History of the Book: Literature’s Canon and History’s Sources
Leslie Howsam, University of Windsor
September 2009

The Canadian Copyright Act of 1889 and Why It Matters Today
Meera Nair, Simon Fraser University
March 2009

Seditious Organs: American Suffrage Print Culture and Modernism
Mary Chapman, University of British Columbia
February 2009

The Public Sphere and the Emergence of Copyright: Areopagitica, The Stationers Company, and the Statute of Anne
Mark Rose, University of California, Santa Barbara
September 2008

Archiving Whitman
Ed Folsom, University of Iowa
April 2008

Making it Special: Collectors and Collecting in the University of British Columbia Library
Patricia Badir and Siân Echard, University of British Columbia
March 2008

Stalking Jesus and Jesuits in Global Archives: Histories, Strategies, Obloquies
Luke Clossey, Simon Fraser University
November 2007

The Rhetoric of Reform: Researching a Media Community in Upper Canada
Heather Murray, University of Toronto
November 2006

No More Fancy Shirts or Cowboy Yells: Masculinity and Rodeo Communities in 20th-Century Western Canada
Mary-Ellen Kelm, Simon Fraser University
October 2006

Women and the Production of Coterie Literature in Early Modern England
Julie Crawford, Columbia University
October 2006

Poetry Fahrenheit 45: North American Poetry on and off the Page since 9/11
Jeff Derksen, Simon Fraser University
April 2006

Copyright, Empire, and the Politics of Print
Ira Nadel, University of British Columbia
March 2006

Fair Dealing: Canada’s Forgotten Copyright
Laura J. Murray, Queen’s University
February 2006

Reader’s Block
Leah Price, Harvard University
April 2005

Adapting the Past: Walter Scott’s Bannatyne Club and the Problem of the Antiquarian Document
Ina Ferris, University of Ottawa
February 2005

Female Imposters: Self-Invention at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century
Debbie Lee, Washington State University
January 2005

Invisible Texts: The Screenplay in Print Culture
Miguel Mota, University of British Columbia
November 2004

Familiarity and Contempt: Thinking About Adaptation Today
Linda Hutcheon, University of Toronto
October 2004

Space, Time, Auteur-ity, and the Queer Male Body: Policing the Image in the Film Adaptations of Robert Lepage
Peter Dickinson, Simon Fraser University
September 2004

George Elliott Clarke, University of Toronto
April 2004

Marshall McLuhan: Artiste de Livres
Richard Cavell, University of British Columbia
November 2003

Reading, Speech, and Second Thoughts
Patricia Howell Michaelson, University of Dallas at Texas
October 2003

Pauline Johnson in Print
Carole Gerson, Simon Fraser University
October 2003

Irish Music, British Culture, and the Transatlantic Experience, 1830-1874
Leith Davis, Simon Fraser University
September 2003

Hybridities: Mixed Media and Cultural Formations in E.M. Forster’s BBC Book Talks
Linda Hughes, Texas Christian University
September 2003

Psst! … Wanna Read a Canadian Book? The New Canadian Library during the Ross-McCleland Years
Janet Friskney, History of the Book in Canada/English
April 2002

A Print Book that Swallows Other Media: Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves
Katherine Hayles, UCLA
March 2002

Decency in Dispute: Print Culture and the Nude, 1870-90
Heather Dawkins, Simon Fraser University
February 2002

Roundtable: Mapping Print Culture Across Disciplinary Boundaries

Literacy, Marketing and the Rise of Women's Magazines and Popular Novels in France, 1880s-1930s
Mary Lynn Stewart (History)

Blending Oral and Written Traditions: The Stories of Harry Robinson
Blanca Schorcht (Comparative Literature/English)

Print or Perish: Remarks on Pre- and Post-modern Francophone Print Cultures
Guy Poirier (French)

Walking Out of the Garden: Ideal Women and Domestic Fiction
June Sturrock (English) 

January 2002

The Nation, the Book, and the Technologies of Nostalgia: New Media and Their Genres
Miranda Burgess, University of British Columbia
December 2001

“Seared with Trade”: Literature, Money and the Market
Paul Delany, Simon Fraser University
November 2001

“The Cottage Charter”: Rural Song and Culture in England since 1500”
Ian Dyck, Simon Fraser University
October 2001

National Book History in International Contexts
Carole Gerson, Simon Fraser University
March 2001

Gentility and the Formation of the ‘Middle Class’ in 18th-Century England
Nick Hudson, University of British Columbia
February 2001 

Constructions of Femininity in 19th-Century Tableaux Vivants
Mary Chapman, University of British Columbia
January 2001

Domestic Violence in 19th Century Legal, Newspaper, and Novelistic Discourse
Lisa Surridge, University of Victoria
November 2000

Pornographic Lesbians in 18th-Century English Print Culture
Katherine Binhammer, University of Alberta
October 2000

Publishing by Subscription in the 18th-Century: Winners and Losers, Hunters and Hunted
Thomas Lockwood, University of Washington
September 2000

Electronic Scholarship and Its Discontents: Computing Editorial Features
Jerome McGann, University of Virginia
November 1999

The Whole Enchilada: Literature, System and the Fate of Enlightenment
Clifford Siskin, SUNY–Stony Brook
March 1999

Plenary Address & Pressing Matters: The Politics of Print
Peter Manning, University of Southern California
February 1999