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.

Past Speakers

Indigenizing Book History
Presenters: Dr. Carole Gerson, Dr. Sophie McCall, Dr. Deanna Reder, & Dr. Alix Shield
October 7, 2021
4:30–6 p.m.
AQ 3153, Burnaby campus

Novel Mediations: Negotiating Print and Manuscript in the Long Eighteenth Century
Professor Marta Kvande, Texas Tech University
September 20, 2019
4:30–6 p.m.
AQ 6106, Burnaby campus

Obscenity & Censorship in Modernist Literature
Professor Robert Spoo, University of Tulsa
February 1, 2019
4–5:30 p.m.
Room 1600, SFU Vancouver campus

Local Heroes: Mapping Memoirs in Early Modern England
Professor Elizabeth Hodgson, University of British Columbia
November 30, 2018
4–5:30 p.m.
AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby Campus

Affect in the Margins: Marking Readers in Elegiac Sonnets
Professor Michael Gamer, University of Pennsylvania
October 19, 2018
4–5:30 p.m.
HC 1600, SFU Vancouver campus

Chaucer and his Books
Professor Alexandra Gillespie, University of Toronto
April 6, 2018
4:30–6 p.m.
HC 1520, SFU Vancouver campus


Was There a Scottish Novel After Scott?
Professor Juliet Shields, University of Washington
March 9, 2018
3–4:30 p.m.
AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby campus

Canadian Magazines & the Emergence of Contemporary Cultures of Celebrity in English Canada
Dr. Katja Lee, University of Western Australia
January 26, 2018
4–5:30 p.m.
AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby campus

The Silence of the Leaves: Title-Page Design and the Marketing of the Romantic-Era Novel
Kandice Sharren, Simon Fraser University (English)
November 17, 2017
2:30–4 p.m.
AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby campus

Digitizing the Banal: The Politics of Recovery in Periodical Studies
Professor Hannah McGregor, Simon Fraser University (Publishing)
October 27, 2017
2:30–4 p.m.
AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby campus

Alice by Design: The Victorian Material Evolution of Wonderland
Amanda Lastoria, Simon Fraser University
March 10, 2017
2:30–4 p.m.
AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby campus

'Some mode less revolting to their delicacies': Women and Intellectual Sociality in the Transpennine Enlightenment
Professor Jon Mee, University of York
March 3, 2017 
2:30–4 p.m. 
Room 1520, SFU Vancouver campus

Slow Print: William Morris and Socialist Print Culture
Professor Elizabeth C. Miller, University of California at Davis
February 10, 2017 
2:30–4 p.m.
W.A.C. Bennett Library, Room 7100, SFU Burnaby campus

Hidden in Plain Sight: Wilde Discoveries in the SFU Stacks
Professor Gregory Mackie, University of British Columbia (English)
January 20, 2017
2:30–4 p.m. 
W.A.C. Bennett Library, Room 7000, SFU Burnaby campus

Modernist Publishing and the Digital Archive
Dr. Claire Battershill, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Simon Fraser University (English)
March 11, 2016
4:30–6 p.m.
AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby campus

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

Ulysses as Deodand: Books, Automobiles, and the Law of Forfeiture
Professor Robert E. Spoo, University of Tulsa
November 6, 2015
5–6:30 p.m.
Earl & Jennie Lohn Policy Room 7000, SFU Vancouver campus

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

The Performance of Character: Digital Models for Gendered Speech in Romantic Literature
Professor Mark Algee-Hewitt, Stanford University
July 13, 2015
4:30–6:30 p.m.
Axa Pacific Conference Room, Room 1325, SFU Vancouver campus

Coach House Press in the 'Early Digital' Period
Professor John W. Maxwell, Simon Fraser University
March 6, 2015 
4:30–6 p.m.
AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby campus

Where Scott Met the Mahatma: Reflections on Transnational Literature
Professor Ann Rigney, University of Utrecht
January 12, 2015 
7:30–9 p.m.
Room 7000, SFU Vancouver campus 

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

Special Collections on the Lake District Digital Project and the Digital Humanities
Professor Margaret Linley, Simon Fraser University (English)
November 20, 2014

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

The Stuff of Science Fiction: An Experiment in Literary History
Professor 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
Professor Lisa Surridge and Professor Mary Elizabeth Leighton, University of Victoria
February 5, 2014

Lake District Digital Project and the Digital Humanities
Professor Margaret Linley, Simon Fraser University (English)
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)
Professor Alan Liu, University of California, Santa Barbara
October 18, 2013

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

Oceanic Voyages, Maritime Books, and Eccentric Inscriptions
Professor 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 
Professor Carrie Dawson, Dalhousie University (English and Canadian Studies)

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

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
Professor 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
Professor Kate Hennessy, Simon Fraser University
September 18, 2012

Phonographic Reading Machines
Professor 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
Professor Geoff Turnovsky, University of Washington
October 21, 2011

Legibility and Loss in the Nineteenth-Century Archive
Professor 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
Professor Melissa J. Homestead, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
March 21, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seditious Organs: American Suffrage Print Culture and Modernism
Professor 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
Professor Mark Rose, University of California, Santa Barbara
September 2008

Archiving Whitman
Professor Ed Folsom, University of Iowa
April 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reader’s Block
Professor Leah Price, Harvard University
April 2005

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

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

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

Familiarity and Contempt: Thinking About Adaptation Today
Professor 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
Professor Peter Dickinson, Simon Fraser University
September 2004

Professor George Elliott Clarke, University of Toronto
April 2004

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

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

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

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

Hybridities: Mixed Media and Cultural Formations in E.M. Forster’s BBC Book Talks
Professor 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
Professor Katherine Hayles, University of California at Los Angeles
March 2002

Decency in Dispute: Print Culture and the Nude, 1870-90
Professor 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
Professor Mary Lynn Stewart (History)

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

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

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

January 2002

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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