College Book Art Association: Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The College Book Art Association

welcomes  proposals for its 2011 biennial conference:

Word, Image, Text, Object

Indiana University, Bloomington

January 13-16, 2011

Proposals are due May 25, 2011

This Call for Papers will be available soon at the web site of the College Book Art Association,<>.

A copy of the Abstract Reviewer Form will be posted to the conference website soon.  Please review this document to better understand the judging criteria for all abstract submissions.

The College Book Art Association welcomes the submission of paper proposals for its second biennial conference to be held on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington. The conference will provide students, scholars, librarians, and faculty with a public forum to present topics in and related to the academic book arts field.  The title of this biennial conference is intentionally inclusive and wide-open.  Instead of suggesting themes for the conference the planning committee feels that the conference title and mission of the CBAA should give sufficient direction for submitted abstracts.  This is an opportunity for submissions to be relevant, timely and germane to each person submitting an abstract/topic without having to align their submission to a proscribed theme.

The College Book Art Association is a non-profit organization committed to the teaching of book arts at the college and university level. The Association strives to support, not only education about book arts, but is also concerned with both the practice and analysis of the medium.  It welcomes as members everyone involved in such teaching and all others who have similar goals and interests. The association aims to engage in a continuing reappraisal of the nature and meaning of the teaching of book arts.


To be considered for acceptance, abstracts must reflect the practice, teaching, scholarship and/or criticism as they relate to academic book arts.  Academic book arts may be considered broadly, including studio art, art history, design studies, history of the book, material culture, typography, comparative literature, and pedagogical and interdisciplinary studies.  All abstract submissions should provide enough detail about the research so that the reviewers have sufficient information to judge its quality in anticipation of the final and completed paper/presentation.

In an effort to promote original scholarship in the field of academic book arts, abstracts submitted to CBAA should not be concurrently submitted for consideration to another conference.


Abstracts should NOT be submitted prior to March 1, 2010 and MUST be received no later than May 25, 2010. Submissions received after this date will not be considered for acceptance.


Please submit abstracts for 25-minute presentations.  Abstracts are not to exceed 400 words.

All abstracts must be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word attachment (.doc or .docx format) for purposes of review by the program committee, please use the following format:

* Single-spaced

* One-inch margins,

* Times New Roman 12-point font


*The 25-minute paper proposals will be slotted onto a panel of the organizers’ choosing.  Panel proposals are not being accepted, only individual papers.

Line 1: three to four keywords that will help the conference chair schedule similar topics in succession Line 2: author and institution name (centered on page) Line 3: presentation title (centered on page) Line 4: blank Line 5 to end: text of abstract

At the end, please list any special equipment needs, etc.  Please note that data projectors will be provided in presentation rooms; laptops will not.

Please email your abstract as an attachment to:<>  In the email message include the principal author’s name, mailing address, email address, and fax and telephone numbers.

CBAA membership must be current at the time of registration for all presenters.


March 1

Call for papers

May 25

Deadline for abstract submissions

July 19

Notifications for sessions/papers (acceptance must be confirmed by August 1, 2010)

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