Call For Papers
Proposals must be submitted via the online submission manager and should be formatted as either a PDF or Word document. Please do not include name or contact information on the proposal itself - all submissions will be subject to blind review.
In an effort to promote original scholarship in the field of academic book art, abstracts submitted to CBAA should not be concurrently submitted for consideration to another conference.
NOTE: Only CBAA members are eligible to present papers and attend the conference. Only student members are eligible to participate in Student Panels and the Student Lightning Round.
Abstracts MUST be received no later than June 1, 2013. Submissions received after this date will not be considered for acceptance.
June 1, 2013: Deadline for submission of proposals
August 1, 2013: Notification of acceptance or rejection of proposals
August 8, 2013: Deadline for confirmation of acceptance by presenters
PRESENTATIONS, PANELS, AND ROUNDTABLES
The 2014 CBAA Conference committee calls for papers that examine the bonding, amalgamation, dissolution, and dispersal of the terms print, produce, and publish. Grouped together, these words beg analysis of their comparative implications and usages. Considering these generative verbs and related nouns, what are hypothetical commonalities and resulting areas of consensus between modalities of production? By which codes do we categorize artistic practice and scholarly output across media and disciplines?
Popular culture often emphasizes a fissure between old and new media, while academic studies and creative investigation in book art permit concentrations of format, genre, concept, and medium. The Oxford English Dictionary provides a complex evolutionary account of the words print, produce, and publish. We encourage presentations that investigate the chemical binding that occurs as new technologies comingle with old, permeating artistic practice.
As practitioners and theorists, what conclusions do we draw based on observation of varied production methods, results, and final presentation? What constraints and which freedoms apply to makers of single objects versus editions? Is editioning a requisite of publishing? In the academy, publication has been equated with survival ("publish or perish"). Has this paradigm shifted, and what constitutes publication in the field of book art?
We welcome librarians, conservators, artists, students, teachers, art historians, writers, and anyone interested in the field to offer unique perspectives and pose additional questions and theories pertaining to the conference theme. We invite abstracts for individual presentations as well as detailed proposals for a pre-formed panel or roundtable on a specific topic.
To be considered for acceptance, abstracts must reflect the practice, teaching, scholarship and/or criticism as applied to academic book art. Considered broadly, academic book art includes studio art, art history, design studies, history of the book, publications studies, material culture, typography, comparative literature, and interdisciplinary studies. All abstract submissions should provide adequate detail to support the research project. Reviewers need sufficient information in order to anticipate the quality of the final presentation.
Individual presentation proposals: Please include a proposal title at the top of the page. Do not include name or contact information on the proposal itself. Proposals for a 20-minute talk or artist presentation should be 200-250 words. Accepted proposals will be grouped into panels of talks with compatible themes or approaches.
Pre-formed panel and roundtable proposals: Please include a panel title at the top of the page. Do not include name or contact information on the proposal itself. Pre-formed panels should have a designated moderator and may use one of the following formats: 3 presenters each giving 20-minute talks; 3-4 presenters for a roundtable discussion. The proposal should take the form a 200-250 word overview from the moderator plus individual 200-250 word abstracts from each of the participants.
Student presentation proposals: Students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are encouraged to make proposals for individual presentations or pre-formed panels. Additionally, student members have the option of submitting a proposal for the Student Lightning Round (see below). While students are welcome to submit proposals for both an individual presentation and a Lightning Talk, only one proposal may be accepted for inclusion in the conference.
For detailed submission instructions for presentations, panels, and roundtables, visit the online submission manager, or download a printable PDF version here.
STUDENT LIGHTNING ROUND
The 2014 CBAA Conference committee encourages students to submit proposals for the Student Lightning Round. This opportunity is specifically designed to allow time for book art students to share with and learn from each other. Up to fifteen five-minute spots are available for the 90-minute Student Lightning Round. Proposals must include ten digital images and a 250-word statement about how the work relates to the 2014 conference theme Print, Produce, Publish. Presentations may focus on artistic or critical explorations while emphasizing one or more of these terms. Blind-review readers will select Lightning Talk participants. The conference committee will combine the selected presenters' images into one slide show. Presenters must be student members of CBAA and be enrolled full-time in an academic, degree-granting program for the 2013-14 year. We hope you will take part in this lively, engaging showcase of how today's book art students are creating, discovering, and moving the field forward.
To be considered for acceptance, each proposal must include ten digital images and a 250-word statement in one file, either a PDF or Word document.
For detailed submission instructions for the Student Lightning Round, visit the online submission manager, or download a printable PDF version here.
The 2014 CBAA Conference committee invites proposals for demonstrations that cover intermediate and advanced techniques that can be used in the book arts classroom. Demonstrations should be developed for either a 30-minute or a 75-minute slot, each allowing an additional five minutes for Q/A. Advance registration will be required in order to limit attendance; please indicate if you would be willing to conduct the demonstration more than once. All demonstrations will take place in the Book Arts Studio at the J. Willard Marriott Library or in the Department of Art and Art History, both on the University of Utah campus. Book Arts equipment includes flatbed, clamshell, and tabletop letterpresses; one etching press; polymer exposure unit and non-silver photographic exposure unit; board shears and guillotines; nipping, finishing, and standing presses; rudimentary stamping and tooling set-up; and venthood. For a look at the Book Arts studio click here. Art and Art History printshop equipment includes litho and etching presses, ventilated acid booths; screenprint set-up; and an Epson 9800 printer. For further details click here. The Art and Art History sculpture department houses a basic papermaking set-up including Hollander beater, two small hydraulic presses, and 8"x10" molds and deckles.
To be considered for acceptance, proposals must include an abstract of 200 words or less and a list of equipment, space, materials, and supply needs; be specific!
For detailed submission instructions for demonstrations, visit the online submission manager, or download a printable PDF version here.