Book History Workshop 2017

Monday 26 June 2017 to Thursday 29 June 2017

The next Lyon Book History Workshop will take place from Monday 26 June to Thursday 29 June 2017.
For the 14th edition of its Workshop, the Lyon-based Institut d’histoire du livre is offering 4 courses in the fields of book and printing history, taught by James Mosley with Nelly Gable, Neil Harris, Isabelle de Conihout and Dominique Varry.

The four classes run simultaneously during 4 days at the Enssib LIS University, with practical sessions at the Lyon Public Library, the Lyon Printing Museum and other rare book repositories in Lyon.

The courses are aimed at a large variety of specialists (librarians, curators, scholars, artisans, scholars, graphic designers, booksellers, doctoral students, etc.) who encounter questions related to the history of the book, printing and graphic communication in the course of their work or research. Each course is taught by a leading international expert in the field with emphasis on the study of original documents.

Each course consists of seminars and practical sessions, adding up to 24 hours of teaching time from Monday 26 June 9 am to Thursday 26 June 5:30 pm.

In order to facilitate access to collections and ‘hands-on’ study of original documents, each class is limited to 12 students.

Course fees (one course – 4 days):

Full price: 510 euros

Student price: 310 euros (required mandatory documents: a cover letter, CV and a copy of your university student card)

The course fees include the provision of study materials, a welcome cocktail on Monday evening and tea/coffee breaks. It does not include meals and accommodation.  

Information/registration: ihl[at]

Workshop coordinator: Dr. Sheza Moledina


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