What is the role of games and play in 19thC culture? How do games and play reveal cultural values or anxieties? What forces undergirded the development of different games? The editors seek essays for a proposed collection on games and play in the long nineteenth century in England, the U.S., and Canada. They are particularly interested in essays examining the material and/or visual culture of games.

500-word abstracts (or full papers) due by Friday, October 2, 2015 to the editors—Dr. Ann R. Hawkins and Dr. Allison Whitney—at the following email address (also for questions):  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On 15-17 October 2015 the Institut National d'Histore d'Art et Sorbonne (Paris) will hold a symposium on "Les représentations du livre aux époques carolingienne et ottonienne".

Find more information at their website.

The Johannes Gutenberg-Universität of Mainz is looking for a new Professor of Book History. Find the application form (in German) here.

On 4 July 2015 the University Library of the KU Leuven will open Books under fire. From Leuven to Timbuktu, an exhibition on endangered and destroyed heritage, from 1914 until today. Exhibits about the Leuven library will be combined with precious manuscripts from Mamma Haidara Memorial Library in Timbuktu and with contemporary art by the Belgian artist Sofie Muller. Books under fire tells a captivating – and highly relevant – story of deliberate destruction, international outrage and solidarity.

The exhibition runs from 4 July until 13 Sept. and information can be found here.

Traditionally, journalism history has been studied from a national perspective. However, journalism has never truly been bounded by geography. Practices, technologies, and journalists have moved around the globe, bringing new ideas with them and taking more new ideas along when they move on. Practices have emerged in one place and spread around the globe since before Gutenberg invented movable type.

This inaugural conference on Transnational Journalism History is seeking papers that deal with any aspect of the subject; however, they are particularly interested in work that examines the flow of those journalistic developments, people, and phenomena between Ireland and the United States. The work from this conference, and a second one anticipated for 2017, will form the basis of at least two volumes, one of which will deal with the flow of news, news personnel, and news developments between Ireland and the United States. The second conference and volume will be more global in scope.

The conference will be held on February 25–27, 2016 at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga.

More info at their website.