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OUTSIDERS: Zines, Samizdat, and Alternative Publishing

The 2013 Caxton Club / Newberry Library Symposium on the Book

This year’s symposium will explore the use of self-produced books and pamphlets to express individualized, unconventional, controversial, or prohibited messages. Topics will range widely in historical and geographical terms, and the speakers will address the current state of self-publishing as well as its history.
8:30 am Coffee
9 am Welcome
Bruce H. Boyer, President, The Caxton Club Moderator, Paul F. Gehl, Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing, The Newberry Library
9:15 - 10:45 am Session I
Lisa Gitelman, Associate Professor of Media and English, New York University Amateurs and Their Discontents, 1870-2000
Ann Komaromi, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Toronto Inside, Outside, Around, and Through: Conceptualist Publishing in the U.S.
and U.S.S.R.
10:45 - 11:15 am Coffee break
11:15 am - 1:30 pm Session II
Jenna Freedman, Zine Librarian, Barnard College Library Pinko vs. Punk: a Generational Comparison of Alternative Press Publications and Zines.
Panel Discussion: Self-Publishing as an Alternative Strategy Moderator, Alice Schreyer, Assistant University Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Special Collections, The University of Chicago Library Davida G. Breier, Editor, Xerography Debt and Rigor Mortis Johanna Drucker, Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor of Information Studies, UCLA Anne Elizabeth Moore, Instructor, Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute Steve Tomasula, Associate Professor of English, University of Notre Dame The morning’s speakers will join the panelists for Q&A.

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