A Brief Introduction to Ethnobibliographic Method


Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 9:30am to 2:30pm


Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138

EricksonIn this workshop, Jesse R. Erickson, Coordinator of Special Collections and Digital Humanities, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center at the University of Delaware, looks at synergies of race and text from the lens of the material. Core concepts in ethnobibliography, which documents and analyzes relationships in bibliographic materiality and the social construction of racial and ethnic identity, will be discussed. This workshop is designed as a guided exploration of particular connections that tie graphic design trends and production techniques to their broader impact on racial and ethnic representation. The more technical rudiments of ethnobibliographic method will be applied to printed books and ephemera from a comparatively limited range of historical periods. A bibliographically rooted, ethnological approach to the analysis of such material characteristics as typography, layout, binding, paper, and illustration will be introduced. The workshop will feature activities that encourage participants to engage critically with various examples of print production. This workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Two workshops will be conducted: 9 to 11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Erickson will also deliver the 110th George Parker Winship Lecture on "Ouida Beyond Borders: Ethnicity in Publishers’ Design," at 5:30 p.m. at Houghton Library. For more information and to register, click here.