2012 Annual Conference – The Crisis of the Book
The Crisis of the Book: Worlds of Opportunity, Worlds of Change
October 18–20, 2012
The Governor Hotel
Hosted by the Reed College Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program
From scroll to codex, printing press to computer screen, revolutions in technology have changed the way we receive and process information, and even the way we think about ideas. This interdisciplinary conference will place the transformation in print culture in a historical framework, and will reflect upon the changing nature of text delivery and the experience of reading.
How is knowledge produced? What role does the book play as cultural, material, and sacred object? What is the place of the modern library in the electronic age? How does the field of new media studies reflect evolving social contexts? How do we “see” graphic novels or navigate through hypertext fiction? What questions concerning copyright and intellectual property does the digital age raise?
Reading is at the heart of what we do in the academy, both personally and professionally. What is the future of your practice of reading? Please join us for a lively discussion of how knowledge is produced and disseminated.
The conference will run from Thursday evening, October 18, 2012 through Saturday noon, October 20. The pre-conference workshop will be held Thursday, October 18. Conference banquet will be held Friday evening, October 19. We strongly advise reserving your hotel room early to secure the desired room/rate at The Governor Hotel, a small, historic hotel with limited rooms in each price category.
Portland’s light rail system, MAX, is a comfortable and reliable way to travel from the airport to the hotel. For $2.50 you can take the MAX Red Line from the airport interior to the City Center, exiting at the Galleria/SW 10th Avenue MAX station about 35 to 40 minutes later. Walk .1 mile north and you’ll arrive at the Governor Hotel at 10th and SW Alder. (Refer to the “Options from airport” link for a MAX schedule.)
Parking: Valet 24-hour parking is available at the hotel for $27/day. As an alternative, there is a city-owned Smart Park garage at 10th and Yamhill, 3 blocks from The Governor Hotel. Rates currently (8/2012) are $14 for over 4 hours on weekdays and $10 for 24 hours on weekends.