Bloomsbury CHAPTER Postgraduate Conference

9 June 2022
Books in the Closet: Suppression, Censorship and the Book 

We are delighted to announce a one-day postgraduate conference, organised by Bloomsbury CHAPTER (Communication, History of Authorship, Publishing, Textual Editing and Reading), in association with University College London’s Centre for Publishing and the Institute of English Studies, University of London. It will be held online with a hybrid in-person/online keynote.  

‘Books in the Closet’

What happens when the ‘lifecycle’ of the book is altered, interrupted, or suppressed? How do changing cultural, social, legal, and political circumstances impact authorship, publication, distribution, reading? ‘Books in the Closet’ invites proposals for twenty-minute papers on all aspects and interpretations of the conference theme, covering all regions and time periods. To coincide with CHAPTER’s current emphasis, we especially invite contributions that focus on bookselling and the book trade. 


We welcome submissions from postgraduate students (MA/PhD), as well as from early career researchers (ECRs) who are within one year of the award of their PhD. While CHAPTER is UK-based, we do encourage submissions from anywhere around the world. The language of the conference will be English.

About the conference organisers

Bloomsbury CHAPTER is a collaboration between University College London’s Centre for Publishing and the Institute of English Studies, Senate House. Through its seminar series and annual lectures, Bloomsbury CHAPTER provides a dedicated forum for the presentation and discussion of research related to the fields of communication, history of authorship, publishing, textual editing, and reading — all broadly conceived – covering all regions and time periods. The conference organisers are Christopher Adams (IES),, and George Cooper (UCL), Please feel free to contact the organisers directly if you have any questions about the conference, or to enquire about abstract submissions.