We are the oldest research institution of our kind in Australasia, and are widely regarded as an epicentre of print culture research. The Centre was founded in 1982. Our research charts book history and print culture in their many forms, both historical and contemporary. We research the content of books and the materiality of books themselves – both old and new. From blooks (blogs that become books) to twitter novellas, the Kindle and iPad, we examine the way print fits into the landscape of modern media and contributes vitally to cultural life.
A landmark special section on ‘Book Reviewing in Australia', edited by Melinda Harvey (Director of the Centre for the Book) and Patrick Allington (Flinders), has just been published in Australian Humanities Review, Issue 60. The special section is an outcome of the Critical Matters symposium held in Melbourne in April 2015. The section features the following essays:… Read more
The Centre for the Book, Monash University, in collaboration with the Centre for the Book, University of Otago and The State Library of Victoria, are hosting: Marginal Notes: Social Reading and the Literal Margins. A One-Day Conference & Masterclass Keynote Speakers: Prof. Bill Sherman, Director of Research and Collections, Victoria & Albert Museum, London Prof. Pat Buckridge, Griffith… Read more
Earlier this year, Oscar Schwartz presented a TEDxYouth@Sydney talk on his PhD research exploring the impact of computer-generated poetry on our understanding of poetry and what it means to be human. Oscar challenges his audience to differentiate between human authored and computer-generated poetry by providing examples from his own experience, before explaining the Turing test… Read more
CFP Australian Humanities Review Special Issue: Critical Matters Editors: Melinda Harvey and Patrick Allington This issue of AHR directs its attention to literary criticism in the public sphere in Australia today. We seek essays that focus on the state of current critical thinking and writing, but also essays that consider the conditions within which that… Read more