Welcome to Centre for the Book research unit

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.


  • 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

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