BH and DH Conference

2017 Conference

BH and DH: Book History and Digital Humanities

September 22-24, 2017 | Madison, Wisconsin

Organizers: Jonathan Senchyne, Heather Wacha, Mark Vareschi
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Often celebrated and criticized as the next big thing in humanist research and teaching, “the digital humanities” get a lot of press for shaking up the way things are done. But is “dh” a continuation of some of the most “traditional” scholarly work in the humanities: bibliography, textual criticism, and book history? This conference, convened by the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, aims to study how digital humanities grows out book history, how “bh” and “dh” continue to be mutually informative and generative, and how they also contradict each other.

Keynote Lecture:

Post Scripts: Graphologies of Bookmaking After Adobe

Matthew Kirschenbaum, Professor of English at the University of Maryland and author of Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination and Track Changes A Literary History of Word Processing.

Final Conference Program 

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Registration Information

Register for the conference here:


Student: $50
Postdoc/Contingent Faculty: $75
Tenure Stream Faculty: $150

Registration deadline: September 1, 2017.

Cancellation policy: Before September 8: $15 cancellation fee and after September 8: $50 cancellation fee.

Logistical Information

Conference Hotels

610 Langdon Street, Madison WI 53706

Map from hotel to conference center

This hotel is just a few steps away from our conference site at the Pyle Center. It is located in the heart of Downtown Madison, near the shops and restaurants of State Street and on the UW-Madison campus. Parking is $10/day on-site; complimentary parking is also available at a nearby parking facility.

Reserve rooms here or call (608) 256-2621 or (866) 301-1753

The group code is PCC. Rooms will be released on August 24.

525 W Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703

Map from hotel to conference center

This hotel is a 10 minute walk from the conference site. It is convenient to campus and downtown. Parking is free and a complimentary shuttle is provided.

Reserve rooms here or call (608) 251-5511 or (800) 222-TREE

The group code is CHP. Rooms will be released on August 15.


  • Bus Service

Bus Connections are available from Chicago and Milwaukee airports (see the Flights section below for specific bus options for airports). Most bus companies have a drop-off and pick-up option on the UW-Madison campus at the intersection of Langdon Street and Lake Street, conveniently just across the street from our conference location at the Pyle Center. This stop is also an easy walk to any of the hotels. Please see here for more information about inter-city bus service.

  • Flights

Madison – Dane County Regional Airport is about a 15-20 minute drive from the conference hotels and Pyle Center. Taxis and rental cars are available.

Milwaukee – General Mitchell International Airport is about 1 hour and 40 minutes from campus. You can purchase round-trip tickets on Badger Bus that will provide transportation from and to the Milwaukee airport to the UW-Madison campus.

Chicago – Midway or O’Hare Airports are about 2.5 – 3.5 hours away from Madison (depending heavily on traffic). Bus service to Madison is available through Van Galder Bus Company. Van Galder also serves Chicago’s Union Station/Amtrak.

  • Parking

If you are staying at the Lowell Center or DoubleTree Hotel, parking is included with your room. If you need parking near the Pyle Center, visit this site ( to learn more about obtaining a permit or parking in a city parking garage It is necessary to obtain a parking permit at least two weeks in advance.

Please Note! There is virtually no parking directly at the Pyle Center and, even with a permit, you will need to walk a block or two to get to the conference facility.

Restaurant Recommendations

Our restaurant guide for conference goers!

Around Town

UW-Madison’s Seasonal Guide to the City