BH and DH Institute

May 18-22, 2020
“Making Books”

Call for Applications

Description: The Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture (CHPDC) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison is delighted to announce its first Book History and Digital Humanities Summer Institute. This year’s theme draws upon acts of “making” as conduits for exploring intersections of Book History and Digital Humanities. Participants will engage in a variety of practices of making books across analog and digital forms, including bookbinding, digital collating, papermaking, creating and editing digital editions, digitizing and editing difficult formats, incorporating data science in textual studies, working with innovative book structures, and more. All participants will share and receive feedback on an ongoing project they wish to present in addition to participating in collective workshops and discussion.

Organizers: Jonathan Senchyne is an Assistant Professor in the iSchool at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture. Heather Wacha is the Associate Coordinator for the CHPDC and also teaches in the iSchool.

Keynote Speaker: Dot Porter is Curator of Digital Research Services at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. As a digital humanist, a medievalist, and a librarian, she participates in a wide-ranging digital humanities research and development team within the context of a special collections department. For more about Dot and her work, check out her blog.

Guest Speakers and Topics:

  • Jonathan Senchyne (CHPDC Director, Professor) Literary Book History, Paper, Digital Substrates, and Letterpress Printing
  • Martin Foys (Professor of English) Digital Editions, Linked and Annotated Data [e.g. Digital Mappa, IIIF, Mirador, Recogito]
  • Mary Hark (Professor in Design Studies and Art) Papermaking, Substrates
  • Robin Rider (Curator of Special Collections) Book History and the History of Science
  • Lyn Korenic (Director of Kohler Art Library) Book Arts and Book Structures
  • Heather Wacha (CHPDC Coordinator, Instructor) Medieval Manuscripts, Bookbinding, Spectral Imaging and Heritage Science
  • Jesse Henderson (Digital Services Librarian Production Manager) Digital Collections, Digitization Processes
  • Justine Walden (Solmsen Fellow, UW-Madison) Mapping and GIS in BH & DH
  • Sarah Stevens (Data Science Hub) BH & DH in Data Science
  • Cameron Cook (UW-Madison Research Data Services) Digital Curation
  • Clare Michaud (UW-Madison Data Science Hub) BH & DH in Data Science
  • Maxwell Gray (PhD/MLIS student, English and the iSchool, UW-Madison) Archive Theory and Experimental DH

Provisional Schedule:
During small group seminars in the morning, participants will have the chance to present work in progress (articles, dissertation chapters, conference drafts, syllabi, program proposals) and receive feedback from faculty and co-participants.

After the seminar session and before lunch, guest speakers will talk about innovative digital approaches they use to enhance their book history work.

Early afternoons will consist of hands-on experience making book structures, making paper, making digital editions, and making visual representations of collations.

Late afternoons will be reserved for workshop visits to Special Collections, the Kohler Art Library, and Jonathan Senchyne’s letterpress printing studio.

The workshop will begin at 11:30-12:30 May 18th and will finish early afternoon on May 22nd. All group sessions and lectures will take place on the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus.

The keynote lecture, open to the public, is scheduled for May 21, 2020 4:00-5:30 pm.

The cost of tuition is $350 for the week. If you need to request a tuition reduction please contact Jonathan Senchyne and Heather Wacha. The fee includes all instruction, visits, materials, and light refreshments.

We will provide a list of participants and a list of accommodation options in Madison, including a block of subsidized below-market campus hotel rooms. We can also assist participants in coordinating with others to share an airbnb or other short-term rentals.

Applications due March 30, 2020

To apply: There are two parts to the application.
1) Please fill in this google form (
2) Please submit a two-page CV and up to a one-page (single-spaced) statement of intent (including a basic description of what you might like to present in the small seminar session.) These documents should be addressed to Dr. Heather Wacha and sent to
3) For further information or if you have any questions, please contact Heather Wacha at