Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2018

Image: The dialogues of creatures moralysed (1535). Annotations by Gabriel Harvey. Fryer Library Collection.
Image: The dialogues of creatures moralysed (1535). Annotations by Gabriel Harvey. Fryer Library Collection.

Marginalia: Bibliography at the Margins

28-30 November 2018
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
St Lucia Campus
Sir Llew Edwards Building (14)
Terrace Room, Level 6

Readers have always responded to books, often by inscribing their reactions – of approval or outrage – in the margins.

The 2018 conference of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand (BSANZ) seeks to explore the condition of being bibliographically “in, on, or at the margins” ranging from examples of significantly annotated copies of books to the relationship of bibliography to cognate disciplines such as history, literature, biography, and critical theory. The conference will also address issues in interpreting, editing, recording and preserving marginalia.


Get your ticket and join us in November. Members' early bird registration closes 31 October.


“Looking at the Margins of Notebooks: John Locke’s adversaria” (working title) by Richard Yeo, FAHA. Honorary Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

Richard Yeo is an Emeritus Professor at Griffith University. He researches in history and philosophy of science (European) 17th-19th century, and in the history of information. His Notebooks, English Virtuosiand Early Modern Science (The University of Chicago Press, 2014)  relates to both these fields.


A rich line up of international speakers will cover topics from Dr Teresa Filipe's "Digital Edition of the Marginalia of Fernando Pessoa” to Professor Wallace Kirsop's “Sixty Years of the Study of Marginalia: The Case of Chris Brennan”.

Papers will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Celebrated annotators, and particular annotated texts
  • The interpretative challenge of anonymous doodles and notes
  • Marginalia as deep engagement and social intertext
  • The charged vacillation between readership and authorship
  • Marginalia as biographical writing
  • Digital technologies and contemporary marginalia
  • Australasian contributions to the field of marginalia studies
  • Recording and cataloguing marginal traces in library collections
  • Valuing the personal inscription – association, marginalia and the market

A full program will be available here closer to the Conference.

The main venue for the Conference will be the Terrace Room on Level 6 of the Sir Llew Edwards Building (14) at The University of Queensland St Lucia campus. The keynote address, conference sessions, morning/afternoon teas, and lunches will all be held here. The welcome reception will be held in the Fryer Library on Level 4 of the Duhig Tower (2).

Visit the St Lucia campus website for information about parking and transport, accessibility around campus, maps and floor plans, security and personal safety, and services and shops. 

Many major airlines operate services to Brisbane. The Brisbane International and Domestic Airports are located 15-20 minutes (14 kilometres) from the Brisbane CBD. 

Getting from Brisbane Airport to the CBD

  • An Airtrain service links the domestic and international terminals to central Brisbane, with stops at Bowen Hills, Brunswick Street, Central, Roma Street, South Brisbane, and Southbank stations
  • Airport shuttle buses transfer passengers door-to-door from the airport to your hotel
  • Taxi ranks are located at both terminals - the fare to the CBD is approximately $40-50, with a $3.70 fee for departing airport taxis (estimate only)
  • Uber is also available from both terminals

Getting to the St Lucia campus

There are various options for getting to St Lucia campus from the CBD and outer suburbs. TransLink provides a journey planner and list of bus, train, and ferry services in Brisbane. More about the St Lucia campus.

Accommodation is available

  • on campus, within the suburb of St Lucia
  • in the nearby suburb of Toowong
  • in the Brisbane CBD

Options below are provided only as suggestions. Please contact the accommodation providers directly for prices and bookings.

Accommodation options

St Lucia campus


Toowong is a short bus ride from UQ. It has a large shopping centre with many cafes and restaurants.

Brisbane City and Southbank

There is a wide range of accommodation in the city to suit all budgets. Please consult the Visit Brisbane website.

More accommodation information

For more complete accommodation guides for St Lucia, Toowong, and central Brisbane, see:

Organising committee

Conference Organizing Committee: Simon Farley (Convenor), Helen Cole, Joan Keating, Belinda Spinaze, Chris Tiffin, and Tanya Ziebell.


Simon Farley
Phone: + 61 7 3365 6205