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Dr. Erik Kwakkel joins the University of British Columbia iSchool


The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the Univeristy of British Columbia is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Dr. Erik Kwakkel beginning August 1, 2018.

Dr. Kwakkel is a professor and scholar from Leiden University, and has published on a variety of book-history topics. His research is focused on premodern book design and its cultural-historical context.

“Dr. Kwakkel is an outstanding scholar with deep subject expertise and a demonstrated talent for outreach and public education. We are excited at the prospect of revitalizing our program offerings in book history and digital humanities through his contributions,” says UBC iSchool Director Luanne Freund.

Dr. Kwakkel is actively involved in digital humanities work and is passionate about the digitization of cultural heritage and medieval books. His medieval book blog highlights the parallels between premodern and digital age communication practices and his postings of scribbles and marginalia has received international attention. He is a co-editor of Author, Text, Book: Medieval Authorship in Theory and Practice (University of Toronto Press, 2012) and author of Books Before Print, forthcoming in 2018. Click here for more about this appointment.

The iSchool is delighted to welcome Dr. Kwakkel, who will be teaching History of the Book in the upcoming academic year. “I am extremely excited to join the iSchool at UBC: it will be a privilege to teach the History of the Book to future generations of information specialists,” says Dr. Kwakkel.