The BASIRA Project’s first presentation was given on June 20, 2105 in New Haven, Connecticut at a conference of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars. See the full text: The Painted Page. An edited version of this paper has now been published in The Independent Scholar, an open access, peer-reviewed journal. A PDF of the volume 1, December 2015 issue is available at The Independent Scholar (click for link).
In November 2015, the BASIRA team made a poster presentation at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association in Durham, North Carolina.The two-part display included four pages of printed foam-board, assembled in codex form. Its companion piece, an over-size poster, presents three themes—annunciation images, postures of persons holding a book, and environments surrounding a book holder—across time. We had many interesting conversations during the conference, especially at sessions coordinated by SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Publishing, and Reading).
(The beaded ornament on the codex poster imitates jeweled bookmarks that are visible in a few paintings of books, especially those by Flemish artists.)