Friday, July 17, 2009

Music, Literature, Illustration: Collaboration and networks in English manuscript culture, c1500 – c1700

A postgraduate and post-doctoral conference
Chawton House Library, 16-17 February 2010

Keynote speaker: Dr Peter Beal FBA,
Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London and
former Director and English Manuscript Expert at Sotheby's.

This two-day conference will bring together postgraduate and early career researchers working on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English manuscript sources. Many of the sources from this period are multi-authored and contain strikingly disparate materials, posing a serious challenge to scholars working within traditionally defined disciplinary boundaries.

The primary aim of the conference is to address this challenge: to provide an opportunity for genuine interdisciplinary discussion, and to create new networks between researchers which will enable them to share both theoretical perspectives and practical approaches to working with early modern manuscript materials.

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers that address any aspect of the conference theme but, in particular, those focused in the following areas:

Studies of individual manuscripts that contain a range of diverse materials

Manuscripts as emblems of social bonds (e.g. family, friendship, or patronage-based

Manuscripts as spaces for private reflection

Manuscripts as objects for public display

Manuscripts as commodities in a gift economy

The relationships between manuscript and print culture

The role of new technologies in manuscript studies:

Project reports and/or practical demonstrations of existing electronic resources
Conceptual and theoretical models – how can emerging technologies shape the future of manuscript studies?
Representing non-textual material in electronic editions

300 word abstracts for proposed papers should be sent by email to both conference organisers by October 16th 2009:

Michael Gale:

Louise Rayment:

Please include contact details and indicate your institutional affiliation and professional status (i.e. doctoral candidate, post-doctoral researcher etc.) in your submission.


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