Friday, February 26, 2010

38 Plays: 38 Days

The challenge: to read all 38 of Shakespeare's plays in 38 days.


Starting March 1st, we intend to read each of Shakespeare's 38 plays
in as many days. We warmly invite you to join us.


1 March - 7 April 2010


Anywhere - we are an online collective.


The Power of Space: Cities in Late Medieval/Early Modern Italy and Northern Europe

March 11 and 12, 2010
The Italian Academy, Columbia University, New York

The Power of Space brings together a group of scholars from the United
States, France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Switzerland to share
research on how cultural, social, political, and economic practices were
constituted by spatial organization in cities of Italy and northern Europe
during the late medieval and early modern centuries. Although recognized as
the most commercialized parts of late medieval Europe, justly famous for
their sociopolitical innovations and cultural achievements, the two regions
differed in ways that have made comparative analysis difficult. In addition
to pursuing questions particularly informed by anthropological work on the
way space not only contains but also confers meaning, the conference is
intended to provide a frame for systematic comparison of these two regions.

To view program, register, or find out more information, please visit or email Joanna
Dee at

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Copious Text: Encyclopaedic Books in Early Modern England

The Copious Text: Encyclopaedic Books in Early Modern England

18th May 2010, School of English Social Space (Arts B274)
Entry is free and all are welcome


Welcome from Prof Tom Healy

10:45 – 12:15
Chair: Prof Andrew Hadfield
Tom Freeman (Cambridge University and the Foxe Project): 'Size Matters: Foxe's "Book of Martyrs" as an Encyclopaedia for the Godly'.
Neil Rhodes (St Andrews): 'Common Knowledge: Accessing Shakespeare's Encyclopedias'


Chair: Dr Margaret Healy
Angus Vine (University of Sussex) 'Curious Readers: Collaboration and Cooperation in Camden's Britannia'
Kathryn Murphy (Jesus College, Oxford): 'Polymathy and Polypraxy: Kinds of Copiousness in Robert Burton'

Tea/Coffee break

Chair: Dr Mathew Dimmock
Kevin Killeen (University of York): 'The Morsel and the Meal: The Early Modern Theopaedia'
Kate Bennett (New College, Oxford): ‘Aubrey and the Antiquarians’

Tea/Coffee Break

Chair: Prof Brian Cummings
Closing remarks and roundtable discussion

Symposium Dinner

If you wish to attend or require further details please contact Abigail Shinn via email:

London Shakespeare Seminar

Speakers: Alison Shell (Durham University), 'Shakespeare and the God Terminus: The Winter's Tale and Cymbeline'

Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare's Globe), 'Performing Concealed and Missing Hands in Early Modern Drama'

Mon 08 March 2010; Room G34 (Senate House, Ground Floor); Time: 17:15 - 19:00

Monday, February 22, 2010

Upcoming Med-Ren events at Columbia and beyond

These details from Alan Stewart.

The following events may be of interest to those working in medieval,
Renaissance, and early modern studies. The full list for the semester
is at under "events"

Tuesday, February 23
Barnard Translation Studies Research Group
"Writing the Outsider: Perspectives from Spain" [on Cervantes]
6 PM
Ella Weed Room, Milbank Hall.
This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Mellon
Foundation. Phone: (212)854-5321. Email:

Wednesday, February 24
The Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium
"Reading Poems with Anglo-Saxon Eyes"
5.30 pm
523 Butler Library
Reception to follow
Co-Sponsored by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Thursday, February 25 [at NYU]
NYU English Department's Colloquium on Early Languages and Cultures in
English (CELCE)
CARY HOWIE (Cornell)
"The Poetics of Praise"
6:30 PM
19 University Place, Room 222, NYU
Contact Liza Blake (liza dot blake at gmail dot com), Katie Vomero Santos
(kathryn dot vomero at gmail dot com) or Sarah Ostendorf (sco229 at
nyu dot edu).

Friday, February 26 [at CUNY]
Jessica Brantley (Yale)
"Sir Thopas and the Devotional Reader"
Marlene Hennessy (Hunter College, CUNY)
"London, British Library, Egerton MS 1821 and the Late Medieval Somatic Book"
Pamela Sheingorn (CUNY Graduate Center)
"Hearing an Illuminated Manuscript: The Role of the Auditory System in
Performative Reading"
2-4 pm
Room C-202,CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave
(Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow)

Friday, February 26 [at CUNY]
The Early Modern Interdisciplinary Group of the CUNY Graduate Center
ANDREA WALKDEN (Queen's College)
"Parallel Lives and Early Modern Legacies: Crusoe and the Cavalier"
2 PM
The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, Room 5414
A reception will follow.
Email for more information.

Tuesday, March 2
Medieval Studies University Seminar
KEES SCHEPERS (University of Antwerp)
"The Arnhem Mystical Sermons and the Sixteenth-Century Mystical
Renaissance in The Low Countries"
6:00 PM
523 Butler Library. If you do not have access to the library you must RSVP
to attend: Liam Moore, (917) 847-0107 or

Wednesday, March 3 (rescheduled from February 10)
Columbia University Book History Colloquium
"Writing About Coffee, Reading in Cafes: Literature and Coffeehouses
in Early Modern France"
6 PM
523 Butler Library
Contact: Gerald W. Cloud (

Thursday, March 4
The Robert Branner Forum for Medieval Art
"New Excavations at the Cistercian Monastery at Ourscamp" (working title)
6:00 PM
612 Schermerhorn Hall; reception to follow

Thursday, March 4
The Heyman Center for the Humanities
"The Ivory Tower: A History on an Idea about Knowledge and Politics"
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room

Friday, March 5 [at Rutgers]
Keynote: Alan E. Knight (Pennsylvania State)
Speakers: Susannah Crowder (John Jay, CUNY); Olga Anna Duhl (Lafayette);
Laura Weigert (Rutgers); 9 AM-1 PM
Rutgers University, Alexander Library, Teleconference Lecture Hall (4th floor)
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick
Sponsored by the Transliteratures Project, the Programs in Medieval
Studies and
Early Modern Studies, and the Departments of Art History and French.
The symposium is free and open to the public. For directions to the
Teleconference Lecture Hall at Alexander Library, please see:
For further information, please contact Laura Weigert
( or Ana Pairet (


University of Warwick

On 20-21 May 2010, the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick will host an international conference on translation, print and culture in Renaissance Britain. Speakers will address a range of topics dealing with translated works into and out of several languages. The conference is being held to mark the final phase of a Leverhulme-funded project, ‘Renaissance Cultural Crossroads: An Analytical and Annotated Catalogue of Translations 1473-1640’. Both the catalogue and the conference will testify to the importance of Renaissance translation in a wide variety of fields, such as history, literature, philosophy, medicine, politics and theology. In these, and many more, it played a crucial role in disseminating knowledge. The conference will also demonstrate how translation is closely bound up with the history of the book and the printing trade in the period.

The speakers at the conference are: Guyda Armstrong (Manchester), Sara Barker (Warwick), Anne Coldiron (Florida State), Robert Cummings (Glasgow), Susanna De Schepper (Warwick), A.G.W. Edwards (De Montfort), Paul G. Hoftijzer (Leiden), Guido Latré (Université catholique de Louvain), Letizia Pannizza (Royal Holloway), Isabelle Pantin (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris), Fred Schurink (Newcastle), Barry Taylor (British Library), and Demmy Verbeke (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).

We extend a warm welcome to all those who are interested in the transmission and exchange of ideas and culture in the Renaissance, as well as to those who have a particular interest in translation or book history.

We also strongly encourage post-graduate students to attend and shall be able to offer them financial support thanks to generous grants from the Society for the Study of the Renaissance and the Bibliographical Society.

Further details concerning registration will be posted very soon on the conference website at, or you may contact the organisers, Professor Brenda Hosington, Dr. Sara Barker and Ms Susanna De Schepper at

Centre for Early Modern Exchanges

UCL is delighted to announce the Centre for Early Modern Exchanges. This
new interdisciplinary research centre will explore all kinds of
intercultural exchange in the period 1450-1800, and will host seminars,
conferences, and research projects.

There will be a launch event at 5pm on Thursday 29th April 2010, at which
Professor Brian Cummings of Sussex University will speak on 'Shakespeare
and the Inquisition', followed by drinks. All are welcome; please see the
attached invitation.

For more information on the UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges, please see

or contact the co-directors, Dr Helen Hackett ( and Dr
Alexander Samson ( We hope to see you on April 29th.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Cultural Agency of Chaplains in Early Modern Britain

A One-Day Colloquium
Saturday 26 June 2010
The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon

The University of Birmingham Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies (CREMS) 2010 Colloquium, also supported by the Society for Renaissance Studies, will take as its theme The Cultural Agency of Chaplains in Early Modern Britain, and will take place at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, on Saturday 26 June 2010 (10.30 am - 5.45 pm).

The aim of the colloquium will be to explore the important, but often hidden, contributions made by chaplains of the nobility and gentry to early modern culture, taking in not only the spiritual guidance and companionship they offered to their patrons, but also their literary and sometimes political activity, through full participation in the manuscript and print economies of poetry, letters, sermons, treatises, and translations.

The one-day colloquium will comprise seven 30-minute papers, divided into three 90-minute panels and one concluding 45-minute session. The first panel will offer a broad introduction to the different types, categories, and identities of chaplains at work in early modern Britain, the range of activities performed by them, and the places chaplaincy occupied in the careers of Anglican clergy. The two remaining panels will feature case studies of chaplains in the households of the nobility and gentry, and the role of chaplains in press and pulpit censorship.

Confirmed speakers:
Dr David Crankshaw (King's College London)
Professor Kenneth Fincham (University of Kent)
Professor William Gibson (Oxford Brookes University)
Dr Tom Lockwood (University of Birmingham)
Dr Erica Longfellow (Kingston University)
Dr Mary Morrissey (University of Reading)
Dr Angus Vine (University of Sussex)

A registration fee of £20 includes colloquium fee, morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea. Postgraduate students are invited to apply for SRS bursaries that cover the cost of travel and attendance. Please book by Friday 27 March. For details of registration, travel and further information, please email:

Dr Hugh Adlington (,
Dr Tom Lockwood (, or
Dr Gillian Wright (g.wright.1

Birkbeck Early Modern Society Events

5 March: Tim Knox (Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum), ‘The Strange Genius of Sir John Soane', Malet St, room 415.

25 March: Prof. Michael Hunter (Birkbeck), ‘The Decline of Magic: The Paradoxical Role of the Royal Society’, Malet St, room B30.

29 April: Dr Richard Williams (Birkbeck), ‘Culture Clash: Word and Image in Reformation Europe', Malet St, room 320.

20 May: Dr Malcolm Jones (Sheffield), ‘Death in Early Modern English Prints and Book Illustrations’, Malet St, room 320.

24 June: Prof. Julian Swann (Birkbeck), ‘Despotism, Public Opinion and the Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy’, room tbc; followed by our end of term party.

Plus, on Monday 22 Feb at 5.15 Birkbeck's Dr Laura Stewart will be speaking at the Tudor and Stuart history seminar held in the Wolfson Room at the IHR. Her paper is entitled ''Functional Breakdown', a Scottish Perspective: Politics and Finance before the British Civil Wars'.

Details: Stephen Brogan,

Monday, February 15, 2010

Renaissance Events in New York

Monday, February 15
The Heyman Center for the Humanities
BLAIR WORDEN (Royal Holloway, London)
"Puritanism, Liberty, and the English Civil Wars"
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room

Wednesday, February 17
Medieval Studies University Seminar
"Petrarch's War and the Meaning of Florentine Wages at the Time of the
Black Death"
6:00 PM
523 Butler Library. If you do not have access to the library you must RSVP
to attend: Liam Moore, (917) 847-0107 or

Thursday, February 18 [at CUNY]
The Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance
CLARE CARROLL (CUNY-Queens College/Graduate School)
"Female Fortitude: A Memoir on Princess Clementina Sobrieski"

Friday, February 19
The Sixth Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference
at Harvard University
Sixth Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference
Harvard University
To register please email, and indicate
whether you will attend lunch and dinner

Tuesday, February 23
Barnard Translation Studies Research Group
Sonia Velazquez (Princeton)
"Writing the Outsider: Perspectives from Spain" [on Cervantes]
6 PM
Ella Weed Room, Milbank Hall.
This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Mellon
Foundation. Phone: (212)854-5321. Email:

Wednesday, February 24
The Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium
"Reading Poems with Anglo-Saxon Eyes"
5.30 pm
523 Butler Library
Reception to follow
Co-Sponsored by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Friday, February 26 [at CUNY]
Jessica Brantley (Yale)
"Sir Thopas and the Devotional Reader"
Marlene Hennessy (Hunter College, CUNY)
"London, British Library, Egerton MS 1821 and the Late Medieval Somatic Book"
Pamela Sheingorn (CUNY Graduate Center)
ìHearing an Illuminated Manuscript: The Role of the Auditory System in
Performative Readingî
2-4 pm
Room C-202,CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave
(Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Biblical Women: Reading and Writing Women in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.

10th-11th September 2010, Queen’s University, Belfast


In the past decade scholarship has rethought the literary impact of Scripture during the Renaissance. It has focused in particular on how Scripture was read and used by individuals and authorities. Understanding Scripture as a co-text, rather than a straightforward ‘source’, this conference seeks to engage in these discussions, exploring the significance of ‘biblical women’ in the period’s literary output. We particularly seek to broaden this field of enquiry by considering ‘biblical women’ in a dual sense: the appropriation and use of women from Scripture in a variety of canonical and non-canonical texts, by both male and female writers, as well as the ways in which Scripture is deployed, more generally, in the period’s female writings. This AHRC conference seeks to bring together postgraduates and academics to further critical developments in this field; to that end we welcome (20 minute) papers that include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

· Direct and indirect representations of women from Scripture in a variety of genres, by both male and female writers, which may include Eve, Susanna, Esther, Judith, Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary.

· The texts of ‘biblical women’; that is, female writers who enmesh Scripture in debates on femininity, politics, religious persecution and subjectivity.

· The literary appropriation of the Virgin Mary into discussions on iconoclasm, motherhood, childbirth and grief.

· The use of typology, mimesis, imitatio and allegorical interpretations of Scripture in literary discourse.

· The parallel, or alternative, ways women and men deployed scripture in literary texts.

· The centrality/role of Scripture in the everyday lives of women during the Renaissance.

Please submit an abstract of not more than 250 words by 31st May 2010 to Victoria Brownlee and Laura Gallagher at

Cultures of Correspondence in Early Modern Britain 1550-1640

A Joint Conference organised by the Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts at the University of Plymouth and the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen

To be held at the University of Plymouth, 14-16 April 2011


This conference investigates the cultural uses of the letter, and the related practises of correspondence in early modern culture. Concentrating on the years 1550-1640, it examines a crucial period in the development of the English vernacular letter that saw a significant extension of letter-writing skills throughout society and an expansion in the uses to which letters were put. The conference aims to enhance our understanding of epistolary culture and to challenge accepted models of epistolarity through the study of letter-writing practices in all their nuanced complexity, ranging from the textual production of letters, their subsequent delivery and circulation, to the various ways in which letters were read and preserved for posterity. The transmission and reception of correspondence is a major theme for exploration, from the various processes by which letters were delivered in an age before the post office, to their copying and dissemination in manuscript form, and publication in print, as well as the oral divulgation of letters through group and public reading. Study of the early modern letter in its material and cultural forms can reveal the complex interplay of material practices of letter-writing with rhetorical strategies of the letter text. Contemporary literary appropriations of the letter on page and stage demonstrate the cultural significance of the letter and its potential resonances.

Proposals are invited for papers that treat the following key areas:

· The materiality of the letter: the physicality of correspondence (paper, ink, seals, folding) as well as the social context of epistolarity (composition, delivery, reading, archiving)

· Correspondence networks; the circulation of letters; postal systems and modes of delivery

· Letters, news and intelligence

· Authenticity, deception and surveillance: forgeries, secrecy, ciphers and codes

· Women’s letters and the gendered nature of letter-writing

· Epistolary literacies, social hierarchies and the acquisition and diffusion of letter-writing skills

· Manuscript letters and letters in print

· The letter as a cultural genre and the rhetorics of letter-writing

· Humanistic letter-writing practices and the familiar letter; letter-writing manuals and models; education, pedagogy and learning to write letters

· Categories or types of letters: suitors’ letters, letters of petition, love letters, letters of condolence

· Genres of printed letters: prefatory letters, dedicatory letters, address to the readers

· Staging the letter: letters and letter-writing in drama

· Editing and the digitization of correspondence

Proposals for papers, including titles and abstracts (of no more than 300 words) should be sent to James Daybell ( and Andrew Gordon ( before 1st July 2010.

Confirmed Speakers Include

Alan Stewart (Columbia University)

Lynne Magnusson (University of Toronto)

Gary Schneider (University of Texas, Pan American)

The Organisers

James Daybell is Reader in Early Modern British History at the University of Plymouth. His publications include Women Letter-Writers in Tudor England (Oxford, 2006), three collections of essays, Women and Politics in Early Modern England, 1450-1700 (Ashgate, 2004), Early Modern Women’s Letter Writing, 1450-1700 (Palgrave, 2001) and Material Readings of Early Modern Culture: Texts and Social Practices, 1580-1730 (Palgrave, 2010) and more than twenty articles and essays in journals and edited collections. Dr Daybell is currently completing a monograph entitled, The Material Letter: The Practices and Culture of Letters and Letter-Writing in Early Modern England (Palgrave 2011)

Andrew Gordon is Co-Director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen, and Programme Co-ordinator of the Department of English. He has published articles on various aspects of urban culture in the renaissance from city mapping to the urban signboard, and co-edited (with Bernhard Klein) Literature, Mapping and the Politics of Space in Early Modern Britain (Cambridge, 2001) and (with Trevor Stack) a special issue of Citizenship Studies (2007) devoted to early modern concepts of citizenship. A monograph entitled Writing the City is forthcoming. His work on manuscript culture has focused principally on letter-writing and included articles on Francis Bacon, the earl of Essex, John Donne, and early modern libels.

For further details please email:, or

Friday, February 12, 2010

Early Modern Libraries Symposium (4th Thomas Browne Seminar)

University of York – Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Thursday 18 March 2.30-5.30 pm


2.30 Bill Sherman (York), Mapping the World of Knowledge: Hernando Colón and the Biblioteca Colombina

3.00 Lisa Skogh (Stockholm), Library of Swedish queen Hedwig Eleonora

3.30 Danel Starza-Smithd (UCL), Edward, second Viscount Conway

4.00-4.30 Coffee


4.30 Hugh Adlington (Birmingham), On Donne’s Library

5.00 Piers Brown (York), On Donne’s Library

Berrick Saul Building - Bowland Auditorium

Open to all - no need to book

Contact: Kevin Killeen (

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Seminars on Early Modern Preaching: King David

A One-Day Colloquium

University of Reading, Saturday, 6th November, 201

No biblical figure provided early modern preachers with such various material for their sermons as King David: from the young champion to the king ‘old and full of days’, David was the loyal subject who would not ‘touch the Lord’s anointed’, and the broken-hearted father of Absalom. Through the stories of David and Jonathan, David and Saul, David and Michal, David and Bathsheba, and David and Absalom, early modern preachers could explore relationships that were public and political, and those that were intimate and passionate. God said of David that he was ‘a man after my own heart’, and yet David’s flaws were revealed by Nathan the prophet, who said ‘you are the man’. David, as the reputed author of the psalms, lies in the background of the most popular source of biblical text for early modern preachers, and his stories are often invoked to explain the expressions of piety, fear, anger, and joy that the psalms contain.

We invite papers on any aspect of King David in early modern preaching: David in political sermons (on obedience or rebellion); David in penitential sermons; David in marriage sermons; David in sermons on the doctrine of grace; David as a ‘type’ of Christ; David as the author of biblical texts, and David’s example of the ‘literary’ styles suited to prayer, liturgy, and preaching.

This colloquium is the third in the Seminars in Early Modern Preaching series, which aims to provide a scholarly forum for all those working on all aspects of early modern English sermons. We invite proposals for 30-minute papers. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words. Please e-mail submissions to Dr Mary Morrissey ( and Dr Hugh Adlington (

Due date for submissions: 15 June.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Durham University, Centre for Seventeenth-Century Studies



Proposals are invited for the thirteenth Conference of the Durham Centre for Seventeenth-Century Studies, which will focus on the general theme:

Ideals and Values

It is expected that this theme will be approached from a very wide range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives; contributions which span national and disciplinary boundaries are, as always, particularly welcome. Papers should be of 20 minutes’ reading time. Each session will have ample time for discussion. Offers to chair sessions are welcomed from participants who are not reading papers.

Proposals for papers should be of approx. 100-200 words, and should be sent to Prof. Richard Maber (email: as soon as possible, but no later than 26 February 2010. Proposals for themed panels are also welcomed.

The conference will take place in the magnificent setting of Durham Castle, from Monday 19 to Thursday 22 July. Residential delegates will depart after lunch on 22 July; it will also be possible to book overnight accommodation for nights before and after the conference if required.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Studentships at Kent

In 2010/11, the School of English at the University of Kent is offering six scholarships for doctoral study.

* Two Arts and Humanities Research Council Block Grant Partnership awards (AHRC BGPs)
* Four Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) studentships

Please see the University of Kent’s postgraduate funding pages ( for financial details of the AHRC BGPs. The GTA studentships will be a grant of £16,000 over the period of registration, subject to satisfactory academic progress, including satisfactorily carrying out teaching and other duties. The grant will be paid in three instalments, £7,000 in year one, when the GTA will do no teaching, and two instalments of £4,500 in years 2 and 3, when teaching will be offered to the GTA to supplement their income. Tuition fees are to be paid by the student out of the grant element.

* Deadline for applications: 1st March 2010 (with interviews on 26th March)

For further details, please see the School of English postgraduate funding page:

Keele University Research Institute of Humanities PhD Studentship September 2010

A variety of UK/EU fees for three years full time and research studentship stipend for three year 2009/10 rate £13,290 pro-rota for part-time. A number of fee waivers for UK and international students are available.

Topic: Cultural and social history from the local to the global; International History, with particular interests in Africa, America, France, Ireland and Terrorism; Musicology since 1900 and creative applications of music technology; Film; Literature, science and environments; Literary and cultural theory; interdisciplinary approaches to life writing; American writing, 19th-21st centuries; Canadian writing; Early Modern and Modern England; Medical Humanities.

Reference Number: RHUM 2009-02

Closing Date: 28 February 2010 at 5pm

Further details can be found here:

The Perils of Print Culture

A conference to be held at Trinity College Dublin, 10-12 September 2010
Organised by Dr Jason McElligott and Dr Eve Patten

Over the past twenty years the study of print culture has become
prominent in the disciplines of history, literary studies and
languages. The study of print culture has many advantages, but there
is a growing sense among advanced practitioners that scholars need to
fine-tune or calibrate their understanding of this burgeoning field of

Papers presented at this conference will encourage scholars to think
more systematically about the conceptual, methodological and
technological problems associated with the study of print culture.
They will encompass a wide range of chronological periods,
geographical locations and genres of print. The topics under
consideration will include, but not be limited to:

- The tensions between the contrasting views of print as an agent of
social change and social cohesion.
- Case-studies of the ways in which print can create inaccurate,
distorted, or anachronistic accounts of the past.
- The usefulness (or otherwise) of theoretical models in the study of
print culture.
- The peculiarities of serial publication (newspapers and magazines)
and the relevance of print-culture theory to the study of journalism
- The role of over-arching non-theoretical models (such as that put
forward by William St. Clair in The Reading Nation in the Romantic
- The specific problems of interdisciplinary work in print culture.
- The precise definition(s) of print culture across a range of
literary, historical and political source materials.
- The changing nature of print culture over time, and the differences
between print culture in urban and rural settings, in different
regions within the same country and between different countries.
- The opportunities created by (and limitations of) electronic
resources for academic researchers.
- Desirable future directions in electronic resource provision.
- The future of the library in the digital age.

Proposals (max. 300 words) for papers of 30 to 40 minutes duration
should be sent to the conference organisers at by Friday 11 December 2009.
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