A Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Workshop to take place at the Liverpool Athenaeum from 5 to 7 June 2014.
This workshop will be hosted in the Library of the Liverpool Athenaeum, which was founded in 1797 to provide ‘the conveniences and accommodation for the acquisition of knowledge…in a town of such commercial and national importance as Liverpool’. It will be introduced by a public lecture delivered by Professor Dena Goodman (Michigan) entitled ‘Thinking of You: Objects, Memory and Epistolary Inspiration’. The second keynote speaker for the workshop will be Professor Annie Mattsson (Uppsala).
Recent research in a range of fields – ‘literatory life’, ‘the little tools of knowledge’, practices of state-making and bureaucracy, the documentation of personal identity, the uses of the pen in private and domestic contexts such as letter-writing, the shapings of domestic space and material culture, to name a few – have sparked interest in the act (or labour) of writing as an everyday practice that involves very particular interactions between mind, body, place and technology. We aim to bring together new research that allows us to reflect on how a ‘material’ approach to the uses of the pen might help us to understand the processes through which meaning and modernity were constructed in the long 18th century.
Please download The Materiality of Writing: Call for Papers (pdf) for more details.
If you need further information, or wish to submit a proposal, please contact Helga Müllneritsch (firstname.lastname@example.org). Proposals should be submitted by 25 April 2014.
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