A note on ‘What is a letter?’ and Alan Scott’s presentation on ‘Letters 2.0’


As one might be able to glean from the photo above (which shows most our speakers and some of our delegates), the symposium ‘What is a letter? An interdisciplinary approach’, which took place from 2 to 4 July 2014 at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford (Oxford, GB), was not just a very productive but also a truly enjoyable event.

Our heartfelt thanks for making the symposium such a success goes to the speakers, to the delegates, to the curators of the Bodleian Library (in particular Wilma Minty and Chris Fletcher), and last but not least to all St Edmund Hall staff who worked away in the background to help things run smoothly. Special thanks is also due to our sponsors: The John Fell Fund, The Leverhulme Trust, the TORCH network Enlightenment Correspondences and St Edmund Hall; without their support this conference would simply not have been possible.

A full conference report, together with more photos, will be made available on this blog, soon. The conference proceedings will be published in hard copy in due course.

In the meantime, our conference brochure with details on papers presented (in both English and German) and biobibliographical information on our speakers can be found here.

Some of our speakers have kindly agreed to share their presentations online. The first presentation, now available, is by Dr Alan Scott whose paper was entitled  Letters 2.0? Linguistic insights into the extent to which social media are a substitute for personal letters.



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