Dr Julia Gillen kindly posted a report on her experiences at our symposium ‘What is a letter?’ (2–4 July 2014, Oxford).
I was fortunate to be invited to give a paper at the interdisciplinary symposium: “What is a letter?” earlier this month, by the organisers, Marie Isabel Matthews-Schlinzig and Caroline Socha.
It is hoped that the papers presented will be published and meanwhile there are full details of the programme, including abstracts, available from the symposium blog. Rather than try to cover the main programme here, I thought I would mention a few side shoots from my experience there. One such is a mind map produced (after I’d had to leave) which I think does a good job of summing up concisely some of the themes raised. For me, many of the issues that are often raised in Literacy Studies appear here; such as materiality, social practices and text trajectories, albeit sometimes expressed with different terms.
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