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Reposted: Workshop ‘On Letters’, 12-14 April 2018, Hamburg (free of charge)

Date: 12–14 April 2018
Venue:  Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Warburgstraße 26, Hamburg, Germany

Besides administrative documents, letters are among the earliest examples of writing in the history of mankind. At the same time this genre was—and still is—of special persistence within almost all manuscript cultures up to the present day. Belonging primarily to the realm of pragmatic handwriting, letters have become a part of what we nowadays define as literature, and, as objects of religious or aesthetic veneration, of art, too. Under the heading of “Epistolography” letters have been studied as a subfield of History and Literature for a long time. This conference, however, will focus on the material side and its accompanying practices, rather than on content.

To cover relevant phenomena from different cultures and periods the workshop will deal with handwritten documents that are meant for more or less immediate communication. Their formal qualities as a whole strive for accessibility and practicability—even in the case of secret letters—, characterised by the tendency to portability and to limited length. A letter in the narrow sense is, with a very few exceptions, per definitionem unique; even if the manuscript is copied, e.g. as a later reference, its original purpose remains to be bound to the single, unique object spanning the distance of senders and addressees.

The production and use of letters—or other comparable documents meant for communication—is dominated by a loose set of polarities, each set providing a continuum by which a given artefact can be defined: open or closed (secret); private or public; written by one’s own hand (“authentic”) or by a second person; for immediate use (expecting direct response) or mainly for documentary purpose; formal or informal, and others.

The workshop will approach the subject from at least three perspectives:

  1. We will consider circumstances of production, including choices of materials, writing styles, and matters of different formats that are all related to the various forms and levels of sender and addressee and their relation, be they areal individual, institutions or imagined or transcendent counterparts. For this part letters are also typically strongly marked by authoriality, both on the material and the textual level.
  2. We will consider circumstances of use, including the relation of transmission and materiality, especially means of protection and the integrity of devices of authentication (envelopes, seals and the like). Besides activities that involve reading (aloud or silent) the most interesting point concerns strategies of safekeeping and archiving. The personal and fragile character of these physical objects has led at an early stage to a compilation of letters as parts of multiple-text manuscripts (MTM), worth a more detailed investigation.
  3. As a third perspective we would like to discuss phenomena on a more general level, e.g. the role of transmission and adoption of techniques of letter writing between different manuscript cultures, and the development and use of anthologies of formulae, letter writing guides etc., both as material objects by themselves and as instruction guides containing information on material aspects.

Focusing on the relation between material aspects and social practices involving letters the workshop intends to deepen our understanding of the interaction of pragmatic and literate manuscripts from a comparative perspective.

To download the programme and abstracts, to register, and for further information, click here.

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Reblogged: Ethical and Interpretative Issues Workshop, 16 February 2018

Lives of Letters

Booking is now open for our first of two workshops this semester. To register, please fill out our Google form. Places are limited, and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Lives of Letters-Ethical and Interpretative Workshop 16 February 2018Ethical and Interpretative Issues Workshop, 16 February 2018

This workshop will engage participants in interdisciplinary conversation on the theme of the ethical and interpretative challenges of working with correspondence containing private or sensitive information. The sessions will reflect on issues relating to the handling of this information in the writing of history, whether as used sources for personal or institutional biography or as part of the history writing of larger communities and movements.

This event is co-hosted by the Manchester History of Humanities Research Network.


Conference Room, Graduate School, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester Oxford Rd Campus (M13 9PL). Building 77 on the campus map.


Session 1: “Correspondence, Networks and Biography”

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Reblogged: ‘Editing Modernist Letters Workshop Thursday 2nd November 2017’

Editing Modernist Letters Workshop Thursday 2nd November 2017 – Special Collections, University of Reading The archival turn in modernist studies has been closely intertwined with the publication of private correspondence. From the complicated saga of the T.S. Eliot correspondence editions to the recently completed Letters of Samuel Beckett, the publication of letters continues to […]

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Workshop ‘Korrespondenzen und Nachlassmaterialien um 1800’, 22/23.5.17, Rostock

Universitätsbibliothek Rostock
22.05.2017-23.05.2017, Rostock, Universität Rostock,
Universitätshauptgebäude, Konzilzimmer

Im Rahmen des DFG-Projekts “Erschließung und Digitalisierung des Nachlasses von Oluf Gerhard Tychsen (1734-1815) – Quellen zur jüdischen Geschichte und zu orientalistischen Gelehrtennetzwerken im Zeitalter der Aufklärung” veranstaltet die Universitätsbibliothek Rostock am 22./23. Mai einen Workshop zum Thema “Korrespondenzen und Nachlassmaterialien um 1800”. Während am ersten Tag des Workshops die Erschließung, digitale Edition und Präsentation von Quellenmaterialien im Fokus stehen, werden am zweiten Tag Möglichkeiten der wissenschaftlichen Auswertung, vor allem im thematischen Umfeld des Tychsen-Nachlasses (Arabistik,Judaistik, Orientalistik…), vorgestellt und diskutiert.

Montag, 22. Mai 2017

11.00 Uhr Begrüßung
Robert Zepf, Rostock

11.30 Uhr Nachlässe im Verbund erschließen. Kalliope: Sachstand und Perspektiven
Gerhard Müller, Berlin

12.00 Uhr Erschließung und Digitalisierung des Nachlasses von Oluf Gerhard Tychsen
Anne Glock, Karsten Labahn, Heike Tröger, Rostock

14.00 Uhr Digitale Edition der Briefe und Rezensionen Albrecht von Hallers (1708-1777): Ein Erfahrungsbericht zum Auf- und Ausbau einer Editions- und Forschungsplattform
Christian Forney, Bern

14.30 Uhr Hamburger Schlüsseldokumente zur deutsch-jüdischen Geschichte: Eine Online-Quellenedition, die gelesen werden will
Daniel Burckhardt, Hamburg

15.30 Uhr Digitale Briefeditionen an der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Stefan Dumont, Berlin

16.00 Uhr Erfassen – Veröffentlichen – Forschen. Perspektiven zur Erschließung von musealen Objekten im bibliothekarischen Kontext
Frank Dührkohp, Göttingen

16.30 Uhr Aktuelle Entwicklungen und mögliche Perspektiven in der Bestandserschließung orientalischer Handschriften am Beispiel der Sammlung von Heinrich Friedrich von Diez (1751-1817)
Christoph Rauch, Berlin

19.00 Uhr Die Bedeutung jüdischer Tradition und Kultur für den Islam
Hartmut Bobzin, Erlangen

Dienstag, 23. Mai 2017

09.30 Uhr Von der Theologie zur Philologie? Oluf Gerhard Tychsen und die Orientalistik der Aufklärung
Sabine Mangold-Will, Köln

10.15 Uhr Arabische und türkische Briefnetzwerke in der frühen Orientalistik
Boris Liebrenz, New York / Berlin

11.30 Uhr Tychsens Beitrag zur Entzifferung der Keilschrift: ein Werkstattbericht
Anja Piller, Osnabrück / München

14.00 Uhr Kabbalistic amulets of Rabbi Jonathan Eibeschuetz and their interpretation in the works of Sigmund Joseph Baumgarten
Pawel Maciejko, Baltimore

14.45 Uhr Tychsen, the Scandinavian Christian Yiddishists, and Yiddish Bibliophilie
Brad Sabin Hill, Washington

16.00 Uhr Freundschaft und Feindschaft in Bützow – O. G. Tychsen und seine Korrespondenzen mit Markus Moses und J. G. C. Adler
Michael Busch, Malgorzata Maksymiak, Rostock

16.45 Uhr Die Edition der Korrespondenzen Oluf Gerhard Tychsens – ein Projekt und seine Legitimation
Hillard von Thiessen, Rostock

Karsten Labahn

Universitätsbibliothek Rostock
Albert-Einstein Str. 6, 18059 Rostock


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Upcoming workshop: The graphic evidence of childhood, 1760-1914

Palatine Learning Centre
Durham University
Friday, 15 April 2016

This event is sponsored by Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study, the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, and the Department of Philosophy.


8:45-9:20 Coffee


Dr Matthew Daniel Eddy
Durham University

9:30-11:00 SESSION 1

Chair and Comments
Dr Matthew Daniel Eddy
Durham University

Prof Matthew Grenby
Newcastle University
Looking Glass for the Mind, or Unintellectual Mirror:
Interpreting Children’s Marginalia

Prof Kathryn Gleadle
Oxford University
Tactical agents?
Juvenile Creativity and the Politics of the Diary

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-1:00 SESSION 2

Chair and Comments
Dr Lutz Sauerteig, Durham University

Dr Marie Isabel Matthews-Schlinzig
Durham University
The Correspondence of J.G. Herder’s Children – A Family Matter

Dr Siân Pooley
Oxford University
‘Letters are thought-bearers’:
Feeling, Thinking and Printing in England c.1870-1914

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-4:00 SESSION 3

Chair and Comments
Dr Melanie Keene, Cambridge University

Dr Barbara Gribling
Durham University
Playing with the Past:
Toys, Games and Children’s Engagement with British History

Prof Barbara Wittmann
Humbolt University, Berlin
Children’s Drawings and the Human Sciences

Dr Rebecca Gowland and Benn Penny-Mason
Durham University
Excluded Bodies:
Bioarchaeological Evidence for Physical and Cognitive Impediments to Education


The history of childhood has become an important field of study in recent years. One of its exciting characteristics is that it attracts researchers from a rich variety of disciplines, including the humanities, the social sciences and the human sciences. Consequently, the history of childhood emotion, puberty, selfhood, health and agency has become more visible, both inside and outside the academy. Yet, with the rising popularity of childhood history comes a growing concern about the kinds of evidence that can be used to reconstruct the lives of children. This concern is increasingly intimated by scholars who research the material and visual foundations of childhood. They point out that many histories of pre-twentieth-century childhood often fail to engage directly with evidence that was made or (conclusively) used by girls and boys, either in specialised settings or on a daily basis.

This workshop seeks to develop and extend the material and visual history of childhood by focusing on the kinds of graphic evidence that was made or used by children during the 18th and 19th centuries. The notion of ‘graphic’ will be interpreted widely to mean the instruments, skills or materials used to manually represent knowledge on paper (or similar forms of media) through writing or drawing. The papers will discuss how graphic artefacts can be used as childhood evidence and/or to what extent graphic materials and techniques can be used to historicise how children experienced the world through the act of making or using an object. To keep the discussion focused, each speaker is invited to concentrate on a specific graphic genre of her choosing, and to consider how the genre can be used to analyse the legitimacy and efficacy of current methods used to reconstruct the history of childhood.

The registration fee includes tea breaks and lunch. To register, please send your name, institutional affiliation, postal address, email address and £15 cash to: Ms Laura Dearlove, Department of Philosophy, 50/51 Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3HN, UK. For health and safety reasons, all payments must be received no later than Monday 11 April 2015.

For further information, please contact the workshop organiser, Dr Matthew Daniel Eddy, at

Information sourced via the Children’s History Society UK

Workshop: Enlightenment Correspondences, 26/27.06.2015, Oxford

Title: Enlightenment Correspondences
Dates: 26-27 June 2015
Venue: The Ertegun House, 37A St Giles’, Oxford, UK
Deadline for registration: 12 June 2015
Organizers: TORCH network Enlightenment Correspondences, Prof. Andrew Kahn, Kelsey Rubin-Detlev

Letter-writing was a major mode of knowledge exchange, literary creation and personal expression in the Age of Enlightenment. This two-day interdisciplinary workshop brings together leading specialists in the area, who will explore major themes and correspondence practices including the pragmatics and practices of epistolarity; the cultural, institutional, and philosophical practices and discourses of the Republic of Letters; affective relations in eighteenth-century correspondences; academic debates; political and intellectual networks; and digital editing.

If you would like to attend the workshop, please register by FRIDAY 12 JUNE 2015 by emailing (Please inform us of any special dietary requirements.)

Further details of the event may be viewed here and a workshop programme here.

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