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CFP: Epistolary Bodies: Letters and Embodiment in the Eighteenth Century, Leicester, 24/05/2019

Source of information: conference website
Date: 24 May 2019
Place: University of Leicester
Organisation: Sarah Goldsmith (Leicester), Sheryllynne Haggerty (Nottingham) and Karen Harvey (Birmingham) – as part of the Midlands Eighteenth-Century Research Network (MECRN).

Description: This interdisciplinary one-day conference explores the relationship between letters and bodies in the long eighteenth century, and the information that can be found about ‘embodiment’, or experiences of the body, in letters. What can letters add to our understanding of eighteenth-century bodies? How might letters allow us to ‘embody’ activities such as work, trade, sociability and worship? How did the form and style of letters shape the knowledge about the body that they communicated? As material objects themselves and often carried on the person, what relationship did letters have with the body? Can bodily states, such as illness, be discerned from the mingled intellectual and mechanical act of writing? Alternatively, consideration might be given to the metaphorical role of bodies in letters in the eighteenth century, in for example, bodies of correspondence or the body politic.

Call for Papers:: Please submit abstracts (max. 300 words) for 20-minute papers to epistolarybodiesconference@gmail.com by 25 February 2019. We also encourage postgraduate students to submit proposals (max. 100 words) for 3-minute lightening talks.

Topics might include:

  • Family letters on domestic, medical or corporeal practices
  • Doctor/patient correspondence
  • Business letters related to trades for the body (dress, food and beauty)
  • Differing discussions of the body as relating to age, gender, religion, politics etc
  • Foreign bodies in travel letters
  • Letters in novels
  • Representations of letters and reading in artwork
  • The material letter
  • The physical act of writing and/or reading
  • The body as a metaphor in letter writing

The event is open to all, and we particularly encourage proposals from the MECRN universities: Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Derby, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, Warwick and Worcester.

Original URL: https://epistolarybodiesconference.wordpress.com/

The century of letters and friendship

Oxford German Network

A guest post this week: Dr Marie Isabel Matthews-Schlinzig explains the special place writing letters had for German-speakers in the eighteenth century…

Since ancient times, letter writing and friendship have been intimately connected in people’s imagination. For centuries, letters were even defined specifically as ‘a mutual conversation between absent friends’ (to quote from Erasmus’s treatise on letter writing, Opus de conscribendis epistolis, 1522). Correspondence between friends also came to be associated with a distinct epistolary type: the letter of friendship. Such letters were usually characterized by a familiar tone and a level of intimacy not found in other types of letters, e.g. official communication sent from a public institution to a citizen.

In German cultural and literary history, letters of friendship flourished particularly in the eighteenth century. In this period, which has been called both the ‘century of letters’ and the ‘century of friendship’, people began to celebrate personal friendships…

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Reblogged: 18th century coffee culture from the letters of Lady Louisa Conolly

OPW-MU Archive and Research Centre Blog

By Nicola Kelly, Archivist, OPW-Maynooth University Archive and Research Centre

The habit of coffee drinking first became popular in Europe early in the 17th century and the first coffee house was opened in Oxford at The Angel in 1650. Over the next two hundred years coffee houses flourished in cities such as London, Paris and Vienna, acting as informal meeting places where information was exchanged through conversation and print.

According to a pamphlet, the ‘women’s petition against coffee’ of 1674, coffee made men ‘as unfruitful as the sandy deserts, from where that unhappy berry is said to be brought.’

Despite some of these objections, coffee houses blossomed, over 2,000 having been set up in London by 1700. Literary contemporaries described clergymen snug in coffee houses penning sermons; doctors used them for consultations. Dublin’s earliest coffee houses were opened in the late 17th century, and remained popular throughout the 18th century…

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Reblogged: ‘Writing to the Moment: Walpole’s Letters’; public lecture, 10 October 2017, Durham

Why read letters that were written over two hundred and fifty years ago? What are the special qualities of the letter as a form of writing, and what special insights into social and cultural history do letters afford? Horace Walpole (1717-1797) was a man of remarkably diverse talents: novelist, art historian, dramatist, designer, collector, politician […]

via Writing to the Moment: Walpole’s Letters (Public lecture, 10th October) — READ Research English At Durham

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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Reblogged: The Correspondence of the Verri Brothers (1766-1797) and Newly Edited Online Resources on the Italian Enlightenment

By Pierre Musitelli (École normale supérieure, Paris)   The correspondence between Pietro Verri (1728-1797) and Alessandro (1741-1816) Verri, two brothers from the enlightened Milanese aristoc…

Source: The Correspondence of the Verri Brothers (1766-1797) and Newly Edited Online Resources on the Italian Enlightenment

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 enlightenmentcorr@gmail.com. (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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