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Update on symposium What is a letter? An interdisciplinary approach (2–4 July 2014)

Our conference brochure – which contains the symposium programme, abstracts in English and in German, and biobibliographical information on our speakers – is now available online.


A short update regarding the symposium ‘What is a letter? An interdisciplinary approach’

As mentioned in an earlier post, the response to our Call for Papers was impressive: we received more than 75 proposals from scholars working in a range of institutions, disciplines, and countries, the latter including Argentine, Australia, Austria, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the USA.

This goes to show that letter research is a truly international, interdisciplinary, and thriving field worthy of attention (and, for that matter, funding).

Caroline Socha and I have begun to notify those whose proposals we have accepted and everyone whose submission we will, unfortunately, not be able to include. If you have not heard from myself or my colleague, yet, please bear with us for a little longer. We wilI get in touch as soon as possible.

I would like to use this opportunity to again thank everyone who contacted us. Please stay in touch, either via email or via this blog which welcomes contributions and suggestions. If you are organizing or hear about a letter-related event, be it a workshop, a conference, or an exhibition, or if you simply want to share the fruits of your research, or your thoughts on letters and letter writing, please let us know.

PS: As of now,  there is some advance information about the symposium programme and venue available here; more detailed information to follow in due course.

CFP: What is a letter? An interdisciplinary approach

The deadline for submitting proposals has now passed. We received a great number of very promising proposals from (almost) all around the globe. Thank you! to everyone who contacted us.

My colleague, Caroline Socha, and I, are hoping to finalise the symposium’s programme by the end of March.

More details to follow soon. Watch this space.


What is a letter? An interdisciplinary approach

An international symposium, Oxford (UK) from 2 to 4 July 2014

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 3 March 2014

Over recent years the number of studies, conferences, international networks, and editorial projects which focus on letters, letter writers, and letter-writing cultures has grown remarkably. As a result, our understanding of the letter as a form of text, as a material object, and as a generator or reflector of social norms and cultural practices has become more nuanced. However, at the same time our concept of the letter has become less well defined, as theoretical aspects of the epistolary form have not received comparable attention. The topical, interdisciplinary discussion of what exactly a ‘letter’ is and what terms and methods one should adopt to deal with it, is still very much in its infancy.

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