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COST Action: Reassembling the Republic of Letters; Second Annual Conference (Warsaw)

12th – 15th June 2016, University of Warsaw Conference Room, Level -1.
Faculty of “Artes Liberales”
Dobra Street 72

From the conference programme:

The COST Action IS 1310 “Reassembling the Republic of Letters” is in its third year of work towards assembling the blueprint of trans-national digital infrastructure to support collaborative work on early modern intellectual history. Having previously explored scholarly work from the perspective of shared technical standards, this conference will pursue the opposite path: digital functionality will be discussed from the perspective of current scholarly strands about the Republic of Letters. Following the structural logic of the Action’s working groups, the topics addressed will include (amongst others) intellectual geography; the social history of knowledge and network analysis; topic modelling and conceptual history; descriptive techniques and the material turn; visualization and the visual turn.

The full conference programme is available here.

URL of project website: http://www.republicofletters.net

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Call for posters: Digital Epistolary Network

Postgraduate students and early career researchers are invited to propose posters for a one-day, student-run conference exploring how we engage with letters in the digital age.

The conference takes an inclusive and interdisciplinary approach, considering letters from antiquity to the present day. It seeks to promote collaborative dialogue between academics, archivists, publishers, and the public, and to facilitate illuminating discussion from inside and outside the academic sphere – including opinion from individuals who write, read, reveal and research correspondence in their professional or personal lives. Through a focus on the conflicted and changing role of the letter as a private and public mode of written communication, the conference accommodates various perspectives: historical, anthropological, literary, archival, political, and many others. In this way, our consideration of correspondence will encompass the various digital and analogue methods for recording, interpreting, and presenting a specific material document and its inherent social connections, as well as an assessment of the ways in which recent developments in digital modes of communication have influenced, disrupted, or enhanced our relationship with this traditional form.

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Howard Hotson (Cultures of Knowledge); Miranda Lewis (Early Modern Letters Online); Dr Robert McNamee (Electronic Enlightenment), Dr Alison Pearn (Darwin Correspondence Project), Rupert Mann (Digital Programme Director, Oxford University Press), Kieron Smith (Digital Director, Blackwell’s).

Selected posters will be printed for display and informal discussion during an evening drinks reception at Wolfson College, and their scope could include (but is not limited to) the following correspondence-based topics:

  • Analysis of a letter or selection of letters (if present in the Bodleian collections, these materials could also be included in an exhibition accompanying the conference).
  • Methodologies for working with correspondence material in any field.
  • Consideration of letters as a source for life-writing or historical research.
  • Implications (theoretical or practical) of editing correspondence in digital or print media.
  • Presentation or discussion of digital manipulation of correspondence data and metadata (corpus and network analysis, visualizations, translation, etc.).
  • Reflections on the significance of correspondence within personal, public, or fictional lives.
  • Comparisons between letters and other (digital) forms of communication.

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words to posters [at] epistolary [dot] net outlining the research your poster will present, by Friday 13th May. Preference will be given to research that demonstrably crosses disciplinary boundaries and uses diverse techniques. Posters can be landscape or portrait and should be A1 size. Printing costs (if required) will be covered, as well as the presenter’s conference attendance and limited travel expenses.


URL of original post: http://www.e-pistolary.net/speaking-in-absence/call-for-posters/

More information about the conference: http://www.e-pistolary.net/speaking-in-absence/

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

Description:
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.

Registration:
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.

Originally posted on
http://www.ertegun.ox.ac.uk/news-events/enlightenment-correspondences

Inaugural meeting of the interdisciplinary network ‘Enlightenment Correspondences’, Oxford, 02/14

The inaugural meeting of the TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) network ‘Enlightenment Correspondences’ took place on 24 February 2014. A report on the meeting, written by Kelsey Rubin-Detlev, can be found here.