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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

Upcoming WEMLO Workshop and Colloquium, Oxford, 14–15 August

Title: WEMLO (Women’s Early Modern Letters Online) Workshop & Colloquium on
‘New Directions in Early Modern Women’s Letters’
Date: 14 – 15 August 2014
Venue: Lecture Theatre & Rees Davies Room, History Faculty, University of Oxford
Registration: by Monday, 11 August 2014; email: wemlomail@gmail.com
Organized by: the British-Academy/Leverhulme-Funded Women’s Early Modern Letters Online in association with the University of Oxford’s Cultures of Knowledge Project, Plymouth University and University of Victoria

Detailed information about the programme, fee, etc., is available here.
Additional information can be found here.

Jana Dambrogio on ‘Letterlocking: the art and security of letter writing’ (guest post)

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What is ‘letterlocking’?
Letterlocking refers to the process by which a substrate has been folded and secured shut to function as its own envelope. Letterlocking is part of a 10,000 year-old information security tradition, ranging from Mesopotamian clay bullae to internet Bitcoin. Locked paper documents have been used in cultures throughout the world since the late Middle Ages by regents, their secretaries, spymasters, soldiers, and the general public. Oftentimes the same person used more than one letterlocking format, some more secure than others. Why? Documenting the physical evidence – the tiny slits, folds, and cut-off corners – of well-preserved ‘opened’ original manuscripts helps to define their different ‘closed’ locking formats. Collaboration with experts in allied professions helps to figure out the significance of letters as artifacts in a specific moment in history.

A note on Jana Dambrogio
Jana Dambrogio is the Thomas F. Peterson (1957) Conservator for Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Her work with Dr Daniel Starza Smith of Lincoln College, Oxford, on John Donne’s letterlocking techniques brought her to Oxford for Smith and Dambrogio’s participation in the international symposium ‘What is a letter? An interdisciplinary approach’ in Oxford this past July.

Workshops on letterlocking and further information
Jana lectures and teaches workshops internationally on her process of making models to understand the physical nuances of historic letters and archival bindings and discusses how conservators preserve their function and format for access and interpretation. Workshop participants have a hand at ‘un-locking’  and securing shut models of several types of locked letters with varying levels of built-in security devices based on historic examples. Resources are available on a letterlocking website and a YouTube channel which feature a growing reference collection of documents and bindings in motion.

PS from MI Matthews-Schlinzig: There is another great blog post on this topic, ‘Let’s make a model’, which was co-written by Dr Heather Wolfe (Curator of Manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Library) and Jana Dambrogio.

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The photos in this post were all taken at the letterlocking workshop Jana Dambrogio and Dr Daniel Starza Smith gave at the symposium ‘What is a letter? An interdisciplinary approach’.

Conference announcement: Schreiben in die alte Heimat […]

Conference title: Auswandererbriefe in der Kultur des 19. Jahrhunderts, Interdisziplinärer Workshop in Kooperation mit der Nordamerikaauswandererbriefsammlung (NABS) der Forschungsbibliothek Gotha
Organised by:  Anna-Maria Post (Universität Erfurt),  Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Struck (Universität Erfurt)
Date and venue: 12 – 13 June 2014; Schloss Friedenstein in Gotha, Seminarraum des Pagenhauses
Please register with: Anna-Maria Post (anna-maria.post@uni-erfurt.de)

“Nach Amerika!” — in der Zeit von 1820 bis 1930 folgten ca. 6 Millionen Deutsche diesem Ruf und machten somit das lange 19. Jahrhundert zum Zeitalter der Massenauswanderung. Innerhalb dieser Zeitspanne werden ca. 250 Millionen Briefe zwischen Amerika und der alten Heimat ausgetauscht. Diese Auswandererbriefe zeugen bis heute von den vielfältigen Beweggründen für Auswanderung, von Problemen und Krisen während der Integration in die ,Neue Welt’, sowie von Konfrontation mit der fremden Kultur und der damit einhergehenden Reflektion des Eigenen. Von der Bedeutung der Auswandererbriefe für die Kultur des 19. Jahrhunderts zeugt darüber hinaus das zahlreiche Aufkommen von Auswandererbriefen in den verschiedensten Medien. Nicht nur in Auswandererperiodika und -ratgeberliteratur, wo Briefe zu Werbezwecken für die Auswanderung abgedruckt wurden, sondern auch in Zeitungen, illustrierten Familienblättern, Volkskalendern und politischen Pamphleten werden Auswandererbriefe medial verbreitet. Zahlreiche Stiche und Gemälde zeigen darüber hinaus Leseszenen von Auswandererbriefen. Und nicht zuletzt greifen literarische Texte in vielfältiger Art und Weise auf Auswandererbriefe als Element ihrer Erzählung zurück, wodurch die ,Briefe aus Amerika’ in einen fiktiven Rahmen gerückt werden.

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Conference announcement: Datenmodellierung in digitalen Briefeditionen […]; Berlin, Germany, 05/14

Conference title: Datenmodellierung in digitalen Briefeditionen und ihre interpretatorische Leistung. Ontologien, Textgenetik und Visualisierungsstrategien
Organised by: Anne Baillot & Anna Busch, Nachwuchsgruppe Berliner Intellektuelle 1800–1830
Date and venue: 15.05./16.05.2014, Grimm-Auditorium der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Registration deadline: contact Anne Baillot (anne.baillot@hu-berlin.de) by 5 May 2014.

Description: Zahlreiche Briefeditionen haben im deutschsprachigen Gebiet mittlerweile eine digitale Komponente. Während einige von einer vorliegenden Papieredition ausgehen, die digital transformiert wird, sind andere Projekte von vornherein als digitale Editionen konzipiert, entweder in rein digitaler Form oder als Hybridedition. Der Standard bewegt sich damit immer mehr von der historisch-kritischen Papierausgabe weg, die sowohl als ökonomisches Modell als auch hinsichtlich des angebotenen wissenschaftlichen Apparats ihren hegemonialen Status verliert – aber wohin? Der sich etablierende Weg, online das “vollständige” Material zur Verfügung zu stellen und in Papierform nur einen Auszug abzudrucken, wirft Fragen des Verhältnisses zwischen digitaler Edition und Buchversion auf: in Bezug auf ihre jeweilige Leserschaft und die verschiedenen Anforderungen, die an beide Präsentationsformen gestellt werden. Der Fokus des Benutzers, der mithilfe digitaler Erschließungsmöglichkeiten auf das Material gerichtet wird, führt zu einer Vielzahl möglicher Ergebnisse. In diesem Workshop geht es darum, welcher Interpretationsspielraum bei der digitalen Aufbereitung freigelegt wird und wie dieser genutzt werden kann. Continue reading

CFP: Letters: Making and Meanings

Call for Papers: LETTERS: MAKING AND MEANINGS
Date/Venue: 27 June 2014, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London
Organised by: Charlotte Brown and Zoe Thomas, Royal Holloway, University of London
Deadline for submitting proposals: 5 May 2014
Contact: makinglettersmakingmeanings@gmail.com

Abstracts are invited for twenty-minute papers for the workshop Letters: Making and Meanings, 1700-present day. The workshop explores how the physical process of creating a letter could build meaning as significant as the words themselves. Letters: Making and Meanings engages with the lively current scholarship on the history of emotions and material culture to explore the semiotic significance of the physical and material presence of letters.

We wish to encourage cross-disciplinary participation from archive and museum professionals, scholars of history, palaeography, material culture, the emotions and other relevant disciplines. The day will include practical workshops by the Institute of Historical Research and the British Postal Museum and Archive.

Please send a 200 word abstract and a brief biographical note to makinglettersmakingmeanings@gmail.com by 5 May 2014.

Possible topics may include:
•Practical processes such as handwriting, folding, delivery and writing conventions.
•Tools such as paper, pens, seals, and stamps
•Inserted objects such as newspaper clippings, and love tokens.
•Themes relating to life-cycles, lifestyles, business and personal transactions, identity and the self, gender, consumption, transnational experiences, emotions and memory.

Letters: Making and Meanings is organised by Charlotte Brown and Zoe Thomas, Royal Holloway, University of London. With the generous support of the Centre for the Study of the Body and Material Culture, RHUL.

Source: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/shs/shs-news/call-for-papers-letters-making-and-meanings

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.

CFP: Workshop: ‘The Materiality of Writing’ – Liverpool 06/14

Title: Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Workshop: ‘The Materiality of Writing’
Organized by: Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre, University of Liverpool
Date and place: 05.06.2014 – 07.06.2014, Liverpool, Athenaeum Library
Deadline for submitting proposals: 25 April 2014
Contact: Helga Müllneritsch (helgamue@liv.ac.uk)

Description: This workshop will be hosted in the Library of the Liverpool Athenaeum, which was founded in 1797 to provide ‘the conveniences and accommodation for the acquisition of knowledge…in a town of such commercial and national importance as Liverpool’. It will be introduced by a public lecture delivered by Professor Dena Goodman (Michigan) entitled ‘Thinking of You: Objects, Memory and Epistolary Inspiration’. The second keynote speaker for the workshop will be Dr Annie Mattsson (Uppsala).

Recent research in a range of fields – ‘literatory life’, ‘the little tools of knowledge’, practices of state-making and bureaucracy, the documentation of personal identity, the uses of the pen in private and domestic contexts such as letter-writing, the shapings of domestic space and material culture, to name a few – have sparked interest in the act (or labour) of writing as an everyday practice that involves very particular interactions between mind, body, place and technology. We aim to bring together new research that allows us to reflect on how a ‘material’ approach to the uses of the pen might help us to understand the processes through which meaning and modernity were constructed in the long 18th century.

Themes might include:
– technologies of writing – pens, ink, paper, furniture
– personal and informal manuscript forms in everyday life – Stammbücher, commonplace books, marginalia, letters, diaries, account books
– penmanship, handwriting, graphology – the aesthetics and politics of legibility and indexicality
– signatures as ways of establishing identity, expressing individuality and witnessing
– occupational diseases of writers, clerical workers and scribes
– public manuscript genres and the persistence of manuscript reproduction in an age of print
– learning and teaching writing skills
– moving writing: the aesthetic and emotional significance of the postal service
– Who may and may not write? – the literate slave and other issues of power

Case studies are invited from all disciplines and covering any period within the long 18th century (ca 1650 to 1850). Contributions from all national contexts and those that explore global contexts for written communication are welcome. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. For further information, or to submit a proposal, please contact Helga Müllneritsch (helgamue@liv.ac.uk). Proposals should be submitted by 25 April 2014.

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Helga Muellneritsch
University of Liverpool
helgamue@liv.ac.uk

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