5th December 2014
A Book History Research Network Study Day
on print and manuscript culture in British and European towns and cities.
The first book written by Samuel Johnson, an abridgment and translation of Father Lobo's voyage to Abyssinia, was issued from London in 1735. However, it had been written in Birmingham and printed there two years earlier by Thomas Warren a bookseller, printer, publisher and founder of the town’s first known newspaper, the Birmingham Journal.
This brief anecdote serves to highlight the dominance of the metropolitan press over its regional counterparts. But whilst the book trade - and its historians - may focus on the capital, every provincial town also has its own literary and typographic history embedded in its ephemera, pamphlets, newspapers and books; and every regional town has designed, produced, published and printed books of both interest and value. This symposium considers the productions relating to, and of, the regional press.
Papers of twenty-minutes duration are invited for this interdisciplinary Study Day from postgraduates, independent researchers and established scholars working on medieval to modern Britain or Europe. Topics might include but are not limited to:
HOW TO APPLY Please send a suggested title, synopsis (200 words) and biography (100 words) via a Word attachment to both Professor Caroline Archer and Dr Catherine Armstrong at the email addresses below.
DEADLINE Friday 17 October 2014
Organisers: Professor Caroline Archer and Dr Catherine Armstrong