Over three days at the end of last week, the Centre for Material Texts hosted a gathering of academics, artists, health care professionals and librarians who were all interested in how we make our lives alongside books.
The keynote speakers at Living Well With Books approached the topic from a range of angles: Abigail Williams discussed the dangers of reading in bed, both now and in the eighteenth century; Elif Tinaztepe explored how library design might change communities; Miha Kovac revealed what Slovenian interior design magazines might reveal about attitudes to books; and Alison Strachan how lives might be transformed by learning the historic craft of book binding.
The conference was truly interdisciplinary, transnational and transhistorical: presentations ranged from ancient Greece to contemporary Cuba, from Renaissance Italy to the present-day NHS, and covered quite a lot else in between!
Living Well With Books was a conference with a twist: alongside regular panels and presentations, there was a series of book arts workshops designed to encourage delegates to live well with books. There were sessions on marbling with Sarah, collagraph printing with Steph from Bristol Print Room, and pamphlet making with Alison and Jonathan from Bound by Veterans. And there were other workshops too: mornings began with a writing retreat; there were opportunities to explore the Theatre Collection and to discover Clifton’s literary heritage; and there was an ideas lunch, courtesy of Brigstow, to round it all off.
The conference was made possible by the generous support of the Faculty of Arts; the Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition; and the Brigstow Institute.
Living Well with Books starts today!
If you’re coming to the conference, you can find the registration desk on the 3rd floor of the North Wing of the Richmond Building at the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The most up-to-date version of the programme can be found here: Living Well with Books programme 5-9-18
We’re really excited to welcome a fantastic range of speakers to Bristol, and we’re very much looking forward to enjoying workshops on marbling, printing, writing and binding, and to exploring the Theatre Collection and some of Clifton’s local literary heritage.
If you want to tweet about the conference, it’d be great if you could use the hashtag #LivingWellWithBooks so we can follow what you’ve got to say!
Please visit the University of Bristol online shop to register to attend our conference ‘Living well with books’, which is taking place from 5-7 September 2018.
We have an exciting package of presentations and activities lined up for you, including some hands-on making sessions. Spaces for these are limited and strictly first-come, first-served, so book quickly!
For the conference programme and more details of activities, accommodation, and how to find us, visit the conference page.
Registration will close on Monday 3 September.
Living Well with Books is interdisciplinary, transhistorical, and transnational conference organized by the Centre for Material Texts, University of Bristol on 5-7 September 2018. The conference aims to explore how books have affected and continue to affect our daily lives and well-being. How we have lived with books in the past, how do we live with them in the present, how we might live with them better in the future, and how might we help others do the same?
We’re extending the deadline for Living Well with Books for a little while longer. If you’re working on any aspect of the relationship between books and people in the present or in the past, consider submitting a proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 June 2018.
Topics that papers might address include:
- Living alongside books
- Books in our hands
- Books, health, and wellbeing
- Books and communities
- Getting hold of books
- Living badly with books
You can see the full CFP here.
Our three keynote speakers are now confirmed:
- Elif Tinasztepe, Associate Partner and Senior Project Architect, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
- Professor Miha Kovač, Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies at the University of Ljubljana
- Professor Abigail Williams, Faculty of English, University of Oxford
We are delighted and excited to announce that our keynote speakers for ‘Living Well with Books’, 5-7 September 2018 will be:
Elif Tinasztepe, Associate Partner and Senior Project Architect, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Professor Miha Kovač, Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies at the University of Ljubljana
Professor Abigail Williams, Faculty of English, University of Oxford
If you would like to submit a proposal, there is still time! Further details are here.
Join us for our first postgraduate workshop, Framing Texts, on 30 May 2018. Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/framing-texts-tickets-44328358313
Editing and Reading Romantic Letters
Monday 14th May 2018
University of Bristol
Queen’s Building, room 1.7
Confirmed Speakers: Tim Fulford, Ian Packer and Lynda Pratt, Oliver Clarkson, and Samantha Matthews
This colloquium will bring together experts from major projects including the Romantic Circles edition of The Collected Letters of Robert Southey and the Humphry Davy Letters Project to discuss the theory and practice of editing Romantic writers’ correspondence. It will also be an opportunity to explore some new critical directions opened up by these resources and to think about the letter as a literary genre.
Lunch will be provided.
Attendance is free but booking is required.
Please email email@example.com before Tuesday 8th May to register.
Sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust.