Exploring Early Modern Books: A Workshop
25-26 June 2018
Special Collections, Arts and Social Sciences Library, University of Bristol
On 25-26 June 2018, the Centre for Material Texts at the University of Bristol is organizing a two-day intensive workshop for students from any discipline who want to know more about early modern print culture. By working closely with items from Special Collections at the University of Bristol’s Arts and Social Sciences Library, participants in the workshop will develop skills in handling and studying printed books of the early modern period (c. 1500-1800). The workshop is for anyone who wants to discover more about early modern printed books: about how they are made and how that making might impact upon their contents; about how they might be interpreted as objects; about how to find your way around rare book libraries and special collections departments; and about the importance of engaging with the material in our increasingly digital age.
The workshop will be taught by specialists in early modern book history, including Rhiannon Daniels, John McTague, and Jennifer Batt. The workshop is based in Special Collections in the University of Bristol’s Arts and Social Sciences Library, and will draw on the library’s holdings, which range from poetry to geology, children’s literature to international history (and much much more) and cover languages including English, French, German, Italian, and Latin.
The course will be of particular value to anyone who is thinking about pursuing research (at MA/PhD) in topics in the early modern period (c. 1500-1800), but we welcome anyone with an interest in the area.
Attendance at the workshop is free, but places are limited, so you’ll need to apply to attend on the registration form here by 24 May 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 June 2018. Some bursaries are available to support travel and accommodation costs; please indicate if you’d like to be considered for a bursary on the registration form.
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