Intensive summer History-of-the-Book workshop in England—all expenses paid

Warwick conference centre
University of Warwick
Simon Gilson
Simon Gilson
Maude Vanhaelen
Maude Vanhaelen
David Lines
David Lines

I want to call special attention to an extraordinary opportunity for graduate students and recent postdoctoral scholars: the 2012 Warwick-Newberry Summer Workshop, to be held at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, July 9 – 20.

This is the sixth year of a series of Mellon Foundation-funded programs, collaborations between the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick and the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies. The overall theme for 2011-12 is “Reading Publics in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Renaissance Europe.” A one-day workshop was held in November at Warwick on reading publics and the religious controversy in sixteenth-century Italy and England; a second one-day workshop will be held here at the Newberry next month on the constitution of reading publics in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century France, Italy, Spain, and England.

These one-day workshops bring together leading scholars in the field, to share their research and brainstorm ideas for the culminating program, a two-week residential summer workshop that will intensively explore the history of book, print and manuscript culture, and reception issues with regard to vernacular literature, Platonism, philosophy, and medicine. The workshop directors are Simon Gilson, David Lines, and Maude Vanhaelen, all of the University of Warwick. They will be joined by several guest faculty, some still to be determined.

A special focus of the summer workshop will be the opportunities and challenges presented by the explosion of digitized texts becoming available. Students will compare digitized versions with physical inspection of original manuscript and printed copies, to gain a clearer sense of what digitized resources are available—and planned—for the study of textual communities in early modern Italy, France, Spain, and England; while at the same time scrutinizing the advantages, problems, and limitations of digitization.

The workshop is open to graduate students, and to postdoctoral scholars who completed the PhD within the last three years, in any relevant discipline. Accepted participants will receive travel reimbursement and will stay free of charge at Warwick’s on-campus conference facility (all meals included). The workshop will be of special interest to scholars studying early modern Italian, English (and literatures of other European languages), history, history of science, philosophy, history of the book and of printing, and manuscript studies, among other fields.

Applications are due Friday, March 9. See our workshop web page for more information and a link to Warwick’s application page.

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