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20th October-21st October 2012

Materialism and World Politics
(see call for papers below)

10th October-13th October 2012


Exploring Digital Humanities

Target group

Members of the Doctoral School of Arts, Humanities and Law. The seminar is also open to PhD candidates at other Flemish universities.

The seminar is primarily developed for and by doctoral candidates in the Department of Literary Studies, but is open to all PhD researchers engaging with digital humanities in their research.

All PhD students, in particular students who are in the first or second year of their PhD.


Three internationally renowned scholars will be invited as key lecturers:
Virtual Research Environments: Melissa Terras

Dr Melissa Terras is the Reader in Electronic Communication in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL), where she teaches Internet Technologies, Digital Resources in the Humanities, and Web Publishing. Her research interest span Digital Humanities, Digitization and Digital Imaging, Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Palaeography, Knowledge Elicitation, and Internet Technologies; always focussing on applying computational technologies to Humanities, in order to allow research that would otherwise be impossible.

Melissa Terras is the general editor for Digital Humanities Quarterly and is on the executive of both the Association for Computers and the Humanities and the Association of Literary and Linguistic Computing. Her monographs include Image to Interpretation: An intelligent system to aid historians in reading the Vindolanda texts (2006), and Digital Images for the Information Professional (2008).
Digital Text Editions: Matthew Kirschenbaum

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland and Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), an applied thinktank for the digital humanities. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Maryland, and a Vice President of the Electronic Literature Organization. Kirschenbaum specializes in digital humanities, electronic literature and creative new media (including games), textual studies, and postmodern/experimental literature. He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, and was trained in humanities computing at Virginia’s Electronic Text Center and Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (where he was the Project Manager of the William Blake Archive). His dissertation was the first electronic dissertation in the English department at Virginia and one of the very first in the United States.

Kirschenbaum’s first book, Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination, was published by the MIT Press in 2007. Taking its cues from textual studies and recent critical interest in writing and inscription technologies, Mechanisms addresses itself to the material and historical particulars of landmark works of new media and electronic literature, applying computer forensics to conduct new kinds of media-specific readings and drawing on significant new archival sources for works like Michael Joyce’s Afternoon and William Gibson’s electronic poem “Agrippa.” Mechanisms has won the 2009 Richard J. Finneran Award from the Society for Textual Scholarship (STS), the 2009 George A. and Jean S. DeLong Prize from the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP), and the 16th annual Prize for a First Book from the Modern Language Association (MLA).
Quantitative Research: Stefan Gries

Stefan Th. Gries is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Honorary Liebig-Professor of the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen. Gries has authored three books – one research monograph, an introduction to statistics with R for linguists, and a book on corpus linguistics with R. He has also co-edited four volumes – two on corpora in cognitive linguistics, one on corpus linguistics, and one on cognitive linguistics. He has (co-)authored articles in the leading peer-reviewed journals of his fields (Cognitive Linguistics and International Journal of Corpus Linguistics) as well as in many other peer-reviewed journals. He is founding editor-in-chief of the international peer-reviewed journal Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, associate editor of Cognitive Linguistics, and performs editorial functions for the following international peer-reviewed journals: Brazilian Journal of Applied Linguistics, CogniTextes, Constructions and Frames, Corpora, Journal of Advanced Linguistic Studies, and Language and Cognition.

Content & Call for papers

The approach of the workshop is two-pronged. An open round-table discussion aims to familiarize Ghent University doctoral students who are not yet engaging with digital humanities with the field, and the possibilities it offers their research. This workshop also seeks to promote high quality research, by creating an interactive forum at which doctoral students already involved with digital humanities will present their work. By bringing together interested humanities scholars from different fields and in different stages of their academic careers, this workshop hopes to inspire interdisciplinary collaborations with a basis in Digital Humanities. Presentations by a number of existing Ghent University projects will illustrate some of the possibilities Digital Humanities offers.

The event will be framed by three one-hour keynote talks: Stefan Gries of the University of California, Santa Barbara (a quantitative corpus linguist active in the field of cognitive linguistics), Matthew Kirschenbaum of the University of Maryland (a New Media specialist, whose recent research investigates the impact of digital media on contemporary literary production) and Melissa Terras of University College London (an expert in digital imaging, image processing, and internet technologies). Each of these speakers will discuss their research, elucidating the ways in which developments in Digital Humanities have shaped their work. These keynotes will take part in the round-table and will provide the doctoral students with feedback on their papers, in order to guide the students’ methodological and theoretical approaches to their research.
Relevant topics may include, but are not limited to:

*Digital editions and digitization
*Digital imaging and image processing
*New Media, digital materiality and digital-born texts
*Quantitative research in the humanities
*Virtual research environments and online scholarly collaborations
*Online literary production
*Alternative modes of publishing and Open Access

Please submit expressions of interest or proposals for papers to Jasper Schelstraete. The deadline is 1 September 2012.

More info here.

16th July-18th July 2012


Mix: Merging Intermedia X11 Conference

“A conference exploring Transmedia Writing & Digital Creativity. Call for Papers.

The conference will take place at Bath Spa University’s postgraduate centre at Corsham Court from 16th-18th July 2012. Its aim is to bring together practitioners and theorists working with writing in digital media.

The purpose is to create a core of research knowledge both practical and theoritical. The conference will present academic papers and also presentations and workshops by current digital practitioners.
There will also be a public exhibition of work by the Fluxus artists.

The questions we will be addressing are: How can new media be used for serious artistic purposes and how can we create a suitable critical vocabulary for this? What is the relationship between digital writers and the commercial world of ‘gaming’.
Who are the audiences for digital writing and how can they be accessed?

We welcome submissions from those who work in digital media, concrete poetry, text art, poetry and performance, poetry and film, film poems, digital poetics, poetry and art, poetry and music, digital narratives, game writing, intermedia poetry, transmedia writing, language art, visual writing and installations.

The conference will produce an e-book of critical essays, examples of work and also an online forum where the debate can be continued.

Confirmed Key Speakers are; Marc America, Maria Mencia, and Tom Konyves.

We invite proposals of 300 words for 30 min presentations and/or 90 min practical workshops.

Deadline Friday 30th Dec 2011. Conference booking opens 9th January 2012.”
More details here.
June 19th 2012


Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks
— 3rd Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2012

at Northwestern University in Evanston/IL,
near Chicago/IL on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Abstract: ^
We are pleased to announce the third Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2012 on Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks. The aim of the symposium is to foster cross-disciplinary research on complex systems within or with the help of arts and humanities.

The symposium will highlight arts and humanities as an interesting source of data, where the combined experience of arts, humanities research, and natural science makes a huge difference in overcoming the limitations of artificially segregated communities of practice.
Furthermore, the symposium will focus on striking examples, where artists and humanities researchers make an impact within the natural sciences. By bringing together network scientists and specialists from the arts and humanities we strive for a better understanding
of networks and their visualizations in general.

The overall mission is to bring together pioneer work, leveraging previously unused potential by developing the right questions, methods, and tools, as well as dealing with problems of information accuracy and incompleteness. Running parallel to the NetSci2012 conference, the symposium will also provide a unique opportunity to mingle with leading researchers and practitioners of complex network science, potentially sparking fruitful collaborations.

In addition to keynotes and interdisciplinary discussion, we are looking for a number of contributed talks. Selected papers will be published in print in a Special Section of Leonardo Journal (MIT Press), as well as online in Leonardo Transactions.

For previous edition papers and video presentations please visit the following URLs:
2010 URL:
2011 URL:

Confirmed keynote speakers: ^
Burak Arikan, Artist based in New York and Istanbul, USA/Turkey
Pedro Cano, Chief Technology Officer,, Barcelona, Spain
Miriah Meyer, Assistant Professor, University of Utah, USA

Organizing committee: ^
Maximilian Schich, DFG Visiting Research Scientist, CCNR, Northeastern University, USA
Roger Malina, Executive Editor at Leonardo Publications, France/USA
Isabel Meirelles, Associate Professor, Dept. of Art + Design, Northeastern University, USA
Cristián Huepe, Visiting Scholar, Applied Math Department, Northwestern University, USA

* Contemporary art and network science;
* Cultural analytics, culturomics, and high throughput approaches;
* Cultural exchange and trade networks (from the Neolithic to modern supply chains);
* Emergence and evolution of canon in art, music, literature and film;
* Evolution of communities of practice in art and science;
* History and theory of network visualization;
* Networks in architecture and urban planning (from Ekistics to Reality Mining);
* Network structure and dynamics in art, music, literature, and film;
* Taxonomy and evolutionary models in art and science.

Event website here.

3rd May – 5th May 2012

OBJECTOLOGY | Seminar + Book Launch. May, 3 – 5, Guimarães – Sociedade Martins Sarmento.

**Book Synopsis**

What is to be gained by arguing that objects speak? What do recent turns to the non-human and to things have in common? And what conflicts are emerging within the apparently consensual removal of the human from the centre of the problem of knowledge? Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in objects, things, and the non-human – a gradual departure from the domination of text, language, and discourse in previous decades, or, as is often said, a move away from the human as the central point of reference for thinking the world. The claim that there is a consensual turn is compounded by the emergence of numerous publications on non-human actors in fields as diverse as archaeology, science studies, anthropology, philosophy, history, art, and architecture; works in which the divide between nature and culture or between humans and non-humans is effaced, where complex assemblages of people and things challenge thought procedures, and where the ground upon which modernity itself was founded becomes the object of contention. However, if we look closely at the different ways in which these topics are being discussed, the image of a uniform turn immediately disappears; we find that recent attempts to emancipate objects are contingent upon and differentiated by the practices in which they emerge. With this in mind, the present book tries for the first time to bring together several different forums in which objects are being discussed anew, suggesting that the conflicts arising from fortuitous encounters between researchers might be more productive than a consensual turn to post-humanism.

**Objects, Practices, Territories (Seminar)**

New technological modes of scientific inquiry are currently forcing a radical re-conceptualization of the territories we co-habit. Driven by new forms of remote sensing and methods of forensic analysis, contemporary approaches no longer posit the human as central agent of territorial transformation, the focus lying instead on a multiplicity of non-human forms of agency, such as climatic, geological or bacteriological entities. Within this milieu, ecological perspectives become increasingly relevant. Bringing together a series of scholars, artists, researchers, scientists and activists, the seminar Objects, Practices and Territories, will focus on techno-scientific practices of forensic object-production and speculation (in architectural, legal, military and humanitarian domains), to frame this growing relational field wherein the politics of territorial transformation are now being discussed.

More here.

3rd May – 5th May 2012


The Nonhuman Turn in 21st Century Studies

Speakers include:
Jane Bennett
(Political Science, Johns Hopkins)

Ian Bogost (Literature,
Communication, Culture, Georgia

Bill Brown (English,

Wendy Chun (Media
and Modern Culture, Brown)

Mark Hansen (Literature, Duke)

Erin Manning (Philosophy/Dance,
Concordia University, Montreal)

Brian Massumi (Philosophy,
University of Montreal)

Tim Morton (English, UC-Davis)

Steven Shaviro (English,
Wayne State).

This conference takes up the “nonhuman turn” that has been emerging in the arts, humanities, and social
sciences over the past few decades. Intensifying in the 21st century, this nonhuman turn can be traced to a
variety of different intellectual and theoretical developments from the last decades of the 20th century:

actor-network theory, particularly Bruno Latour’s career-long project to articulate technical mediation,
nonhuman agency, and the politics of things;

affect theory
, both in its philosophical and psychological manifestations and as it has been mobilized by queer theory;

animal studies, as developed in the work of Donna Haraway, projects for animal rights, and a more general critique of speciesism;

the assemblage theory of Gilles Deleuze, Manuel DeLanda, Latour, and others;

new brain sciences like neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence; new media theory, especially as it has paid close attention to technical networks, material interfaces, and computational analysis;

the new materialism in feminism, philosophy, and Marxism;

varieties of speculative realism like object-oriented philosophy, vitalism, and panpsychism; and systems theory in its social, technical, and ecological manifestations.

Such varied analytical and theoretical formations obviously diverge and disagree in many of their aims,
objects, and methodologies. But they are all of a piece in taking up aspects of the nonhuman as critical to the
future of 21st century studies in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The conference is meant to address
the future of 21st century studies by exploring how the nonhuman turn might provide a way forward for the
arts, humanities, and social sciences in light of the difficult challenges of the 21st century.
Please send abstracts of up to 400 words by Monday, December 19, 2011, to Richard Grusin, Director,
Center for 21st Century Studies Acceptances will be sent by Monday, January 23, 2012.

24th October – 4th November 2011


Materialities of Text: Between the Codex and the Net

“An Online Conference Co-organised by Sas Mays (University of Westminster) and Nick Thoburn (University of Manchester)


The book, in its traditional codex form, appears in transition from print media to digital media; a condition nevertheless complicated by its forms of survival, as indicated by the term ‘webpage’. Despite the epochal significance of the scroll, the codex, and the digital text, such material figures of inscription are necessarily hybrid; a hybridity that especially characterises the current historico-technical relation between print and digital media. Hybridity, of course, has been championed, for example, in postcolonial studies, as a figure of subversion, but it is also clear that hybrid text, as much as it is an object of possible democratisation within the digital public sphere, is also an object of intense capitalisation. Thus, the apparent waning of the hegemony of print is drawing questions of the politics of textual materialism into critical perception, and the need to interrogate the specificity of these materials, in their complex relations to the sensual form of paper and the ‘dispersed’ textuality of the digital medium.

What, then, are the new materialities of hybrid text-media? What are the politics of digital/print hybrids, artists’ books, writing technologies, and digital publishing? How does media hybridity transform the political book, the artists’ book, or the work of literature? What effects do new materialities of text have on patterns of reading? Has media process replaced the media object? What are the sensory forms of new media materialities? How is the commodity-form of the book altered by new media platforms? What are the conditions and forms of specific media hybridities? What does new media do to the ‘perversions’ of the book – to bibliomania, to fetishism? Are we still ‘people of the book’ – what remains of the authority of the book? How has independent publishing responded to new materialities of text? What might figures of the book offer in the way of new or counter-knowledges, forms of community and communication?

Platform / Participants:

In keeping with its theme, the project will centre on an online conference, held on this website, which will allow the uploading of short texts and images, and user-generated commentary and debate. The organisers invite responses to texts and related questions from thinkers in all disciplines: literary-cultural studies, art-practice, critical theory and philosophy, book and publishing history and practice, etc.

Included texts: Janneke Adema & Gary Hall (Coventry University): ‘(Im)materialities of Text: The Book as a Form of Political & Conceptual Resistance in Art and Academia’; Richard Burt (University of Florida): ‘Shelf-Life’; Johanna Drucker (UCLA): ‘Diagrammatic Writing’; Davin Heckman (Siena Heights University): ‘The Politics of Plasticity: Neoliberalism, Deliberation & the Digital Text’; Sas Mays (University of Westminster) ‘Mnemopolitics: Philosophy & the Archive in the Digital Public Sphere’; Daniel Selcer (Duquesne University): ‘Invisible Ink: Atomizing Textual Materialism’; Nick Thoburn (University of Manchester): ‘Materialities of Political Publishing’.

The organisers intend this forum to allow discussion that may be included within the second form of dissemination, and feed into contributors’ articles in it: a special issue of the peer reviewed journal New Formations in 2012.”

Excerpt taken from event website slash conference location here.
12th July to 17th September 2011


Sackler Centre of Arts Education

“Founded in 2009, The Bidoun Library is a peripatetic resource of books, periodicals and ephemera developed by Bidoun Projects, a not-for-profit publishing, curatorial and educational initiative dedicated to supporting contemporary artists in and around the Middle East. This summer, The Bidoun Library will travel to the Serpentine Gallery to launch a special issue of Bidoun magazine produced during the revolution in Egypt. While in residence, Bidoun will continue to investigate the diverse histories of printed matter related to the Middle East, as well as explore the swiftly changing state of libraries in London.

In association with Shubbak, London’s first celebration of contemporary culture from across the Arab world.

Talks and events

During July and August, Bidoun will host a series of events including talks by leading Middle Eastern writers and artists.

Launch Event: Bidoun Library and
Monday 11 July
Sackler Centre of Arts Education

A celebration to mark the launch of Bidoun Library’s residency at the Sackler Centre of Arts Education and the first volume of CAMP’s research for, an information bank and publishing platform created in collaboration with local communities.

Hisham Matar, author
Saturday 16 July
Sackler Centre of Arts Education

Rania Stephan: The Three Disappearances of Suad Hosni
Monday 18 July
The Gate Cinema, Notting Hill

Former Edgware Road Project artist-in-residence Rania Stephan returns to present the UK premiere of her film The Three Disappearances of Suad Hosni (2011), which recently won the Sharjah Biennial Prize. The film’s non-fiction narrative reflects on the life and death of Egyptian actress Suad Hosni, who committed suicide while living on Edgware Road in 2001.

Friday 22 July
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Nawal el Saadawi, author and activist
Saturday 23 July
Sackler Centre of Arts Education

Samandal Comics, artists
Saturday 30 July
Sackler Centre of Arts Education

Slavs and Tatars, artists
Saturday 6 August
Sackler Centre of Arts Education

A Partial History of Magazine Diplomacy, Michael C. Vazquez
Saturday 13 August
Sackler Centre of Arts Education

Ahdaf Soueif, author
Saturday 20 August
Sackler Centre of Arts Education

UK Libraries: Struggles for the Knowledge Commons
Saturday 27 August
Sackler Centre of Arts Education

Sonallah Ibrahim, author
Saturday 3 September
Sackler Centre of Arts Education

For more information please contact:
Janna Graham, Education Projects Curator
+44 (0)20 7298 1535

Amal Khalaf, Edgware Road Projects Assistant
+44 (0)20 723 3162”
7th July


Exhibition opening ‘Books and Babies at Cambridge University Library’, curated by Dr Francis Neary and Dr Nick Hopwood. More on the exhibition here.

6th to 11th February 2012

The First Symposium: Citizenship after Orientalism

More here.
30th June to 2nd July



Conference website here.

1st July


The New School, NYC

MobilityShifts: An International Future of Learning Summit
Call for Workshops, Demonstrations, Panel Discussions and Short Talks

‘MOBILITYSHIFTS IS: provocative conversations, original ideas, engaging performances, workshops and art projects about digital learning. Where, when, how, and even what we are learning is changing. Digital learning is not only taking place online or in the university classroom but is also situated in museums, after school programs, living rooms, public libraries and peer-to-peer universities. The future of learning will not be solely determined by digital culture but by the re-organization of power relationships and institutional protocols. MobilityShifts will bring together leading scholars, artists, web developers, technologists, teachers, librarians, policy makers, critical legal scholars and learning activists to discuss how digital media can play a positive role in this process of transformation.’

More here.


Book a seat if you can!
30th June-1st July


“The 6th Annual Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) will take place on 30th June – 1st July 2011 in Berlin. OKCon is a wide-ranging conference that brings together individuals and organizations from across the open knowledge spectrum for two days of presentations, workshops and exchange of ideas.”

Event website here, and programme here.

June 6-8


FOCUS 2011 is organized by UNESCO and the Italian Government in collaboration with the Regione Lombardia, which has provided financial support. Additional support for this event has been provided by the City of Monza, the Consorzio Villa Reale e Parco di Monza, PROMOS, Azienda Speciale per l’Internazionalizzazione della Camera di Commercio di Milano, and the Camera di Commercio di Monza. Event website here.

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During May


Programme of Events here.

CFPs: Tweet-sized Abstract before 13th May


More information here.

May 9th


More here.


Opening of Anglia Ruskin University’s new art space. Press release:

“Housed in the Ruskin Gallery, part of the Cambridge School of Art which was opened by John Ruskin in 1858, the innovative new gallery will display art in a digital format on High Definition screens, including the world’s first Panasonic 103” 3D Full HD plasma screen which has been specially imported from Japan.

Chris Owen, Head of the Cambridge School of Art said: “This is a hugely valuable facility for Anglia Ruskin University, the city of Cambridge and the UK. Whether students are studying fine art, photography, animation or film production, the opportunity to exhibit digital artwork is of paramount importance in the contemporary art world.

“This exhibition space is already attracting interest from a wide range of international artists, and we are confident it will soon become a major attraction in the cultural life not just of Cambridge but the whole region.”

The Ruskin Gallery is a unique exhibition space surrounded by artists’ studios on the Anglia Ruskin campus. Open to the general public, all exhibitions are free and carefully selected to provide a memorable gallery-going experience.

With its vaulted ceilings, character and light, the Ruskin Gallery is the perfect backdrop for traditional shows and the new technology – which also includes a state-of-the-art Bose audio system – has been installed to complement the building’s period character. The new digital technology is fully flexible, allowing both traditional hanging and digital viewing, either independently, or at the same time. The area underneath the main exhibition space has been transformed into a photography gallery and there is also an interactive touch-screen information point.

The work was carried out by Snelling Business Systems and Managing Director Toby Wise said: “We are delighted to be part of this extremely exciting project which has involved installing the audio visual requirements for this country’s first ever permanent digital art gallery.

“The Ruskin Gallery now joins projects in Italy and Argentina in offering this state-of-the-art medium for displaying and exhibiting art.”

The digital gallery will help to further the relationship between art and science at Anglia Ruskin, with similar cross-disciplinary projects already existing with the Digital Performance Lab and the Cultures of the Digital Economy (CoDE) Research Institute.

Professor Derrik Ferney, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences, said: “Not only is the Ruskin Gallery an impressive space for traditional hanging exhibitions but it can also be quickly converted to a cutting-edge digital gallery with nine 32” full HD monitors in addition to a 103” 3D full HD video wall.

“Its flexibility means that a variety of configurations and combinations of digital and hanging spaces can be achieved. It has been cleverly designed to allow it to continue to show 2D work exceptionally well, whilst enabling synergies with new technology and connectivity emanating from our successful Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute.

“The space will allow students to exhibit in new ways and across disciplines, in fields as diverse as fashion, film, photography and computer games.

“The international nature of the project combines excitingly with the regional context and we see the new digital gallery as a bridge between Anglia Ruskin University and the creative industries that thrive in Cambridge and the surrounding region.”

The Cultures of the Digital Economy (CoDE) Research Institute is a multidisciplinary initiative at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. The Institute fosters a critical and experimental interdisciplinary research environment and through projects, seminars and published research aims to explore the role of current and emerging technologies in a creative context.


For more press information please contact:

Jon Green on t: 0845 196 4717, e:

Andrea Hilliard on t: 0845 196 4727, e:”

See more here.
May 3-4


More on this here.

April 31st May 1st


Event website here.
April 16th


Book Destruction
16 April 2011

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

Much attention has been given in recent years to the book as a material, historical object and its possible technological obsolescence in the era of digitization. Such reflections have tended to concentrate on the production and cultural circulation of books, their significance and their power to shape knowledge and subjectivities. But there is another aspect to our interactions with the book which remains relatively unexplored: the history of book destruction. In certain circumstances books are treated not with reverence but instead with violence or disregard. This conference invites reflections on this alternative history of the book, and we welcome papers from a range of historical periods and disciplinary backgrounds. We welcome proposals from postgraduate students, as well as from more established academics.

Why do people destroy books? What are the mechanics of book destruction: the burning, pulping, defacing, tearing, drowning, cutting, burying, eating? What are the cultural meanings that have been attached to book destruction, and what do they reveal about our investments in this over-familiar object? Why should the burning of books have such symbolic potency? Book destruction is often invoked as a symbol of oppressive, despotic regimes; what is our ethical position, now, in relation to such acts? What is the relationship between book destruction and other forms of cutting up (quotation; collage)? When do acts of destruction become moments of creativity? How does destruction relate to recycling and reuse? Do transitions in media (manuscript to print; print to digital) threaten those older forms? How might the current phase of digitization and the gradual disappearance of library stock relate to prior moments of destruction? In the internet age, is it still possible to destroy (that is, completely erase) a text? What does materiality mean in a digital age?


9.50am Registration and welcome: Beveridge Hall, Senate House south block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

10.00-11.15 Burning / Drowning
Katherine Inglis (Birkbeck): ‘From the Flames: Book Burning in Confessions of a Justified Sinner and Romola’
Rebecca Knuth (Hawaii): ‘Book Destruction and Contemporary War’
Ross Birrell (Glasgow): ‘Destroyed Books Made 1996-2000’

11.15 Coffee

Cutting / Tearing
Gabriel Egan (Loughborough): ‘The Missing Page: Hancock’s Half Hour and the Debasement of Literature’
Corinna Norrick (Mainz): ‘The Demystification of the German Children’s Book: rororo rotfuchs in the 1970s’
Lucy Razzall (Cambridge): ‘ “Wrapt up no doubt in many pieces”: Clothing & Unclothing the Early Modern Book’
Adam Smyth (Birkbeck): ‘Cutting up Bibles at Little Gidding’

1.15-2.15 Lunch

2.15-3.30 Recycling / Reuse
Heather Tilley (Birkbeck): ‘Waste Matters: Our Mutual Friend and Nineteenth-Century Book Recycling’
Nicola Dale (Manchester): ‘Destruction and Potential: The Book as Artist’s Medium’
Harriet Phillips (Oxford): ‘Disposable Pleasures: Making Use of Broadsides’

3.30 Coffee

3.45-4.45 Digitising / Archiving
Bonnie Mak (Illinois): ‘Palimpsests of the Present: A Critical Approach to Digitised Books’

Brooke Palmieri (Oxford): ‘Dispatches from the Department of Acquisition and Destruction: Robert Burton’s Books at the Bodliean’

4.45-5.45 Plenary: Kate Flint (Rutgers): ‘The Aesthetics of Book Destruction’


April 14th


Launch of Spatial Humanities Project today.

see here!
April 2nd


Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Portland, Oregon
April 7 – June 17, 2011

More info here.

February 25th 2011


In celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of the John Hope Franklin Research Center, the Duke University Libraries and the Office of the Provost present the inaugural Atelier @ Duke, a series of panel discussions on The Idea of ArchiveProducing and Performing Race. This program is free and open to the public. Please register if you would like to attend.

For more information and to register visit

Program Schedule:

NOTE: All panel sessions will take place in the Gothic Reading Room of Perkins Library.
Friday, February 25
1:00-2:30 PM

Panel 1: Text and The Body Politic

Michael Hanchard (Johns Hopkins)
Valerie Smith (Princeton)
Robyn Wiegman (Duke)
Moderator: Wahneema Lubiano (Duke)
2:45-4:15 PM

Panel 2: Representing Global Blackness

Ian Baucom (Duke)
Farah Jasmine Griffin (Columbia)
Charles Piot (Duke)
Deborah A. Thomas (Penn)
Moderator: Lee Baker (Duke)
4:30-5:45 PM

Panel 3: Intellectuals & Activism

Joanne Braxton (William & Mary)
Paula Giddings (Smith College)
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Harvard)
Tim Tyson (Duke)
Moderator: William H. Chafe (Duke)
Saturday, February 26
9:00-10:30 AM

Panel 4: Private Bodies

Harriet Washington (Author, Medical Apartheid)
Charmaine Royal (Duke)
Alondra Nelson (Columbia)
Anne Lyerly (Duke/UNC-CH)
Moderator: Karla Holloway (Duke)

11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Panel 5: Media & PoliticsCulture & Identity

Nia-Malika Henderson (The Washington Post)
Susannah Meadows (Newsweek)
Linda Williams (The Raleigh News & Observer)
Orin Starn (Duke)
Moderator: Mark Anthony Neal (Duke)

For questions, contact:

Jennifer Thompson
John Hope Franklin Research Center Librarian
(919) 660-5922

February 24th 2011

More info here.

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