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Book History Research Network Study Day

Book History Research Network Study Day, 21 April 2017, Colin Matthew Room, Humanities Division, Radcliffe Humanities, University of Oxford

This one-day workshop will explore collaborative book production from the Middle Ages to the present day. It is the aim of the workshop to shed light on the practicalities, purposes and thought processes behind collaborative working methods.  Speakers wil consider bibliographical, palaeographical, codicological, art-historical and historical approaches to the topic.

Registration is now open for our study day at the end of the month. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to and The registration fee of £5 will include lunch and refreshments.

9.30-10am Registration

10-11.30am Panel One: Scribal Collaboration
Thomas Gobbitt – Collation and Collaboration in Liber Papiensis in the third quarter of the eleventh century

Rosa Smurra – Women’s Contribution to Book Production in medieval university cities – the case of Bologna in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

Sheryl McDonald Werronen – Scribal Collaboration in Early Modern Iceland

11.45-1.15pm Panel Two: Illustration and Materiality
Gillian Wraight – Don’t judge a book by its cover, judge the owner

Lucy Peltz – The Social life of Books: antiquarianism, authorship and extra illustration in late c18th Britain

Jacqueline Reid Walsh – The Beginning, Progress and End of Man and Metamorphosis, or a Transformation in Pictures with Poetical Explanations, for the amusement of young persons: collaborative interconnections between published and homemade versions of the texts

1.15-2pm Lunch break

2-3.30pm Panel Three: Constructing and Reconstructing Knowledge
Thomas Goodwin – Construction of historical narratives in sixteenth century Italy

Nikki Tomkins – Reconstructing Nicholas Crouch

Katherine Parker - Fluid Relations: The informal yet interdependent Pacific geographic knowledge network of eighteenth-century Britain

3.45-5.15pm Panel Four: Literary and Collaborative Networks

Andrew Dunning – Literary Exchanges between Malmesbury and Cirencester Abbeys

Alberto Gabriele – Nineteenth Century Cultural Transfer before copyright law: The Leipzig Book Fair and its transnational collaborative networks

Rebecca Emmett – Sixteenth and Seventeenth century literary publishing networks


Earlier Event: April 3
Type Talk: Neville Brody
Later Event: May 10
Presentation Wednesdays