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Dregs, dross and debris: the art of transient print

  • John Foster Building 80- 98 Mount Pleasant Liverpool, England, L3 5UZ United Kingdom (map)

Print Networks in conjunction with the Centre for Printing History & Culture and Liverpool John Moores University is pleased to announce its conference on the theme of Dregs, dross and debris: the art of transient print, 9-10 July, 2019 at Liverpool John Moores University. This event is supported by The Bibliographical Society.

BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN, prices include: two days of talks, all refreshments, lunches, and wine reception.

Full-price tickets, £80.00

Student tickets, £50.00 (for those in full-time education)

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This conference takes a fresh look at the printed material too often regarded as trash - either by its contemporaries, who regarded it as disposable, or by the academy which until recently has tended to treat such items as beneath contempt.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Brian Maidment, 'To drive away the heavy thought of care' - the early history of the trade in scraps, 1820-1840

SPEAKERS: Diana Patterson, Parliamentary rubbish; Judith Davies, A week is a long time in politics: how a short, sharp poster campaign in 1857 helped to overturn centuries of aristocratic domination in Dudley; Helen S. Williams, Printing in procession: printers’ participation in nineteenth-century public events; David Osbaldestin, Yesterday’s tomorrows: a throwaway history of ephemera studies; Jim Mussell, Ephemera belongs to the dead: affect, print, and memory; Sue May, Trading on fear of purgatory: a mass printed ticket to Tudor popularity; Annemarie McAllister, ‘My friend, do me the favour of reading this’: trash or tract?; Karel van der Waarde, Medicines information leaflets: are we just printing waste or are we really supporting patients? David Atkinson, Bellman’s sheets: between street literature and ephemera; Iain Beavan, Chapbook woodcuts: ‘unfit for purpose’?; Francesca Tancini, Virtually indestructible: the ephemeral life of Victorian picture-books for children; Elaine Jackson, ‘I’d rather be good bad than bad good’: Berta Ruck writing ‘bad’ romance for women’s magazines; Tony Quinn, Fifty years too early: George Newnes and The Million, a penny colour magazine for the masses; Annette Hagan, The chapbook collection of Sir Walter Scott; Marine Furet, The archaeology of her desk: reading the ephemera in Angela Carter’s archives.