Book History Activities this Autumn (Spring, & beyond…)

True to our aims of engaging with our ‘interdiscipline’ in a range of ways, Book History @ Sheffield will be convening in different intellectual modes during the autumn semester and thereafter, bringing together research, theory and pedagogy. old-books_sized1

Our first session will be a reading group on Thursday 27th October, 1-2pm in Jessop West seminar room 2.  This is a chance for new colleagues and PGs to meet the book history collective and for us to discuss this short article (from which the quote above derives): Leslie Howsam, ‘Thinking Through the History of the Book’, Erudit, 7.2 (2016).

Book History in the Nineteenth Century, this semester’s research seminar, takes place on Thursday 10th November, between 1-4pm (exact time tbc) in Jessop West seminar room 8, featuring Séan Williams (School of Languages and Cultures) and Amber Regis (School of English).  Séan will offer a thought-piece on what book history means to nineteenth-century scholarship and Amber will present a research paper on the completion of her editorship of the memoirs of John Addington Symonds, poet, critic and ‘bourgeois radical’.

We round off the semester with an archive trip to Special Collections in Western Bank Library on Thursday 8th December, 3.30-5pm, where we can get our hands on some of the wonderful resources that the University of Sheffield holds (and try not to drool over the 1596 Faerie Queene or stampede for the 1608 Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes!).

We plan for each semester’s activities from now on to be a combination of reading group, research seminar and archive trip.  So please be in touch if you have ideas for any of these formats, using the contact box below.