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The Reading Experience Database (RED), 1450–1945


A major international conference was held at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, 21-23 July 2008, organised by the Open University and the Institute of English Studies.

Keynote Speakers:

Kate Flint
Jonathan Rose
David Vincent

Roundtable Participants:

Simon Eliot
Mary Hammond
Leah Price
Helen Small
Naomi Tadmor

A detailed review of the proceedings of the conference is now available.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the conference. We were delighted with the quality and range of papers presented on the theme of evidence of reading and we were especially pleased with the invigorating discussion at every session. Plans for a publication resulting from the conference will be announced shortly.

Conference Photos!



[Conference delegates at the wine reception]


[The launch of Robert Fraser's book,
Book History through Postcolonial Eyes (Routledge, 2008)]


[Book historians rummaging through Waterstone's
rubbish attract the attention of passers-by]


[Conference delegates at Robert Fraser's book launch]

Reading figure

[Fasciculus temporum, Werner Rolevinck, [Rougemont]: Heinrich Wirtzburg, 1481, Senate House Library, Incunabula 76. By kind permission of Special Collections, Senate House Library, University of London.]

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