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Conferences

In addition to the annual seminar series, members of the group have been involved in co-organising two major international, multi-day conferences in recent years. The first was part of the Colonial History of the Book project and was on the topic of the Culture of the Publisher's Series. This took place on 18-19 October 2007, and a two volume edited collection resulting from this conference was published in February 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan. The second was ‘Evidence of Reading, Reading the Evidence’, and took place on 21-23 July 2008. Keynote speakers were international experts on the history of reading: Professors Kate Flint (University of Southern California), Jonathan Rose (Drew University), and David Vincent (The Open University). This conference was attended by over 160 delegates from more than 20 countries, and a review of the conference is available online. A three volume series of edited volumes resulting largely from research originally presented at this conference was published by Palgrave Macmillan in August 2011. Members of the Book History Research Group also regularly attend major conferences in the field, such as the annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP).

 

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Edmund King and Rosalind Crone speaking at the RED user workshops held in February 2011