Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street,
University of London, WC1E 7HU
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Pre-registration has now closed. However, if you would still like to attend the conference and have not yet registered, please email the "Reading Communities" team at email@example.com.
9.30–10.30 Registration (tea and coffee provided) Jessel Room
10.30–11.00 Introduction and Welcome Court Room
11.00–12.30 Parallel Sessions Rooms 243 and 246
Chair: David Johnson (The Open University) Room 243
W. R. Owens (University of Bedfordshire) : “Reading Aloud, Past and Present”
Rob Koehler (New York University) : “Exploring Reading Communities at the New York Society Library, 1789–1805”
Josephine von Zitzewitz (University of Cambridge) : “Samizdat as Social Media: Journals, Their Makers and Their Readers”
Chair: Jonathan Gibson (The Open University) Room 246
Sophie Defrance (Cambridge University Library) : “Girls’ Reading in Secondary Schools at the End of the Nineteenth Century”
Andrew Murphy (University of St Andrews) : “Reading the Nation: Literacy and Irish Identity”
Simon Frost (Bournemouth University) : “In the Bookshop: Political Readings within the Frame of Economics”
12.30–1.30 Lunch Jessel Room
1.30–3.00 Parallel Sessions Rooms 243 and 246
Chair: Edmund King (The Open University) Room 243
Lynda Mugglestone (Pembroke College, University of Oxford) : “Reading as History: Andrew Clark and the Words in War-Time Project”
Jessica Hammett (University of Sussex) : “Community Reading and Community Writing in Civil Defence Magazines during the London Blitz”
Katherine Cooper (Newcastle University) : “The Personal is Political: The Politics of Reading in Blitz London”
Chair: Rob Koehler (New York University) Room 246
James Connolly and Frank Felsenstein (Ball State University) : "Approaches to Reading Experiences: What Middletown Read and the Reading Experience Database"
Calista Williams (The Open University/National Library of Wales) : "Reading the Readers’ Register: The Reading Habits of the First Users of the National Library of Wales, 1909–1912"
Nicola Wilson (University of Reading) : "Transatlantic Reading Communities: The American Book of the Month Club and the Book Society Ltd."
3.00–3.30 Tea and coffee Jessel Room
3.30–5.00 Parallel Sessions Rooms 243 and 246
Chair: Francesca Benatti (The Open University) :Room 243
Bronwen Thomas (Bournemouth University) : “All Together Now: Social Reading in the Digital Age”
Nicola Presley (Bath Spa University) : “Reading Communities and Adaptations on Social Media Sites”
Petra Ragnerstam and Sara Bjärstorp (University of Malmö) : “Live Reading Communities: LARPs and the Performance of Literature”
Chair: Andrew Murphy (University of St Andrews) Room 246
Brooke Palmieri (University College London) : “The Fine Line between Consensus and Censorship: Quakers and Their Reading”
Amy Tooth Murphy (University of Roehampton) and Graham Smith (Royal Holloway, University of London) : “The World That Books Built: Reading, Memory, and the Creation of History”
Sarah Pyke (University of Roehampton) : “‘Ardent Reading’ and ‘Hermeneutic Voyaging’ in the Queer Oral History Archive”
5.30–6.30 Keynote Lecture Court Room
Simon Eliot (Institute of English Studies, University of London) : “Reading and the Ministry of Information and Reading the Ministry of Information”
6.30–7.30 Evening Wine Reception Jessel Room
Held in partnership with the Institute of English Studies, University of London
Reading Communities: Connecting the Past and the Present, an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project
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