Symposium Programme

 Saturday 28 June 2014

9.45                                Registration 

10.00                             Introduction and Welcome: Gill Partington and Maryanne Dever


10.15–11.30                 Panel 1: Perverted Pages

Wim Van Mierlo (School of Advanced Study, University of London)

Writing Tools: The Manuscript as Every-Day Object

Katherine Inglis (University of Edinburgh)

Marian Earle, Book artist.

Andrew Janes (The National Archives, UK)

Mutilation or recreation? Customised cartography in central government recordkeeping




11.50- 1.00                  Panel 2: Obsessive Collectors

Vicky Mills (University of Cambridge)

Erotics of Late Nineteenth-Century Book Collecting

Jo Croft (Liverpool John Moores University)

‘Unpacking My Hoard’: A Talk About Literary Hoarding (or ‘Too Many Feelings About Too Many Books…)

Maryanne Dever (University of Newcastle, Australia)

Eve Langley’s Manuscript Cupboard



                                       Lunch (Own Arrangements)


2-3.25                     Panel 3: Sensing the Book

Katherine Curran (The Bartlett, University College London)

Does the British Library need a Nose?

Gill Partington (Birkbeck, University of London)

Reading, Eating and Perverting Paper: The Indigestible Book in Art

Karen Sandhu (Book Artist, London)


Jane Wildgoose (Kingston)

A Visit to the Archives




3.45-5.00                     Panel 4: Paper and the Body

Christopher Holliday (King’s College London)

Manuscript anatomies and bookish bodies: Inside the Quay Brothers’ The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer(1984)

Sophie Ratcliffe (University of Oxford)

Curl Papers and Papillotes

Jane Partner (University of Cambridge)

Books as Bodies: Dissection and Interiority in Books and Book Sculpture


                                        Wine Reception

Performance: The Poem Factory (Tommy Peeps, Daniel Eltringham, Ollie Evans, Fabian MacPherson and Camilla Nelson)



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