Conference Programme

Untitled One (Detroit Book Depository), James Griffioen

Untitled One (Detroit Book Depository), James Griffioen

8:30 – 9:15: Registration & Coffee

9:15 – 9:25: Welcome and Introductions

9:30 – 11:00: Session 1

The Politics of Failure in the Archives: A Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Lisa Jardine (UCL)

  1. Heiba Lamara and Hudda Khaireh, One of My Kind Small Press (
  2. Cathy Collins, Endangered Archives Project, British Library (

11:00 – 11:25: Coffee, Tea, and Discussion of Pitches for Group Plenary

11:30 – 1:00: Session 2

Lightning Round Papers

Panel A: Trapped in the Archives

Chair: Will Tosh (The Globe Theatre)

  1. “The Agency of the Archivist in the Archives” Jenny Bunn (UCL)
  2. “Livery Company Clerks in the Archive” Jennifer Bishop (Cambridge)
  3. “Lost in the Archives: The Cataloguing of Miscellanies in the Ottoman Empire”R. Aslihan Aksoy-Sheridan  (Koç University)
  4. “In Search of Lost Studios: Chinese Bookmarks, Notes and Notebooks 1500-1750” Timothy Clifford (University of Pennsylvania)
  5. “Obliterating ‘Pope’ and the Reader’s Intent” Vaughan Stewart (UNC Chapel Hill)
  6. “In days of old when […]: The Difficulties of early modern marginalia and the history of reading”  Simon Davies (University of Sussex)

Panel B: Friends and Enemies of Archives

Chair: Jessica Green (Wiener Library)

  1. “How Researchers can frustrate the work of archivists”  Elizabeth Danbury (UCL)
  2. “Researcher bias and new-found letters in the archives of Elizabeth I” Mel Evans and Alan Bryson (University of Birmingham)
  3. “Unearthing history – miscellanea of documents recently discovered at the Notarial Archives, Malta” Sarah Watkinson on behalf of Joan Abela (Notarial Archives Malta)
  4. “Forgotten Histories: Neglected Collections in India” Arthur Dudney (Oxford University)
  5. “Fire in the Archives: Recognising the issues of damaged and destroyed collections” Rachel Dunn (University of Durham)
  6. “Not all who Wanter in L’Archivio di Stato di Firenze are Lost” Christine Contrada (University of Richmond)

1:00 – 1: 55 Lunch, and Group Plenary Discussion and Voting

2:00 – 3:30: Session 3 

20 Minute Papers

Panel A: Undermining the Archive

Chair: Nadine Akkerman

  1. “How to Hide Things in Archives” Arnold Hunt, (British Library)
  2. “Learning From Past Practice: Lessons from Problematic Conservation Treatments” Paul Garside and Cordelia Rogerson, (British Library)
  3. “A Provocation to Thought: Disruption as a generative process for historical research on texts and objects” Leonie Hannan (UCL)

Panel B: Failing the Canon

Chair: Emma Jay (National Archives)

  1. “Incapable but not irritable: reaching after facts in libraries and archives” Susan Halpert (Houghton Library, Harvard)
  2. “Inventing Shakespeare” Valerie Johnson and David Thomas (National Archives)
  3. “Early Modern Broadsheets between Archives and Libraries: A Possible Integration?” Flavia Bruni (St. Andrews)

3:30 – 4:10: Afternoon Tea

4:15 – 5:45: Group Plenary

6:00 – 7:30: Keynote Lecture: Natalie Zemon Davis (Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL)

7:30 – 9:00: Reception

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