Please see below for a Call for Papers for Voices and Books 1500-1800, a multidisciplinary conference taking place in Newcastle next July.
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VOICES AND BOOKS 1500-1800
July 16th-18th 2015
Newcastle University and City Library, Newcastle
Organiser: Jennifer Richards, Newcastle University, with Helen Stark, Newcastle University
Heidi Brayman Hackel (University of California, Riverside)
Anne Karpf (London Metropolitan University)
Christopher Marsh (Queen’s University, Belfast) with The Carnival Band
Perry Mills, Director of Edward’s Boys (King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon)
Although it is often acknowledged that early modern books were routinely read aloud we know relatively little about this. Oral reading is not embedded as an assumption in existing scholarship. On the contrary, over the last two decades it is the studious and usually silent reader, pen in hand, who has been placed centre stage. This conference invites contributions that explore the kind of evidence and research methods that might help us to recover this lost history; that think about how reading / singing aloud relates to other kinds of orality; that recover the civic and / or social life of the performed book in early modern culture; and reflect on how the performance of the scripted word might inform our reading of early modern writing today. We also welcome papers that think through what it might mean to make ‘voice’ central to our textual practice.
We invite proposals (in English) that address the relationship between orality and literacy in any genre in print or manuscript in any European language. The genres might be literary, religious, musical, medical, scientific, or educational. We encourage proposals that recover diverse communities and readers/hearers. We also welcome papers that consider problems of evidence: e.g. manuscript marginalia; print paratexts; visual representations; as well as non-material evidence (voice; gesture). We will be particularly pleased to receive suggestions for presentations that include practical illustrations, performances or demonstrations.
Topics might include, but are not restricted to:
• The sound of print
• The physiology of voicing
• Singing and speaking
• Rhetoric: voice and gesture
• Performance and emotions
• Communities of hearers
• Acoustic reconstructions
• Children’s reading / reading to children
200-word abstracts for 20-minute papers from individuals and panels (3 speakers) to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The DEADLINE for abstracts is: Friday 16th January 2015.
There will be a small number of travel bursaries for postgraduate and early career researchers. If you are interested in applying for support please contact Helen.Stark@ncl.ac.uk. Deadline: May 1st 2015.
For more information on the AHRC Network Voices and Books 1500-1800, co-led by Professor Jennifer Richards (Newcastle) and Professor Richard Wistreich (RCM London), please visit our website: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/voicesandbooks/.
The Voices & Books Network is supported by the AHRC, Newcastle University, the Royal College of Music, London and NEMA, the National Early Music Association.