CfP: Voices and Books, 1500-1800

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BARS members might be interested in the culminating conference of the AHRC Voices and Books project, which will take place in Newcastle in July (details below).  Be aware, however, that the dates clash with Romantic Imprints, so if you’re planning on joining us in Cardiff, you may have to sit this one out.

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July 16th-18th 2015

Newcastle University and City Library, Newcastle

Organiser: Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University) with Helen Stark, (Newcastle University) and Richard Wistreich (Royal College of Music)

Keynote Speakers:
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 aims to: explore the kind of evidence and research methods that might help us to recover this lost history; think about how reading/singing aloud relates to other kinds of orality; 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.


Thanks to generous support from the AHRC we have managed to keep the cost of attending the conference low. For the whole conference it is a mere £80 for those with salaries and only £50 for those without salaries. Please note that this is the EARLY BIRD cost (available until May 26th). Thereafter the cost goes up quite considerably.

You can find the full schedule for the conference on the web link above, plus maps and information about booking accommodation. We have reserved rooms in a range of hotels that should suit different budgets.

We look forward to welcoming speakers and delegates to Newcastle in July!