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Mary I (1516-1558). A Conference in her 500th Anniversary Year

Start: Sep 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM
End: Oct 1, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Decorative Capital Selection
An international and interdisciplinary conference hosted by University College London and the National Maritime Museum

Launch event for The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe

Start: Oct 13, 2016 3:00:00 PM
End: Oct 13, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Ramelli's bookwheel, early modern information culture
On Thursday October 13, the UCL Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) are hosting a launch event for The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe (AOR), a digital humanities initiative from CELL, Johns Hopkins University, and Princeton University, generously funded by the Mellon Foundation.

The activities conducted in the first two years of the project have resulted in the construction of a IIIF-compliant viewer containing digitised images of thirteen books annotated by Gabriel Harvey as well as fully searchable transcriptions of all of Harvey’s annotations and other interventions with the material text. Enhanced by a wide-ranging set of functionalities relating to image viewing and manipulation, transcription viewing, and the construction of query-based searches, AOR makes possible innovative and systematic research on historical reading practices and strategies.

The launch will be at the UCL Institute for Advanced Study’s Common Ground and comprises:

A two-hour workshop (15:00-17:00) for graduate students and researchers on the history of reading and the Digital Humanities run by Prof Earle Havens (Johns Hopkins, PI of AOR), Dr Matthew Symonds (CELL/UCL, co-PI), Dr Jaap Geraerts (postdoctoral fellow at CELL/UCL), and Prof Arnoud Visser (Utrecht University, director of Annotated Books Online). Subjects covered will include renaissance and early modern reading practices, bibliography and book history, the conceptualization of annotated books as “big data”, and how to construct Open Access and Open Source digital projects for the humanities.

A two-hour drinks reception (17:00-19:00) with short talks by Dr Alex Sampson (UCL, Director of CELL), Prof Earle Havens, and Prof William Sherman (V&A, author of Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England) and a hands-on, interactive demonstration of AOR.  

Invitees are welcome to attend either or both parts of the event.

Wandering Jews in England’s Green and Pleasant Land

Start: Oct 20, 2016 6:30:00 PM

Daniel Langton
There seems to be a consensus among historians of Anglo-Jewry that, in relation to 'Wissenschaft des Judentums' (the critical investigation of Jewish literature and culture), Britain was something of an intellectual backwater, its academics originating from foreign lands and trained abroad, and its learning derived in large measure from the Continent. The fact that just before he abandoned England for New York, one of its most celebrated scholars of Judaism, Solomon Schechter, publicly castigated Anglo-Jewry’s ignorance and anti-intellectualism, does not help dispel the impression that its centres of Jewish learning were parochial and ineffectual, best regarded as transit stops for scholars moving on. Is this image of wandering Jews in England’s green and pleasant land a fair one? This lecture summarises the findings of a recent quixotic survey of Anglo-Jewish scholarship before the Second World War, that attempted to identify the key individuals and institutions, to indicate some of the ways that they related to each other and to continental influences, and to set it all out in chronological order.
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