Weston Lecture Theatre
Throughout the day in Blackwell Hall there will be a temporary exhibition of physical correspondence from a range of Bodleian collections, including a note to Alan Bennett from ‘the lady in the van’, a letter sent from the trenches ‘under a hell of a fire’, a book of deciphered royalist letters, and a Greek papyrus letter from an Egyptian boy demanding a lyre from his father. Images of letters used in student teaching activities related to the conference will feature on the digital screens.
8:30 Registration with pastries
9:00 Welcome (Helen Brown and Olivia Thompson)
9:15 Editing letters.
The errors of our ways when editing letters.
Lecture by Christopher Ricks (Boston University)
10:15 Digitizing letters. Panel discussion
- Electronic Enlightenment (website) – Robert McNamee (Director) and Mark Rogerson (Technical Editor)
- Darwin Correspondence Project (website) – Alison Pearn (Associate Director)
- Cultures of Knowledge (website) – Howard Hotson (Director)
Chair: Judith Siefring (Head of Digital Research, Bodleian Libraries)
11:45 Analyzing letters.
Practical demonstration of Early Modern Letters Online by Miranda Lewis (Digital Editor)
12:45 Lunch (provided in conference fee)
13:45 Archiving letters.
Visual tour of correspondence collections in the Bodleian Libraries, with Bodleian curators:
- Mike Webb (Curator of Early Modern Manuscripts) – early modern state papers
- Alasdair Watson (Bahari Curator of Persian Collections) – oriental trade documents
- Chris Fletcher (Keeper of Special Collections) – literary archives
15:00 Publishing letters. Panel discussion
- Andrew Kahn (Professor of Russian Literature, St Edmund Hall) and Kelsey Rubin-Detlev (Foote Junior Research Fellow in Russian at The Queen’s College)
- Jacqueline Norton (Senior Commissioning Editor, Literature, OUP Academic)
- Rupert Mann (Senior Digital Development Programme Manager, Oxford University Press)
- Kieron Smith (Digital Director, Blackwell’s)
Chair: Abigail Williams (Professor of English Literature, St. Peter’s College, Oxford)
16:30 Concluding remarks.
Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College
17:30 Writing (about) letters. Panel discussion
- Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl, directors, Letters from Baghdad
- Georgina Ferry, author, dramatizations of the letters of Ada Lovelace and Dorothy Hodgkin
- Neale Rooney, researcher, Letters 1916 crowdsourcing project
Chair: Kathryn Eccles (Digital Humanities Champion, University of Oxford)
19:00 Drinks reception featuring research posters by postgraduate students
19:30 Conference dinner (must be booked separately)