Call for Papers A major international conference to be held at
21-23 July 2008
Organised by the Open University and the
A major international conference to be held at
Keynote speakers: Kate Flint, Jonathan Rose, David Vincent
Studies centred on the history of reading have proliferated in the last twenty years. They have sprung from several different disciplines, encompassed different periods and geographical locations and chosen divergent methodologies, but their common quest has been to recover and understand the traces of a practice which is central to our understanding of human history, yet notoriously elusive.
One such approach is ‘The Reading Experience Database 1450-1945’ (RED), a project run by the Open University and the
This major 3-day conference, the first of its type, seeks to provide such a forum. We invite 20-minute papers from international students and scholars of any discipline - both within and outside the Humanities – who are interested in the history and practice of reading in any period or geographical location.
Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:
● Theories of reading
● Issues of literacy
● National and transnational histories
● Quantitative versus qualitative methodologies
● Genre reading
● Digital resources and their development
● Visual representations of reading
● Using historical data in contemporary research fields
● The sociology, psychology and neurology of reading experiences
● Evidence of reading from private audio recordings and blogs
● Finding, compiling, interpreting and preserving the evidence of reading
Paper titles, abstracts of no more than 300 words and short biographies should be sent electronically by 31 January 2008 to all three organisers:
Dr Shaf Towheed (S.S.Towheed@open.ac.uk);
Dr Rosalind Crone (email@example.com);
Dr Katie Halsey (Katie.Halsey@sas.ac.uk).