Register for Failure in the Archives!

Registration is now open for our hotly anticipated conference on 30 October 2014, Failure in the Archives, featuring a keynote address by Natalie Zemon Davis. Please note that, if you’re unable to attend the full day, it is also possible to register for Natalie’s lecture separately.

A new CELL Research Associate

Robinson Crusoe print

CELL is delighted to announce it has a new Research Associate, Dr Louisiane Ferlier. We look forward to welcoming her in September. In the meantime here are details of her upcoming conference, Forms and Formats: Experimenting with print, 1695-1815

CELL secures a $0.5million Mellon grant, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins and Princeton, to explore 'The Archaeology of Reading'

Ramelli's Bookwheel

CELL, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University’s Sheridan Libraries and the Princeton University Library, have been awarded a $488,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to implement The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe. This new digital humanities research initiative will explore historical reading practices through the lens of manuscript annotations preserved in early printed books.

A CELL call for papers: Failure in the Archives, 30 October 2014

The Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) is pleased to announce ‘Failure in the Archives’, a conference celebrating the frustrations of archival research, to be held on 30 October 2014 and featuring a keynote address by Natalie Zemon Davis. Further details can be found along with a full Call for Papers at the conference website. Please submit all questions, feedback, and proposals to no later than 31 July 2014.

A CELL call for papers: RSA Berlin 2015

Richard Hamilton, Berlin interior (1979)

CELL invites proposals for papers to be given at the 2015 annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), to be held at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin next spring, 26–28 March 2015. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, 30 May.

A new term, a new schedule for the Director's Seminar

With 2014 well underway and a new term beginning at UCL, CELL are happy to announce the schedule for the Director’s Seminar for the second termLed by CELL’s Director, Professor Lisa Jardine, the seminar is where CELL gets together to find out what’s going on.

The Grayson Gala!

Grayson Perry

CELL and our UCL sister institute CHIRP are excited to be hosting artist Grayson Perry for a grand public lecture, to be held at RIBA on Tuesday 26 November. 

A nota bene from CELL

The CELL office prepares the new look

CELL will be launching a new version of very soon! This will mean we’ll be doing a bit of work on both the back end of the site and the server, so you might not get the usual smooth as silk livesandletters experience. We’ll be doing everything we can to keep disruption to an absolute minimum - and the individual project sites should continue unaffected. Do let us know if you encounter any problems!

Director's Seminar programme unveiled!

The sort of thing we regularly just knock up for the seminar

The 2013 autumn term schedule for the Director’s Seminar is now available. Led by CELL’s Director, Professor Lisa Jardine, the seminar is where CELL comes together to discuss work, chat about whatever’s interesting at the time, and eat baked goods. Every Thursday 10.30-12 in Room 111 Foster Court, attending the seminar is obligatory for all CELL people, but the seminar is open to all postgraduates who would like to pitch in and get involved - just email Matthew Symonds or Robyn Adams to find out more.

Congratulations Daisy!


Congratulations from everyone at CELL to Daisy Hildyard on passing her viva with flying colours! Dr Hildyard’s thesis is entitled ‘Clean matter of fact’: How the Royal Society defined a context for modern science, 1660-1700” and was examined by Professor Simon Schaffer (Cambridge) and Dr Adam Smyth (Birkbeck).