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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.
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 FailureInTheArchives@gmail.com no later than 31 July 2014.
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 term. Led by CELL's Director, Professor Lisa Jardine, the seminar is where CELL gets together to find out what's going on. Featuring a mixture of workshops, reading groups and papers, the Seminar programme promises to be a fascinating way to get involved with CELL.
CELL will be launching a new version of www.livesandletters.ac.uk 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!
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 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).
The second blog post about the Open Humanities Award-funded project to generate visualisations from the data within the Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley 1585-97 is live. Exciting things are happening behind the scenes and will be revealed in the next couple of months, so stay tuned! Image of Thomas Bodley's cipher courtesy of The British Library.