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Nov 3

Bookshelves in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic conference

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 10:00 to Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 20:00

Online, via Microsoft Teams

Organised by the History of Books and Reading (HOBAR) research collaboration, this conference invites proposals from researchers in all relevant disciplines (book history, literary studies, publishing studies, cultural studies, anthropology, visual and material culture, librarianship, digital cultures etc).


Previous Events

How to Get Published: An Event Presented in Partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing

6th June 2020

After holding Sold Out events at the Open University offices of Edinburgh, London, Cardiff & Belfast, we're heading back to Edinburgh for a day of writing and publishing advice from authors and industry professionals.

‘Reading and Wellbeing’ during the Pandemic, Open University HOBAR/IES Annual Seminar Series

11th May 2020

The Open University History of Books and Reading (HOBAR) research collaboration has launched a blog on the theme of ‘Reading and Wellbeing’, reflecting the theme of 2019-2020 annual seminar series that's been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conference: The Reader in the Book: Books, Reading and Libraries in Fiction

19th March 2020 to 20th March 2020

OU English researchers will headline a 2-day conference, ‘The Reader in the Book: Books, Reading and Libraries in Fiction’, at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House London, on 19-20 March 2020.

READ-IT Public Workshop

11th December 2019

Want to learn more about how to identify the evidences of reading in printed texts? Want to contribute your own thoughts and experiences of reading to our new European research project, READ-IT? If the answer is yes, or you are just curious to find out more, join Dr Shafquat Towheed, Dr Francesca Benatti and Dr Sally Blackburn-Daniels for this free READ-IT public engagement workshop.

Edinburgh, A City of Readers

20th November 2019

Join Dr Shafquat Towheed and Dr Sally Blackburn-Daniels from The Open University to find out more about readers in Edinburgh, from the past and the present.

How to Get Published: An Event Presented in Partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing

1st November 2019

After holding Sold Out events at The Open University offices of Edinburgh, London and Belfast, we head to Cardiff for a day of writing and publishing advice from authors and industry professionals.

Digital Vernon Lee

14th October 2019

On 14 October, Members of The Open University’s History of Books and Reading (HOBAR) Research Collaboration Dr Shafquat Towheed and Dr Sally Blackburn-Daniels will be running a joint event with the International Vernon Lee Society (IVLS) and colleagues from France, with a demonstration of new digital project on Vernon Lee’s letters, diaries and notebooks.

HOBAR/DH_OU Seminar Series 6

15th April 2019

‘I tend to prefer real books to e-books’: negotiating the realness and bookness of e-novels 

Speaker: Laura Dietz (Anglia Ruskin University)

HOBAR/DH_OU Seminar Series 5

1st April 2019

The Riddle of Literary Quality: can we measure literariness?

Speaker: Karina van Dalen-Oskam (Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands)

HOBAR/DH_OU Seminar Series 4

25th March 2019

TBD

Speaker: Michaela Mahlberg (University of Birmingham)

 

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