Lectures and seminars in Oxford

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8 November 2018: Douglas Byrne Marconi Lecture 

Dr Medha Saxena (Delhi, and Byrne Bussey Marconi Fellow) 'Imperial Wave: How empire shaped the network of wireless in South Asia at the turn of the twentieth century'

At the turn of the twentieth century, colonial empires were heavily engaged in redrawing and fortifying their borders. Communications technology had been crucial to this process, with the railways and telegraph slowly forming vast global imperial networks. The British Indian domains proved to be an important space for experimentation and installation of wireless. Drawing on material in the Marconi Archives at the Bodleian, Dr Saxena examines the role of political and business entities in the spread of wireless usage in South Asia. 

Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, 5:15 pm New time, 1 pm.
All welcome. 

16 November 2018: Book Launch, 'Three Poems,' by Adam Maynard

Adam Maynard (Bodleian) will read from Three Poems, printed at the Bodleian Bibliographical Press.  
5:30 pm, Schola Musicae Printing Workshop, Old Bodleian Library

19 November 2018: RBC Foundation Fellow Lecture

Julia Mattison (Toronto, and RBC Foundation Fellow), 'Reading French in Fifteenth-century England' 
Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, 5:30 pm
All welcome; registration recommended

21 November 2018: Printer-in-residence lecture

Emily Martin,  'Visual Metre and Rhythm: the Function of Movable Devices in Books'

Movable devices, sometimes referred to as novelties, in books are not new. From anatomical lift flap books, to astrolabes and other volvelles in the early modern science texts, from carousel and pop-up children’s books to contemporary artists’ books. These devices allow for the ultimate means of emphasis within the pages of a book. 

Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, 5:15 pm

All welcome; registration recommended

28 November 2018: Merton History of the Book Group

Dr Alison Ray (Assistant Archivist, Canterbury Cathedral)
‘From codex to screen to use: The digitisation process and publicising your project’
Dr Ray will be drawing on her recent experiences as Web Curatorial Officer for The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200.
Merton College, Breakfast Room
5pm, followed by refreshments
All are welcome, but please RSVP to julia.walworth@merton.ox.ac.uk

28 November 2018: Bodleian Fellows' Seminar

Dr Meghan Doherty (Berea College, and Byrne Bussey Marconi Fellow), 'Where Do The Images in the Philosophical Transactions Go?'  

This project examines the production and reception of the early issues (1665-1700) of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London by studying the movement of visual material produced for the journal. The research approaches the complicated printing history of the Philosophical Transactions by examining the placement of the plates within copies of the journal to better understand how readers (and binders) created relationships between text and image.

Visiting Scholars' Centre, Level 2, Weston Library. Please ask for directions if you are unsure of the way; access to Level 2 is only via the lifts or the stairs from the lift lobby.
5.15pm-6.00pm (followed by refreshments)
All are welcome. Admission to the Weston Library is only by University card, Bodleian Reader’s ticket, or visitor pass,* via the Readers’ Entrance on Parks Road. Please check bags in the Reader lockers provided (£1 coin returnable). Note: Food and drink are not allowed through the entrance barriers.
(*NB: If you don’t hold a University card or Bodleian Reader’s ticket, you must confirm attendance by emailing at least 48 hours in advance: bookcentre@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, using subject line “Bodleian Fellows Seminar”)


1 Dec.: Study Day: Finding Ourselves in the Library 

With Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham University) & Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston (Hertford College). Participants will explore Phi, a restricted collection of obscene books.  Should sexuality be a category set apart? Why does a collection like Phi matter for our queer history?

1:30 - 4 pm, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library 

These talks and lectures accompany the display in Blackwell Hall opening during November 2018, The Story of Phi: Collecting Sex.  

Registration is required, follow link. 

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