2011-13 Bodleian Libraries Visiting Fellows

Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellows 2011-12 

EFSTATHIOS ARAPOSTATHIS [2011], University of Athens. The Patent and Legal Records of the Marconi Company

Efstathios will deliver the 2012 Douglas Byrne Marconi Lecture in the Museum of the History of Science on Friday, 11 May. His theme, “Owning and Disowning Wireless”, addresses the history of intellectual property at the turn of the 20th century, and is based on his research conducted during his residence in Oxford and examination of the Marconi Archive and Collection at the Bodleian Library and Museum of the History of Science. Patenting his inventions was an important foundation of Marconi’s business success, notably the award of the patent number 7777, for separating signals through tuning, allowing simultaneous transmission on different frequencies — a patent which however inspired a lawsuit against Marconi. The lecture examines the gap between the understanding of judges and the technical descriptions supplied by inventors.  

GABRIELE BALBI [2012], University of Lugano, Columbia University and University of Westminster. Between Telegraph and Radio: When Marconi Discovered the "Broadcasting Option" of His Wireless

Gabriele will study the Marconi Archives to reconstruct how the Marconi Company and Guglielmo Marconi himself understood the early history of wireless telegraphy, wireless telephony and radio broadcasting; which strategies guided their approach to these new media; and which reasons guided them to resist one-to-many radio broadcasting in favour of wireless and point-to-point telegraph for such a long time.

Humfrey Wanley Fellow 2012

LOUISIANE FERLIER, Université Paris Diderot, Paris 7.

The subject of Louisiane's study at the Bodleian Libraries was inspired by a bound collection of anti-Quaker pamphlets assembled by mathematician John Wallis FRS (1616-1703). In April 1701, Wallis penned this preface to the volume: "These small Tracts, published on several occasions, I thought not amiss (that they be not lost) to gather together, & bind-up in those two volumes, and put them into the Bodleyan Library; that, in turn […], such as shall be inquisitive into such matters, may thence understand, what kind of people they are who are now called Quakers." Using Library Records and examining printed books collections, Louisianne will inventory the anti-Quaker books acquired by the Library between 1694 and 1716 to measure the extent of the institutional reaction against the increasingly active members of the Society in Oxford.

BSECS-Bodleian Fellow 2013

ELIZA O'BRIEN, University of Glasgow, University of Sunderland and Northumbria University. Imprisonment and the British Political Novel: Writing to Reform in the 1790s

While at the Bodleian Library, Eliza will consult the Abinger Collection to gather material which extends her doctoral thesis on William Godwin and his circle, to further examine Godwin's writings on his literary career, negotiations with publishers, and sense of audience. Her research project concerns the so-called "Jacobin Novel", a genre which provided a series of representations of imprisonment and trial. Eliza's research considers these politically charged representations against the shared ideology of social and political reform articulated by Godwin, Holcroft, Inchbald and Wollstonecraft.

RSA-Bodleian Fellow 2012

SUSAN NALEZYTY. Reconstructing the Dispersed Art Collection of Pietro Bembo (1470-1547)

Susan's research aims at a means of understanding Pietro Bembo's conscious deployment of visual art to expand his network and to inform his own creative and scholarly output. At the Bodleian Library she will study autograph letters by Bembo, unpublished letters written to him, and 16 manuscripts that have been traced to the Bembo Library.

For more information about the research carried out by Visiting Fellows, see The Conveyor, the Bodleian's blog.

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