A CENTURY OF AVANT-GARDE LITTLE MAGAZINES

Events, Seminar Series;

curated by Sophie Seita

Currently on display in the Cambridge English Faculty exhibition space is a selection of some of the most fascinating, rare, important, and often forgotten avant-garde magazines from the early twentieth century all the way up to the present day. ‘A Century of Avant-Garde Little Magazines’ celebrates the crucial and multifarious contributions magazines have made not only to the development of an individual writer’s or artist’s oeuvre, but to numerous national and international avant-garde groupings, and to cultural, political, and aesthetic tendencies more broadly. The exhibition includes print magazines associated with Dada, Modernism, the British Poetry Revival, the mimeograph revolution, feminist and contemporary communities, and a digital display of materials published on the peripheries of Conceptual Art and Conceptual Poetry, Language Writing, Fluxus, and many other avant-gardes. Moving away from a focus on the individual author or the single work, the exhibition emphasises the material richness and collaborative spirit of experimental publications and publishing communities, drawing attention to their innovations in design, typography, and aesthetic form, and to the collective work of editors, practitioners, readers, and other, often invisible, participants. The items on display are on loan from the Cambridge University Library, English Faculty Library, and private collections, while the digital materials are photographs taken in a number of archives, from the Beinecke Library (Yale), Fales (NYU), Princeton, New York Public Library, to MoMA, among others.

An introductory talk by Dr Sophie Seita, Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College, will take place on Monday, 5 June, 3-4.30 in the Board Room of the Faculty of English.

History of Material Texts Workshops, Easter Term 2017

Seminar Series;

Friday 5 May, 1-2 pm   

Milstein Seminar Room, University Library     

Austen Saunders and Julia Smith (Oxford)

Collating early modern printed texts: the Traherne Digital Collator

 

Monday 5 June, 3-4.30

Board Room, Faculty of English                                               

Sophie Seita (Queens’, Cambridge)

A Century of Avant-Garde Little Magazines: An Introduction

Cambridge Medieval Palaeography Workshop, Easter Term 2017

Seminar Series;

The Cambridge Medieval Palaeography Workshop is a forum for informal discussion on medieval script and scribal practices, and on the presentation, circulation and reception of texts in their manuscript contexts. Each workshop focuses upon a particular issue, usually explored through one or more informal presentations and general discussion. All are welcome.

Friday 28 April 2017, 2-4pm, Faculty of English (West Road), Room SR24

Analyzing scribal technique: the perspective of a practitioner

An informal workshop on scribal techniques in the writing of the formal book-script, littera textualis, in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, led by the scribe, Paul Antonio, focusing upon examples from the composite music manuscript, the Montpellier Codex (Montpellier, Bibliothèque de Médecine, H 196).

Friday 5 May 2017, 2-4pm Faculty of English (West Road), Room SR24

Late-medieval manuscript dissemination

Dr Phil Knox (Trinity College, Cambridge; Faculty of English) ‘Tracking manuscripts of the Roman de la rose in late-medieval Britain: approaches and problems’

Friday 12 May 2017, 2-4 pm Cambridge University Library (Milstein Seminar Room), 2-4pm

Analyzing parchment and binding structures: the perspective of a conservator

An informal workshop on parchment and binding structures of medieval manuscripts in the University Library, led by Edward Cheese, informed by his observations while working on these manuscripts as a conservator.

Convenors: Teresa Webber, Orietta Da Rold, Suzanne Paul, Sean Curran and David Ganz

For further details, email mtjw2@cam.ac.uk

History of Material Texts workshops, Lent Term 2017

Seminar Series;

Monday 30 January, 12.30-2

Milstein Exhibition Centre/Seminar Room, University Library

A guided tour of the Cambridge University Library exhibition ‘Curious Objects’, in the company of lead curator Jill Whitelock, followed by discussion.

Places are limited–please email jes1003 to reserve.

Monday 6 March, 12.30-2

Milstein Seminar Room, University Library

‘The Medical Book in the Nineteenth Century: From MS Casebooks to Mass Plagiarism’
A workshop led by Sarah Bull, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, HPS

History of Material Texts Workshops–Michaelmas Term 2016

Seminar Series;

Wednesday 19th October, 12-30-2, Board Room, Faculty of English

Matthew Symonds (University College London/CELL) will introduce the Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe Project and the new Digital Bookwheel (http://www.bookwheel.org/viewer/)

Wednesday 16th November, day symposium

‘Scribal Ingenuity in Early Modern Europe’ (Trinity Hall/Magdalene)

Convenors: Dr Alexander Marr and Professor Sachiko Kusukawa

A workshop organised by project members from Genius Before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science and Making Visible: The visual and graphic practices of the early Royal Society

Speakers include Professor Peter Stallybrass, Dr Jonathan Gibson, Dr Jan Loop, Dr Angus Vine and Dr Andrew Zurcher.

Wednesday 30 November, 12.30-2, Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St

A guided tour of the Fitzwilliam exhibition ‘Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts’, in the company of the curator Dr Stella Panayotova.

Places are limited–please email Jason Scott-Warren (jes1003) if you would like to come.

Cambridge Medieval Palaeography Workshop, Easter 2016

Seminar Series;

The Cambridge Medieval Palaeography Workshop is a forum for informal discussion on medieval script and scribal practices, and on the presentation, circulation and reception of texts in their manuscript contexts. Each workshop focuses upon a particular issue, usually explored through one or more informal presentations and general discussion. All are welcome. Easter Term meetings will take place in the Milstein Seminar Room, Cambridge University Library between 2-4 PM.

Friday 6 May 2016.

Dr. Irene Ceccherini: ‘The Network of Cursive Handwriting: Late Medieval Italian Notaries, Merchants, Scribes and Scholars between Documents and Books’

Friday 20 May 2016.

Dr. Katya Chernakova: Title To Be Announced.

Dr. Eyal Poleg: ‘The Late Medieval Bible’

Friday 27 May 2016.

Professor David Ganz: ‘When is a ‘Script’ not Several Scribes?’

For more information, see the attached poster.

Convenors: Teresa Webber, Orietta Da Rold, Suzanne Paul, Sean Curran and David Ganz. For further details, email Orietta Da Rold (od245@cam.ac.uk)

Seminars in the History of Material Texts–Easter 2016

Seminar Series;

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Thursdays at 5 pm

28 April–Current Med/Ren MPhil students will discuss their textual studies projects.

Venue: Milstein Seminar Room, CUL

12 May–Ian Gadd (Bath Spa), ‘Errant commas, absent pages, and shifting typos: the strange bibliographical world of Jonathan Swift’s English political works’

Venue: Keynes Room, CUL

 

Seminars in the History of Material Texts–Lent 2016

Seminar Series;

Seminars in the History of Material Texts

Thursdays at 5 pm

4 February–Kate Kennedy (Oxford), ‘Appealing for Release: Ivor Gurney’s ‘mad’ asylum letters’

Venue: Milstein Seminar Room, CUL

18 February–Mina Gorji (Cambridge), ‘Lyric and Ephemera: Rossetti’s Sing-Song’

Venue: S-R24, Faculty of English

3 March–James Mussell (Leeds), ‘Moving Things: Replication, Mediation, and Serialisation in Charles Dickens’s Mugby Junction

Venue: S-R24, Faculty of English

 

Seminars in the History of Material Texts–Michaelmas 2015

Seminar Series;

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Seminars in the History of Material Texts

Thursdays at 5 pm

15 October–Discussion of Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 45/3 (2015), ‘The Renaissance Collage’

Venue: Milstein Seminar Room, CUL

This special issue is available online at http://jmems.dukejournals.org/content/current

29 October–Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University), ‘Listening readers and the visible voice’

Venue: S-R24, Faculty of English

12 November–Catherine Ansorge (University Library), ‘Ink and gold; how the Islamic manuscripts came to Cambridge’

Venue: Milstein Seminar Room, CUL

26 November–Vittoria Feola (University of Padua/University of Oxford),  ‘The Bartolomeo Gamba Project – or, the London-Paris-Padua book trade connection, 1600-1840′.

Venue: Milstein Seminar Room, CUL

Seminars in the History of Material Texts–Easter 2015

Seminar Series;

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Seminars in the History of Material Texts

Thursdays at 5.30 pm, SR-24 (second floor), Faculty of English, 9 West Rd

30 April–Jaclyn Rajsic (University of Cambridge)

‘The Rolling Text: using space in royal genealogies, c. 1300-c. 1450’.

14 May — Stacey McDowell (University of Cambridge)

‘Keats’s Reading’

All welcome.