Justine Provino organises a symposium on ‘Agrippa (a book of the dead)’, 18/19 May 2023

Image credit: ‘Agrippa (A book of the Dead)’ – Book wrapped in a ‘shroud’ within a recess in the box base, Bodleian Archives & Manuscripts. https://archives.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/repositories/2/resources/2995

On the afternoons of 18 and 19 May, alongside Oxford’s Bodleian Library and the Centre for Material Texts Cambridge, Justine Provino (Jesus College, Cambridge) is organising a symposium on her PhD case study, the self-destructive artist’s book Agrippa (a book of the dead) by the writer William Gibson, the artist Dennis Ashbaugh and the publisher Kevin Begos Jr (1992).

The event will feature: a hybrid book tour of the few existing copies of Agrippa in public institutions and a show-and-tell on the archive of Agrippa’s publisher at the Bodleian; a round table with Agrippa’s scholars moderated by Cambridge Digital Humanities Director, Professor Caroline Bassett and a panel discussion on the place of artists’ books in book studies between the New York-based book-artist Russell Maret and Gill Partington, Fellow in Book History at the Institute of English Studies. The event is held in conjunction with the Bodleian’s annual DF McKenzie Lecture, to be delivered by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum.

For further information and registration in person and online to the Agrippa Symposium and McKenzie lecture see links below: