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Dregs, Dross and Debris: The Art of Transient Print

This conference takes a fresh look at the printed material too often regarded as trash - either by its contemporaries, who regarded it as disposable, or by the academy which until recently has tended to treat such items as beneath contempt.

Professor Brian Maidment
'To drive away the heavy thought of care' - the early history of the trade in scraps, 1820-1840

-Diana Patterson, Parliamentary rubbish
-Judith Davies, A week is a long time in politics: how a short, sharp poster campaign in 1857 helped to overturn centuries of aristocratic domination in Dudley
-Helen S. Williams, Printing in procession: printers’ participation in nineteenth-century public events
-David Osbaldestin, Yesterday’s tomorrows: a throwaway history of ephemera studies
-Jim Mussell, Ephemera belongs to the dead: affect, print, and memory
-Sue May, Trading on fear of purgatory: a mass printed ticket to Tudor popularity
-Annemarie McAllister, ‘My friend, do me the favour of reading this’: trash or tract?
-Karel van der Waarde, Medicines information leaflets: are we just printing waste or are we really supporting patients?
-David Atkinson, Bellman’s sheets: between street literature and ephemera
-Iain Beavan, Chapbook woodcuts: ‘unfit for purpose’?
-Francesca Tancini, Virtually indestructible: the ephemeral life of Victorian picture-books for children
-Elaine Jackson, ‘I’d rather be good bad than bad good’
-Berta Ruck writing ‘bad’ romance for women’s magazines
-Tony Quinn, Fifty years too early: George Newnes and The Million, a penny colour magazine for the masses
-Karen Attar, From dross to gold: Augustus De Morgan’s sale catalogues
-Annette Hagan, The chapbook collection of Sir Walter Scott
-Marine Furet, The archaeology of her desk: reading the ephemera in Angela Carter’s archives

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