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Using Historical Matrices & Printing Surfaces in Research (London, 1 Dec 17)

Senate House, London, December 1, 2017
Deadline: Sep 1, 2017

CFP: ECR Training Day: Using Historical Matrices & Printing Surfaces in Research
Senate House, London, 1 December 2017
Deadline: 1 Sept 2017

Convenor: Elizabeth Savage, Institute of English Studies
Facilitators: Giles Bergel (Oxford) and Roger Gaskell (Roger Gaskell Rare Books)

This free, hands-on, object-based training day will introduce 10 ECRs to the research of historical matrices/printing surfaces (e.g. cut woodblocks, etched metal plates, litho stones). The emphasis is pre-1830. By analysing the objects and resulting impressions, participants will learn how to describe them; identify how they were made, used and copied; relate them to printed content; and use them as primary material in their own research. The interdisciplinary remit includes text and image, as well as decorations, initials, medicine, music, mathematical symbols, scientific imagery, and more. This event is the first application of a new research framework, which will later be published open access. Participants will learn new research skills and, through their feedback, help shape the future of research in fields related to print heritage.

Registration is free, lunch and a wine reception are provided, and transport is reimbursable up to £50. Participants must be current PhD students or have taken their PhD less than 10 years ago (i.e., in or after 2007). Apply online (deadline 1 September 2017) at

This event is funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA) for 'The Matrix Reloaded: Establishing Cataloguing & Research Guidelines for Artefacts of Printing Images’.

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