Marginalia Workshop c.1500-1700

Event Date: 
15 Sep 2017

Canterbury Christ Church University


(with an Exhibition at Canterbury Cathedral Library)


Call for Papers


The first of a short series of workshops on Early Modern Book Culture by the CCCU Research Group for Book History and Creative Practice brings together scholars working on marginalia. The topic for this event arises from the research experiences of current postgraduates and the event will explore the interpretive difficulties of this kind of material as well as establishing best practice. Our key speakers will be Dr Lucy Munro (King’s) on ‘'Marginalia and Rogue Humanism in Seventeenth-Century England' and Dr Emily Butterworth (King’s) on ‘Monsters, Grotesques, and Marginalia: the Essais of Michel de Montaigne’. The event will conclude with an exhibition of marginalia in the Cathedral Library and papers are particularly welcome from scholars working on material that could be displayed as part of the event.


Twenty minute papers are invited on topics including: different kinds of reader intervention; appropriation of a printed text for a new purpose; multiple readers of a single text; difficulties associated with interpreting marginalia. Broader issues might include: sociability; materiality; autobiography and life writing; provenance studies; book owning and collecting.


Please send your abstract (200 words max) and brief biog. to by July 7th 2017



Submission date for papers: 
07 Jul 2017