Reading Communities Conference: 15 September 2016

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September 15, 2016
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, British History / Studies, Intellectual History, Oral History, Literature

Reading Communities: Connecting the Past and the Present,” a one-day academic conference in the history of reading, will take place at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London, on 15 September 2016. This conference forms part of The Open University’s AHRC-funded “Reading Communities” project, and will feature a keynote address from Prof. Simon Eliot (University of London), as well as panels on a range of topics, including wartime reading practices, the reconstruction of library and book club reading communities, the intersections of oral history and the history of reading, and the future of reading in the digital age. The full programme can be found here.  


To pre-register, please contact the conference team at by 9 September 2016. The conference is free to attend; however we would strongly encourage you to pre-register beforehand for catering purposes. Registration will take place on the day in the Jessel Room, Senate House, from 9.30–10.30 am. The conference will conclude with an evening drinks reception.


Please do feel free to circulate this announcement via your own networks.


Edmund G. C. King

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Open University

—on behalf of the “Reading Communities: Connecting the Past and the Present” conference team

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