Stephen Bury Named New Librarian at the Frick

Posted in resources, the 18th century in the news by Editor on March 4, 2010

From a Frick press release:

The Frick Collection is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Stephen J. Bury to the post of Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian at the Frick Art Reference Library. For the past ten years, he has been at the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom, and one of the world’s greatest research institutions, where he is a Deputy Director and Head of European and American Collections, as well as Maps, Music, and Philatelic Collections. Previously, Dr. Bury was Head of Learning Resources at the Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. Comments Anne Poulet, Director of The Frick Collection, “Dr. Bury brings to this leadership position an exceptional dual perspective. He is both an art historian― who understands first hand the needs of those who teach, research, and curate―as well as an internationally regarded librarian. An active participant on numerous professional commissions as well as dynamic division head of the British Library, he is a great strategic thinker in a rapidly changing field. Stephen Bury has developed a keen understanding in areas of mutual interest to the Frick, among them digitization, collection sharing, storage, and encouraging greater use of new technologies by staff. Furthermore, the nature of the collections he oversees at the British Library, being both European and American, dovetails beautifully with the scope of our holdings and initiatives. With his arrival in May, we know that the Frick Art Reference Library will benefit greatly from Dr. Bury’s insights as well as from the broad connections he has developed through years of highly engaged service and scholarship.”

Adds Dr. Bury, “The Frick Art Reference Library is internationally well-regarded, not just for its rich resources, but for the very proactive approach the institution has taken in light of the changing universe of libraries and the needs of the audiences they serve. The Frick has played a notable role in exploring such important ventures as digitization and collection sharing, and we are of like mind that the future of libraries is an exciting one. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the remarkably talented staff at this venerable research center. At the same time, the post represents a wonderfully appealing opportunity for me to return to an art historical focus, that area of study being at the core of my academic background.” (more…)

Call for Papers: Circulation of Knowledge

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 4, 2010

France, Great Britain, Ireland:
Cultural Transfers & the Circulation of Knowledge in the Age of Enlightenment
University of Limerick, 25-26 June 2010

Proposals due by 29 March 2010

In 2008 the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society, the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, and La Société Française d’Étude du Dix-Huitième siècle launched a joint research programme on cultural transfers between their three countries in the Enlightenment period. This initiative has resulted in conferences at L’Université Paris Diderot – Paris VII (in 2008) and the University of York (in 2009).

The third of these conferences will be hosted by the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society and will take place at the University of Limerick, Ireland, from 25 to 26 June 2010. The conference will run in parallel with the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society’s annual conference. Proposals for twenty-minute papers are invited for papers (in Irish, English or French) on the theme of the conference, but particularly on

  • the individuals and groups involved in transfers, who could be called the ‘importers’ or ‘purveyors’ of foreign ideas and who acted as cultural intermediaries; these may include politicians, diplomats, travellers, savants, authors, artists, booksellers
  • the transfer of cultural items – books, newspapers, works of art, and other objects – and their impact
  • the transfer of literary, philosophical, political or aesthetic models in processes of cultural legitimisation
  • transfer processes through imitation, translation or adaptation
  • the effect of such transfers on the construction of national identities throughout the century: the invention of a past, a language, or a national history; it could be interesting to examine transfers in relation to mutual power play, wars and imperialist ambitions.

Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to offer papers. Proposals should be submitted (preferably by email) to the conference organiser (david.fleming@ul.ie) before Friday, 29 March 2010. Proposals should include the title of the paper and a 250-word abstract. Prospective speakers will be notified of a decision by 30 April 2010.

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