Conference | National Trust Libraries: Mobility and Exchange

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on November 11, 2012

National Trust Libraries: Mobility and Exchange in Great House Collections
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1 February 2013

Hosted by the University of Cambridge Centre for Material Texts

This one-day event will take as its starting point the recent opening to wider research of a number of significant great house private libraries in the United Kingdom, thanks to the on-going cataloguing work being undertaken by the National Trust. Papers and discussion will treat themes including the migration of books and ideas in and out of libraries; communities of the library (how ‘private’ was a private library?); libraries as repositories of cultural history. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please contact Dunstan Roberts (dcdr2@cam.ac.uk) or Abigail Brundin (asb17@cam.ac.uk) for more information.

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Some background from the Centre for Material Texts at Cambridge:

National Trust Libraries: Pilot Project at Belton House, Lincolnshire

The National Trust owns and manages over 150 properties in the UK that contain collections of books, the majority still housed in the buildings where they were assembled and read by their original owners. Between forty and fifty of the libraries in National Trust properties have been described as being of ‘major national significance’ (Purcell and Shenton, 2005), constituting an unparalleled resource for the study of the history of private book ownership in the United Kingdom. The process of cataloguing the major libraries is ongoing, and the results are being made available to researchers on the COPAC Catalogue as they become available. This pilot study showcases the research potential of these exciting collections, which form an important part of our national cultural heritage.

The study investigates the place of Italian books in an English great house, Belton House in Lincolnshire. Belton houses the Trust’s second largest library (over 11,000 titles), assembled by successive generations of the Brownlow family, and the collection has now been fully catalogued. 229 works are in Italian, published between 1500 and 1800, across a variety of genres and subjects. Analysis of the Italian holdings will form the basis for two themed workshops. The first, to be hosted by the CMT in Cambridge in the summer of 2012, will explore the curatorship of great house libraries, in discussion with the curators themselves. The second, to be held at Belton early in 2013, will explore the theme of cultural mobility in the early modern library, considering the social, cultural and intellectual histories of continental books in English collections. An exhibition of Italian books will be held at Belton, displaying the connections between book and place for a general audience.

The PI for this project is Abigail Brundin (Department of Italian). The RA is Dunstan Roberts.

Update (15 June 2012): The AHRC has just awarded us a Research Networking Grant in relation to this project… more information to follow.

Call for Papers | The Paris Fine Art Salon, 1791-1881

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 11, 2012

From the University of Exeter:

The Paris Fine Art Salon, 1791-1881
University of Exeter, 4-6 September 2013

Proposals due by 25 January 2013

Keynote speakers: Susan Siegfried (University of Michigan), Pierre Vaisse (University of Geneva), and Richard Wrigley (University of Nottingham)

The Paris Fine Art Salon dominated French artistic life throughout the nineteenth century. Organised by the State, and usually lasting between two and three months, the Salon was an annual or biennial showcase for the contemporary visual arts and a conspicuous manifestation of French artistic hegemony. It provided artists with the most important opportunity available to present their work to the public, attract a clientele, launch and sustain a career, and compete for state honours and prizes, and public and private buyers and commissions. For the public it was a huge social and cultural event, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from across Europe and beyond.

The conference will coincide with the completion of a three-year, AHRC–funded project, entitled Painting for the Salon? The French State, Artists and Academy, 1830-1852. The participants in the project, Professor James Kearns (Principal Investigator), Dr Alister Mill (Research Fellow) and Harriet Griffiths (doctoral candidate) will each present elements of their research at the beginning of the second day, which will be devoted to the period 1830-1852. The first day will be devoted to the period 1791-1830, the third to 1852-1881.

We invite proposals for papers which explore issues and ideas centred around the Paris Salon as an artistic and cultural event in the period 1791-1881. Areas that may be considered include the Salon’s importance for the careers of the exhibiting artists, its relationship to other exhibition spaces in Paris and the provinces, its management by the State, the shifting role of the Académie des Beaux-arts and/or the Salon jury, viewing conditions in the Salon, the impact of changes in Salon management on such issues as participation rates and stylistic innovation, and the exhibition’s significance as a social as well as artistic event. Please email James Kearns at J.Kearns@exeter.ac.uk with a title and 150-word abstract of your proposed 20/25-minute paper by 25 January 2013.

Conference papers to be delivered in either English or French.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

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