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2nd CBCP Postgraduate Symposium

The 2nd CBCP Postgraduate Symposium will be held at the University of Reading. It will mainly be an in-person event with an option for remote presentation and attendance.

PGR Symposium Programme
Thursday May 25th, Edith Morley, G44

If you would like to attend the conference either in person or online, please sign up here

9.00 – 9:15 am Arrival and refreshments (provided)

9:15 – 9: 20 am Welcome note and Introduction

9:20 – 10:20 am Bibliophiles and readers
Victoria Stevens (Canterbury Christchurch University, UK), “Peeping through the Library Windows: bibliographical insights into the character of a Kent gentry”
Mary Grover (Former Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, UK), “‘Something gets hold of you’: Reading for pleasure in an industrial city”
Akshat Seth (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India): “Attitudes to Popular Print and Contemporary Reading Practices Among Hindi Literary Academics in India”

10:25 – 11:25 am Print and literary cultures
Isabel Stoole (University of Reading, UK), “Worker and homemaker: the characterisations of women in print production technology advertisements, 1945–65”
Jenny Harper (Universities of Reading and Exeter, Mid Pennine Arts, UK), “How to ‘cut out all the culture ’when ‘culture is ordinary’?”
Benjamin Bruce (University of Reading, UK), “Publishing Poetry in 1922: The Nature of Popular Verse and its Post-War Demise”

11: 25 – 11: 35 pm Coffee Break

11:35 am – 12:15 pm Publisher’s Series
Lucia Vigutto (University of Bologna, Italy), “Dragons also for children: The Italian translation of Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien”
Fatih Aşan (Boğaziçi University, Turkey), “Observations About Ottoman-Turkish Publisher’s Series (1870-1900)”

12:20 – 1:00 pm Guest Talk
Alex Kither (Curator, Printed Heritage Collections, British Library) and
Dr Naomi Billingsley (Research Development Manager at the British Library), “Collections-based research in the British Library”

1:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch (provided)

2:05 – 2:45 pm Innovating the book form
Berta Ferrer (University of Reading, UK) “Designwriting in House of Leaves: the role of design in unconventional novels of the 21st
Louisa Hunter-Bradley (King’s College London, UK), “Plantin on the page: The format and visual presence of Plantin’s music publications”

2:50 – 3:30 pm Book technologies
Swara Shukla (University of Muenster, Germany) “Bringing the Victorian Serial into the Digital Age”
Angelica Cremascoli (University of Milan, Italy), “Optical-multimedia publishing in Italy: the decade of the ‘round’ book and the new spaces of knowledge (1988-1998)”

3:30 – 3:40 pm Afternoon refreshments (provided)

3:45 – 4: 25 pm Print Technologies
Ring Yong (University of Reading, UK), “Looking at Chinese woodblocks: A revised account of the technology, its imprints, and production costs”
Claudia Rifaterra Amenós (University of Reading, UK), “Letterpress Political Posters from the Spanish Second Republic and the Spanish Civil War (1931-1939) from the CRAI
Collection, University of Barcelona”

4:30 pm – 5:10 pm Illustrated books
Katharine Smales (University College London, UK) “Perry Starlight, Space Explorer: Creating a picturebook to explain research to young
Stephanie Montalti (St. John’s University, US), “Illustrating Cinderella as a Reader: Experimental Front Matter & Metafiction in Walter Crane’s Cinderella’s Picture Book”

The symposium will be an occasion for PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers to showcase their research while engaging with the wider community of researchers within the CBCP. No costs to attend: lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Enquiries should be sent to: Andrea Romanzi and Pritha Mukherjee.

Delegates may also like to register to attend the Marina Warner talk on ‘Archives, history and memory in memoir writing’ which is taking place on the same evening, as an in person/hybrid event. For more information please click here.


25th May 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, Edith Morley, G44