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CALL FOR PANEL CONTRIBUTIONS

Textual Culture:

University of Stirling 19-20 July 2005

We are looking for contributors to a small number of panels at the forthcoming conference on Textual Culture, University of Stirling, 19-20 July 2005.

The plenary speakers are Roger Chartier, John Frow, Peter D. McDonald, Cliff Siskin, Lawrence Rainey, Kim Schr°der, Rita Copeland, Alastair Minnis, Leah Price, Bill Warner, and Ron Scollon. This is a unique gathering of critics and thinkers of this importance. Brief biographies of each are attached to this document.

The aim of the conference is to announce a new area of intellectual enquiry within the discipline of English Studies. This area is only beginning to be defined: it is situated within the interstices between intellectual history, literary criticism, critical theory, discourse analysis, history of the book, and publishing-as-process. It does not have an allegiance to a single disciplinary area, and it contests the boundaries and traditions of existing categories.

The future shape of Textual Culture is still unknown. Our aim is that the conference will be largely exploratory, and that it will generate a new series of questions that will set the future agenda for 'textual culture' and 'literature and technology', both within Britain and internationally. So we need a sharing of ideas, a process in which we can all participate, in order to give shape to an emerging discipline. The conference will also inaugurate a new Master's Degree, the M.Litt. in Textual Culture (the first of its kind in the Britain), and the Stirling Centre for Textual Culture, Literature and Technology.

The conference will depart from the conventional format. Instead of a few plenaries and large numbers of concurrent separate sessions, we have decided to make the conference a much more tightly-focussed affair. All the sessions will be plenary, in order to generate as much joint discussion as possible. There will be three large panels with short contributions as well as the longer, formal plenary papers. This should ensure that the quality and excitement of the dialogue, with everyone attending all the sessions, will be very high.

We invite panel contributions for the following topics:

*       what is a text?
*       circuits of culture: production, reception, markets, regulation
*       technologies

We expect each contributor to speak for 5 minutes in turn before the topic is opened to the audience for questions and comments. We will post all abstracts on the conference website (currently under construction: www.textualculture.stir.ac.uk <http://www.textualculture.stir.ac.uk/> ) well before the conference and we will invite anyone to respond to them on the website. We hope this will generate dialogue before the conference begins.

There will also be a concluding panel, in which the plenary speakers will respond briefly to the concerns of the conference.

If you are interested in contributing to one of the panels, please send us a brief abstract (up to 200 words) by 11 June 2004 to: [log in to unmask]



Bethan Benwell

Joe Bray

Ruth Evans

Adrian Hunter

Stephen Penn

Andrew Wheatcroft

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Notes on the Plenary Speakers



Roger Chartier is Directeur d'╔tudes at the ╔cole des Hautes ╔tudes en Science Sociales in Paris and Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. His research interests are in the history of European books, printing, and reading, especially in the early modern period. He is the author of The Order of Books: Readers, Authors, and Libraries in Europe Between the Fourteenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1992), Cultural History: Between Practices and Representations (London: Polity, 1993), Forms and Meanings: Texts, Performances and Audiences from Codex to Computer (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996), and On the Edge of the Cliff: History, Language and Practices (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997). His work is the subject of a special issue of French Historical Studies: 'Critical Pragmatism, Language, and Cultural History' (1998).

Rita Copeland is Professor of Classical Studies and Chair in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests lie in the areas of medieval English, Latin and French literature, the history of literary theory from antiquity to the early modern period, and the intellectual culture of medieval Europe. Her publications include Rhetoric, Hermeneutics, and Translation in the Middle Ages (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991); (ed.) Criticism and Dissent in the Middle Ages (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996); and Pedagogy, Intellectuals and Dissent in the Later Middle Ages: Lollardy and Ideas of Learning (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001). She is co-founder and co-editor of the Medieval Cultures Series (University of Minnesota Press), and of New Medieval Literatures.

John Frow is Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature <http://www.ed.ac.uk/englit/>  at the University of Edinburgh <http://www.ed.ac.uk/>  and Director of Edinburgh's Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. He will soon move to a Chair of English at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His interests include questions of intellectual property and the public domain, cultural memory, contemporary critical theory, and the social production of knowledge. He is the author of numerous books and articles on cultural studies, including Cultural Studies and Cultural Value (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995) and Time and Commodity Culture: Essays in Cultural Theory and Postmodernity (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), which explores some of the implications of the commodification of culture for the contemporary and postmodern world. He is the editor of The New Information Order and the Future of the Archive (Edinburgh: Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, 2002).

Peter D. McDonald is a fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford. He has interests in modernism, censorship, South African literature, and publishing history. His book British Literary Culture and Publishing Practice, 1880-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 1997) considers the early careers of Joseph Conrad, Arnold Bennett, and Arthur Conan Doyle in relation to the material conditions of publishing, printing, distribution, reviewing, and reading in the modernist period.

Alastair Minnis is Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University, and was formerly Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of York, England. His research interests relate primarily to medieval literary theory, and to Chaucer and his contemporaries. His many publications include Chaucer and Pagan Antiquity (Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1982); Medieval Theory of Authorship: Scholastic Literary Attitudes in the Later Middle Ages (London: Scolar Press, 1984); (ed., with A.B. Scott) Medieval Literary Theory and Criticism, c.1100-c.1375: The Commentary Tradition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988); Oxford Guides to Chaucer: The Shorter Poems (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995); and Magister Amoris: The 'Roman de la Rose' and Vernacular Hermeneutics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001). He is general editor of the Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature series.

Leah Price is Professor of English at Harvard University. Her research interests include the novel and narrative theory, history and theories of reading, anthologies and writing technology. She has published widely on the eighteenth and nineteenth-century novel, and is the author of The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2000), which was reissued in paperback in 2003. This ground-breaking study demonstrates how the form of the anthology influenced the development of the novel, with particular attention to Samuel Richardson and George Eliot. Her forthcoming works include the co-edited Literary Secretaries/ Secretarial Film (Ashgate, 2004), a special issue of PMLA on The History of the Book and the Idea of Literature (2005), and two books for Princeton University Press: The Secretarial Imagination and Novel Media.

Lawrence Rainey, Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of York, has published widely on modernism, poetics, and print culture. He is author of Ezra Pound and the Monument of Culture: Text, History and the Malatesta Cantos (University of Chicago Press, 1991); A Poem Containing History: Textual Studies in the Cantos (University of Michigan Press, 1997); and Institutions of Modernism: Literary Elites and Public Culture (Yale University Press, 1998). The last of these works examines how the publishing venues of the 'little review' and the deluxe edition allowed writers and publishers to commodify the modernist text by integrating it into an economic circuit of patronage, collecting, speculation, and investment.

Ron Scollon is a linguist and discourse analyst in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Georgetown, whose work on Mediated Discourse Analysis and Nexus of Practice develops the theory that any 'practice' or 'action' is best understood as multiple sites of practice which coalesce in a 'nexus'. This critical framework sees social issues as inextricably produced, sustained, and changed through discourse actions. His work, with its emphasis on methodological interdiscursivity and the intersections between related ethnographic sites in the process of meaning-making has clear resonances for a circuits-of-culture approach to texts. He is the author of Mediated Discourse as Social Interaction (Longman, 1998), Mediated Discourse: The Nexus of Practice (Routledge, 2001) and with Suzie Wong Scollon, Discourses in Place: Language in the Material World (Routledge, 2003) and Nexus Analysis: Discourse and the Internet (Routledge, forthcoming).

Kim Schr°der teaches in the Department of Communication, Rosklide University, Denmark. His expertise lies in Reception or Audience Studies and qualitative and ethnographic approaches to analysing reception. His emphasis on multidimensional, triangulated approach to data, such as adverts and TV programmes, and his employment of interactionist, discursive methods puts his work firmly at the centre of a discourse analysis approach to textual culture. He is co-editor of Media Culture: Reappraising Transnational Cultures (Routldege, 1992) and co-author of Researching Audiences: A Practical Guide to Methods in Media Audience Analysis (Hodder Arnold, 2003).

Clifford Siskin is William B. Ransford Professor of Literary History at Columbia University. His period of expertise is Britain's long eighteenth century, and especially the interrelations of literary, social, and technological change and how these feature in print culture. He is author of The Historicity of Romantic Discourse (Oxford University Press, 1988) and The Work of Writing: Literature and Social Change in Britain 1700-1830 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998). His latest book asks when and how the central genre of Enlightenment became the thing that we now love to blame: the SYSTEM (forthcoming from Chicago).

William B. Warner is a Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His central interests include eighteenth-century British and American literature and cultural studies, the novel, literary and cultural theory, media studies, and law and literature (free speech and censorship). He is the author of Reading Clarissa: The Struggles of Interpretation (1979); Chance and the Text of Experience: Freud, Nietzsche and Shakespeare's Hamlet (1986); and Licensing Entertainment: the Elevation of Novel Reading in Eighteenth Century Britain (1998). He is currently at work on the Transcriptions Project, and a project on enlightenment and contemporary IT culture.

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