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Ergebnisanzeige "What is a letter? An interdisciplinary approach"
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelWhat is a letter? An interdisciplinary approach
BeschreibungInternational symposium
What is a letter? An interdisciplinary approach
Old Dining Hall, St Edmund Hall, Oxford, 2 to 4 July 2014


Wednesday, 2 July

11:30 Registration
12:30 Welcome

Session I: Aspects of epistolarity
12:45 The evolution of epistolarity: conceptual blending in genre transformation (Michael Sinding)
13:30 Die Poesie des Briefes. Eine literaturanthropologische Skizze (Robert Vellusig)

14:15 Coffee break

14:45 Voltaire’s correspondence: When is a letter not a letter? (Nicholas Cronk)
15:30 From ‘post to post’: epistolary valediction and the ‘horror of the last’ (Grace Egan)

16:15 Coffee break

16:45 Letters, performance and performativity (Oliver Herford)
17:30 Letters 2.0? Linguistic insights into the extent to which social media are a substitute for personal letters (Alan Scott)

19.30 Pub evening (opt-in)

Thursday, 3 July

08:45 Registration

Session II: Concepts and contexts
09:00 ‘Here it ends with my pen, but not my heart’: letterness and the many ends of ‘the letter’ (Liz Stanley)
09:45 Epistolarisches – Die achtfache Relationalität des Briefes (Inka Kording)

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 ‚…die Hälfte eines Dialoges‘? Briefe auf Papyri und Ostraka. Überlegung zur quellenkritischen Auswertung (Patrick Reinard)
11:45 Letter writing and knowledge cybernetics in Rabbinic literature of the twentieth century (Zeev Kitsis)

12:30 Lunch (own arrangements)

13:30 – 14:30 Seminar at the Bodleian Library

Session III: Transmission and postal history
14:45 Godwin’s letters: transmissions of value (Pamela Clemit)
15:30 Der Brief als Sammelobjekt bei Karl August Varnhagen von Ense (Katarzyna Jaśtal)

16:15 Coffee break

16:45 From cross-written letters to human ones: how postal reforms changed the letter (Emma Harper)
17:30 – 18:15 The Edwardian postcard revolution – a literacy studies perspective
(Julia Gillen)

19:30 Conference dinner

Friday, 4 July

08:45 Registration

Session IV: Interpretation and materiality
09:00 Historische Semantik des Briefs und die Chancen digitaler Briefeditionen (Jochen Strobel)
09:45 Der Status von Briefbeigaben in der Verlegerkorrespondenz – eine editionsphilologische Perspektive (Caroline Socha)

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Using historic letterlocking to reseal the letters of John Donne: a collaborative approach to letters (Jana Dambrogio/Daniel Starza Smith)

12:00 – 13:15 Workshop
* Letter writing, calligraphy, and literati taste in medieval China: a reading of a manuscript letter by Mi Fu (Lik Hang Tsui)
* Gaben aus dem Kloster – die Briefe der Lüner Benediktinerinnen (1460-1550) (Lena Vosding)

13:15 – 14:45 Lunch (sandwich lunch provided)

14:45 – 15:30 Discussion and conclusion

15:30 – 16:30 Workshop
postscriptum: An exercise in letter locking (Jana Dambrogio/Daniel Starza Smith)

Registration is now open:

Conference fee: £18
payable in advance (ideally by cheque) or on the day; partial attendance is possible

Please note that places are limited and are available on a first-come first-served basis.

To register, contact
Dr Marie Isabel Matthews-Schlinzig ( or
Caroline Socha (
by Wednesday, 25 June 2014.

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