Generously funded by the AHRC, the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum in Lichfield will host a pair of two-day workshops for postgraduate students and early career researchers, focusing on all aspects of textual studies, including manuscripts, print, editing, the book trade, and the history of reading. Leading academics will give lectures and run hands-on workshops with participants.
Lecturers and tutors: Jenny Batt (Bristol), Paddy Bullard (Reading), Rebecca Bullard (Reading), Peter Sabor (McGill), Nicholas Seager (Keele), David Francis Taylor (Warwick), Claudine Van Hensbergen (Northumbria), and Abigail Williams (Oxford).
The workshops will take place on 15th-16th February and 8th-9th March 2019. Participants’ travel costs, accommodation in Lichfield, and meals will be paid for through bursaries.
If you are a researcher interested in the long eighteenth-century (circa 1660-1830), and if you are interested in using archival collections in your scholarship, then you should apply. You do not need to be a Johnson specialist – just to have an interest in the literary scene that he was a part of.
Eligibility: open to anyone registered for a postgraduate degree or within two years of PhD completion (PhD in 2017 or 2018) at the time of the events.
Deadline for applications: 21 September 2018.
Website for details and how to apply: http://c18bookhistory.org/