Previous events - CLEMT

CLEMT hosts regular lectures and seminars which are open to all. Here are some of our past events:


  • 27 October 2019: ‘Challenges of the Archive’, roundtable on issues in archival research, with presentations by EDACS staff (Amy Burge, Jimmy Packham) and research students (Caroline Curtis, Tomos Evans, Niall Gallen)
  • 16 March 2020: Paddy Bullard (Reading), in conversation with Alex Harris (Birmingham), on editing George Sturt’s The Wheelwright’s Shop (1923) and the textual transmission of rural craft traditions; the CLEMT contribution to the 2019/20 EDACS ‘Environment’ strand of research events


  • 24 October 2018: ‘Editing as Creative and Critical Practice’, roundtable with EDACS staff from Film and Creative Writing (Elsa Braekkan Payne, Luke Kennard) and English Literature (Rona Cran, Vidyan Ravinthiran)
  • 23 January 2019: Kathryn Sutherland (Oxford), ‘Samuel Johnson and the Origins of Writing’, CLEMT seminar
  • 6 February 2019: ‘Technologies of Print’, seminar on text, media and technology with presentations by UoB staff: Hugh Houghton (ITSEE), Hazel Wilkinson (Eng Lit), Matthew Hayler (Eng Lit)
  • 21 February 2019: ‘The Poetics of Print’, one-day conference organized by CLEMT in collaboration with the Centre for Printing History and Culture (Birmingham/BCU) and held at Winterbourne House; three panels of papers and a handling session in the Cadbury Research Library; speakers included Rona Cran (Birmingham), Eleanor Dobson (Birmingham), James Misson (Oxford), Maria Damkjaer (Copenhagen), Rachel Stenner (Sussex) and David Finkelstein (Heriot-Watt)
  • 6 March 2019: ‘Paper/Work: Reading Official Documents’, seminar curated by Emma West (BA Postdoc in the Department of English Literature, Birmingham), with papers by Asha Rogers (Birmingham), Matthew Sangster (Glasgow) and Derek Dunne (Cardiff)
  • 21 March 2019: Jane Stabler (St Andrews), ‘“I have no choice”: Editing Byron from Manfred to Don Juan’, seminar co-hosted with 19CC
  • 2 May 2019: ‘The Materials of African Literatures’, seminar curated by Jarad Zimbler (Birmingham), with papers by Asha Rogers (Birmingham), Rachel Bower (Leeds), Nathan Suhr-Sytsma (Emory) and a response from Peter D. McDonald (Oxford)
  • 17 May 2019: ‘The Matterterial Text’, the 2019 CLEMT summer symposium; keynote lecture by Helen Smith (York), ‘The Matterterial Text’; three panels of papers featuring EDACS colleagues (Rebecca Roach, Alex Harris, Gillian Wright, Peter Auger, Jessica Fay, Oliver Herford) and one PGR student (Thomas Clifton)


  • 12 October 2017: ‘Teaching the Archive’, roundtable on the uses of archival research in teaching and learning, with presentations by EDACS staff (Hannah Boast, Angus Brown, Rebecca Mitchell, Chris Mourant, Jimmy Packham, Hazel Wilkinson, Emily Wingfield), held in the Cadbury Research Library
  • 28 November 2017: Diane Watt (Surrey), ‘Women’s Literary Culture before the Conquest’, seminar co-hosted by CLEMT and CeSMA
  • 17 January 2018: Samantha Matthews (Bristol), ‘Manuscript, Print, Patronage and Place: Reconstructing the Jerningham family’s Album at Costessey Hall’, CLEMT seminar
  • 1 March 2018: Paul Botley (Warwick), ‘Censoring Early Modern Letter-Collections: The Case of Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614)’ and Nicholas Hardy (Birmingham), ‘Close Reading, Big Data, and the Study of Renaissance Epistolary Culture’, CLEMT research seminar
  • 11 May 2018: ‘Textual Intimacy’, the 2018 CLEMT summer symposium; keynote lecture by Abigail Williams (Oxford), ‘Reading Together, Reading Apart: Sociable Reading and Intimacy in the Eighteenth-Century Home’; panels of papers by EDACS colleagues on intertextuality and intermediality (Nathan Waddell, Tiffany Stern), the material book (Gillian Wright, Hugh Adlington, Angus Brown) and affect (Fariha Shaikh, Dorothy Butchard)
  • 27-28 June 2018: ‘Alexander Pope: Text, Book, Work’, one-day conference co-organized by CLEMT and the general editors of the Oxford Edition of The Writings of Alexander Pope; followed by a visit to view early Pope editions in the Hurd Library at Hartlebury Castle, Worcestershire. Keynote lecture by Henry Woudhuysen (Oxford), ‘Alexander Pope: Collecting Books, Making Manuscripts’; other speakers included Michael Suarez (Virginia), Valerie Rumbold (Birmingham), Marcus Walsh (Birmingham), Hazel Wilkinson (Birmingham), Jim McLaverty (Keele), Brean Hammond (Nottingham), Clare Bucknell (Oxford), Daniel Cook (Dundee), Timothy Michael (Oxford), Paul Baines (Liverpool), Greg Lynall (Liverpool), Paddy Bullard (Reading), Roberta Klimt (KCL), Lucy Cooper (Worcester)