The Lives and Afterlives of Letters Network

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The Lives and Afterlives of Letters Network is a newly established network based at the University of Manchester. This interdisciplinary Network brings together academic researchers and library professionals through a series of events beginning in 2017-18 that centres on the study of correspondence. As the Network grows, it will involve colleagues working with correspondence across a range of languages, mediums, time periods and cultures, involving researchers from subject areas across SALC, DH@Manchester, History of Humanities Network and CHSTM, and in conversation with specialisms of library professionals in conservation, curation and imaging.

This Network aims to investigate and contribute to the understanding of important methodological issues in an emerging area of scholarship, including (but not limited to):

- Best practices for curating, cataloguing, digitising, and displaying correspondence;- Network analysis, digital modelling, and methods of harvesting and managing data from correspondence;
- Analysis of correspondence as text: textual editions of letters, correspondence as a resource for biographies, histories of institutions, and wider social-historical data;
- Issues of copyright, embargo, privacy, etc.

The 2017-18 activities are supported by a John Rylands Research Institute Collaboration Grant and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures Research Network Fund. 

The programme is: 

12 October 2017 - Seminar: 'Networks & Individuals'
9 November 2017 - Seminar: 'Curating Correspondence'
14 December 2017 - Seminar: 'Public & Private Letters'
16 February 2018 - Workshop: 'Ethical & Interpretive Issues'
2 March 2018 - Workshop: 'Digital Methods'
May 2018 (date tbc) - Funding Roundtable
14 June 2018 - Workshop: 'Letterlocking'
1 Oct 2017 → …

The Lives and Afterlives of Letters Network

Event duration1 Oct 2017 → …
Location of eventThe John Rylands Research Institute
CountryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionInternational event

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