Reading Practices Symposium — University of Glasgow 16/10/07

University of Glasgow

Tuesday 16 October 2007

This interdisciplinary symposium, organised by the Faculty of Arts in collaboration with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, will inaugurate a series of collaborative ventures, bringing together scholars, not merely from different disciplines across the Faculty of Arts, but also from other UK and international institutions (as part of the AHRC-funded Modern Languages Training Network). This session will bring together a group of internationally noted scholars from France and the US, examining reading practices in a number of historical, cultural and discursive contexts from an interdisciplinary perspective. Key themes will include the following:

Reading practices in cultural and production contexts
Print culture
Practices of reading: theology, hermeneutics
Reading practices and the non-literary text

TIME: 3.00-7.00pm
VENUE: Modern Languages Building, 16 University Gardens, Glasgow


3.00pm Room 5, MLB
Professor Milad Doueihi (University of Glasgow)
“Religion as Re-Reading: Augustine”

4.00pm Room 5, MLB
Professor Wilda Anderson (Johns Hopkins)
“Reading as Scientific Action: Newton”

5.00pm Room 5, MLB
Tea / Coffee

5.30pm Lecture Theatre, MLB
Professor Roger Chartier (Collège de France)
“Binding, Common-Placing and Reading Shakespeare (1593-1623)”

7.00pm Room 5, MLB


Roger Chartier
Professor Chartier will be taking up his appointment at the Collège de France on the 13th of October 2007. Among his previous appointments, he has been Directeur d’Etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris as well as a visiting professor at leading American universities (Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Cornell). He has been an invited speaker at numerous institutions throughout the world. His work on the history of print culture and of reading in the early modern period has been of massive influence and significance.

Selected Publications
Inscription and Erasure: Literature and Written Culture from the Eleventh to the Eighteenth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007)

Communication, Knowledge and Memory in Early Modern Spain (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)

A History of Reading in the West: Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book (University of Massachusetts Press, 1999)

Correspondence (Princeton University Press, 1997)

The Colour of Melancholy: The Uses of Books in the Fourteenth Century (Johns Hopkins 1997)

On the Edge of the Cliff: History, Language, and Practices (Johns Hopkins, 1997)

The Culture of Print (Princeton University Press, 1996)

Forms and Meanings: Texts, Performances, and Audiences from Codex to Computer (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995)

The Order of Books (Stanford University Press, 1994)

Wilda Anderson
Professor Anderson is currently professor of French at the University of Johns Hopkins. Her areas of research are French Enlightenment intellectual history and literature, the relationship between science and literature (especially 17th-century physics, 18th-century chemistry and 19th-century theories of heredity), the Encyclopédie, the French Revolution, and the religious texts of Isaac Newton. She is presently finishing a monograph on the relationship between theories of scientific language at the end of the French Enlightenment and Robespierre’s programme for the Reign of Terror.

Professor Anderson is interested as well in the changes in authoring and reading practices brought about by the digital revolution; she has developed several extensive digitally-based courses to make use of and to explore the new media. As an extension of this interest, she is currently producing for the Fondation Bodmer in Switzerland a digital variorum edition of an unpublished manuscript of Newton entitled “On the Church.”

Selected Publications
Between the Library and the Laboratory: The Language of Chemistry in Eighteenth-Century France (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984)

Diderot’s Dream (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990)

Milad Doueihi
Professor Doueihi is interested in the history of erudition. He is currently Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Glasgow. His Harvard University Press book, A Perverse History of the Human Heart (1997), was translated into more than 10 languages. His forthcoming book, La Grande Conversion numérique, a reflection on the shape of the archives of the future, deals with the implications of digital technology for Western culture, whether in the domain of cultural memory and identity or that of the preservation and transmission of information.

Selected Publications
La Grande Conversion numérique (Seuil, forthcoming December 2007)

Le Paradis terrestre: mythes et philosophies (Seuil, 2006)

A Perverse History of the Human Heart (Harvard, 1997)

Solitude de l’incomparable: Augustin et Spinoza (Seuil, forthcoming 2008)


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