Workshop on the History of Reading

Collaborative Training Event
11 December 2014, University of Stirling
(with the universities of Dundee and Edinburgh)

On Thursday 11 December, 12-6pm, the University of Stirling is running a Book History workshop on methodologies in the history of reading. The workshop is open to all Masters and PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers, at the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh and Stirling who are working in the field of book history broadly, and specifically in the field of the history of reading. All are welcome, and we hope this will be a good opportunity not only to receive necessary doctoral skills training, but also to meet other book historians working across these institutions. Topics covered will include: 1) Defining the field 2) Theoretical approaches to the history of reading 3) Working with the historical evidence 4) Case Studies and 5) Working with digital and online resources.

The workshop will be run by Dr Katie Halsey (University of Stirling), Dr Daniel Cook (University of Dundee), and Dr Tom Mole (University of Edinburgh), with visiting speakers, and is conceived of as an opportunity for students to discuss their own methodological approaches, raise methodological questions, and to workshop different approaches.

Attendance is free, and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To sign up, please e-mail Dr Katie Halsey at and Lesley McIntosh at by 5 December at the latest, with “Book History Workshop” in the subject line of the e-mail.

Please also state any special requirements (wheelchair access, alternative format of materials, etc) and any special dietary needs in the email. Numbers are limited, and spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.