The network’s second workshop, ‘Institutions as Networks’, will take place in the Society of Antiquaries’ apartments at Burlington House in London on the 13th and 14th of July 2017.

This workshop will examine how institutions have served to connect and organise groups of people and things, considering the hierarchies that inhere in such arrangements and the points of connection between different clusters and ideals.

The programme for the workshop is given below and can be downloaded using this link.  We have a limited number of places available for interested delegates; if you’d like to attend, please contact the network organisers (Matthew Sangster, Jon Mee and Jennifer Buckley) on by July 3rd.  There is no charge for the workshop, but we do ask that if you register you make every effort to attend, as we’ll incur catering costs for each additional delegate – we’re happy to pay these for people keen to join our conversations, but don’t want to be wasteful with the budget that the AHRC has kindly provided.


Thursday July 13th


9:30am – Arrival/Registration


9:45am – Introduction (Jenny Buckley, Jon Mee and Matthew Sangster)


10am – Panel One: Antiquarianism and Print

  • Crystal Lake (Wright State University) and Kristen Schuster (King’s College London) – Litotian Objects
  • Julian Pooley (University of Leicester) – ‘Dry, thorny and barbarous paths?’: The Nicholses, their Press and the Society of Antiquaries, 1777-1873


11am – Tea


11:30am – Panel Two: Forms of Circulation

  • Ralph McLean (National Library of Scotland) – Thomas Ruddiman and David Hume as Librarians: exploring the literary networks of the Faculty of Advocates’ Library in the 18th century
  • Jon Klancher (Carnegie Mellon University) – Lecturing Networks and the Royal Institution
  • Laura Forsberg (Rockhurst University) – Microscopy by Post: Victorian Networks of Science


1pm – Lunch


2pm – Panel Three: New Prospects for Institutions of Knowledge

  • Felicity James (University of Leicester) – ‘And social plenty circles round the land’: Anna Laetitia Barbauld, the Warrington Academy, and Institutions of Dissent
  • John Gardner (Anglia Ruskin University) – The Andersonian University, George Birkbeck and the Glasgow Mechanics’ Institute
  • Annemarie Mcallister (University of Central Lancashire) – The Temperance Movement as a Cradle, Stimulus, and Game-Changer for Writers


3:30pm – Tea


4pm – Roundtable: The Network Metaphor

  • Giles Bergel (University of Oxford)
  • Roey Sweet (University of Leicester)
  • Jon Mee (University of York)


5pm – Leave the Antiquaries


5:30pm – Open discussion on networks at the King’s Head pub on Stafford Street (followed by a dinner for speakers)


Friday July 14th


9:30am – Panel Four: Metropolitan Institutions and National Interests

  • Katherine Ford (Independent Scholar) – The Royal Society: An Institution of Literature?
  • Susan Bennett (William Shipley Group for Royal Society of Arts History) – ‘Little more…than of a Society in the moon’: Publicising the work of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (1754-1900)
  • Gillian Russell (University of Melbourne) – Charles Lamb and the British Museum as an Institution of Literature


11am – Tea


11:30am – Panel Five: Literary Institutions and Imperial Expansion

  • Porscha Fermanis (University College Dublin) – Literary Institutions and Taste-Formation in Colonial Singapore, 1820-1870
  • Nathan Garvey (University College Dublin) – Unfree Libraries: Public and Private Institutions of Knowledge in Colonial New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land
  • Sarah Comyn (University College Dublin) – A New Reading Public: The Mechanics’ Institute in the Colony of Victoria
  • Lara Atkin (University College Dublin) – Literary Institutions in 1820s Colonial South Africa


1:15pm – Lunch


2:15pm – Panel Six: Networked Discussions

  • Susanne Schmid (Freie Universität Berlin) – Salon Conversations: from Literary Criticism to Gossip
  • Neil Ramsey (University of New South Wales) – Institutionalising War: Spectacle and Performance in Romantic Era Military Literature


3:15pm – Tea


3:45pm – Concluding Roundtable, chaired by Jon Mee (University of York)

  • Jon Klancher (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Matthew Sangster (University of Glasgow)
  • Judith Thompson (Dalhousie University)
  • Sandra Tuppen (British Library)


5pm – Close