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

This workshop examined 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.

Blog posts relating to this workshop can be seen here; posts by participants relating to the work that they presented are also linked from their entries in the programme below.


Thursday July 13th


9:30am – Arrival/Registration


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


10am – Panel One: Antiquarianism and Print


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


3:30pm – Tea


4pm – Roundtable: The Network Metaphor


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


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)


5pm – Close