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In Matter of Books and Records: Forms, Substance, Forgeries, and Meanings Beyond the Lines
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When: 7/23/2015

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We are pleased to announce the forthcoming international workshop on the materiality of written culture from Antiquity to Modern Europe: ‘In Matter of Books and Records: Forms, Substance, Forgeries, and Meanings Beyond the Lines’, organised by the AR.C.H.I.ves Project (Birkbeck, University of London), the Ligatus Research Centre (University of the Arts London) and the History of Design Programme (Royal College of Art / Victoria & Albert Museum). The conference will take place on 23 November 2015at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Please see the programme below, also available at , and Visit our Facebook page at: Programme 10.00-10.30 Registration and Coffee 10.30-10.45 Filippo de Vivo and Marta Ajmar: Introduction 10.45 – 12.15 First Session - Supports: Papyrus, Parchment, and Paper Danae Bafa (UCL): From Boats to Book-rolls: Unfolding the Materiality of Papyrus in Graeco-Roman Egypt Jessica Berenbeim (Magdalene College, University of Oxford): What Parchment is, and What it Means Maria Alessandra Chessa (V&A Museum): From the Nature of Paper to Meaning and Function 1.30 – 2.30 Second Session - Binding Books and Documents Anna Gialdini (Ligatus, UAL) and Alessandro Silvestri (Birkbeck): Binding and Rebinding Records in Late Medieval Sicily. A Material Approach to Administrative History Carlo Federici (Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice): Bindings, Parchments and Papers. My Pathway to the Archaeology of the Book 2.30-3.00 Coffee Break 3.00 – 4.10 Third Session - Forgery in Books and Documents Emily Taylor (British Museum): Book Forgeries: A Composite Fake and Egyptological Conundrum from the British Museum’s Collection Alfred Hiatt (Queen Mary University of London): Forgery of Documents in the Late Middle Ages 4.10-4.30 Ian Sansom, University of Warwick: Closing remarks: The Paper Museum 5.00 Wine Reception Registration to the workshop is now open. Places are limited and we recommend you register as soon as possible. Shall the number of registrations exceed that of available places, we will be running a waiting list. Please register at within 15 November 2015. We are also happy to announce that a small number of travel bursaries are available to enable graduate students to attend (see We would be grateful if you could circulate the information among potentially interested students. Applications should be sent to by 15 October 2015. For any further enquiries visit or feel free to get in touch with the organisers: Alessandro Silvestri: Anna Gialdini: Maria Alessandra Chessa:

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