Book events in Oxford

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Thursday May 4 Oxford Bibliographical Society event
Hazel Wilkinson (University of Birmingham)  ‘The grammar of ornament’: Alexander Pope and the art of the page
Printers’ ornaments date to the earliest days of printing, when they approximated the elaborate borders, flourishes, and initial letters of manuscripts, but by the eighteenth century they had developed their own iconography and become part of the particular visual identity of the printed book.
5.15pm at Merton College, Oxford and via Zoom
All welcome. The talk will also be streamed via Zoom. If you would like the link, please contact

Friday 12 May 2023 Merton History of the Book event
Professor Liza Blake (University of Toronto, general editor of The Complete Works of Margaret Cavendish, and Sassoon Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries) Margaret Cavendish and Her Books in Merton College: Oxford and Feminist Book Histories
5 pm
Merton College, The Mure Room
The talk will be followed by refreshments and a chance to view a selection of Cavendish’s books from the college library.
All are welcome, but please RSVP to

The D.F. McKenzie Lecture
Thursday 18 May 2023
Matthew Kirschenbaum (Maryland) The New Nature of the Book: Publishing and Printing in the Post-Digital Era
Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
5 pm
Free, all welcome, registration required

Th-Fri 18-19 May 2023
Agrippa: a book of the dead
Symposium in person and online
Over 30 years after the launch of Agrippa, a self-destructive collaborative book project by the publisher Kevin Begos Jr, the writer William Gibson and the artist Dennis Ashbaugh, join us over two consecutive afternoons to explore the fate of Agrippa’s copies in library collections, the place of artists’ books in book studies, and the intersection of analogue and digital in the field of material texts.
Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
Free, all welcome, registration required
Listen to the podcast with convener Justine Provino, about the book ‘Agrippa: a book of the dead’.

The Lyell Lectures
Ann M. Blair (Harvard), ‘In the scholar’s workshop: amanuenses in early modern Europe’
This lecture series will focus on the role of amanuenses (literary assistants) in scholarly work in early modern Europe, particularly the Northern Renaissance ca 1500–1630, while noting parallels with both earlier and later European contexts.
See the full description and register for the series: The Lyell Lectures 2023 | Visit the Bodleian Libraries (
T & Th: 23 May, 25 May, 30 May, 1 June, 6 June 2023
Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
5:15 pm
Free, all welcome, registration required

Thursday 8 June 2023
Oxford Bibliographical Society and CSB event
Queer Bibliography: a discussion
With Malcolm Noble (Leicester Vaughan College), Sarah Pyke (Institute of English Studies, London), and James Sargan (University of Limerick). Chaired by Abigail Williams (St Peter’s, Oxford)
Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, 5:15 pm

Friday 23 June
Dr Sadiah Qureshi (Bodleian Visiting Fellow), ‘Vanished: Imagining Extinction’
Late eighteenth-century research helped establish the notion that extinction was widespread in Earth’s history and gave rise to fears that animals, colonised peoples, and cultures were all on the verge of extinction. This lecture will explore the lasting legacies of this conceptual shift on present-day movements like Extinction Rebellion, and consider how these ideas about extinction have impacted histories of race, science, and empire.
7pm – 8 pm
Free, all welcome, registration required

Tuesday 27 June 2023
Prof. Dr. Mandana Barkeshli (UCSI and University of Melbourne)
Persian lacquered bookbinding: A journey through its layers and conservation challenges
Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
11 am
Free, all welcome, registration required

TOSCA: The Oxford Seminars in Cartography
Begin Thursday 4 May 2023
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