Histories and Futures of Reading

An interdisciplinary lecture series in manuscript, print, and digital cultures, 2014-15 @ UW


Organized by the Textual Studies Program in coordination with sponsoring units, Histories and Futures of Reading will welcome scholars to the UW whose work on reading, broadly construed, intersects with big-picture debates about the place of the humanities, innovation in graduate education, and public scholarship. Events are free and open to the public. For directions and transit, click here.

Fall Quarter Events:

October 8, 2014 Jacob Soll (University of Southern California), “Beyond Habermas: News in the Secret Sphere,” 4:00 PM, Communications Building 120

November 21, 2014 Andrew Stauffer (University of Virginia), “Traces in the Stacks: the Troubled Archive of Nineteenth-Century Literature,” 3:30 PM, HUB 340

For a full list of the year’s lectures, see our News & Events page.

Histories and Futures of Reading is sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities, the Textual Studies Program, the Departments of English, Comparative Literature, Communication, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, French & Italian Studies, Asian Languages & Literature, the South Asia Center, the Hilen Endowment, and Modern Language Quarterly.

Contact: Jeffrey Todd Knight (English) and Geoffrey Turnovsky (French & Italian)


Latest News

  • Modern Language Quarterly Conference on Digital Approaches to Literary Historycover_new

    On May 15-16, 2015, Modern Language Quarterly will host "Scale and Value: New Digital Approaches to Literary History" at the University of Washington. The keynote speaker will be Mark McGurl (Stanford), and confirmed participants include James English (Penn), Ted Underwood (Illinois), Günter Leypoldt (Heidelberg), Hoyt Long (Chicago), Heather Love (Penn), Laura Mandell (Texas A&M), Sharon…

  • Thomas Lockwood wins Robert Lowry Patten Award9780199257911

    The editors of SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 have announced the second annual Robert Lowry Patten Award, this year for the most outstanding recent contribution to Restoration and eighteenth-century British literary studies, will go to Textual Studies Program participating faculty member Thomas Lockwood (English) for his Henry Fielding Plays, Vol. 3: 1734-1742 (Oxford UP). The…

  • CFP: Society for Textual Scholarship, March 20-22, 2014 in SeattleW

    The Society for Textual Scholarship’s 2014 International Interdisciplinary Conference, "Textual Scholarship Across the Disciplines," will take place March 20-22 at the University of Washington, Seattle. See here for the Call for Papers. Deadline for Proposals: November 1, 2013.

  • Affect & Audience in the Digital Age, Simpson Center for the Humanities, October 18, 2013aa1

    This one-day symposium on digitally mediated poetics, co-organized by Textual Studies affiliate faculty member, Brian Reed (English), will include a special exhibition at the UW Book Arts Collection in Allen Library and a number of invited presentations relevant to the program. Registration is requested. For more information, see the Simpson Center event page here.