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British Library PhD Research Spring Symposium: Global Voices in the Archive

  • The British Library - Conference Centre 96 Euston Street London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom (map)

Join the British Library's Collaborative PhD students, past and present, for a wide-ranging exploration of new research drawing on the British Library’s archives and collections

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Speakers will explore the theme of ‘translation’ – both in a literal sense, investigating the hidden lives and work of translators and interpreters as revealed in the archive, and more broadly in terms of how languages, values, beliefs, histories and narratives are communicated and understood within, between, and across different cultures and contexts. The keynote speaker is Dr Tom Overton, addressing the theme of migration in the archive as explored in the first chapter of his forthcoming book, The Good Archivist. Currently Writer in Residence at Jerwood Visual Arts, Tom completed a British Library/King’s College London collaborative PhD on the writer, critic and painter John Berger in 2014. In 2015 he published an edited collection of Berger’s essays.

Subsequent panels, chaired by British Library curators, will feature collaborative PhD students at various stages of their research at the Library, as well as early-career postdoctoral researchers. Exploring themes of translation and migration, the event will also gather reflections from early-career academics and final year PhD students on how working with the archives has changed the direction of their research. Much of the research showcased at this event is supported through the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme.

Global Voices in the Archive programme [PDF]