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CHASE Networks - The Matter of the Archive before 1700

  • Birkbeck, University of London Malet St London, WC1E 7HZ United Kingdom (map)

CHASE Network Development event at Birkbeck

The materials of archives and document collections constitute a rich new seam to mine when thinking about the accumulation and preservation of knowledge, the use of documents in the past, and lives of objects from the medieval and early modern world. As a group of historians and literary scholars of medieval and early modern Europe and the Middle East who have an interest in theories and practices of archival and manuscript research of this period, we will meet at Birkbeck for a day-long discussion on 21 April 2016.

During the day we will arrange a number of short presentations of broad themes relating to areas of research and teaching currently underway among the group, across our multiple disciplines of archaeology, art history, English, and history:

1. objects in the archive;
2. formation and use of archives, including storage, annotations, destructions and conservations;
3. senses in the archive.

We are keen to share knowledge and practice, as well as open up broad areas for discussion and network development across institutions and disciplines. We anticipate that our conversations will be the beginning of fruitful research relationships, which will allow us to identify and develop partnerships with archival institutions and lead to further collaborative research and research grant applications. In particular, we see this as a way of identifying and developing relationships with archives, repositories, and libraries which can become partners in both training and research activities.

The workshop will be open to up to 30 contributors from across CHASE; a certain number of named contributors have already confirmed participation. We now seek expressions of interest from partners from all CHASE institutions, in particular PhD and ECR researchers. If you would like to come on 21 April, please send a short email with your name, CHASE institution, and area of research to: Caroline Goodson ( or Anthony Bale (