Our first major public event will be held at The National Archives in Kew, London, on 9 June 2018:
‘Fragmentary Lives: The Survival and Interpretation of Historic Ego Documents, 1790-1940’
The conference will look at a variety of sources that focus on the personal life and experiences of the writer, such as letters and autobiographies.
Paul Carter (The National Archives) explained that ‘
The Fragmentary Lives conference seeks to explore the way that the perspectives drawn from these ego documents are reshaping the future research agenda‘.
Papers will cover topics such as
- Agency in pauper letters and petitions
- Concepts of self and agency in autobiographies
- Scribes and scribal relationships
- The material culture of letters and writing
- Agency and the overlap of oral and literate cultures
See further details and information. Although the call for papers has now closed, everyone is welcome to come along and take part. Attendance is free, but you will need to register using the link above.