Category Archives: paper

New Book: Archival Afterlives

Just out from Brill:   Archival Afterlives Life, Death, and Knowledge-Making in Early Modern British Scientific and Medical Archives Series: Scientific and Learned Cultures and Their Institutions, Volume: 23   Editors: Vera Keller, Anna Marie Roos and Elizabeth Yale “Archival Afterlives explores the posthumous fortunes of scientific and medical archives in early modern Britain. If early modern natural philosophers claimed all […]

Article: Of mind and matter: The archive as object

In the following article in Archives and Records (39.1 2018) Peter Lester advances an argument about materiality and the nature of archival evidence. Of mind and matter: The archive as object Abstract Archives are not only sources of evidence and information; they are also material objects with physical, tangible characteristics such as size, weight and […]

New article: Paper tools

Boris Jardine’s article, “State of the Field: Paper Tools” in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science (Volume 64, August 2017, Pages 53-63) makes interesting reading for those concerned with questions of paper and materiality. Jardine asks whether scholars across diverse fields are talking about the same thing ‘when they talk of paper, its qualities, affordances and […]

Getty acquires concrete poetry

The following reposted from ArtfixDaily.com raises particularly interesting questions around the materiality of these acquisitions: The Getty Research Institute (GRI) announced today the acquisition of a suite of prints, a folded paper poem, and an artist’s book by the Scottish artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, as well as a 3D “cubepoem” by the Brazilian artist […]

CFP: Paper Trails Workshop

Workshop, 19-21* June 2017 University College London     Often there is more than research inside the books we read. Bookmarks, train tickets, receipts, and menus tucked into pages offer clues about the life of the book itself. Yet the lives of our research material often go unmarked, lost between the gaps in disciplinary boundaries […]

Ending the paper trail

State archives take up a lot of space. Should we digitise the lot, and burn the books? Finland is taking a radical step. An article by Tom Jeffreys first published on 12 May 2016 in The Long+Short. Behind the grand neoclassical facade of the National Archives of Finland in central Helsinki, a strange and controversial scene is playing out. […]

Making Archives, Shaping History

University of Manchester 26 April, 10am, ALB G30-31 In the process of creative making archaeologists, architects, visual artists and conservators produce and assemble a massive and heterogeneous amount of visual and paper objects: correspondence, sketches and drawings, working models and simulations, observational reports and reading notes. While the fate and politics of established archives is largely tackled in […]