Ethical and Interpretative Issues Workshop, 16 February 2018

Our first of two workshops this semester is now fully booked. To register for the waiting list, please fill out our Google form.


Ethical and Interpretative Issues Workshop, 16 February 2018

This workshop will engage participants in interdisciplinary conversation on the theme of the ethical and interpretative challenges of working with correspondence containing private or sensitive information. The sessions will reflect on issues relating to the handling of this information in the writing of history, whether as used sources for personal or institutional biography or as part of the history writing of larger communities and movements.

This event is co-hosted by the Manchester History of Humanities Research Network.


Conference Room, Graduate School, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester Oxford Rd Campus (M13 9PL). Building 77 on the campus map.


Session 1: “Correspondence, Networks and Biography”

[Abstracts for Session 1 “Correspondence, Networks and Biography” can be found here.]

9.30-10:00 – Arrival and coffee

10-10:15 – Introduction

10.15-11:00 – Rebecca Gill (History, University of Huddersfield) and Helen Dampier (Cultural Studies & Humanities, Leeds Beckett University) “The Emily Hobhouse letters: epistolary networks and ‘self-biography’”

11-11:15 – Coffee

11:15-12:00 – Jonathan Ellis (English, University of Sheffield) “Elizabeth Bishop Knows Best”

12-13:00 – Lunch

Session 2: “Sensitive Materials, Sensitive Archives”

[Abstracts for Session 2 will be circulated to registered participants closer to the event.]

13:00-15:00 – Four 10-minute lightning talks, with breakout discussions to be concluded with plenary discussion

Lisa Smith (History, University of Essex) – The Sloane Letters Project

Monika Barget (Humanities, Maynooth University) – Letters 1916-1923 Project

Arthur Burns (History, King’s College London) – Georgian Papers Programme

Seth Gottlieb (CHSTM, University of Manchester) – Iraqi Jewish Archive.


[Updated 06/02/2018 – NAIB]

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