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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Workshop on Encyclopaedias

8th June 2017, 09:00 to 12:00, IAS Seminar Room, Dr Luke Sunderland, (Durham University)

Encyclopaedias are diverse and fascinating texts, combining bestiary, lapidary, medical, metaphysical, cosmic, theological, geographical, historical, literary and other elements, combined in complex systems that could usefully be contrasted to modern modes of classifying information. This workshop aims to bring together a wide range of Durham colleagues and postgraduates to think about them from different disciplinary angles, including the organization of knowledge and information visualization. Dictionaries and other modes of writing that have a kinship with encyclopaedias will also be considered. Participants will be asked to give a short presentation (around 5 minutes) on their own view of the encyclopaedic and its relationship to the period and material they study, before wider discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

This event is open to all Durham colleagues or postgraduates, please click here to register.

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