Registration open: Readers, Purveyors, Creators, and Users: Studying Victorian Print Consumption in 2014, 16-17 June 2014, National University of Ireland, Galway

Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies,

National University of Ireland, Galway
Plenary speakers
Dr Stephen Colclough, Bangor University.
Dr Niall Ó Ciosáin, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Nineteenth-century studies continues to engender some of the most dynamic scholarship in the study of historical readership with works like Leah Price’s 
How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain (2012) featuring some of the most thought-provoking commentary on reader encounters with print to emerge in recent times.    

Conceptualisations of the functions print commodities served for various groups of nineteenth-century consumers grow increasingly nuanced.  Much of this research into the history of reading has been fuelled by mass digitization endeavours like 
Google Books and digital humanities projects like The Reading Experience Database. However, while such resources offer significant possibilities, the conditions under which one now engages with this primary material can give rise to questions of context, materiality, and access.  Accordingly, this two-day conference will seek to appraise the current state of the field examining the consumption and production of Victorian print culture matter, historical or contemporary.  

A provisional programme has now been posted to our webpage:

Registration for the conference is also now open. More information is available via these links: and

For questions and additional information, please contact or


This conference is made possible by the generous support of The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)

and The Digital Arts and Humanities Programme at the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway​

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