Cambridge, September 2000
CALL FOR PAPERS LOST LIBRARIES The 4th Bienniel Conference sponsored by the Cambridge Project for the Book Trust 15-17 September 2000 Magdalene College, Cambridge University Brief description- The history of a great library - national, institutional and private - is much more than just the history of the individual book collection. Libraries are constructed for many reasons and their loss (either by deliberate action or by accident) has often made explicit their particular cultural, social and political significance. This conference will explore the often neglected circumstances of the disappearance of a great library and consider the consequences of that loss or destruction. We hope to range from ancient times to the present day and offer a series of comparative case studies, each of which broadens out to consider broader consequences, especially, in the case of famous scholarly or great national collections, to later cultural development. What were, for example, the consequences of the disposal of the Corvina and the Palatina libraries? How have losses (such as that of Alexandria) been represented in popular intellectual history in later centuries? How we can assess the cultural resonances of the destruction and loss of particular collections in modern times? Several distinguished historians have already indicated a willingness to take on particular studies for the conference (details will follow in the Spring) but we also invite paper proposals (one page only). These should be sent to Lost Libraries, Conference Administrator, CPBT The Malting House, Newnham Road Cambridge CB3 9EY UK BY 30 APRIL 1999 The conference will be held in Magdalene College, Cambridge, where accommodation will be available.