Posted by Abigail Williams on Friday, September 13, 2013 with No comments
The launch of the DMI is days away.

There are still pigeon canapés and punch recipes to be sourced,  and a whole technical development awaiting completion, apparently happening somewhere between Osney Island, Oxford, and Rio! 
For anyone interested in the intellectual content of the launch, here is the programme of events on Tuesday 17 September:

Miscellany of Miscellanies:
Launch Conference for the Digital Miscellanies Index.


10.00 Welcome

10.10 Session 1: Some new findings from the Digital Miscellanies Index

Claudine Vanhensbergen, ‘Unlocking The Cabinet of Love. Pornography, popularity and reputation: a case-study of The Works of the Earls of Rochester and Roscommon (1707-1800)’

John McTague, ‘Popularity and Censorship in Political Miscellanies.’

Adam Bridgen, ‘Death in the Database: Wills in Verse, Verse in Wills, and their place in miscellanies’

Coffee 11.30

11.45  Session 2:  Jennifer Batt and Abigail Williams, Making and Using the Index

12.30 Lunch and trial of database

1.30 Session 3: Miscellaneous miscellanies

Kathleen Lawton Trask, ‘Mock-Litanies in the Digital Miscellanies Index’

Emma Salgard Cunha, ‘A Methodist Miscellany: John Wesley’s Moral and Sacred Poems’

Hazel Wilkinson, ‘Rethinking eighteenth-century Spenserianism through the poetic miscellany

2.45-4.15 Session 4: Miscellanies and eighteenth-century print culture

James McLaverty, ‘Not-So-Miscellaneous Miscellanies, or Keeping Pope in Print’

Suarez 'Copyright in Practice: How Intellectual Property Law Really Functioned in Eighteenth-century England'

Simon Dickie ‘Deformity Poems and Other Nasties.’

4.15 Tea

4.30-5.30 Session 5: The DMI and digital humanities projects

Giles Bergel, Bodleian Broadside Ballads Online

Michelle O Callaghan, Verse Miscellanies Online

Gerald Egan, Digital Anthologies Index

5.30 close of conference

6.30-8.00 ‘Cheerful Companion’ evening entertainment, Senior Common Room.
The Cheerful Companion
An Evening in the Eighteenth Century Parlour, 17 September, 2013, 6.30-8.00pm.
If we were able to step inside the parlours and drawing rooms of the eighteenth century, we’d find evenings busy with home-made entertainments – book groups and tea table parties; amateur dramatics; groups of women reading and weeping their way through popular sentimental fiction, and men at punch parties singing songs about dogs. The Cheerful Companion offers you a peep into this world, a chance to explore the sounds, tastes and feel of a candlelit evening at home in 1740. There will be music and readings from popular eighteenth century miscellanies and songbooks, and the opportunity to practice some needlework whilst sipping punch and nibbling on a devilled egg...