Keynote Speakers

Jim Mussell

“It Begins with the Printer: Memory, Books and the Library”

James Mussell is Associate Professor in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds. He specialises in nineteenth-century print culture, focusing particularly on the place of historical printed objects in the digital present. His first book, Science, Time and Space in the Late Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press (2007), examined the way that periodical publication structured science in the period. His second, The Nineteenth-Century Press in the Digital Age (2012), extended this analysis to consider what happens to newspapers and periodicals when digitized. This book came out of his work on Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition, a digital edition of six periodicals and newspapers published in 2008. Recently, Jim has published widely on different aspects of print and digital culture, as well as returning to science with a research project on the physicist and spiritualist, Oliver Lodge. His current project, Whispers of Print, uses the figure of the secret to examine what print tells us other than what it says.

Rebecca Krug

“Lost and Found: Margery Kempe’s Book and 600 Years of History”

Rebecca Krug is Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, where she specializes in late medieval English literature and culture, religion, the history of literacy, and women’s studies.  She is the author of Reading Families:  Women’s Literate Practice in Late Medieval England (Cornell University Press, 2002) and of a number of essays, including recent pieces in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Culture and in A Cultural History of Gardens in the Medieval Age.  Her forthcoming book, Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader, will also be published by Cornell UP.  She is particularly interested in forgotten readers and why they matter.