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Update on AHRC Leadership Fellowship

Interested in poetry and born-digital archives? Looking for an update on my Leadership Fellowship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council?

See the project blog HERE for news and updates, including on the exhibition we are organising for the 50th anniversary of Carcanet Press (30 Sept. 2019 to March 2020).

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Exhibition: Publishing Modernist Fiction and Poetry

Senate House Library holds little-known materials on modernist writers such as Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Nancy Cunard and Djuna Barnes. Their experimental texts were published by small presses and little magazines, but also attracted the attention of larger commercial book publishers. To gain greater control over the publication process, Woolf, Stein, Cunard and others created their own presses and engaged closely with the physical materiality of books. To mark the release of the edited collection Publishing Modernist Fiction and Poetry (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), this exhibition focuses on these fascinating modernist publishers that opened new markets for fiction and poetry.
From a mass of little-seen materials in Senate House Special Collections, Leila Kassir and Lise Jaillant have selected books, periodicals, correspondence and ephemera relating to three themes: (1) Women and Publishing; (2) Race and Modernism; (3) Middlebrow and Celebrity.
Among the items…

MLA 2020 in Seattle

As Liaison Officer for SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing), it is my role to organise our annual sessions at the Modern Language Association convention. The next MLA convention will take place in Seattle (9–12 January 2020).
As usual, SHARP is sponsoring two sessions:
1) A guaranteed session on Databases and Print Culture Studies
Mass-digitized archives of newspapers and books have revolutionized print culture studies. Data-rich collections and their impact on knowledge production and methods. Including use of data science and artificial intelligence. 300-word abstract + 1-page CV.
E-mail Address: l.jaillant [at] Submission Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019
2) A joint session with the International Spenser Society
Spenser and the Digital Humanities
New book history/ digital humanities projects on Edmund Spenser. Digitization and data-driven research/pedagogy. 300-word abstracts/ CV by 15 March 2019. Lise Jaillant (l.jaillant [at]…

AHRC Leadership Fellowship

I have been awarded a major AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Leadership Fellowship to work on the poetry publisher Carcanet Press. 

***See the project blog HERE for news and updates***
A central objective of the project is to make Carcanet's archive more accessible - focusing particularly on the born-digital part of the collection.
Here is a short description:
Survival of the Weakest: Preserving and Analysing Born-Digital Records to Understand How Small Poetry Publishers Survive in the Global Marketplace
Despite its importance in the literary landscape, Carcanet Press has attracted little scholarly attention - in part because the largest part of its archive is closed to researchers. This archive, which comprises born-digital as well as analogue records, is held at the John Rylands Library (Manchester). The project will preserve and make accessible internationally-significant archival materials held in the uncatalogued part of the paper collection and in the digital collec…

Privacy, Open Data and the Humanities Workshop (London, 21 June 2018)

The Cambridge Analytica scandal has led to a privacy backlash and to calls for tighter regulation of Facebook and other Internet Giants. Social and computer scientists fear that legitimate researchers could be collateral damage. Yet, there has been no discussion on the plight of Humanities researchers confronted to “dark archives.” With the forthcoming introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (May 2018), it may be even more complicated to access data in the future.
This DH@Lboro workshop will bring together academics, archivists and open data advocates to discuss the issues of privacy and access to data. We will focus primarily (but not exclusively) on cultural data and the case of the Humanities. The workshop will take place on 21 June 2018 at the School of Advanced Study in London.

Keynote speaker: Olivier Thereaux, Open Data Institute

For more information: l.jaillant [at]

To register:

MLA 2019 in Chicago

The Modern Language Association Convention will take place in Chicago (3–6 January 2019).

SHARP is sponsoring two sessions:

(1) A guaranteed session on New Perspectives in Book History.

New perspectives that are altering the way we do book history. Including global perspectives and digital humanities. 300-word abstract – CV by 1 March 2018; Lise Jaillant (

(2) A joint session with the William Morris Society: Publishing William Morris and his Circle

Perspectives on publishing William Morris and his circle; Morris as publisher; illustrations, printing, and physical book format. Book history/digital humanities approaches welcome. 300-word abstract – CV by 1 March 2018; Lise Jaillant ( and Kelly Ann Fitzpatrick (

British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award

I have been awarded a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (£15,000) for my project “After the Digital Revolution: Bringing together archivists and scholars to preserve born-digital records and produce new knowledge.”
The project will run for one year, from 31 March 2017.
Abstract The digital revolution has profoundly affected the ways we encounter archival documents. Yet, archivists and literary scholars rarely "sit at the same table," and this lack of dialogue has an impact on issues of access, particularly in the case of born-digital materials. We will run two workshops to find solutions to this overall problem of access to emails and other born-digital records in literary and publishers’ archives.
This will be achieved through three specific objectives.
First, we will look at the preservation of collections through data recovery (including the recovery of emails). Second, we will discuss new ways to make collections findable and usable. Third, we will share methods…