Treasuries of Knowledge Conference (Cambridge)

Treasuries of Knowledge: Collecting and Transmitting Information in the Early Modern Period

8 April 2016, Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge

Early modern people understood collections of information as ‘treasuries’, both in a
metaphorical and a material sense. Collecting and storing information created a useful,
cumulative repository for present and future reference. Collections were preserved in jewel
houses or treasure rooms, their contents locked up in chests or boxes, thus reinforcing the
idea that information was a valuable commodity to which access should be moderated. They
were situated at the interface between past and future, particular documents and larger
structures. They also raise questions of secrecy and access, value and materiality. In
discussing treasuries, this one-day workshop directs the conversation towards their utility and
value, their form and location, and the hierarchies they constituted. It provides a platform for
further exchanges among the diverse scholars working on collecting, and invites scholars to
reflect further on the common denominator of the utility of collections and the significance of
their location and accessibility.

Confirmed speakers are Shanti Graheli (St Andrews), Sundar Henny (Basel and Cambridge),
Stéphane Jettot (Oxford and Paris IV), Helen Kemp (Essex), Eric Ketelaar (Amsterdam),
Frances Maguire (York), Jessica Malay (Huddersfield), Brooke Palmieri (UCL), Marco
Schnyder (Geneva), Emma Spary (Cambridge), Djoeke van Netten (Amsterdam), as well as
Fabio Antonini and Giacomo Giudici from the ARCHIves project (Birkbeck), Sietske
Fransen and Katherine Reinhart from the project ‘Making Visible: The Visual and Graphic
Practices of the Early Royal Society’ (Cambridge), and Matt Symonds from the Centre for
Editing Lives and Letters (UCL).

To register, please fill in the registration form and send it along with the registration fee of
£25 in cash or by cheque to the address listed on the form. This fee helps us cover catering (a
buffet lunch and two coffee breaks) as well as room hire, in addition to the generous support
from the GM Trevelyan Fund of the History Faculty.

Click here to download the programme and registration form for Treasuries of Knowledge

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