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Thursday, March 8

Arrival of Participants
(Participants on their own for dinner.)

Friday, March 9 – Day One

Location: Haldeman 246

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9am | Sean Franzel and Petra McGillen

Roundtable #1: Objects Then/Now


  •  Jocelyn Holland (UCSB/Cal Tech) Collections of Technological Objects
  • Grant Wythoff (Columbia/Penn State) Gadgets and Artifacts
  • Matt Erlin (Wash U) Digitizing 19C Resources

Coffee Break

Roundtable #2: Collections


  •  Alice Goff (Chicago) The Media of Restitution: Reclaiming Rhenish Church Property for the Prussian State, 1814/15
  • Catriona MacLeod (Penn) Crafting Inventories
  • Paul Babinski (Princeton) Orientalism’s Inventory: The Manuscript Collection of Vienna’s Oriental Academy

1pm | Catered lunch

Roundtable #3: Intermedialities


  • Mary Helen Dupree (Georgetown) The Nineteenth-Century Declamation Anthology: Inventory, Script, Archive
  • Ilinca Iurascu (UBC) Papiertheater as Intermedium
  • Peter McIsaac (Michigan) Sales Catalogs and Guides to Popular Anatomical Exhibitions as Complex Medial Forms

Coffee Break

Roundtable #4: Writing the Self


  • Nikolaus Wegmann (Princeton) Selbstdokumentation / Documenting the Self
  • Birgit Tautz (Bowdoin) Archiving the Self in a Nineteenth-Century Edition

Optional: Tour of Rauner Special Collections Nineteenth Century Highlights
5:30pm | Rauner Library

7pm | Dinner at the Hanover Inn, Hayward Room

Saturday, March 10 – Day Two

Location: Haldeman 246

Roundtable #5: Inventories of the Material and the Natural


  •  Sam Frederick (Penn State) The Media of Plant Collecting
  • Matthew Birkhold (Ohio State) Inventorying Glaciers in Nineteenth-century Switzerland
  • Tyler Whitney (Michigan) Media and Literary Histories of Phonography
  • Vance Byrd (Grinnell) Saving the Forest: The Archival Techniques of R. B. Hough’s The American Woods (1888–1913)

Coffee Break

Final Discussion: Next Steps / Brainstorming Publication Projects


12pm | Brown-bag lunch
(Participants planning to take the Dartmouth Coach to Boston Logan can expect to make the 1pm coach.)