British Library PhD Research Spring Symposium: Global Voices in the Archive

Global Voices in the ArchiveBritish Library
21st March 2016

The British Library Conference Centre. 96 Euston Road. London NW1 2DB

Registration is now open!

Join the British Library’s collaborative PhD students and curators for an exploration of new research drawing on the Library’s archives and collections. Speakers at various stages of their PhD projects will explore the theme of ‘translation’ – both in a literal sense, investigating the hidden lives and work of translators and interpreters as revealed in the archive, and more broadly in terms of how languages, values, beliefs, histories and narratives are communicated and understood within, between, and across different cultures and contexts. The event will also gather reflections from early-career academics and final year PhD students on how working with the archives has changed the direction of their research. See attached for the latest programme.

About the keynote speaker: Tom Overton will address the theme of migration in the archive. Tom Overton is writing two books for Penguin/ Allen Lane: The Good Archivist, on archives and migration, and John Berger’s biography. He edited Portraits: John Berger on Artists for Verso; Landscapes: John Berger on Art is out in Autumn 2016. He catalogued Berger’s archive as part of an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, worked on the BL’s Discovering Literature Project and wrote an online history of the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for the British Council. Tom is a Fellow of the Centre for Life-writing Research, King’s College London, and  has been Jerwood Visual Arts Writer-in-Residence and Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute. There’s a collection of his writing at

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