Alphabetical Nation - dictionaries and encyclopedias within and across borders
Keynote Speaker: Professor Simon Burrows, University of Leeds
Other speakers confirmed: Robert Jensen-Rix, Jens Erik Mogensen, Charles Lock, Andrew Miller
Dictionaries and encyclopedias are among the most frequently consulted books, yet we know remarkably little about the social and political life of these texts. Reference works can be both imaginative texts and scholarly instruments. During an afternoon of talks, we will look at the national and transnational heritage that has been created through the making and dissemination of various reference works. Though sometimes dry, dictionaries and encyclopedias can be creative works, instrumental in shaping cultural and national histories.