Drinks Reception: RECIRC Conference, Galway, 22 March 2017
Reception, Reputation and Circulation in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 Conference
The Early Modern Boundaries project, funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, has sought to strengthen links across the international research community in early modern studies. You can read more about the project and past events on this website.
Follow-on funding awarded in 2016 allowed us to set up a pilot initiative, using a platform called Mobilize, that allows researchers across the world to discover colleagues with similar interests, and to ask and answer research queries. We currently have 160 members from six continents, all with interests in transnational, multilingual and comparative aspects of early modern studies. The network aims to offer low-volume, targeted communications to its members. This website contains full details about the network, its uses and how to join.
Two members of the team at The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women's Writing, 1550-1700 (RECIRC) spoke at our first symposium in 2015, and we're delighted to work together again by hosting a drinks reception at the project's international conference in March 2017 , which is the final event of our second stage of funding.
The drinks reception aims to stimulate discussion and activity around the network's uses for maintaining and extending new connections made at an international conference. In particular, the network allows attendees to:
- see who else has attended, look up other delegates and contact them directly, either individually or in targeted groups
- involve delegates and the wider research community in research discussions in the weeks and months after the conference by sharing reports, blog posts, updates, research requests etc.
A new designated filter called 'Reception & Circulation' on Mobilize allows delegates and other network members to receive messages (either by email, or posted on the platform) related to the conference and similar matters. We also have a new 'Women's Writing' filter to recognize the other dimension of RECIRC's work. New and existing members can add these interests to their profile. For delegates it is also possible to have discussions directly through the Events page for the conference.
A post on the platform has more information about these uses. They are, of course, available to other networks and conferences too - contact us if you're interested in exploring its potential for your research group or area.
Believing that the best online communication often has a basis in real-life encounters, we're glad for the chance to work with RECIRC to explore the value of digital tools, and use the conference's momentum to promote collaborative research on reception and circulation in the early modern world.
(Last updated: 15 March 2017)