“Interesting Stuff! Techniques and Approaches to Research with Paper” Junior Fellow Symposium

Date: 30 September 2022
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom
Presented by: The Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography

For centuries, we have relied on paper to share information, to preserve knowledge, and to illustrate the world around us. But paper itself carries its own stories about the production and circulation of art and knowledge. What, then, can we learn when we attend to the materiality of paper? Bringing together artists, conservators, and scholars from a variety of disciplines, Rare Book School’s Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB) invites you to a conversation about the unavoidable, bedeviling, and fascinating fibrous stuff of paper.

This event was held via Zoom on 30 September 2022. See below for a link to the YouTube recording.


Jen Bervin is an artist and poet with a multidisciplinary practice; she joins text and textile elements in situated poetics to create complex yet elegant work. Bervin’s conceptual, scientific, and literary investigations of material histories result from long-term research and collaboration with artists and specialists ranging from literary scholars to material scientists.

Deidre Lynch is Ernst Bernbaum Professor of English Literature and Harvard College Professor. Her most recent book, co-edited with Alexandra Gillespie, is The Unfinished Book (Oxford University Press, 2021), and she is currently finishing a book titled Paper Slips: Disassembling and Remaking the Book.

Nora Rosengarten, a graduate student at Harvard University, focuses on prints and printmaking in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, with a special emphasis on methodologies of materiality and process. Rosengarten holds a B.A. in Art History from Georgetown University and an M.A. in the History of Art from Williams College/The Clark Art Institute, where her qualifying paper, “Max Klinger, Francisco Goya, and the Formation of Modern Aquatint,” examined the role this print technique played in the definition of figure and ground for printmakers in the late nineteenth century.

Corinna Zeltsman is Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University. She is the author of Ink Under the Fingernails: Printing Politics in Nineteenth-Century Mexico (University of California Press, 2021), which received the Howard F. Cline Book Prize in Mexican History from the Latin American Studies Association. Trained as a letterpress printer, Zeltsman is a Senior Fellow in the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School.


David Weimer is Map Curator and Director of the Herman Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library. Previously, he was the Librarian for Cartographic Collections and Learning at the Harvard Map Collection. Weimer earned his Ph.D. in English from Harvard. His work has been published in the Common-place, PMLA, J19, and the Winterthur Portfolio. Weimer is a Senior Fellow in the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School.

You are invited to watch the September 2022 recording of the event below via our RBS YouTube channel.