Speakers

Blair, Ann is the Carl H Pforzheimer University Professor in the Department of History at Harvard. Her teaching and research focus on the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Europe, with a special interest in book history. In Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age (Yale University Press, 2010) she studies methods of reading and note-taking in the composition and organization of reference books and their finding devices. On indexing in particular see also her “Annotating and indexing natural philosophy,” in Books and the Sciences in History, ed. Marina Frasca-Spada and Nick Jardine (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 69-89.

Carr, Angela is the author of three books of poetry, Ropewalk (2006), The Rose Concordance (2009) and Here in There (2014), and has translated two books of poetry from French to English, Coit (Chantal Neveu, 2012) and Ardour (Nicole Brossard, 2015). Carr holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the Université de Montréal. Currently residing in New York City, she teaches in the Literary Studies Department at The New School for Liberal Arts.

Clarke Bain, Paula has been a freelance book indexer and editor for over 15 years, working on more than 700 books for authors and publishers, mostly in the arts, humanities and social sciences. She is an Advanced Professional Member of both the Society of Indexers (SI) and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and her qualifications include BA (Hons) English and American Literature (UEA) and BSc (Hons) Psychology (Open University). She has enjoyed being involved in many SI matters including guest-editing and writing for The Indexer journal and recently being joint lead organiser of the inaugural National Indexing Day (#indexday). Paula’s ongoing blog series on comedy book indexes can be found on her website at baindex.org and she tweets as @PC_Bain.

Clayton, James T. is a PhD candidate at Princeton University, where he studies the intersections of religion, poetry, and political thought in the early modern period. His dissertation is titled “The Reformation of Indifference: adiaphora and poetry in the seventeenth century.” Alongside this project, his reading and teaching interests include early modern poetry, religious texts in the history of ideas, political philosophy, modern poetry, and the history of print culture. For the 2017-2018 academic year he will be working in archives in Oxford and London, supported by a Donald and Mary Hyde Academic Year Research Fellowship from Princeton.

Conrau, Kyle is a PhD candidate in the department of classics at Yale University, researching classical miscellaneous writers such as Valerius Maximus, Plutarch and Aelian, and their transmission and reception in manuscripts.

Ehrensperger, Florian holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, and an MLIS from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. He edited and indexed Salomon Maimon’s Versuch ueber die Transzendentalphilosophie (Essay on Transcendental Philosophy) and has published in the fields of philosophy and indexing. He is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at UBC (teaching cataloguing and indexing) and is currently working as health librarian in Vancouver. He is a member of the Society of Indexers as well as the Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation.

Freeman, James is the Medieval Manuscripts Specialist at Cambridge University Library, and previously worked in the Medieval Manuscripts and Printed Heritage Collections Departments at the British Library. His main research concern is the ‘Polychronicon’ of Ranulph Higden, its manuscript dissemination and readership – the subject of his doctoral dissertation, completed 2013 – which he hopes to publish in the near future.  The role of alphabetical indexes, marginal chronologies, genealogical diagrams and tables and other such apparatus in the transmission and reception of historical information is also of interest.  He has also published on the Catholicon Anglicum, a late medieval Middle English-Latin dictionary, and has written blog posts on a wide variety of subjects arising from his curatorial work.

Fu, Liangyu is an Associate Librarian at the University of Michigan Library and faculty associate of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan.  She holds a Ph.D. degree in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.L.S. degree from Nanjing University.  Her research focuses upon an intersection of print culture, history of science, visual rhetoric, and translation studies.  She has published in Translation Studies, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, and Chinese leading journals in library science among others.

Houghton, Eve graduated in May with a BA in English from Yale, where she was a curatorial assistant for early modern books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Library and a co-organizer of the Yale Program in the History of the Book. She will begin her PhD in English at Yale in the fall of 2018; in the 2017-2018 academic year, she will be a Mellon Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, reading for the MPhil in Renaissance Literature.

Hsia, Florence is Professor and Chair of the Department of History of Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Author and indexer of Sojourners in a strange land: Jesuits and their scientific missions in late imperial China (Chicago, 2009), her teaching and research interests include early modern European science, the history of print culture, scientific data practices, and the history of sinology.

Hudson, Ann has been indexing for as long as she can remember and professionally for over 30 years. She specialises in archaeology, history of art and architecture, local history and related subjects, indexing both books and periodicals, and her published indexes range from one to 202 pages. Ann enjoys teaching indexing as much as doing it herself. She runs regular workshops and tutorials for the Society of Indexers, and also delivers in-house training sessions for publishers and other organisations. As the SI Training Director she oversees the Society’s highly regarded distance learning course in indexing, leading to the qualification of Accredited Indexer.

Kingdom, Ann read Geography at Cambridge and obtained an MA in Librarianship from Sheffield. Following brief periods of employment at Sheffield University and at the Geographical Association, she has been a freelance indexer, editor and proofreader since the late 1970s. Her index to the third edition of Blackwell’s Dictionary of Human Geography was shortlisted for the Wheatley Medal in 1994, but one of her most enjoyable commissions was indexing Clive James’s first novel. She has been involved in running the Society of Indexers for 20 years, reluctantly coming out of ‘retirement’ to take over as Chair again in 2015. She has contributed to a wide range of articles and booklets promoting the importance of professional indexing and has delivered talks and workshops to publishing students, book festival audiences and SfEP members.

Mussell, James is Associate Professor in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds and Director of the Centre for the Comparative History of Print.  He is the author of Science, Time, and Space in the Late Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press (2007) and The Nineteenth-Century Press in the Digital Age (2012).  He was one of the editors of the Nineteenth-Century Serial Edition (2008), and two publications about W. T. Stead: W. T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary (2012) and a special issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century (2013).

Rayment, Janice gained accreditation from the Society of Indexers in 2011, becoming an Advanced member two years later. She writes both stand alone and embedded indexes (in MS Word and Adobe InDesign). Subjects covered include business and finance, farming, education, popular science, wildlife and the environment. Prior to becoming an indexer, Janice worked in finance and later in the horticultural industry. Nowadays when she is not indexing, Janice enjoys dog agility and, when there is time, gardening. Janice joined the Society’s Executive Board in 2012 and is currently Vice Chair and Finance Director. She lives in the Dartmoor National Park with her husband and two dogs.

Rogers, Shef is a senior lecturer and head of department in the University of Otago Department of English and Linguistics.  He co-directs the University’s Centre for the Book and edits Script & Print: Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, and has just become Vice-President of SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing).  He has published essays on eighteenth-century travel books, royal licences for publishing, copyright payments to authors, and books with free supplements.  He has never had to index a book.

Silver, Sean is associate professor of literature at the University of Michigan. His last project, a book and virtual museum (www.mindisacollection.org), catalogues eighteenth-century cognitive theory through its material models. He is now at work on the long history of the concept of complexity.

Steiner, Emily is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award Award for Distinguished Teaching (2016). She is the author of Documentary Culture and the Making of Medieval English Literature (Cambridge UP, 2003) and Reading Piers Plowman (Cambridge UP 2013), as well as several edited volumes including, with Candace Barrington, The Letter of the Law: Legal Practice and Literary Production in Medieval England (Cornell UP, 2002).

Tromans, Philip is a Research Fellow at De Montfort University. His research brings the principles of book history and analytical bibliography to bear on the genre of early modern English travel and colonial writing. His article on Thomas Hacket’s publication of books about America in the 1560s was published in The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America in March 2015, and forthcoming essays will appear in The Library and the edited collection, Buying and Selling. The Business of Books in Early Modern Europe in 2017.

Weichselbaumer, Nikolaus is a research assistant at the department for book studies at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and the assistant editor of the Gutenberg Jahrbuch. He received an M.A. and a PhD in book studies from Friedrich Alexander-University in Erlangen. His main research areas are the history of typography, the history of reading and the early book trade but also the use of digital methods for book history. Currently he is pursuing a habilitation project about the history of type foundries and the trade in type.

Wyman, Pilar has been writing indexes for books and other media as a successful freelancer and consultant for over 25 years. She works in public health, clinical medicine, med-tech, and other areas of personal interest. Pilar works mostly in English, but she also provides Spanish and French-language indexes. She has published numerous articles and works on indexing, and routinely gives presentations and workshops (in person and online) as her time allows. She is the International Representative and a Past President of the American Society for Indexing (ASI), and a member of the ASI Digital Trends Task Force (DTTF).