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Jessica Farrell-Jobst: Going Beyond the Imprint: Finding Bookwomen in Archival Records. 

Colophons and imprint data are essential for both bibliography and book history, helping us determine the place, date, and context of books. Scholars have also relied on this data to provides us with the name of an individual, often the printer or publisher, to whom we can attribute the work. However, these snapshots of information limit our full understanding of the multiple people who contribute to, and how they contribute to, book production. In fact, various individuals contributed physical, mental, and financial labour to the production process, whose work has been lost or hidden by the imprint. In particular, women’s participation is often obscured or excluded in this manner. In this paper, I focus on the women of sixteenth century Nuremberg, whose presence in ephemeral government documentation has presented a fuller, more tangible story of the early modern bookwoman. With these cases we can achieve a better idea of how women entered, participated and sustained the print trade, whether their names were entered into print or not. 

Jessica Farrell-Jobst is an early modern history scholar who recently completed her PhD in Book History at the University of St Andrews. Her thesis explored the multifaceted ways women participated in the book trades in 16th and 17th, focusing on the imperial city of Nuremberg. Her scholarship concentrates on gender and examines how gendered realities impacted women’s work. Currently, she is co-editing a volume for the Brill Series Library of the Written Word on Gender and the Book Trades. During her time as a PhD candidate, Jessica also worked as a researcher with the Universal Short Title Catalogue project, where she transcribed the book catalogues for the Leipzig Book Fairs of the 17th century. Her latest research focuses on governmental support of local print trades and the development of regional book markets.

Kate Owen: Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Information Organisation in early modern English recipe books. 

Recipe books have become a vital resource for many historical disciplines, including the history of science, women's studies, and manuscript studies. These often visually chaotic domestic texts have punctured grander historical narratives which exclude the early modern household as a place of medical authority, experiment, and study. This paper looks at the organisational effort of gathering and managing a recipe collection and argues that these domestic manuscripts are worthy of inclusion within the scholarship of intellectual history, alongside the more masculine and scholarly coded commonplace books.

Kate Owen is an M.Phil/Ph.D student at Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at UCL. Her project looks at early modern knowledge organisation in domestic, recipe manuscripts. Her work is particularly interested in applying theories from Library and Information Studies to the gathering, organising, and storing of recipe knowledge in early modern England. Kate's project is informed by her past and current work in the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sector and she is particularly interested in how the treatment of domestic manuscripts in libraries and archives can inform historical scholarship.

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