The Institute of English Studies runs an active programme of lectures, seminars, conferences, symposia, reading groups and summer schools. Unless otherwise stated, events are free and open to the public. In association with the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, ABA, The focus of the ABE-IES Book Collecting seminars is on bibliophilia and the book trade. Book-collectors, dealers and auctioneers are invited to give a lecture on a subject of their choosing which relates to the practice of bibliophilia. Lectures may be anecdotal, academic or purely for entertainment, with a special focus this year on widening access in book-collecting. With this in mind, the programme is jointly-coordinated and run by the University of London’s new Society of Bibliophiles.
Harriet Rix (University of Cambridge) and Dr. Geri della Rocca de Candal (University of Oxford): Student Bibliophiles at Oxford and Cambridge: a new generation of book collectors. The panel will explore the recent history of the Oxford Bibliophiles, originally active between 1950-2000, then restored in 2008, and of the Cambridge Bibliophiles, founded in early 2015. Over the past few years both Societies have often represented the first point of contact for young book collectors.