Russellianum (March 27th): Collecting Russell

A “Russelliana” discussion: “Collecting Russell” will be held online on Saturday, March 27 at 2pm EST. Many of us in the BRS have collected books and pamphlets by Russell, including the volumes to date of the Collected Papers (CPBR). This online discussion will deal with any and all aspects of collecting Russell: first editions and second editions of books as well as translations (including new prefaces); volumes of the collected papers, booklets (more than pamphlets, shorter than a book), pamphlets and leaflets (philosophical and political), dust jackets – and anything else deemed relevant, such as signed editions. 

So, collectors and collectors to be, or the merely curious: let’s meet online, Saturday, March 27 at 2pm for a further “Russelliana”. An invitation to the Zoom event will be sent next week. Let me know if you have any special item you would like to discuss or present: write to us using the contact page.


Also, remember that our annual meeting will be online again this year: Friday/Saturday on June 19/20. Further details will follow. Please submit abstracts online at https://bertrandrussellsociety.org/submissions/. We were quite successful last year online and the Board felt that we should do the same once again this year. Though we are hopefully approaching the end of the covid-19 pandemic, vaccinations are not yet complete, travel restrictions still apply, some borders (including the US/Canada) remain closed, and universities are not yet ready to host conferences. We can’t endanger the health and safety of our members by meeting on ground this year.

All BRS members are invited to participate either through an online presentation or their virtual presence. We should and will be able to meet on-ground for the 50th anniversary of the BRS in 2022 at McMaster University, where the Russell Archives and Research Center are now housed in their own redesigned building.

A positive precipitate of these socially-distanced times has been our use of Zoom for online activities between annual meetings. Landon D. C. Elkind has coined the term “Russelliana” and we will keep this term and tradition alive. The end of March event “Collecting Russell” will be our fourth, following ones on the Treaty to Prevent Nuclear Weapons (Dec 2020, with Tony Simpson), the publication of v. 26 of the Collected Papers (Jan. 2021, with Andy Bone), and “Wittgenstein’s Critique of Russell’s Multiple Relation Theory of Judgement” (Jan. 2021, with James Connelly).

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