Kristian Jensen

Kristian Jensen
Head of Collections and Curation
Related Offices
Director of the Consortium of European Research Libraries and Chair of the Consortium’s Collection Security Working Group; represents the BL on the working group on spoliation of the National Museum Directors’ Conference; Senior Vice-President of the Bibliographical Society

Areas of interest:

  • The role of concepts such as memory, memorialisation and commemoration for the formation and functioning of institutions which are sometimes described as memory institutions; the concept of cultural property and its role in this area
  • Collection history, spanning the 15th-19th centuries: with a focus on the political, symbolic and intellectual function of collecting and of collections, including the use of collections for reinterpreting the past for new purposes
  • 15th and 16th-century book history: I am interested in how interaction between the commercial needs of publishers/printers and the requirements of their customers shapes bodies of texts and the patters of the use of texts and books. I am interested in the institutional and non-institutional setting of academic disciplines  how this relates to  the history of the production, distribution, use, and ownership of university text books; in the relationship between books as merchandise and as conveyors of meaning, attitudes, and knowledge.


  • ‘Creating a Better Past: Collectors of Incunabula in the Late Eighteenth Century’ in Early Printed Books as Material Objects: Proceedings of the Conference Organized by the IFLA Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, Munich, 19-21 August 2009, ed. by B. Wagner and M.Reed (The Hague: De Gruyter, 2010), pp. 281-9
  • Revolution and the Antiquarian Book: Reshaping the Past, 1780-1815 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • ‘Reading Augustine in the Fifteenth Century’, in Cultures of religious reading in the late middle ages: Instructing the soul, feeding the spirit and awakening the passion, ed. by S. Corbellini, Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy vol. 25 (Tournhout: Brepols, 2013), pp. 141-72
  • ‘Printing at Oxford in its European Context 1478–1584’, in A History of Oxford University Press, vol. 1, ed. by I. Gadd (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 29-49