Books in Motion in Early Modern Europe. Beyond Production, Circulation and Consumption

Books in Motion in Early Modern Europe. Beyond Production, Circulation and Consumption

Daniel Bellingradt, Universität Erfurt; Jeroen Salman, Universität Utrecht
Schloss Friedenstein
From - Until
28.05.2014 - 31.05.2014
Daniel Bellingradt

This international conference is designed as a reflection on the history of the early modern book in Europe, and aims to open discussion between experts that are working in the interdisciplinary field of book history. The conference will take place in the Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt, 28-31 May 2014. This centre houses the rich Research Library, containing one of the most significant collections of early modern books and prints in Germany. (See: The conference is supported by the German Research Association (DFG), Erfurt University, Utrecht University, and the ’Freundeskreis der Forschungsbibliothek Gotha’.

As the conference’s title assumes, Books in Motion in Early Modern Europe. Beyond Production, Circulation and Consumption is aimed to focus on all three main research fields of book history: production, circulation and consumption. While providing an opportunity and forum for reviewing current and past developments in these often separated fields, we also set out to highlight the connections between them. To achieve this aim, we will concentrate especially on the interplay between the three stages of early modern book culture, established by the actions and motives of its participants (sociality), the characteristics of the used and produced spaces (spatiality), and the variety of the publications (materiality). To put it differently: the focus lies on the human networks of producing, distributing and consuming; on the interconnectivity of geography, distance and space that shaped early modern production, circulation, and consumption; and on the wide range and function of contemporary published material (in manuscript and print) characterized by aspects of production, circulation and consumption.

People who want to attend the conference can send an email to one of the organisers, but places are limited. The conference fee is 25 €, to be paid at the registration desk.


Conference program

Venue: ‘Spiegelsaal’ at Friedenstein Palace, Gotha

Wednesday 28.5.2014

17:00-17.15 Welcome (‘Spiegelsaal’ at Friedenstein Palace) Martin Mulsow, Director of the Gotha Research Centre, Daniel Bellingradt and Jeroen Salman, Organisers

17.15-17.30 Introduction: Books in motion. Book history in motion (Daniel Bellingradt, Jeroen Salman)

17.30-18.15 Evening lecture: The European identity of ‘Joannis MiltonI Angli Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio’, 1651 (Joad Raymond, London)

Thursday 29.5.2014

Session 1: Production (Chair: Daniel Bellingradt, Erfurt)

9.00-9.45 First woman in the process of book production in Livonia: the case of Ursula Krüger and Daniel Hermann, 1614-1615 (Kristi Viiding, Tartu)

9.45-10.15 Creating the nation's nature: Jan Christiaan Sepp's Publishing projects on the flora and fauna of the Netherlands,1760-1811 (Esther van Gelder, Utrecht)

10.30-11.15 Promoting the Counter-Reformation in provincial France: Printing and book selling in sixteenth-century Verdun (Malcolm Walsby, Rennes)

11.15-12.00 Conrad Gessner and the making of a universal library (Paul Nelles, Ottawa)

13.45-14.30 Signs of Life. European printed genealogical diagramms from 1450-1800 (Giles Bergel, Oxford)

14.30-15.15 Paper networks. Cooperation and competition of paper trade networks in the eighteenth-century (Daniel Bellingradt, Erfurt)

15.30-16.15 Shaping new tastes: Ottoman book market and the Muteferrika Press, 1726-1746 (Orlin Sabev, Sofia)

16.15-17.00 Session discussant Andrew Pettegree (St. Andrews) and General discussion

Session 2: Circulation
(Chair: Martin Mulsow, Gotha)

17.15-18.00 Printing laws in the fifteenth-century: A case study of the interactions between printing and crown (Benito Rial Costas, Madrid)

18.00-18.45 Vienna as focus of the book trade in the Habsburg Monarchy in the eighteenth-century (Johannes Frimmel, Munich)

Friday 30.5.2014

9.00-9.45 Links between newspapers and the book trade. The case of an early media tycoon in late eighteenth-century Central Europe (Andreas Golob, Graz)

9.45-10.30 The dynamics between word and image in Dutch News periodicals, c. 1650-1750: Publishers and artists of title prints as a case (Joop W. Koopmans, Groningen)

10.45-11.30 The paradox of scientific progress. The dissemination of popular medical books in the Dutch Republic (Jeroen Salman, Utrecht)

11.30-12.15 Procès Romanesque.The suspicious death of Théodore Rilliet de Saussure and the crisis of European publishing, 1777-1789 (Mark Curran, London)

14.00-14.45 The market for heterodox religious books, 1600-1670 (Leigh Penman, Oxford)

14.45-15.30 Session discussant: Joad Raymond (London) and General discussion

Session 3: Consumption (Chair: Jeroen Salman, Utrecht)

16.00-16.45 A German reader of Mariken van Nieumeghen and other middle Dutch tracts (Arjan van Dixhoorn, Gent/Utrecht)

16.45-17.30 Pocket books and portable writing in Eighteenth-Century England and Wales (Stephen Colclough, Bangor)

Saturday 31.5.2014

9.00-9.45 Between trade and scholarship: English books and Baltic Readers (Mark Bland, Leicester)

9.45-10.30 Ecclesiastical manuals in Lutheran countries, c. 1530-1830 (Jürgen Beyer, Tartu)

10.45-11.30 Books and book ownership in the Dutch Atlantic world (Michiel van Groesen, Amsterdam)

11.30-12.15 Tracing the source: ways of referencing in Dutch manuscript miscellanies, 1550-1850 (Nelleke Moser, Amsterdam)

13.00-13.45 Printed in Europe, consumed in Ottoman lands: the export and reception of European books in the Middle East, 1514-1842 (Geoffrey Roper, London)

13.45-14.30 Session discussant: Martin Mulsow (Gotha) and General discussion

Contact (announcement)

Daniel Bellingradt

Universität Erfurt, Nordhäuser Str. 63, 99089 Erfurt
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