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International Conference "Crossing Borders, Crossing Cultures. Popular Print in Europe (1450-1900)"

NWO - Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
Crossing Borders, Crossing Cultures

This fist general EDPOP conference aims to bring together European specialists in the fieldof popular print. Although popular print culture has been studied intensively since the 1960’s, this was done mainly with a regional or national focus, based on the assumption that popular print in the vernacular had a limited geographical reach. Recent research has revealed however, that popular print culture had strong European characteristics and an often transnational infrastructure. In order to answer the question how European popular print culture was in the period 1450-1900, we have to discuss diferent starting points, approaches and methodologies. In this conference we will explore comparative and intermedial approaches, long term publication histories of genres and titles, the benefitsof databases and digital tools, the accessibility of collections, the reconstruction of production and distribution networks and the transnational dimensions of texts and images.

This conference is one of the activities of the international network ‘European Dimensions of Popular Print Culture’ (see:, finaned by NWO (Netherlands Organisation of Scientific esearch).

Massimo Rospocher | FBK-ISIG
University of Utrecht
Fondazione Bruno Kessler | via S. Croce 77 | Trento


9.00      Introduction on EDPOP
             Jeroen Salman (University of Utrecht, Holland)

9.15      Keynote speech
             Too Small to Count? Reconstructing the Lost Ephemera of Early Modern Europe
             Andrew Pettegree (St Andrews University, United Kingdom)

             Session State of the Art /Historiographies
             CHAIR Jeroen Salman (University of Utrecht, Holland)

10.00   ‘Popular and/or Cheap Print in the Atlantic Archipelago: What’s Going on?’
             Joad Raymond (Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom)

10.20    Tbd

10.40    French Popular Print: A State of the Art
             Malcom Walsby (Université Rennes 2, France)

             Session State of the Art /Historiographies
             CHAIR Alessandro Arcangeli (University of Verona, Italy)

11.30    Studying Popular Print (Populair Drukwerk) in the Low Countries: a State of the Art
             Jeroen Salman (University of Utrecht, Holland)

11.50    Trento: Stampe ‘popolari’: An Ephemeral Field of Research?
             Massimo Rospocher (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italian-German Historical Institute, Italy)

12.10    Literatura de Cordel as a Field of Study: A Global Approach
             Juan Gomis (Catholic University of Valencia, Spain)

             Session Transnational approaches and Translations
             CHAIR Katell Lavéant (University of Utrecht, Holland)

14.30    (Pseudo)Translation of Street Literature: a look into the Nineteenth-century Italian Repertoire
             Alice Colombo (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)

15.00    The Printed Popularization of Chivalric Literature across Sixteenth-Century Europe: Trends and Processes
             Jordi Sanchez (University of Alicante, Spain)

15.30    The Afterlife of Italian Secrets: Translating Medical Recipes in Early Modern Europe
             Julia Martins (The Warburg Institute, University of London, United Kingdom)

16.00    Livres sans Frontiers? Mapping Transnational Flows of Early Children’s Books
             Matthew Grenby (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)

             Session Collections and Sources
             Chair Julianne Simpson (Manchester University, United Kingdom)

17.00    Italian Chivalric Popular Editions outside Italy
             Matteo Fadini (University of Trento, Italy)

17.30    Sacre rappresentazioni in the British Library: the History of a Collection
             Laura Carnelos (Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL), United Kingdom) 

18.00    From Popular to Rare: Cheap Imprints Beyond National Collections
             Flavia Bruni (University Sapienza of Rome, Italy)


             Session Genres and European Bestsellers
             Chair Rita Schlusemann (University of Utrecht, Holland - University of Berlin, Germany)

9.00      The Spanish Romances of Chivalry: a Editorial Phenomenon on which “the sun never sets” during the Renaissance
             Claudia Dematté (University of Trento, Italy)

9.30      Popular Print in Unofficial Languages: Songbooks and other Genres in the Celtic Languages
             Niall Ó Cíosáin (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)

10.00    Crossing Genres. A Newcomer in the Transnational History of Almanacs
             Elisa Marazzi (State University of Milan, Italy)

10.30    News, Pamphlets and Popularity: some Reflexions based on late 16th Century Events
             Andrè Belo (University of Rennes 2, France)

             Session Markets and Prices
             Chair Angela Nuovo (University of Udine, Italy)

11.30    How Cheap Were Cheap Books in Sixteenth-Century Antwerp? Questions, Methodology and Answers
             Goran Proot (University of Udine, Italy)

12.00    The Railway Library, les Bibliothèques de gares and other “Literary Rubbish that Travels by Rails”
             Francesca Tancini (University of Bologna, Italy) 

12.00    Were Cheap Books Popular Books in the Venice of the Printing Revolution?
             Cristina Dondi (Oxford University, United Kingdom)

             Session Digital Humanities
             CHAIR Joad Raymond (Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom)

14.30    Popular Print Culture and Text Reuse Detection: a Digital Humanities Approach to the Study of Print Circulation
             Hannu Salmi (University of Turku, Finland)

15.00    New Digital Initiatives: Reconstructing Popular Print through Auction and Sale Catalogues
             Graeme Kemp (St Andrews University, United Kingdom)

15.30    Being Popular in Print: Long-standing and Widespread Health Advices through the 15cBOOKTRADE Tools
             Sabrina Minuzzi (Oxford University, United Kingdom)

             Session Media, Intermediality, and Materiality
             Chair Rosa Salzberg (Warwick University, United Kingdom)

16.30    The Dynamic of Communication and Media Recycling in Early Modern Europe: Popular Prints  
             as Echoes and Feedback Loops
             Daniel Bellingradt (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)

17.00    Iconography and Material Culture in Cheap Print Illustration, with a Case Study from Post-Tridentine Bologna
             Rebecca Carnevali (Warwick University, United Kingdom)

17.30    Eurovision 17th Century Style: Mapping Popular Political Geographies through 17th Century Broadside Ballads
             Angela McShane (Victoria and Albert Museum, United Kingdom)

18.00    German romances (Prosaromane): From “joyous and profitable” high-brow literature in the late middle ages
             to trivial chapbooks forbidden by censor intervention
             Ursula Rautenberg (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)