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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).

Admission is free, but please register by sending an email to

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

Thursday 15th June

9.00    Welcoming remarks
           Christoph Cornelißen, Italian-German Historical Institute, FBK, Trento
9.10    Introduction on EDPOP
           Jeroen Salman. University of Utrecht
9.20    Keynote
           Too Small to Count? Reconstructing the Lost Ephemera of Early Modern Europe
           Andrew Pettegree, University of St. Andrews

Session 1
Chair Jeroen Salman, University of Utrecht

10.20  ‘Popular and/or Cheap Print in the Atlantic Archipelago: What’s Going on?’
           Joad Raymond, Queen Mary University, London
10.40  French Popular Print: A State of the Art
           Malcom Walsby, Université Rennes 2
11.00  Break

Session 2
Chair Alessandro Arcangeli, University of Verona

11.30  Stampe ‘popolari’: An Ephemeral Field of Research?
           Massimo Rospocher, Italian-German Historical Institute, FBK, Trento
11.50  ‘Popular’ Print in German: Problems and Projects
           Andreas Würgler, University of Geneva
12.10  Studying Popular Print (Populair Drukwerk) in the Low Countries: a State of the Art
           Jeroen Salman, University of Utrecht
12.30  Literatura de Cordel as a Field of Study: A Global Approach
           Juan Gomis, Catholic University of Valencia

Session 3
Chair Katell Lavéant, University of Utrecht

14.30  (Pseudo)Translation of Street Literature: a look into the Nineteenth-century Italian Repertoire
           Alice Colombo, National University of Ireland, Galway
15.00  The Printed Popularization of Chivalric Literature across Sixteenth-Century Europe:
           Trends and Processes

           Jordi Sánchez-Martí, University of Alicante
15.30  The Afterlife of Italian Secrets: Translating Medical Recipes in Early Modern Europe
           Julia Martins, The Warburg Institute, University of London
16.00  Livres sans Frontiers? Mapping Transnational Flows of Early Children’s Books
           Matthew Grenby, Newcastle University
16.30  Break

Session 4
Chair Julianne Simpson, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

17.00  Italian Chivalric Popular Editions outside Italy
           Matteo Fadini, University of Trento - Biblioteca comunale di Trento
17.30  Sacre rappresentazioni in the British Library: the History of a Collection
           Laura Carnelos, Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL)
18.00  From Popular to Rare: Cheap Imprints Beyond National Collections
           Flavia Bruni, University of Udine - University of St Andrews

Friday 16th June

Session 5
Chair Rita Schlusemann, University of Utrecht - University of Berlin

9.00    The Spanish Romances of Chivalry: a Editorial Phenomenon
           on which “the sun never sets” during the Renaissance

           Claudia Dematté, University of Trento
9.30    Popular Print in Unofficial Languages: Songbooks and other Genres in the Celtic Languages
           Niall Ó Cíosáin, National University of Ireland, Galway
10.00  Crossing Genres. A Newcomer in the Transnational History of Almanacs
           Elisa Marazzi, University of Milan
10.30  News, Pamphlets and Popularity: some Reflexions based on late 16th Century Events
           Andrè Belo, University of Rennes 2
11.00  Break

Session 6
Chair Joad Raymond, Queen Mary University, London

11.30  Popular Print Culture and Text Reuse Detection: a Digital Humanities Approach
           to the Study of Print Circulation

           Hannu Salmi, University of Turku
12.00  New Digital Initiatives: Reconstructing Popular Print through Auction and Sale Catalogues
           Graeme Kemp, University of St. Andrews
12.30  Being Popular in Print: Long-standing and Widespread Health Advices
           through the 15cBOOKTRADE Tools

           Sabrina Minuzzi, Oxford University

Session 7
Chair Angela Nuovo, University of Udine

14.30  How Cheap Were Cheap Books in Sixteenth-Century Antwerp?
           Questions, Methodology and Answers

           Goran Proot, University of Udine
15.00  The Railway Library, les Bibliothèques de gares
           and other “Literary Rubbish that Travels by Rails”

           Francesca Tancini, University of Bologna
15.30  Were Cheap Books Popular Books in the Venice of the Printing Revolution?
           Cristina Dondi, Oxford University
16.00  Break

Session 8
Chair Rosa Salzberg, Warwick University - European University Institute, Florence

16.30  The Dynamic of Communication and Media Recycling in Early Modern Europe:
           Popular Prints as Echoes and Feedback Loops

           Daniel Bellingradt Institute for the study of the book, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
17.00  Iconography and Material Culture in Cheap Print Illustration, with a Case Study
           from Post-Tridentine Bologna

           Rebecca Carnevali, Warwick University
17.30  Eurovision 17th Century Style: Mapping Popular Political Geographies
           through 17th Century Broadside Ballads

           Angela McShane, Victoria and Albert Museum
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, Institute for the Study of the Book, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
           Rita Schlusemann, University of Utrecht - University of Berlin