This conference announcement was sent to us by Daniel Bellingradt, an associated scholar of our network:
BOOKS IN MOTION IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE. BEYOND PRODUCTION, CIRCULATION AND CONSUMPTION (Gotha/Germany, 28-31 May, 2014)
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. 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.
The conference will take place in Gotha, 29-31 May 2014, and is organized by Jeroen Salman (Utrecht, The Netherlands) and Daniel Bellingradt (Erfurt, Germany). More information and details will be provided soon, a preliminary PDF with details can be downloaded here.