CFP: Printing and Urban Culture in Early Modern Europe (5/1/09; RSA ’10)

by Jessica C. Murphy

for a special session of the

Printing and Urban Culture in Early Modern Europe

How did the establishment of printers’ shops and the books they produced impact European urban centers socially, economically, intellectually? How did the presence of the new technology, new commodity, new identities contribute to a
redefinition of cities and towns? Papers might investigate individual urban locales or individual printers; they might consider the impact of printing and printed books on civic or religious communities; or the role of the market in schoolbooks, university texts, humanist classics or ecclesiastical printed works. Additional approaches could include looking into the cross-border trade of printed books; the transmission or transfer of knowledge between different social groups or identities; or the routing of texts, people and ideas. The purpose of this session is to examine the premise that, in the 15th and 16th centuries, print redrew the map of Europe with regard to urban culture, both within towns and cities and across the continent.

Please email a 150 word abstract and brief c.v. or personal statement to the organizer by May 1, 2009.

Dr. Judith Deitch