In the early modern period print could make or break power. While scholars have focussed mainly on efforts by authorities to restrict the circulation of printed texts, civic and ecclesiastical authorities recognised the potential as well as the dangers of this new technology. Cardinal Raymond Peraudi fully embraced the advantages offered by the new medium of print. On his fundraising campaign in the Holy Roman Empire he commissioned thousands of indulgence certificates and papal bulls. Repression of print could be fierce but governments throughout Europe increasingly recognized the power of print, and started using printed broadsheets to communicate decisions with their citizens. This conference will explore the multifaceted and changing relationships between power and print in the early modern world.
The organisers welcome contributions on any facet of this theme. Examples are:
Co-organised by Nina Lamal, Helmer Helmers and Jamie Cumby, the conference will take place between 21 and 23 June 2018. The provisional programme is available online
Registration can be found here
The papers given at this conference will form the basis of a volume in the Library of the Written Word.