Source of Information: H-HRE, 2005-12-06
Date of Event: 2006-06-29 to - 2006-07-01
Location of event: Liverpool, UK
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2006-01-13
Call for Papers: Authority in European Book Culture (1400-1600) June 29th-July 1st 2006 Through its many and varied manifestations authority, whether religious, political or social, has frequently played a role in the communication process in both manuscript and print culture. It has influenced production methods and forms of publication, determining where, when and how information has been circulated. Authority has sometimes enforced the circulation of certain texts and text versions or conversely acted to prevent the distribution of books, pamphlets and other print matter. It has also stimulated the development of new publication forms and methods of dissemination. At times, authority has been explicit by encoding itself in structures or legislation. At others, it has operated in a more discreet way, seemingly imperceptibly influencing cultural attitudes to the written and printed word which have acted to the detriment of particular communities. Authority has not always gone unchallenged: readers, writers and printers have also rebelled against its constraints and restrictions, publishing controversial works anonymously or counterfeiting authoritative texts. The written or printed word itself has sometimes been perceived to have a kind of authority, which might have had ramifications in social, political or religious spheres. This three-day conference brings together history of the book scholars with interests in late medieval and early modern Europe to reflect upon the questions that authority raises. The participation of postgraduate students is particularly welcomed. Some bursaries will be available for postgraduate students giving a paper. Keynote speakers: Adrian Armstrong (Manchester) Brian Richardson (Leeds) Short proposals (200-300 words) for 20-minute papers should be submitted to the conference organisers Pollie Bromilow (email@example.com) and Godfried Croenen (firstname.lastname@example.org ) by January 13th 2006. It is anticipated that a selection of papers from this conference will be published.