CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Authority in European Book Culture (1400-1600)

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 ( and Godfried Croenen
( ) by January 13th 2006. It is anticipated that a
selection of papers from this conference will be published.