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Early Modern Print Culture in Central Europe – Academia Europaea Early Modern Print Culture in Central Europe – Academia Europaea
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Early Modern Print Culture in Central Europe

Early Modern Print Culture in Central Europe


Context and rationale:

International research has little to say about the development of early modern print culture in Central Europe. Poland for instance is mentioned just once in the latest edition of Elisabeth Eisenstein’s classic study The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe (2005), and other parts of Central Europe are not mentioned at all. Nevertheless, the first printing press in Central Europe was established in 1473 in Cracow (Poland) and in the next decades presses were put into operation particularly in university towns. Although at the beginning these presses produced books in Latin, texts in vernacular languages appeared from the early sixteenth century onward as a result of the Protestant Reformation. Although there is a rich historiography on this topic in various countries in the region, research literature is unfortunately not easily accessible to an international public because of language barriers. The seminar is aimed at bringing together scholars in the field of print culture to discuss the latest developments in their discipline against the background recent international research on print culture. Keynote lectures by senior scholars will be combined with presentations by younger scholars. The outcome of the seminar will be a collection of papers, but also forging contacts to set up new collaborative research projects.

Possible topics:

  • international knowledge networks in the early modern period in Central Europe
  • printers, booksellers, publishers
  • readers and reading
  • libraries
  • scholarly publishing
  • book production in vernacular languages
  • censorship
  • privileges before copyright
  • book illustration
  • periodicals in the early modern period
  • religious matters in print
  • mapmaking
  • geography of the book


Monday, 2013-09-16

  • 08:30 – 09:00 Registration of the participants
  • 09:00 – 09:30 Welcome, Introduction
  • 09:30 – 10:15 Prof. Dr Andrzej Borowski, Kraków. The early modern city in the network of central European cultural institutions – case Cracow (Kraków)
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Prof. Dr Béla Mester, Budapest. The Scriptures in Hungarian of the Early Modernity: From the First Erasmian Translation Printed in Kraków (1533) to the Whole Hungarian Bible (1590)
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
  • 11:30 – 12:15 Dr Richard Šípek, Praha. PROVENIO – the Provenance Research Project in the National Museum Prague
  • 12:15 – 13:00 Prof. Dr Gábor Gángó, Budapest. Information and Propaganda in Print: Leibniz’s Eastern Europe
  • 13:00 – 14:15 Lunch
  • 15:00 Opening Session of the 25th Annual Conference of the Academia Europaea at the Aula Leopoldina
  • 20:00 Reception (City Hall)

Tuesday, 2013-09-17

  • 09:30 – 10:15 Dr Anna-Maria Rimm, Uppsala. Books in Transit. The International Book Trade and the Swedish Book Market 1720-1820
  • 10:30 – 11:45 Parallel Sessions

Early Prints Chair: Prof. Dr Béla Mester

    • Gábor Farkas, Budapest. Chronica Hungarorum (Buda, 1473)– First Printed Book in Hungary
    • Dominic Olariu, Marburg. German Herbals and their illustrations in Early Modern Times (15th and the beginning of the 16th century)
    • Kirill Perepechkin, St. Petersburg. Johann Froben as the editor of Bible

Polonia–Lithuania–Ruthenia Alba Chair: Prof. Dr A. Borowski

    • Tobias Budke, Münster. A Network and its Book Gifts: The Case of Mikołaj Radziwiłł ‘Czarny’
    • Jakub Niedźwiedź, Kraków. The use of books in Vilniusin the 16th century
    • Raman Voranau, Minsk. The Belarusian printing pioneer Francišak Skaryna: early modern hero in later national interpretations
  • 11:45 – 12:15 Coffee break
  • 12:15 – 13:05 Parallel Sessions

West meets East Chair: Dr A.-M. Rimm

    • Michał Choptiany, Kraków. Ramism, print and the long term of manuscript culture: The influence of Ramist prints
    • Agnieszka Patała, Wrocław. Officina Plantiniana and Breslau in the 16th century – ways of books acquisitions

Newspapers and Pamphlets Chair: Prof. Dr S. Huigen

    • Krisztina Peter, Budapest. The News-Writer and the Chronicler
    • Christine Watson, Uppsala. A Polish pamphlet and its translations
  • 13:15 – 14:45 Lunch
  • 15:00 – 15:50 Parallel Sessions

Libraries and Readers Chair: Dr R. Šípek

    • Vojtěch Šícha, Praha. Bohemian old prints from collections of the Tschammer Library in Cieszyn
    • Mariana Kosmačová, Prešov. Selected Prints of the 17th Century in the Aristocratic Libraries Preserved in the Funds of Collegiate Historical Library in Prešov

Hungarian Politics and Learning Chair: Prof. Dr B. Mester

    • Kees Teszelszky, Márton Zászkaliczky, Budapeszt. Bocskai’s Revolt, European Information Networks and Print Culture (Political propaganda, diplomacy and news circulation between manuscripts and prints, 1604-1606)
    • Marcell Sebők, Budapest. Changing Places: the Case of Albert Szenci Molnár and His Publication Efforts
    • Karolina Mroziewicz, Warszawa. Identity of Illustrated Books and Their Users. The Case of Early Modern Hungary
  • 15:50 – 16:40 Parallel Sessions

Historiography Chair: Dr A.-M. Rimm

    • Giuseppe Perri, Bruxelles. The Ukrainian Historiography of the Print Culture in Early Modern Ukraine
    • Jan Ivanega, Brno. Hydriatria Nova by Johann Franz Löw of Erlsfeld: on the History of Schwarzenberg´ Book Patronage
  • 16:40 – 17:00 Coffee break
  • 17:00 – 17:50 Prof. Dr Jonathan Israel, Princeton. The Polish and Bohemian Enlightenments: was there a radical tendency?
  • 17:50 – 18:00 Official Closure of the Seminar
  • 20:00 – 22:00 Gala Dinner (Centenial Hall)

Wednesday, 2013-09-18

  • 09:00 – 18:00 Participation in the 25th Annual Conference of the Academia Europaea
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