Blog Posts

This feed pulls in blog entries from two of the projects aligned to Early Modern News Networks and Six Degrees of Francis Bacon.


Following on from our successful conference last month, News Networks is busy once again, this time in producing a two-volume edition that aims to re-evaluate the history of news in Europe. The aim of the project overall could be summarised as forging its own network in order to link and so affect scholars working in the field, discussing shared problems and different methods in order to come up with genuinely new approaches and cast light on the old. One of the minor difficulties involved in writing about the News network project has been the proliferation of the word network. We’re a [...]
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 11:53:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
The end of July saw our final symposium on the history of news – three days of papers, discussion and of course the best news-themed cakes. You can get a breakdown of the days’ events through our Storify, aimed at preserving the discussion, recapping the day and pooling useful links; as Cultures of Knowledge (@cofktweets) tweeted: ‘like a conference report, but a real-time, living, collaborative one. And with more cakes’. Email me if you’d like to add more links to resources mentioned in your paper, or additional comments. View the story “News and the Shape of Europe, 1500-1750” on Storify With thanks [...]
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 9:59:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Conference at Queen Mary, University of London, 26-28th July 2013 Registration open: Join us this July for the final event in the News Networks calendar: a three-day symposium on ‘News and the Shape of Europe, 1500-1750’.  This major news history event will feature 40 speakers from across Europe and the Americas, and will contribute to a new pan-European history of news, which has been the driving force behind and ultimate aim of the Leverhulme international network, News Networks in Early Modern Europe. How did news cross Europe, and how did news make Europe? News in early modern Europe was a distinctively transnational phenomenon; its topics [...]
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 1:37:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
A Guest Post on News Networks this week, from the ever-excellent 13 August 1621 was a bad day for the printer Edward Allde. Along with the bookseller Thomas Archer, he was summoned before the court of the Stationers’ Company in London and informed that, at the request of the Secretary of State, he was to be imprisoned. More than that: his printing press was to be broken.[1] The government and the Stationers’ Company certainly didn’t want Allde printing any more. They weren’t to have their wish. Allde’s career in the early 1620s is an example both of the scattergun and [...]
Tue, May 07, 2013 9:48:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
(What follows is a Spanish-language account of a new collection of essays, on single-event newsletters and printed avvisi in the early modern Mediterranean world, featuring contributions from News Networks members and collaborators.) GABRIEL ANDRÉS (ED.): PROTO-GIORNALISMO E LETTERATURA. AVVISI A STAMPA, RELACIONES DE SUCESOS (Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2013). Las relaciones de sucesos (avvisi a stampa, en italiano) representan el primer periodismo de la Historia. Relatos ocasionales de un acontecimiento con fines informativos, en su mayoría anónimos e impresos, las relaciones surgen en el siglo XV, con la invención de la imprenta, y perduran hasta el XX, pero se desarrollan sobre todo en el XVII [...]
Mon, Apr 08, 2013 1:41:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
News Networks in Early Modern Europe recently held its fifth workshop, hosted this time at the Universita Ca’ Foscari in Venice.  As usual, we heard an array of papers from junior and senior scholars, as well as members of the network, as well as considerable input from interested auditors. Proceedings began with a paper from Massimo Petta on printed Italian avvisi, using Milanese printers to help trace the networks of the printed newsletter and the emergence of its characteristic layout; particularly the gradual supplanting of data giving the source of the news by publishing data in the paratextual materials.  Petta discovered [...]
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 10:01:00 AM, Continue reading at the source