Call for papers: News in Early Modern Europe

University of Sussex, 5th-7th June 2012

The Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Sussex is to host a multi-disciplinary postgraduate conference on the subject of News in Early Modern Europe. We invite proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes or panels of up to three speakers that address any aspect of this theme. Although the conference is particularly directed towards postgraduates, we welcome scholars at all levels of their career.

Plenary speakers include: Joad Raymond (University of East Anglia), Andrew Pettegree (University of St Andrews).

Please send abstracts of papers (of no more than 200 words) or panel theme with list of speakers and abstracts to Simon Davies ( by 31st January 2012.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
  • News in print
  • Manuscript news
  • The changes in news reporting across the period
  • Reading the news
  • Politics in the news
  • Religion in the news
  • Censorship and regulation
  • News and the state
  • Sermons and the delivery of news
  • News and the stage
  • News ballads
  • News from capital to provinces / from city to country
  • The international exchange of news
  • The reporting of new ideas and discoveries
  • Sensational news
  • The consumption of news across genders
  • Specialist news
  • Coteries and news networks
  • Secrecy vs sharing
  • Private vs public
  • Current events in literature
  • News and credit
  • The relationship between news and history
  • Digital approaches to working with early modern news