Workshop III – Vienna Programme

The final programme for the Hapsburg meeting of News Networks! Kindly hosted by the Fugger Newsletters research group at the Institute of Austrian Historical Research, this event will feature papers from German, Austrian, Italian, Belgian and British scholars.  The workshop will focus on networks and centres, and will take advantage of the association with the Fuggerzeitungen project team to investigate mercantile networks of news dissemination, as well as the business of news itself, and the development of the postal networks of Europe as factors in early modern news communication.  

An obvious difficulty faced by a project to forge a distinctively European methodology for approaching the history of news is how to speak of it; the vernacular terminologies of news communication varied across Europe, developed at different times and at different speeds, and often borrowed from one another.  At our previous meeting, in Rennes, we heard short presentations from each of the network’s core members, on the vocabulary of news in his or her country of origin.  The often surprising degree of cross-cultural intelligibility in these vocabularies leads, naturally enough, to a set of related questions; what were actual the mechanisms of news exchange?  How did news cross boundaries? What was news subject to in its passage across those boundaries? How did the postal systems of Europe develop, and how well integrated were they with one another? What alternatives to government posts existed?  We plan to launch our forthcoming workshop with another series of nationally- and regionally-focussed presentations, working towards an understanding of how networks formed and functioned in different parts of early modern Europe; and how regional peculiarities of culture, geography or politics shaped them, and their imaginative impact on local and national identity.  A full report of the proceedings will be up on these pages shortly.


Thursday 13th September

9:30-11:00 – Session 1: Postal Networks in Early Modern Europe.  Contributors: Joad Raymond (Queen Mary, University of London), Carmen Espejo (Sevilla), André Belo (Rennes 2), Mario Infelise (Universita ca’ Foscari, Venice), Paul Arblaster (Maastricht), Nikolaus Schobesberger (Vienna)

11:10-12:40 – Session 2: Anton Tantner (Vienna) – Intelligence Offices in Early Modern Europe

2:15 –3:45 – Session 3: Oswald Bauer – News Networks and Postal Infrastructure: the Case of the Fuggerzeitungen

4:00 – 6:00 – Session 4: Visit to Austrian National Library; presentation on the current state of research in the Fuggerzeitungen project

Friday 14th September

9:15 – 10:45 – Session 5: Joad Raymond (QMUL) – Sent abroad to lie: International news and libel in C17 Europe

11:00 – 12:30 – Session 6: Virginia Dillon (Oxford) – Transylvania in the German Newspapers: Networks of Reporting and the Stories of György II Rákóczi, 1657-58

2:00 – 3:30 – Session 7: Paul Arblaster (Maastricht) – Connectivity and the Republic of Letters in the first half of the seventeenth century.

3:45-5:00 – Session 8: Concluding discussion/closing remarks.


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