Lieu : Université Pablo de Olavide (Séville, Espagne)
Dates : 06-07 février 2020
Date limite de réponse à l’appel : 31 juillet 2019
The invention of the printing press in Europe by the mid-15th century was a major milestone for European culture. One of the consequences of this technological innovation was the expansion of the book market acquiring very soon a global dimension. The internationalisation of the market was leaded by distribution network of relevant printers and booksellers, responsible for the connection of distant places. Along with these, local producers and merchant coexisted and played a significant role. Nevertheless, in order to understand the behaviour of these agents, another important factor must be taken into consideration: the production and commercialisation of books was affected not only by market dynamics, but also by the intervention of civil and ecclesiastical institutions. It is well known that books were protected, and at the same time, closely monitored by the authorities aware of the dangers associated with their consumption and distribution. This phenomenon is attested in Catholic and in Protestant Europe, where despite the conventional wisdom, politics regarding books and readings were often very similar.