Conference - Friday, 13 December 2019

Venue: Kapel van de Grauwzusters, Lange Sint-Annastraat 7, Antwerp

  • 9:00 - Registration
  • 10:00 - Welcome address
  • 10:30 - Papers session 1 
    • Denis Pallier (independent scholar, Paris) – La succursale de Plantin à Paris
    • Antonio Davila Perez (Universidad de Cádiz) – The Biblia Regia beyond the Plantin Press: Inquisition and censorship; slander and fame
  • 11:30 - Coffee Break
  • 12:00 - Papers session 2
    • Renaud Milazzo (Università degli Studi di Milano) – European Book Economy and Market in the 16th Century: new perspectives
    • Heleen Wyffels (KULeuven) – The power of possibility: Jeanne Rivière and the keys to the Plantin empire
  • 13:00 - Lunch break
  • 14:30 - Papers session 3
    • Kristof Selleslach (Museum Plantin-Moretus) – The instructions of Balthasar Moretus II to his future widow and heirs
    • Noël Golvers (KULeuven) – The Officina Plantiniana in Antwerp and its role in the communication between China and Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • 15:30 - Coffee Break
  • 16:00 - Keynote lecture by David McKitterick (Cambridge University) – Antwerp and Cambridge; different opportunities and different challenges

    Plantin and his successors faced worlds very different from those faced by the earliest printers to the University Of Cambridge. The press at Cambridge was founded in 1583. It was in a small provincial university town, a day's journey from London. It had little international trade, and there were no local skills in illustration.
    Antwerp was a thriving international city. Yet the two presses shared much in common, as they recruited authors and sought credit from members of the book trades in other places. How much can we learn by comparing these two places, that seem so different, and yet so similar? What kinds of evidence survive? What were the similarities? What were the differences between being a printer and publisher with a large business and easy access to international trade, and being a small one, always dependent on others?
  • 17:00 - Conclusion
  • 19:00 - Conference dinner