Intensive 5-day programme on book production, dissemination and consumption, and on the role of the printing press in 16th-century Europe.
Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium. The summer school will take place in the Ruusbroec Institute Library, some sessions will take place at the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library and the Plantin-Moretus Museum.
3 - 7 July 2017
Doctoral students intending to integrate book historical approaches into their research (history, literary history, art history, religious and church history...).
Plantin-Moretus Museum (Antwerp) and Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library (Antwerp)
In the early decades of the 16th century, the printed book assumed a significant role in disseminating ideas and texts across Europe. The spread of humanism, religious reform and scientific innovation would not have been possible without the development of typography as a powerful means of communication. The printing press had been introduced fifty years earlier, but only in the 16th century did society come to experience the full strength of the medium.
In this summer school, expert speakers will explain the traditional techniques of book production (printing, lay-out, illustration) and discuss publishing, selling and reading of books in those fascinating times. You will learn more about libraries and the emergence of copyright and censorship. And you will be introduced into specific areas of publishing, such as bible editions, literary fiction, humanist text editions, and ephemera.
Most sessions will take place in the Ruusbroec Institute’s library of the University of Antwerp. Lectures using the university’s collections will alternate with hands-on sessions. Visits will take participants to the Plantin-Moretus Museum and to an exhibition on 16th-century printing in the stylish Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library.
An unforgettable experience for every researcher who wants to learn more about printed books and the role they played in 16th-century Europe.
Participants who want to acquire official ECTS credits can be awarded 3 ECTS credits upon writing an academic paper related to one of the summer school’s topics.
Fee includes course material, a welcome drink, coffee breaks, lunches and the farewell dinner. It does not include accommodation.
University of Antwerp students are entitled to a refund of €150.
Online through Mobility Online (available soon). The application deadline is 24 April 2017. Selection will depend upon the applicants’ research profile and the date of their application. All applicants will be notified about their selection before 1 May 2017, after which they will have to confirm their intention to attend the summer school.