25–27 September 2019, National Library of Norway, Oslo

International Conference: Literary Citizenship

Literary Citizenship, an international conference on book history, will be held at the National Library of Norway 25-27 September, as the concluding conference of the research project Literary Citizens of the World. Tracing the Transnational Crossroads of Books in Early Modern Norway (LitCit), a research project funded by the Research Council of Norway. The conference is part of the National Library’s official celebration of the 500th anniversary of Norwegian printed books in 2019.

The history of the printed book in Norway began in Paris and Copenhagen in 1519 with the altar book Missale Nidrosiense and the prayer book Breviarium Nidrosiense; both printed abroad, but commissioned for a Norwegian readership. Norwegian book production and consumption have always been part of a network of technological, economical, religious and cultural exchange across national borders. This transnational circulation of printed texts has played an important role in transforming readers into citizens, even “literary citizens”, of the world.

Researchers from USA, Canada and Europe will participate in the conference and through their contributions shed light on both transnational and transmedial aspects of Nordic and international book history, from the 16th century up until today.

The conference’s keynote speakers are three internationally acclaimed researchers within the field: Roger Chartier (Professor of Early Modern European History and Culture at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, Collège de France, Paris and the University of Pennsylvania), Ann Thomson (Professor of European Intellectual History at the European University Institute, Florence) and Daniel Bellingradt (Professor of Book History at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg).

You can listen to Roger Chartier’s lecture “Literary mobilities: materiality of the text, translations and readerships” on podcast here

The conference organizing committee consists of Ruth Hemstad (National Library of Norway), Janicke S. Kaasa (University of Oslo), Ellen Krefting (University of Oslo) and Marit Sjelmo (National Library of Norway).

Registration deadline: 1 September. Registration form

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