Call For Papers

The Elzeviers and their Contemporaries: Reading, Writing, and Selling Scholarship
Friday 2 June 2017, Woburn Suite, Senate House
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
CALL FOR PAPERS
2017 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Louis Elzevier, bookseller and founder of the publishing house which dominated Dutch printing in the seventeenth century. Elzevier books spread across the known world, through their own vast international trade network and via the many foreign students who read them while studying at Dutch universities. They thus helped shape how the topics represented were understood, learned, taught, read, collected and pirated. The renowned dynasty lives on today through the long collectability of its output and through its namesake, the Elsevier publishing house. This conference explores material evidence of the production and consumption of academic books in the early modern period, based around publications by the Elzeviers and their contemporaries.
Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on topics related to early modern scholarly publishing. Topics for papers might include, but are not limited to:

  • The contemporary book trade and the migration of books;
  • The secondhand/antiquarian book trade;
  • The Elzeviers in context;
  • Collecting and owning early modern books;
  • Piracy, both of content and publishing strategies;
  • Business models of academic presses;
  • Cheap publishing / pocketbooks;
  • Editing in the early modern period;
  • Early modern book illustration
  • Relationships between authors and publishers;
  • The bibliographers of publishers;
  • Digitisation and metadata

The conference will coincide with a display of Senate House Library's Elzevier collection, one of the largest worldwide.
Please send abstracts of approximately 200 words and a short paragraph of biographical information to Dr Cynthia Johnston at cynthiajohnston@sas.ac.uk by 24th April 2017.
Further details at: 
https://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/events/conferences/elzeviers-and-their-contemporaries-conference